Fangirlish Thoughts on The Infernal Devices

I tried to read The Mortal Instruments a couple months ago and I just couldn’t get through it but NOW, now I’m super psyched to read it. Why?

THE INFERNAL DEVICES. Guys. This series. Guys. Seriously.

Okay, I’ll admit, I borrowed this series because every book blogger was in love with Will Herondale and I wanted to find out what the fuss was all about. Verdict? Yeah, he is pretty awesome. But it’s not just him. There’s the whole cast of characters and the plot lines … I mean, they’re not without faults but IT DOESN’T MATTER. The series is STILL AWESOME.

So without further ado, here are some of my (highly detailed) thoughts while reading the series.

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(contains SPOILERS for all three books)

Clockwork Angel 

-Will and Jem! Oooh, I’m really interested to learn what their characters are like. Right now, it seems like Will is the dominating one and Jem is this quiet, more sensible guy.

-“Your brother sent me.” This is SUPER FISHY. DON’T GO TESSA!!!

-This is already so intense! And it’s so dark. Tessa is practically being tortured. The surprising thing is that later on she doesn’t seem to have been majorly affected by her experiences with the Dark Sisters. I mean, I’m glad for Tessa, but … it’s not realistic.

-Tessa’s a shapeshifter! I rarely hear about female shapeshifters so this is SO COOL.

-I was actually wondering if Will was the Magister. But then again, … “Anyone who looked like that wouldn’t need to tie girls up and imprison them in order to get them to marry him.” xD

-YES WHEN WILL AND TESSA MEET …. THAT SCENE IS GOLD. Tessa throws a jug at him, and asks him if he’s drunk, and Will is like “Do you often sleep tied to the bed?” I SHIP THEM ALREADY.

-“He isn’t human-” “You’re one to talk.” A lot of characters would totally flip out but Tessa’s so chill.

-The backstory and worldbuilding is interweaved into the story really well. Sure, some bits are quite obvious, but it’s not boring.

-“It isn’t against the Law to be an idiot.”

-‘Will looked horrified, “What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?”‘ I absolutely agree, Will. Also, usually girls are the ones raving about chocolate and yet Tessa hates it … interesting.

-Aw, why you being like that, Will? I want to ship you with Tessa but you’re spoiling it, dammit.

-Jem’s half-Chinese! Didn’t expect that.

-I love the relationship between Will and Jem so much! It’s like, Will stops pretending to be a jerk the moment Jem needs him. They’ve got each other’s backs, all the time.

-Is it hard to act drunk? Just wondering ….

-“When she Changed back to herself, how was she to know there wasn’t some slight shift in her very self?…Was her face irrelevant to her true self?” That’s really interesting! I didn’t really think about it, but shapeshifters must suffer some massive identity crises.

-This Jessamine … this is suspicious. Why’s she being so nice to Tessa?

-I can’t help thinking Charlotte and Henry are rather naive going straight to Mortmain and believing him so quickly.

-I have no idea what demon pox is but IT’S HILARIOUS HOW DETERMINED WILL IS THAT IT EXISTS.

-MIRANDA IS AN AUTOMATON?!

-Jessamine has her faults but THAT WAS TOTALLY BADASS FIGHTING A GOBLIN WITH HER PARASOL. AND I feel so sorry for her! She doesn’t want to kill and it really disturbs her when she is forced to.

-Awwww, then Jessamine has her dollhouse, with “Mama”, “Papa”, and “Baby Jessie”. She’s just a little girl at heart and wants things to be the way they used to be.

-Will: “Blue…does not go with red, for instance.” Henry: “I have a red and blue striped waistcoat.” Will: “If that isn’t proof that those two colors would never be seen together, I don’t know what is.”

– Tessa is going to change into Camille and she and Will will go to investigate De Quincy’s house! This just screams DANGER!! And there’s still so much more of the book so I know something’s gonna happen.

-OOOH, we’re gonna meet Magnus. I’m super curious to meet him.

-THAT’S SAD WHAT HAPPENED TO CAMILLE AND HER LOVER. It kind of reminds me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone. And then Camille’s like “Kill them all.” She’s freaky.

-AND THEN SOPHIE’S BACKSTORY. WOW.

-Tessa: “I don’t understand what makes them (teeth) come out like that?” Will: “Were you thinking about eating me?” Tessa: “No!” Jem: “No one would blame you. He’s very annoying.” XD

-Ugh. Gabriel and Benedict Lightwood remind me of Draco and Lucius Malfoy.

-***gasp*** WILL FORETOLD BENEDICT LIGHTWOOD’S FUTURE. I DIDN’T NOTICE IT THE FIRST TIME I READ THE BOOK BUT HE ALREADY SUSPECTED HE HAD DEMON POX.

-When Jem, Tessa, and Will are eavesdropping on the meeting and Henry stumbles on them, Will’s like “We’re playing charades.” Not shifty at all.

-AHHH THIS IS TERRIFYING. TESSA IS CAMILLE AND TALKING TO DE QUINCEY. IT JUST FEELS LIKE DISASTER WAITING TO HAPPEN.

-PHEW! Things feel so much safer with Magnus.

