note: review does contain spoilers if you haven't read the first four books in the series.
I don't really think I realized how much I was enjoying this series until I reached the end of City of Lost Souls. Considering how epically long it took me to get through City of Bones, I completely devoured the rest of the series. And I'm going to miss these characters and their stories. There are, however, things I won't miss. (Similes, anyone? Oye. Also not going to miss scanning chunks of writing that described seemingly unimportant scenes from the perspective of secondary (at best) characters.) Hopefully glossing over those scenes that didn't involve Jace, Clary, or Simon won't come back to bite me in the ass somehow in the next book.
Though Jace took a little time for me to warm up to, I found myself obsessing over him and Clary. I wanted them together. I wanted him happy.
I wanted them to stop making out when they still thought they were brother and sister. Squick. But Jace made me laugh (more so in the first three books, but I still enjoyed his character). I really liked being able to picture him as Jamie Campbell Bower as I read, and I think he'll do a really good job portraying Jace in the movies.
I'm glad I finally caved and gave this series a shot. I found that as I read, I was desperate to finish the books... and yet I didn't really want it to end. I guess that's when you know you've completely lost yourself in a story. I so wish I didn't have to wait the year (or whatever it is) for the next book, but give it a week and I'm sure I'll find something to obsess over in the meantime :)
Also, I am SO freaking glad that Ms. Clare didn't make Jace a virgin. I think I might have thrown my book across the room if that had been the case. It is SO beyond unbelievable when the perfect, Adonis hero that oozes sex appeal also happens to be a virtuous, untouched virgin. Just. No.