Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Mortal Instruments Books by Cassandra Clare Review!

Hey everyone!

For my first book review I will review the Mortal Instruments Books. I'll be updating this page as I go along and finish them as well as when the new ones are being released. The books are The City of Bones, The City of Ashes, The City of Glass, the City of Fallen Angels, and The City of Lost Souls all by the amazing author Cassandra Clare.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 27, 2007
485 pages

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to 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 being pulled into Jace's world witha  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.

1. City of Bones -- This is the first book in the series and let me tell you I could not put it down! I was completely hooked the second I started reading it and I have been enthralled in the series ever since. It starts out you meet Clary who is a teenage girl living in New York. It opens with her and her best friend, Simon, going to a night club where she meets Jace, Isabelle and Alec who turn her world upside down and send her spiraling into a new world where demons, vampires, werewolves, and fairies aren't just fantasy. And when her mother has been kidnapped she goes on a journey where she finds out who she really is and what world she really lives in. It is a pageturner! I highly recommend this book as I would the entire series. It's got the right amount of magic to keep you interested and there are some heart wrenching things that happen but it only increases you're hunger for more!

The characters you meet are both incredibly endearing and incredibly frustrating! For example, it's hard not to swoon when thinking of Jace and all that he is described to be -- the angelic looking one with golden hair and golden skin -- but as the description says he can be a real jerk! Clary on the other hand is so strong headed and she's the little heroin that keeps on going no matter what happens. There are also some amazing quotes inside this book that have me itching for a highlighter.

My rating: 5/5
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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instrument Series #2)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 25, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
453 pages

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.

2. City of Ashes -- This second book in the series keeps the magic going! You learn more about Valentine, Jace, and the rest of Clary's new world that she lives in. You see her and Jace come to terms and struggle with what they have discovered in the last book -- which by the way was so painful to read, I hated it! -- and you see some interesting things involving Simon. The heart wrenching discoveries don't stop and it keeps you on the edge of your seat as again more mystery clouds Clary's life.

This book still stays set in New York and you really see and understand how much of this magical world surrounds and has surrounded Clary her entire life. Now that her mother is back, she has to figure out how to wake her up from the enchanted coma she seems to be under. I thinks it's a great addition to the first one and believe that it goes to set up more drama to fill the next books as well as the ending to this one.

"You disappear so completely into your head sometimes. I wish I could follow you."
Definitely my favorite quote from this series. When Jace says this to Clary, I don't know I just love it. And as Clary loves the way Jace can form words and sentences, so do I!
My rating: 5/5
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City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series #3)
by Cassandra Clare
Published March 24, 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
541 pages

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 provide deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy the Mortal Instruments. [The third in the series now that she has continued it!]

3. City of Glass -- This is the third book in the series. Most of this one is set in Idris, more importantly the capital, Alicante or the Glass City as it's more commonly known. More interesting things are popping up with Simon and Clary as well as Jace. Clary is still on the hunt for the way to cure her mother and it sends her into a tailspin of new adventures as the whole crew move locations to the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters. By far I think this is my favorite so far because I literally could not handle all the emotions that this book threw at me! I had to put it down for a second to regroup but I  couldn't leave it alone for long because I was longing to finish it even though it nearly gave me a heart attack (in a good way).

I really enjoyed the change of scenery and learning more about the Shadowhunter world as Clary did. And I also enjoyed meeting new characters whether or not they were ones I liked. It was a refreshing way to keep the series going. As I read the summary I realize it was intended to be the end, but obviously not as there are two more books out and a third one rumored to be out in late 2013/early 2014! I'm so glad this was the end because it was definitely awesome, but I crave more Jace, Clary, Alec, and Isabelle. I highly recommend reading this series even just for this book. It was a wonderful continuation -- or even if it was supposed to be the end it was a fantastic way to end but still left it open so there could be more written as there ended up being.

My rating: 5/5
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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments Series #4)
by Cassandra Clare
Published April 5, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
424 pages

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last and -- most importantly of all -- she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side -- along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls -- neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. 

4. City of Fallen Angels -- This book was fantastic! All your favorite characters are back and some new ones as well! Everyone's back in New York after The Mortal War has ended and you'd think everything would be fine now -- well you're wrong! Even though Valentine is dead, there is still another bad guy out there threatening our group of characters!

I thought I wouldn't like it as much because there was no Valentine and that's what really glued the first three books together -- since they were supposed to be a trilogy -- but Clare connected it nicely in a fresh new way. You delve deeper into the intricate world of the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders and there's so much more to learn! There's a lot more Simon in this book, which was very awesome because Simon has been dealt so many bad hands that its great for him to get some attention! Jace and Clary of course are a huge part of the focus, and some stuff is happening with Jace that causes a whole other can of worms to be opened. It's so original and interesting and such a page turner -- just like the rest of this series!

My rating: 5/5

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City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5)
by Cassandra Clare
Published May 8, 2012 by Margaret K. McElderry
535 pages

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith's magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The CLave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try and save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing not just her own life, but Jace's soul. She's willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

5. City of Lost Souls -- This is the fifth book in the series and was just as fantastic as the rest! This one is following on the journey where Jace is missing and under the spell of Sebastian who has now come back to life. He's on a mission and Jace is following his every move -- as well as being connected to him in a way that protects them both or harms them both -- you can't kill or hurt one without hurting the other. Clary is thrown into making choices and discovering if the boy she loved is still there to be saved as well as trying to protect him from the Clave.

This book was so explosive again. It makes me so upset for Jace because I feel like he's always got the short end of the stick. He's the brother so he can't get the girl he wants, then he dies, but then he's possessed by Lilith and wants to kill her in the last book and now he's imprisoned by Sebastian and forced to do his bidding. He can never catch a break can he? And I love Jace, so much, but I feel so bad for him! I think the ideas in this book were amazing and that she keeps the story moving in a way I didn't think would happen after the Mortal War at the end of book 3 -- where the original story was supposed to end. I'm glad to see that her writing and story line have still developed and haven't dulled down.

I think the author puts so much emotion into her writing that you can literally feel it. I love that about the relationships in this book -- I can feel what's going on. I also like how it's not just about Clary but it's about the other stories as well. They're all mixed so wonderfully to give you a huge picture of this crazy world.

It was strange how your world could shift on its axis and everything you trusted could invert itself in what seemed like no time at all.
I love that quote from the book and I think it's so true and depicts this entire series perfectly. Well done Clare!

My rating: 5/5

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Overall, I really enjoy this series and it got me really excited -- so much that I decided to do a review of it before I even finished all the books but I know by reading the first two and a half that I would definitely recommend the rest. The books are honestly filled with everything you can imagine -- Romance, Magic, Mystery, Evil Villians, Fantasy, and a little bit of Horror with those demons. It's a must read I believe! At times it might seem a little slow I'll admit especially when it sets you up for things in the first or second books, but it's so worth it when you get to the good stuff. Stick with it and I promise it won't disappoint even if at points it seems like its an overflow of information with the length of the books! I have immense love for Cassandra Clare and this series! 

Let me know what you thought of the books if you have read them or tell me if you plan to read them!

Happy Reading!

1 comment:

  1. Hi :) Came across your blog and had to leave a comment. I also love reading and creative writing. I've been so busy writing an eBook that I haven't had time to blog and read for over a year! Getting back into the blogging community now though and finally getting round to reading all the books that are over flowing my bookshelf! I plan to read the mortal instruments series - saw the film and loved it but had never heard of these books. Looking forward to more reviews :) - I'm hoping to post a few reviews on my blog, so check it out if you have the time.