-‘”Leave her alone, Magnus,” Will’s tone was sharp. Magnus glanced toward Tessa and winked, “I think he’s jealous.”‘ I AGREE, MAGNUS.

-AHHHH THIS MAKES ME SOOOO MADDD. THE CEREMONY WITH THE VAMPIRES IS JUST THE WORSE. WHERE THEY SLOWLY DRAIN THEIR VICTIM AND THE WHOLE AUDIENCE ENJOYS IT!!!!!??? BLOODTHIRSTY CANNIBALS.

-AHHH IT’S NATHANIEL!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG AND POOR TESSA!

-YES, the shadowhunters won the battle … sort of. But De Quincey’s still on th loose!

-‘”I think,” said Gabriel, “that perhaps you might consider whether jokes about opium are either amusing or tasteful given the … situation of your friend Carstairs.”‘ Gabriel has a point there. Maybe he isn’t so bad, after all; just annoying because of his father.

-OH, and I forgot to talk about Jem and his backstory. IT’S HORRIBLE. HE WAS FRICKIN TORTURED. AND THEN HE BECOMES ADDICTED TO THIS SUBSTANCE AND WILL DIE WITHOUT IT AND HE JUST CAN’T HELP IT.

-Jem notices that Will likes Tessa! (or so I thought …)

-Aww, Tessa and Nate are sweet. They seem to really care for each other. They are all each other had, after their parents and aunt died.

– AWWW AHHH I SHIP THEM SO MUCH. TESSA AND WILL. WHEN WILL NEEDS TO TAKE THE WATER AND TESSA IS TALKING TO HIM. AND HE SAYS SHE MADE HIM LAUGH WHEN SHE HIT HIM WITH THE JUG. AND THEN THEY’RE KISSING. AND THEN WILL FREAKS OUT AND TELLS TESSA TO LEAVE AHHHHH I CAN’T TAKE IT! WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH WILL??!! THEY NEED TO BE TOGETHER ASAP.

-‘Drowning yourself won’t help, she told herself sternly. Now, drowning Will, on the other hand …‘ Oh, man. Tessa. xD

-At first, I was super annoyed with Will for being so insistent that they search Nate’s mind for information. It seemed like it was aimed at Tessa, to distress her. But little did I know …

-AH I LOVE HOW TESSA STILL DEFENDS HER BROTHER. I mean, she’s definitely too biased for her own good, but it’s just sweet how she will stand up for Nate and have his back.

-AHHH NOOOO. IT’S AN ATTACCCCKK. AND A TRICK!! AND THE AUTOMATON’S ARE USING JEM’S BLOOD. LIKE I THOUGHT THE INSTITUTE WAS A SAFE PLACE BUT NOW NOWHERE IS SAFE IT SEEMS. AND NATE IS A TRAITOR! I SO WANTED HIM TO BE REDEEMED AND HE AND TESSA TO BE HAPPY TOGETHER AND I WANTED HIM TO LEARN TO BE A GOOD BROTHER TO TESSA BUT NO. IT JUST HAD TO BE THIS WAY.

-YASS. Jessamine is totally annoying and superficial but she steps up when she needs to and she isn’t blinded by her desire to marry Nate.

-Nate killed Aunt Harriet???!!! WHAT?! He’s even worse than I thought …

-OMG JESSAMINE YOU IDIOT. Of course it wasn’t Will at the door. I mean, sure, it sounds like him, but just use your brain. He’d be totally winded from fighting clockwork creatures before coming here and he couldn’t have killed them so soon, besides. DON’T OPEN THE FRICKIN DOOR!

-Of course, she had to open the door.

-I really thought Tessa had stabbed herself! But she had actually changed  to trick Mortmain. Woah. This girl is clever. And she’s not going to just kill herself. SHE’S GOING TO FIND A WAY OUT OF THE MESS.

-OH POOR TESSA. ON TOP OF WILL, NOW SHE LEARNS SHE CAN’T HAVE CHILDREN. :((

– Jem: “It’s Will who ought to be sorry. We shall throw him out onto the streets…I promise you he’ll be gone by morning.” Tessa: “Oh-no, you can’t mean that-” Jem: “Of course I don’t. But you felt better for a moment there, didn’t you?” Jem is great.

-OOOH, I totally understand the Will vs Jem love triangle thingy. It makes sense, because you can tell that Tessa truly likes Will, but he’s all like, you can only ever be my mistress, and we’ll have to keep the relationship secret, and he’s got his issues and demons (literally). So then she starts hanging with Jem, ya know?

-YES MAGNUS IS LIFE.

-OMG NO. YOU CAN’T JUST END IT THERE. I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT IS UP WITH WILLLL!!!

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Clockwork Prince

-AWWW poor Will. He’s looking for a potion to make himself not in love with Tessa anymore.

-Benedict Lightwood is insufferable. And generally everyone on the Council .. And yet, I have to admit Charlotte has made many mistakes that could very well have been fatal. She was tricked by Mortmain and then Nate, and several times led Shadowhunters down the wrong path and endangered people. She’s a good head of the Institute because she makes the place a home, but …. she’s a little unwise …

-Uh, oh, I’m nervous about Gideon. Apparently he’s worse than Gabriel?…

-Charlotte: “Starkweather is the most stubborn, hypocritical, obstinate, degenerate-” Will: “Would you like a thesaurus?”

