With the monster success of the first Hunger Games movie, looks like the movie studios are once again scrambling to come up with “the next big thing”, and the very hot young adult series has become even hotter. It looks like this may be part of the reason the stalled Mortal Instruments movie adaptation has once again picked up steam, as author Cassandra Clare recently announced on her blog. Not only has she signed on to write the third Shadowhunters series, The Dark Artifices, but the first movie has been given an official release date of August 23rd, 2013.
So, with all of this excitement, I decided to hit Mount TBR once again and try the first Mortal Instruments book, City of Bones. After just finishing the Hunger Games trilogy, I for some reason wasn’t expecting TMI to be able to compete. Turns out I was wrong again, since this one was a definite keeper. Big time.
In short, I loved it. Good story, great characters that didn’t have the teen angsty feel some of the books do, lots of action. In fact, it didn’t feel young adult to me at all, but there were moments when I was reminded that these characters were just teenagers (hello, trying to get a drive from the one friend with access to a car). Of course, there was that twist at the end that I didn’t see coming, and I just know that it can’t be true, but for now The Mortal Instruments has another fan. I am always so late to the party, and now I have to play catch up before book five, City of Lost Souls, is released next month.
On a side note, I can handle Lily Collins as Clary, as long as she finds tweezers for the eyebrows (they distract me to no end), but for some reason I have my heart set on Alex Pettyfer for Jace, even if he is on the old side to play a 17 year old. Not sure anyone else would do for me, at this point.