City of Glass

Title: City of Glass

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now  *full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Timesbestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

My Review: Might be my favorite book of the series so far, although I have to say I really loved City of Ashes. I’m in awe of this book. truly. Out of all the things I saw coming, I did not see Sebastian. At all, I didn’t even think that he could have been bad. I was shocked when I found out the full story.

MASSSIVE SPOILERS AHEAD

so I’m going to give you my overall rating now

Rating: 6.5-.75/7

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City of Ashes

imageTitle: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation

My Review: So I dove into this immediately after reading City of Bones and I gotta say it did not miss a beat! I don’t know what it is about the second books in a series but to me they either are: REALLY good or REALLY bad. Luckily for me this one was fantastic! I like the dimensions in the Shadowhunter laws and officials. Every aspect of this plot line had interesting narratives and layers. The overall character development was great every character grew. I got a little tired of the whole “forbidden romance thing” because again I never thought they were siblings. I’m sorry but it was all too obvious. Why? The evil mastermind of the series tells you a lie. What is Valentine Morgenstern good at? Lying and manipulating other people to do his bidding. So as soon as he said it I was like… “uh-huh suuuuuuure.” Also I mean there are certain taboos you know can’t write without resolving them…

Well you can but you’d have to prepare to lose a ton of your readers to do it. Second reason uhhhh old lady Herondale. Done. Why would she have done what she did for him if there wasn’t some other reason for it? This whole narrative reminded me of one of my favorite required reading for school growing up: Ophelia’s Child.

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It had very similar motifs, such as a forbidden romance, and how the only family that really matters is the one that loves you. I seriously recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Sorry I’m trying to be unspoilerific about the main plot line but oh well. Also to be fair these came directly from my notes before I read the third one soooooo. ANYWAY, back on topic: the character development. I really begun to like the majority of the Lightwood kids in this book, I wasn’t too into them before but now I really like them. Also new favorite character Maia the bamf werewolf girl! Everyone grew, especially Simon ; __ ; you poor baby the crap they put you through… Overall an amazing installment into The Mortal Instruments Series

Rating:6.5/7

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Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books 

Status: Available now 

*full disclosure: Bought

Description: (by goodreads.com) When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing — not even a smear of blood — to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know… . 
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Review: Wow. So ok I was terrified. I did something I normally never do and that is I bought the whole box set. So I don’t know what it was but for whatever reason I wasn’t getting into the story and I thought to myself “oh god, I’ve bought this entire box set and I don’t even LIKE this book.” Well I spent the 20 bucks and I didn’t just want it to be a waste and I don’t like giving up on books so I carried on. It wasn’t until I could get a solid chunk of the book down like 150 pages in a sitting where everything changed. I loved it. It was gradual but once it hooked me I was done. I love this book. I’m already on City of Glass. This turned out way better than I thought it was going to be I wish I had started this series back when I was in high school but after Twilight I just wanted to NOT be disappointed by my favorite genre anymore… Well I did myself a disservice and I’m so glad that I did buy the  box set. 

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I do want to say one thing though about Clary. She is not a Mary Sue. I’ve seen this pop up everywhere and I’m baffled by it. Bella is a Mary Sure, Jean Grey is a Mary Sue, Relena Peacecraft is a Mary Sue, but Clary? I don’t see it. What a Mary Sue is to me is a damsel (either M or F) in distress, a person who ONLY whines, who acts selfishly more often than not without any regard of how their actions can effect others. I think Clary does whine, sure but she’s not a Mary Sue I think she stands up for what she believes in and refuses to sit on the sidelines. She’s always trying to help and takes on responsibility for things that aren’t her fault. Not in a look at me way, but in a surviver’s guilt way. Especially with what happened to Simon I would have reacted the way she did. I feel like people need to give her a little bit more credit. Also about the Faux sibling thing. She could have just given in and not cared about who that would effected but she stuck to her morals and refuses to give into her weirdo emotions which you know turn out to not be weird. Actually that’s the one flaw I have in the series it was so obvious that he wasn’t her brother. SO OBVIOUS but that’s okay it was done in a thoughtful enough way to make it not matter.

Simon is my spirit animal btw

Also Favorite Ship? Jocelyn and Luke. OMFG I LOVE THEM

Rating:6/7

 

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