-PLOT TWIST. Gabriel and Gideon are spying for their father! And Gideon actually seems kind of nice … he cares for Gabriel and he’s rather done with his father’s scheming.

-Tessa: “Gideon and Gabriel – They’re really quite good looking, not hideous at all.” OMG I can imagine how jealous Will felt.

-Will: “Perhaps she’s a girl who’s fallen madly in love with me and persists in following me wherever I go.” Tessa: “My talent is shape-shifting, not acting.”

-THEORY: STARKWEATHER IS TESSA’S FATHER!!

-He’d be a pretty horrible father if he was though. All those spoils … no wonder warlocks and people like Mortmain hate Shadowhunters.

-Tessa: “Even Henry was in my dream. He was taking apart my heart as if it were made of clockwork.” Will: “Well that settles it. Pure fantasy. As if Henry is a danger to anyone except himself.” HENRY IS ADORABLE. AND AWESOME.

-AWW WHHHYYYY. I’M SO SAD. I JUST WANT TESSA AND WILL TO BE TOGETHER. Is that too much to ask?

-Now Will’s family is in the picture … the plot thickens.

-Tessa: “Will … Last night-” Will: “There was no last night.” Tessa: “Oh, truly? We went from one afternoon on through till the next morning? How odd no one else has remarked on it.” OMG such a bad joke, but the reason I found this funny was that this is totally something I would say or one of my friends would say. We just argue for the sake of it and will insist on taking everything literally to be annoying. XD

-THE TRUTH COMES OUT. FINALLY WE UNDERSTAND WILL. And can I just say … wow. It makes me regret ever complaining about my life. What Will went through … had to go through for FIVE years … No one should have to suffer like that. He had to pretend to be someone different so no one would love him! And for five years, he must have thought that no one loved him, because no one else was dying after his sister. What a horrible horrible curse. AND AHHHH everything about Will makes sense now! I understand why he left his parents and why he treats everyone the way he does … and even why he never got along with Gabriel ..

-Sophie and Gideon are totally a thing now.

-I was rather surprised that Gabriel is a good instructor AND he actually apologises for being inappropriate at the training session. He’s better than Draco.

-I find it really weird that Magnus would address the letter to Tessa rather than Jem … about Will being missing and probably going to harm himself.

-Oh dear. Dear me. Will at an opium den …. I understand why he did it but I also understand how Jem would feel to see him do something like that … Will’s a messed up guy, that’s for sure.

-No. No. No. I understand the love triangle but I don’t ship Jem and Tessa AT ALL. I ain’t feeling it. They just seem like friends. I definitely don’t get the vibe from Tessa that she has any deeper feelings for him.

-Tessa: “You behave as if you dislike us all.” Gabriel: “I don’t. I just dislike him.” Will: “Dear me. Is it because I’m better-looking than you?”

-Woolsey Scott is rather cold and can be a nuisance sometimes. But HE’S GOLD. He’s all sarcastic and witty and he totally ships Will and Tessa. I’m telling ya. …”What a charming couple … See how his dark hair sets off her pale skin …Your blushing belies your words.”

-Will: “Everyone makes mistakes, Jem.” Jem: “Yes. You just make more than most people.”

-Jem and Will have a really touching conversation and all but it’s so painful. Some of the things Jem says … they’re totally true but when you understand Will, you can only imagine how deep they cut. Jem’s like, “You hurt everyone.” And “(You’d be) alone? Whose fault is that?” Like, don’t rub it in deeper, Jem!

-Jessamine’s been seeing Nate? WHHHAAATTT?

-Will: “What is Benedict Lightwood doing, throwing parties that none of us know about? Parties to which Nate is invited?”

-I shouldn’t laugh so much but the Will incident with Tatiana …. I’M CRYING OMG. Tatiana was twelve and had a huge crush on Will and wrote poetry about him and then Will went and read it in public. Oh my.

-Oh maaan, Tessa’s going to have to dance with Nate and pretend to be his wife. Also, I THOUGHT JESSAMINE WAS SMARTER THAN THIS.

-When Nate says “I’m jealous of every other man who looks at you … You should be looked at only by me”, Tessa’s like, “Does this line of talk work on most women? If he’d asked me about them, I’d have told him he sounded like an idiot.”

-I freaked out when Nate called Tessa “Mrs Gray” because I thought he had realised it was Tessa, but it’s just because Jessamine is married to him. Phew!

-Woah, woah, woah there. Tessa and Will are like full on making out and it’s all sweet and hella passionate and all but throughout the thing I was just like woah, someone’s gonna see you guys and this is NOT the best location and just generally woah woah, slow down. But also, YASSSS finally you guys are not letting your demons get in the way of each other.

-PHEW IT’S JUST MAGNUS. Once again, it’s Magnus to the rescue. He’s like “There you two are. And quite a spectacular display you’re making, if I do say so.” And then later, he says to Tessa, “Gracious, that’s a lot of bosom you’re showing.” Like, yeah. That’s a formal way to put it …

-And oh no now Tessa is like, it was all the warlock powder and I don’t actually like Will … Um, NO. Tessa. Yeah, there was a powder but I’m pretty sure you still wanted to make out with Will before you drank the lemonade.

