Review: City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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?”

REVIEW:

I wasn’t super excited to read City of Glass since I didn’t enjoy City of Ashes, but I wanted to push forward with the series. The thing about these books is that I really like the Shadowhunter world, I’m just constantly annoyed by Clary and Jace.

Clary and Jace annoy me so much. No one can possibly understand either of them, and no one is right but them. With this book starting out with Jace making the decision to leave before Clary has a chance to come to Alicante, and Clary making the decision to just ignore everything and make her own portal; I wanted to slam my head against a wall. They are both so selfish, it is honestly incredible. I thought that a big portion of this book was going to be about saving Clary’s mom. Yet, the author made the decision for all of that to happen off-screen which was baffling.

More incest which is wonderful, for the ultimate reveal that “jk guys, they aren’t siblings I would never do that”. I knew going into this series that there was the incest fake out, I just didn’t think it would be three books worth. But don’t worry, Clary still kissed her actually brother. Are we sure Simon isn’t related to her? Since she kissed him too. I probably liked this book the most out of the first three of the Mortal Instruments series, but that’s not too hard. I think this book had the best forward motion, though someone really needs to make an attempt at training Clary. The Shadowhunter history is fascinating, and learning more about that world was a strong point of these books.

I’m glad I went with the reading order that Cassandra Clare recommends because I don’t think I could read more about Clary and Jace right now.

RATING: 2.5/3

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Review: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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?”

REVIEW:

Alright, I have to be honest it was a real struggle to read and finish City of Ashes. I think the flow was much better than City of Bones, but overall I just didn’t like this book.

Jace is not a likeable character, and look I know that these first three books are largely based off a Harry Potter fanfiction that Cassandra Clare wrote. That Jace was Draco, but here’s the thing Draco wasn’t the romantic lead. I just have a big problem with him in general. I don’t really understand how no one has taken Clary under their wing and started training her. Like obviously, there are much bigger things happening in the world with Valentine wanting to start a war; however Clary keeps involving herself in these issues. It would probably be helpful if she knew a bit more about fighting and the Shadowhunter world. Also, there were too many Simon is dead fake outs in this book.

Let’s get to the real problem though…it’s the incest! Everyone is under the impression that Clary and Jace are siblings. It has been revealed at the end of the previous book. Obviously, it is a bit awkward them having kissed prior, but we can write that off. We can’t write them off making out in the fairy kingdom, super gross. The absolute biggest problem I had though was in an honest conversation that Clary is having with Luke about his relationship with her mother, she thinks “I do still love Jace, damn society I’m going to be with him anyway.” She then runs to Jace to declare her feelings, when Jace tells her, “We are brother and sister. We can’t do this.” Cassandra Clare, are you implying that I should also feel devastated along with Clary? Because that’s what the tone of this book suggests, and I really absolutely hate it.

Look, I straight up didn’t like this book and honestly I’m really hoping that it gets better from here. I knew about the faux incest plot going into this series, but I didn’t think there would be this much emphasis on it, my mistake. I’m going to power through this next book and hopefully we start to see some improvement.

RATING: 1/5

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WWW Wednesday – January 6, 2021

Happy New Year! It is the first Wednesday of the new year, which means another WWW Wednesday. I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

I am currently reading Dark Harmony by Laura Thalassa. It is the third book in the Bargainer Series. I am completely loving this series! It is a fantasy romance, so I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for their next read after From Blood & Ash or the ACOTAR series.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu. This was the first Shadowhunters novel I actually really enjoyed. I had some issues with the first three Mortal Instruments novels. This book didn’t focus on Clary and Jace which is probably why I enjoyed it. I’ve been reading the Shadowhunters novels in the order that Cassandra Clare suggests, which gave a nice break from the Mortal Instruments series. I plan on taking a break from the Shadowhunters novels for all of January, but we will see if that changes.

What do you think you’ll read next?

My next read will be Fable by Adrienne Young. I’m super excited to read this book! It has been all over bookstagram, and I’ve heard so many wonderful things. Also I’m obsessed with the book cover. It is absolutely stunning. I received it for Christmas and I hope it lives up to the hype!

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what you thought!

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WWW Wednesday – December 16th 2020

It’s another WWW Wednesday, and I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren, this was my Book of the Month choice and I’m very excited to finally start reading it. It has a Groundhog Day-like plot involving a time loop just set around Christmas. I’m loving it so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just finished City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I am not loving this series so far, but I’ve also heard that the first three books are the weakest set in the Shadowhunters world. So I am pushing through. I requested City of Glass at my library, but I think I’m going to read a few books before I start that.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next book is going to be Air Awakens by Elise Kova. It is book one in another fantasy series (I think I might have a problem). It sounds super interesting and it is featured through Kindle Unlimited. We will see how In A Holidaze has me feeling after I finish it, since that will really determine what I read next.

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Review: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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…”

REVIEW:

I, somehow, managed to have never read any book in the Mortal Instruments Series. I was always a bit skeptical because I just kept hearing about this faux incest plot. That being said I’ve heard some great things about other books in this series and world that I have wanted to check out. So here I am starting up this series.

I think reading these as a 29 year old hurts me a bit, most of the time I don’t think this affects reading anything ya fantasy. With this book, I was very aware that I am not the target audience. A majority of the characters kind of annoyed me, especially Jace. I did really enjoy the world building, and the potential for what could happen and what could be incorporated. Alec, Isabelle, and Jace all treat Clary and especially Simon horribly, but yet I’m supposed to believe that they would be against the teachings of The Circle.

City of Bones did feel all over the place plot wise. Like I understood wanting to introduce different aspects of the world, but maybe I don’t need Simon turning into a rat and the rescue of him. It just felt messy and disjointed. The flow overall wasn’t great. I also thought the ending felt awkward. Obviously, there is more than one book so I knew that Valentine wasn’t going to be thwarted. There has to be set up for the future installments, but it was building to this big conclusion and instead the ending just whimpers out.

Overall, I think there is a lot of promise with this series. I enjoyed the world the story is set in and the gradual reveal of the history behind everything. While feeling familiar at times, I think it sets itself apart enough to intrigue the audience. I’m interested to see where the series takes me.

RATING: 2.5/5

Have you read any of this series? What books should I be excited for in this series?

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WWW Wednesday – December 9th, 2020

I saw this on Taking on a World of Words and just loved it so I’m continuing it here! You just answer the three questions below, you can share yours in the comments or feel free to spread the love to your blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Roommate by Rosie Danan, I just picked this up this morning and I already love it! I have a heard some really great things about this book and the premise is super interesting. I always like to read romances in between big fantasy novels. So this seemed like the perfect choice, also it has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare yesterday. I have never read this series, and while I wasn’t completely in love with the storyline in this book, I really enjoyed the whole Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see where it goes.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next read will probably be City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I just picked it up from my library and I’m interested to see where this story goes. I want to get through the first three book of this series before I pick up another fantasy series.

Let me know what you are reading!

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