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I loved the first three Mortal Instruments novels: City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass.
To me, this series was a perfect blend of things I value highly in teen fantasy fiction: the plot wraps up in a deeply satisfying manner reminiscent of Harry Potter; the acerbic wit of the dialogue recalls Buffy the Vampire Slayer; and the mythology of the Nephilim creates one richest, most complex, and believable parallel worlds I’ve read in fantasy fiction in a long time. The characters are fascinatingly damaged, at turns hilarious, suicidally brave, and, in classic teenaged fashion, rebellious at just the right time for a plot twist.
I was very surprised and a little disappointed when the announcement for City of Fallen Angels–the fourth of six planned MI novels– was released; it seemed clear to me that the series had wrapped up, and that the continuation was a way to cash in on the massive popularity of the original trilogy. I was not surprised to find that CoFA felt forced when I read it, and that a lot of the ‘plot’ was set-up for the coming novels.
Oh, of course, I’ll keep reading them, but the series has lost some of its original luster for me, alas. I imagine others feel the same, so I compiled a Pinterest pinboard to organize read-alikes that share some of the best parts of that original Mortal Instruments reading experience.