-I’m really curious. What is the favor that Will does for Magnus?? Was it written somewhere and I missed it?

-Magnus: “I do like him, though rather despite myself.” YES.

-Will is so happy to be bitten by the demon if it means he’s a step closer to breaking the curse. It makes me want to cry. And I love how Magnus always needs to look out for Will and save him from his crazy ideas.

-I hate how everyone calls the Silent Brothers “monsters” and treats them like some “other”. Sure, they are strange, but I feel like they should get more respect. I dunno, maybe it’s just me?

-Tessa is part demon and part Shadowhunter!!!

-Oh, no. How could anyone break Magnus’ heart? Poor Magnus. He was genuinely devastated when Camille cheated on him.

-Yeah, why can’t it be Will and Magnus? I would totally be down with that ship.

-‘”I am brave,” Will said. He looked pleased with himself.’ Humble, much?

-I love how Magnus kisses Will and then he’s like, oh that’s just side effects from the painkillers, and Will just accepts that and they never mention it again and go back to being completely normal.

-Poor Charlotte. She’s trying to be strong but it’s breaking her what she has to do to Jessamine. And then Henry … he seems to really care for Jess.

-Jem: “Everyone thinks Will is a lunatic as it is-” “Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, “having your annual everyone-thinks-Will-is-a-lunatic meeting, are you?” Perfect timing there, Will.

-What? No?! Are you crazy? You fooled Nathaniel once with the Tessa-as-Jessamine thing. You’re not going to try it again? Don’t you know you should never repeat the same trick twice? Stupid Shadowhunters. Seriously.

-Good ole’ Jessamine. She’s in the Silent City and still she’s like “If you must borrow some of my clothes, do. You’ve been wearing the same four dresses over and over. That yellow one is practically ancient.”

-Totally. As stupid and vain as Jessamine can be, she DOES deserve better than Nate.

-Nate is such a creep and just ugh.

– I KNEW Nate would know something was up. I just knew.

-Tessa saves the day with her shapeshifting powers! And she changes into Nate so she can control the automaton!

-I almost felt sorry for Nate when he was dying. But as horrible as it sounds I can’t help being glad he’s dead. There was no hope for him.

-Tessa and Will are so sweet together, okay? They HAVE TO BE TOGETHER.

-WHATTTTT???!!! Will was tricked!!!! HE WAS NEVER CURSED AT ALL. FOR FIVE YEARS HE SUFFERED AND PUNISHED HIMSELF ALL FOR NOTHING. AHHHHHHHHHHH

-Magnus: “I can give you no assurance of what Tessa feels … If it’s any consolation, from what I observed on the balcony the other night, I do believe she rather likes you.” TRUTH.

-WILL IS FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

-For years, Charlotte and Henry both thought the other didn’t love them and only now do they sort out their misunderstandings. Those two …but yes. Open honest communication. I approve.

-Ahhhh, Will is just giddy with happiness and he bursts in on Charlotte and Henry and he’s like praising them and saying how grateful he is for them and Charlotte’s like “Are you sure you haven’t a fever?” And Henry’s like “Perhaps he’s been kidnapped and replaced by an automaton.”

-No. No. No. No. No. No. JEM YOU ARE NOT PROPOSING. NOOOO. WHYYYY. JEM. JEM CANNOT MARRY TESSA. THEY DO NOT GO. IT ISN’T RIGHT. IT CAN’T BE. STOP.STAHP. STAHP.

-AHHHHH. No. My heart is broken. Tessa is marrying Jem and everything is wrong and no!!!!! Although the fact that Tessa is with Jem in the second book does hint she’ll be with Will in the last. SHE HAS TO BE.

-Now Will is singing about demon pox and driving everybody crazy.

– AND IT’S TRUE. HE’S BEEN VINDICATED. BENEDICT LIGHTWOOD HAS DEMON POX.

-Woah. Jem asks Will what the symptoms of demon pox are and Will describes them to him (with relish) and Jem gasps and runs out of the room. Then Henry says exactly what I was thinking, “You don’t think he has demon pox, do you?”

-Wow that is tragic … what happened to Benedict’s wife.

-Tessa: “Do you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?” Will: “The second one.” He’s free now, but still the same good ole Will … a total joker.

-I feel really sorry for Gabriel. He had nothing to do with his father’s schemes; he just loves his family because they are family. And then wow! Gideon leaves his father and joins the Institute!!!

-I was literally screaming out loud during the scene when Will tells Tessa about the curse. WHYYYYYY???!!! And why did Jem have to propose at that exact moment? Why couldn’t Will have been a bit quicker to tell Tessa??? WHY IS LIFE SO COMPLICATED????

-ANd now AHHHH TESSA TOO. And she loves Will so much. It’s obvious. She says she loves Will and Jem equally but I’ve always had the feeling that Will came first. It was always Will. But she doesn’t want to hurt Jem and she can’t tear the two of them apart. And then she burns herself with the poker and then she just starts sobbing and sobbing and sobbing. And when Sophie asks if Tessa has broken Jem’s heart, Tessa thinks, she has torn her own heart in two. IT JUST PROVES THAT SHE LOVES WILL. MORE THAN SHE CAN EVER LOVE JEM.

