Book Review: City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

*onto book three we go*


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Name: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 24, 2009)

Synopsis

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 her best friend, 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 Times bestselling The Mortal Instruments.


Book Cover Comments

So apparently we have Simon featured on this cover and it is definitely not how my fantasy sequences turned out to be in terms of how he looks… (lol) But there is no deinal in that gorgeous mystic background :)


The Actual Review

Really.

No better way than to end the first trilogy in the Mortal Instruments.

I think that even with a predictable ending (I’m sorry), this book was super fun and super heartbreaking to read. Not to mention we get an expansion of the world as we travel to Idris, home of the Shadowhunters and to see this side of the world, other than being back in New York for the past two books. (basically)

One thing I did hope for was a map of Idris because while I wasn’t that lost, I was kind of lost. I do know that the map exists, but since our focus is on this City of Glass, it was kind of a disappointment that my new edition didn’t include that XD

I can’t help but say that I love myself some cheesy romance, and Clary and Jace is my perfect cup of tea. Their tangible relationship and inner clashes between what they truly desire and what they cannot is what makes the love line really really God damn epic. Actually, it’s this that basically carried the whole plot line around. I found Clary really appealing in this book because of how it portrayed Clary to stand out among the others. And no, I don’t mean just power. What was most important of Clary that struck me was the fact that her human upbringing made her so… human. It’s that sort of cliche pull between “oh yea I was in a normal upbringing but I bring something unique” and the Shadowhunters that gave me a good cliche.

I was actually in English class last week when we talked about the fact that how everyone sometimes loves a good cliche, even if it is a cliche and no one likes cliches.

I actually must say, but if you, dear reader, haven’t noticed by now with the Mortal Instruments, the Clave is really portrayed to be a stick in the mud, eih no?

The Clave’s past and present plays an important role in how the book played out as well as how the characters revolve. And this leads us to our next point:

Another character that really drove my mind crazy was definitely Valentine. There is more to just that sort of evil persona that we are seeing: the thought process born from a random spark, all that he has done to achieve his final goals, but the secrets and all the hidden emotions, and what they might actually possibly mean. Valentine was what made the ending really vibrant and interesting. I think it was his compelling character that totally led the book to skyrocket.

Sebastian is @)$*&#$&@#^$@#^$*&@#$@*&#$%%%%%%
Just to keep everyone spoiler free!
Yay!
BRAVO!

Oh and I must tell you that there is a magnificent revelation somewhere in this book. I actually read spoilers about this revelation, but it still managed to leave a great big impact in my heart. It was good stuff, I tell you.

Oh
Btw
We get a bit more ANGELS this time.

And there is only one thing I can say:

Angels.

Are.

Fucking.

Magnificent.

Like,

Literally.


Crush the Bones into Ashes, throw them into a fire to forge Glass.
There is no perfect way to end the first story arc of the Mortal Instruments,
Than the City of Glass.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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