After finishing this, I went back to look at other reviews on Goodreads and now I don't particularly know what to write in this review that hasn't already been said, or been slated. There is so much love and hate in equal measures out there for this book, I feel a bit bewildered to tell you the truth!
To start off, I made a stupid rookie mistake and perused some reviews before reading. I know not to do this on Goodreads when it comes to bestsellers, but sometimes I really cannot help myself. So, of course, I read a massive spoiler about the entire end of the book in one sentence. Damn.
Anyway, this is going to be short and sweet. I personally fell in love with this book after reading the first couple of pages and thoroughly enjoyed it the entire way through. I loved the writing, the action, the characters and the world. For me, Cassandra Clare gave just the right amount of information for me to both understand what was going on, whilst also leaving parts wrapped in mystery to be revealed later. After I finished, I felt that delicious draw to instantly crack open the second instalment and fall back into the story as though I'd never left. I feel like I've definitely found a new favourite series of mine and feel quite annoyed with myself that it's taken me this long to get around to starting it!