-I love how Bridget always sings about stuff that are going on in the Shadowhunter’s lives and Tessa’s life and she’s starts singing this song about “the lad I love best” called “Sweet William” and Tessa’s just like, Imma kill her.

-YES I KNEW CHARLOTTE WAS HAVING A BABY. AWW HENRY IS THE SWEETEST HUSBAND AS WELL.

-IT’S CECILY! Will’s sister! New character alert!

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Clockwork Princess

-You want intense and horrific? READ THE PROLOGUE OF CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I actually feel sorry for Aloysius Starkweather and that whole scene is so vivid, where Adele is just burning from the marks and ahhhhhhh

-AWWWWWWW the scene where Jem and Will first meet is THE BEST. THOSE TWO LITTLE BOYS PRACTICALLY BABIES. AWWWW. Like Will is super rude and Jem is totally unbothered with it and then Will learns Jem is dying and feels super bad then Jem says he can teach Will to throw knives and they become best friends and Charlotte’s standing there like, it’s a miracle.

-AND LIKE IF YOU KNOW WILL’S BACKSTORY, YOU KNOW THE REASON HE LET JEM INTO HIS LIFE IS BECAUSE JEM SAID HE WAS DYING SO WILL THOUGHT IT WOULDN’T HARM JEM IF THEY BECAME CLOSE.

-AND THEN CHARLOTTE SAYS SHE WAS THE ONLY PERSON WHO HAD SEEN WILL CRY!!! I can just imagine little Will running away from his family and being cruel to everyone then just sobbing his heart out because he’s all alone and doomed to it. POOR WILL.

-I’m surprised by how close Cecily and Will still are!

-That whole law where shadowhunters can’t talk to deserters even if they’re family …. it’s cruel, man.

-Jem to Will: “I have two of your favorite words, at least when you put them together … Demon pox.”

-Gabriel: “It was the pox, wasn’t it? You know all about it, don’t you? Aren’t you some sort of expert?” Will: “Well, you needn’t act as if I invented it.”

-Cecily and Gabriel are totally going to become a thing. I can just feel it. I THINK THAT WILL BE SUPER INTERESTING TOO. We’ll see a whole other side of Gabriel.

-Will is so protective over Cecily. I do get why he is, but still. I find it really annoying the whole trope of the protective guy trying to shield the girl from the world.

-Hah! I kinda wished Tatiana and Will could reminisce about their (embarrassing) past together but oh well.

-Benedict went and wrote on the wall with blood: “The Infernal Devices are without pity … regret … number … will never stop coming.” Talk about creepy.

-Haha yeah, I KNEW IT. CECILY AND GABRIEL. I actually think it’s pretty hilarious how it turned out because here’s the thing. Maybe Gabriel actually had a bit of a crush on Will which totally explains the tension between them. So now Gabriel’s going to go with Cecily and they’re always going on about how Cecily looks like Will … IT WOULD MAKE SENSE. IT WOULD.

-I DON’T know whether to trust Gabriel or not.

-OOOH, but he’s going to stay at the institute. New blood!

-I’m glad Jem asked for Will instead of Tessa. I’M SORRY BUT I WILL NEVER BE ON BOARD WITH JEM + TESSA. How about Jem and Will just get together instead?

-Ugh, I hate Consul Wayland.

-Ooooh, I ship Gabriel and Cecily so hard already.

-The arguments between Cecily and Will are honestly kinda tiresome but okay. Aw, but Cecily sees that Will loves Tessa. LIKE GUYS IT’S SO OBVIOUS. HOW CAN JEM NOT SEE IT?

-Gideon was asking Sophie for scones just so he could see her! Then when she finds piles of scones under the bed, Sophie’s like, how dare you make me do all this work when you’re not even eating them?! And they have this argument in the room while Gabriel’s just there sleeping. Then when Sophie leaves, it turns out Gabriel’s not asleep and he’s like, “Nicely done, brother”. Then Gideon throws a scone at him. LOVE IT. I love the relationship between the Lightwood brothers so much. They really care for each other and they’re like real siblings at the same time, arguing and fooling around and even talking relationship problems and stuff.

-JEM is gonna die!? No more yin fen. But now they’re going to look for a cure!! (But I’m still wondering, how is this relationship thing gonna work? I’m like 99 percent sure Cassandra Clare didn’t kill Jem off, but then what’s gonna happen with Will and Tessa?)

-Ugh ugh ugh. These letters between Wayland and the Council are SO ANNOYING. It’s driving me nuts reading them. MY LEAST FAVORITE PART OF THE BOOK.

-Woolsey calls Will “Magnus’ blue eyed boy.” #thingstoloveaboutwoolseyscott

-YES MAGNUS. Can like every scene just have Magnus in it? Or better, Magnus and Woolsey, and Will?

-Tessa: “I have come to understand something about novels.” Woolsey: “And what is that?” Tessa: “They are not true.”

