Just when I thought that YA romances couldn't get any creepier, I find this book. Holy crap, yuck. I assume that everything works out at the end of the series, but it's still gross.
Aside from the romance, the book is okay. I'm not the biggest fan of paranormal romance/urban fantasy, but I've met a lot of people who love this series, so I thought I'd give it a try. Honestly, I don't see why this book is any better than the thousands of other fantasy books out there. It seems pretty average to me. Maybe I just don't know enough about the genre.
Jace is the most interesting part of the book. Some of his dialogue is very funny, though the constant sarcasm did start to get on my nerves. He also has slightly more personality than the other characters. He's a jerk, and I didn't like him, but he isn't as flat as Clary and some of the other characters.
The action scenes and plot twists are well done. I did predict a lot of the twists, but there are enough of them that I didn't predict them all. The fight scenes are entertaining.
I haven't read much fan fiction, but the writing does remind me a lot of fan fiction. I think it's mostly the random (and, in my opinion, unnecessary), point-of-view switches. I also didn't really understand the Simon/rat plot line. That could have been taken out of the book without changing anything. Maybe it will have a point later in the series.
I'm going to read the next book in the series, so I will get to find out.
Okay, I just Googled the author, and she did start out writing fan fiction. That's probably why the writing has a fan fiction feel to it.