I enjoyed this book much more than the first. I think the author has shown much more creativity and is developing her own style rather than borrowing themes and plots from other best-sellers. I also didn't find the characters as whiny in this book, but maybe they're just growing on me. Although this book is written in 2nd person point of view, the perspective still shifts periodically between the characters, allowing readers insight into not only Clary's emotions but also Jace, Simon, and even Alec, which may help readers more closely identify with them. I like where the story is going (although before reading this one I did have to look up some of the plot surprises...sorry but I didn't want to keep reading a series about incest). So, even though I know parts of what will happen in the next book, I'm still excited to keep reading!