-Woolsey: “You gave Will Camille’s necklace … Tragic reminder of lost love?” Magnus: “Didn’t suit my complexion.” Yeah, you go on tell yourself that, Magnus. HE TRIES to seem like he doesn’t really care about anything but deep down he really does love. I’m sure of it.

-UGH CONSUL WAYLAND IS SOOOOOO ANNOYINGGGGG.

-NOOOOO. Gabriel and Gideon are gonna start spying on Charlotte! Forced by Consul Wayland!

PHEW! They’re actually not going to spy on her. Like, they’re gonna write false letters!!

-OMG WHAT A RIDICULOUS LETTER. I think it’s obvious they’re making it up and the Consul would recognise that. BUUUUT I must say, I don’t like how they’re portraying Charlotte as this super vain and stingy woman who’s wasting money – that’s STILL giving her a bad image.

-WOAH CHILL WILL. CHILL, DUDE. He’s all like “Get away from my sister” to Gabriel and like I get that he doesn’t like Gabriel but CECILY CAN TAKE CARE OF HERSELF. Pls.

-ACKK. Oh my god. Jem went and through the yin fen in the fire and then Will put his hands straight in there to get it out. PHEW THAT WAS INTENSE.

-I love how fierce Tessa is. When she says she’ll go to Mortmain so that Jem can have yin fen and Jem says even if she went, he’d still refuse to take the drug, she’s like “You would not insult me by hurling a sacrifice I made for you back in my face like that.”

-HHAHA now Sophie is am accomplice of the Lightwoods and their letters.

-THEY KNOW WHERE MORTMAIN IS. THINGS ARE GETTING SERIOUS!!

-Sophie and Gideon are the cutest. Sophie’s like “stop saying scones” and “they’re not my scones” and “drink your posset” and Gideon’s just like “All right.” Then Sophie’s like “Fine. If you don’t like scones, how about sponge cake?”

-NOOOO. Now Gabriel’s going to spy on Charlotte! And I can’t even feel mad at him because it’s such a hard situation and he’s got nobody to confide in ….

-YES MAGNUS. EVERY CHAPTER NEEDS MAGNUS.

-I love Will and Magnus’ relationship so much! Magnus is becoming Will’s confidante and Magnus takes care of Will.

-AHHHH Jem found out Will loves Tessa! He was like “What did Magnus mean by asking you if I knew you were in love with Tessa?” when Will and Magnus thought Jem was at death’s door and Will’s just like, shit.

-YES WILL TO THE RESCUE.

-When Will leaves and Charlotte is distraught, Magnus is all like “Not my problem, I’m just in the library reading about rabies and minding my own business”.

-Gabriel is like “Will may be a reprehensible person” but then he sees Cecily and is like “He might not be that reprehensible a person in entirety.” Oh Gabriel.

-Magnus: “All Lightwoods look the same to me-” HAHAHA. Just you wait and see, Magnus.

-Tessa: “Then I’ll have to rescue myself.” YOU GO GIRL.

-GABE AND CECY IS LIFE. Cecily is like “I think it was excessive to hurl him into the canal.” And Gabriel – “He’ll float.”

-AWW Magnus is genuinely interested in Henry’s inventions.

-SEE IT’S TRUE THAT TESSA LOVES WILL. JUST ASK SOPHIE. SHE EVEN CALLS FOR HIM WHEN SHE SLEEPS AND THOSE FLOWERS AHHH IM JUST SO HEARTBROKEN FOR TESSA.

-Gabriel: “Hiding here, are you? … That’s awkward.” Cecily: “Why?” Gabriel: “I had intended to hide here myself.”

-OH MAN WILL WAS SO CLOSE TO TESSA AND HE COULD HAVE SAVED HER BUT NOOOO. HE WENT RIGHT BY.

-WHAAAAAA-CASSANDRA CLARE ACTUALLY DID KILL OFF JEM!!! WOAH. AND JEM’s deaddddd!!!!! Ahhhhh! And Will’s parabatai rune starts to bleed and fades to silver and I CAN’T HANDLE IT. AND then he’s fighting the wolves then Woolsey Scott comes and saves him and gives him a telling off.

-Starkweather reveals the truth! I KNEW HE WAS RELATED TO TESSA. He’s her grandfather, not father (he’s too old, besides) but STILL. I KNEW IT.

-NO DON’T SEND THE LETTER GABRIEL. YOU CAN’T BETRAY CHARLOTTE. STAHP!!!

-I used to think Mortmain was a bit of a cliched villain … too evil … but I almost feel sorry for him knowing what was done to his parents.

-NOOOO. EVERYTHING SEEMS DOOMED. THE CLOCKWORK DEVICES WILL NOW BE UNSTOPPABLE.

-YES. PHEW. OMG. THAT SCENE WITH GABRIEL CONFESSING THE TRUTH WAS SO FRICKIN INTENSE. HE DIDN’T SEND THE LETTER. WE CAN ALL BREATHE NOW. AND HE’S JUST CHANGED SO MUCH FOR THE BETTER AND I’M SO PROUD OF HIM. AND NOW SOPHIE’S GOING TO MARRY GIDEON. AND THEN GABRIEL AND CECILY ARE EAVESDROPPING ON THEM AND THEY’RE HOLDING HANDS AWWWWWWW.

-Again, I’m surprised Cecily was that close to Will that she wanted to bring him home so badly. But yeah, Cecily is totally a Shadowhunter through and through.

-It’s true! Will might have seemed like the typical bad boy with a troubled past but he’s absolutely not. He’s an extremely good, upright person.

-GOD, MORTMAIN IS A TOTAL MONSTER. Destroying a whole village of people just to prove a point!!

-Guys. Mortmain’s life is linked to the devices. THE ONLY WAY TO DESTROY THE DEVICES IS TO KILL MORTMAIN. HE HAS TO GO.

-JUST LIKE THAT WILL IS WITH TESSA. OMGOMGOMG.

-Ahhhh this is heartbreaking! They’re talking about the first time they ever met and it feels so far away and in a time when they were so young and innocent and now everything has changed and can never be the same. AND OMG Will is so stupid to just go running to Tessa but it’s alright and he’s Will. What else would he have done?

-WOAH. GUYS. I DIDN’T EXPECT YOU GUYS TO GO HAVE SEX RIGHT THEN AND THERE LIKE WHAT IF MORTMAIN APPEARED? BUT OKAY FINE YOU GUYS ARE GONNA DIE SOON YOU DO YOU. #willandtessaforever

-Yes, Magnus is gonna help them defeat Mortmain!

-Gabriel: “Well, I think Henry and Magnus should go first. They invented the blasted thing.” Gideon: “It’s like he’s replaced Will. They say all the same sorts of things.” Gabriel: “I am not like Will.”

-I shouldn’t have but I totally cheered when Wayland died.

-‘”Well,” said a very amused voice. “This is unexpected.”‘ I WAS SO FRICKIN TERRIFIED THAT IT WAS MORTMAIN.

-HAHAHA Magnus is always walking in on Will and Tessa. And always saving them from embarrassing themselves in front of other people.

-AHHH TESSA AND WILL FOREVER. Also, he really has the dragon of Wales tattooed on his ass OMG.

-No, Henry is not dead. He is not dead. It can’t be! Just like that?

-WHAT THE HELL WHAT IN ACTUALL HELL. JEM??? A SILENT BROTHER????? WHAAAAATTT?

-But no. It’s just not the same when Jem is a Silent Brother and besides, he said he wouldn’t want to be one. IT DOESN’T FEEL RIGHT AT ALL.

-Phew! Henry is alive! He’s paralysed but he will live.

-WOAH. That was one amazing scene! It’s the climax of the story. Tessa changes into an angel because she has her clockwork angel with a real and powerful angel trapped inside. Then she just crushes Mortmain. And it makes so much sense! Tessa’s story started with the clockwork angel and that’s what saved them all in the end. And her gift as well; it was the only thing that could defeat Mortmain. IT’S SUCH AN AWESOME PERFECT ENDING. IT DID HAPPEN REALLY QUICKLY BUT IT’S SO PERFECT IM NOT GONNA FIND FAULT WITH IT.

-YASS Gabriel and Cecily officially kissed.

-Will in charge of the Institute? Not exactly the idea I’d have come up with.

-Poor Jem! He’s just going to live forever (or practically forever) without Tessa, without Will, without being able to marry, and without music! Why?!

-That letter Will wrote to Tessa … THEY WERE MEANT TO BE OKAY? I’ll fight anyone who says otherwise.

-I WANT TO LEARN HOW WILL GOT HIS TATTOO DAMMIT WHY DO PEOPLE KEEP INTERRUPTING HIM.

-Ok, so I totally ship Gabriel and Cecily but … woah there! No need to make marriage plans just yet ….! Slow down!

-The only thing I can really say I disliked about the book is the epilogue (don’t read epilogues guys …). Jem’s no longer a Silent Brother? And now he’s with Tessa? It just feels like a huge cop out. But I can deal with it because everything else was PERFECT.

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I mean, okay. These books weren’t perfect. The two main problems I had were that the dialogue didn’t read realistically and some bits could definitely have been written better. But seriously INFERNAL DEVICES IS LIFE. AND NOW LET ME GO READ TMI. AND WATCH SHADOWHUNTERS. AND READ THE BANE CHRONICLES SPEAKING OF WHICH OMG. A BOOK ABOUT MAGNUS???? HOW ABOUT YES???

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I would sell my soul for these books

There are bad books. There are mediocre books. There are good books. There are great books. And then … there are those mind blowing, soul crushing, feels destroying books that make you lose the capacity for human speech until all you can say is gaaaaaaaah  !!

These are some books that did that for me (in order of when I read them, as far as I can remember):

Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

I confess I didn’t love much of this book but … one word. Well, two words. Sidney Carton. He is one of my favorite characters of all time and the ending was beautifully painful.

The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R.Tolkien

LOTR destroyed me for months after. When I reread it now, I must admit it’s simply not the same. It’s just a story. But when I read it three years ago … I’m not exaggerating when I say my life would not be the same if I hadn’t read LOTR. And I think that’s the mark of a truly great book, that it can affect you to this extent. 

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games series), by Suzanne Collins

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Mockingjay is amazing. The first two books in the series were filled with tension and plot twists and amazeballs. But Mockingjay touched me in a way that the others didn’t. Mockingjay made me forget I was in my living room … forget I was a human being with a book in my hand. It horrified me. It devastated me. And it was brilliant.

Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo

It’s so beautiful, this book, I wanna cry. The 20 page treatises every other chapter are terrible, no mistake. But the story of Jean Valjean … I already knew what was going to happen in the end, but I still cried. This book … it is 1000+ pages but it is so. worth it.

East of Eden, by John Steinbeck

I nearly DNF-ed this monster of a book. The first half, I thought it was boring and two stars. Two or three hundred pages to the end, I thought I could move the rating to three. Hundred pages in, I bumped the rating to four stars. I finished the book and it absolutely blew me away. 

There was just something about Cal’s story … it struck a chord.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

I adore Markus Zusak’s writing style. It’s beautiful and haunting, particularly as TBT is narrated by Death. It makes for some painful and poetic observations. All in all, it’s an absolutely beautiful and poignant story. I could read it over and over. And (mild spoiler!) the page or so describing Alex Steiner’s homecoming never fails to make me cry. 

The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas

This book is 1000 pages … hmm, I’m noticing a pattern. 

This story … it hurts so much (another pattern?). So so much. And while there are some aspects of it I don’t enjoy, I’m not going to talk about them because … “cuddles book” NO NO NO NO NO ahhhh HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THIS TALENT MR DUMAS?!

AND Edmond Dantes is another of my all time favorite characters, even and perhaps because he is deeply flawed. His character journey is also painfully realistic. 

(Hmm, I’ve realised how very hard it is to describe books you love. Any description just won’t capture their sheer brilliance, and I end up using vague unhelpful phrases like, “beautiful”, “blew my mind”, and “made me cry”.)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians (specifically, The Last Olympian), by Rick Riordan

My relationship with this series is interesting. The first two books were good but not GREAT. I got increasingly hooked reading the next two books but it was only with The Last Olympian … I fell in love. 

Or more accurately … THE ENDING!!!!!  I still remember the moment I finished that chapter. I was laughing hysterically, hyperventilating, head spinning, and on the verge of tears. 

While reading the series, I was afraid Riordan had written a predictable or totally cliched ending – I needn’t have worried. I TRUST RIORDAN NOW. 

And of course Percy. Percy is always awesome. And Luke. And Nico. Of course. :)

The Heroes of Olympus series (specifically, Son of Neptune, House of Hades, and Blood of Olympus), by Rick Riordan

Hehe … the first book was … how shall I put it politely? 

I didn’t care. Piper and Jason were meh, the writing was messy, and Leo wasn’t enough to salvage the mediocre plot line. But – it did make me realise that I MISSED PERCY SO MUCH and Annabeth was actually pretty cool.

Then Son of Neptune … the plot was decent, Hazel and Frank are totally awesome and badass, and PERCYYYYYYYY ***intense fangirling***.

The Mark of Athena was good. House of Hades was amazing NICO MY POOR BABY NICOOO, Jason was actually pretty cool, and I just love the whole squad, and Percy and Annabeth in Tartarus was uber cool, and Leo AWWWWWWWW.

Ahem. HoO really brings out the fangirl in me – what else can I say?

Blood of Olympus was an awesome finale to the series with lots of funny moments and more Nico. 

Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus collectively is probably my ultimate favorite series

Irkadura, by Ksenia Anske

If you’re looking for a tragedy, want to cry and feel horrified and depressed at the state of humanity and life, and/or are generally a masochist, read Irkadura. You’re welcome.

No but really. It’s a freaking amazing and tragic story featuring two very diverse main characters with about everything against them and one huge heaping of pain and death.

(Plus, Ksenia Anske is super cool and awesome and kicks ass – her books are totally underrated.)  

The Siren Suicides, by Ksenia Anske

I confess, I read this trilogy primarily because of Hunter. And I will defend my reason to the end because … how can you not love Hunter?! But I also love the raw emotion in this story and the imagery and also everything about souls. 

I just love Ksenia’s voice and you can probably tell by now I’m a sucker for tragedies. 

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To sum it all up, JUST FREAKIN READ THESE BOOKS, OKAY?

Of course, I have also read plenty of other amazing books, but that’s a subject for another post. 

Life’s too short to read books you don’t adore 

I used to read a lot, and by a lot, I mean, I read every single thing I could get my hands on. Novels, check. Medicine bottles, check. Scientific books about eyesight, check. Parenting magazines, check. I was basically starving for words and anything was good enough for me.

Now, though, I’ve become busier and have wider access to books, so I’ve become much more picky in my taste. I sometimes think wistfully of the days when no book was too boring for me, but for the most part, I’m happy with my new reading habits.

Life’s too short to read books you don’t adore. There are millions of books out there and I can never hope to read them all. So if I’m not enjoying a book by … the first three or four chapters … I ditch it. If I’m halfway through a book and just lose interest, I stop. If I’m not dying to read the rest of the story … I don’t. 

Different people have different reading habits and I totally get that. This is simply what works for me.