March 31, 2011

Review: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Seiries: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2007

When 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 in odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the shadow hunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons - and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden haired Jace. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world, with a vengeance , when her mother disapears and Clary herself is bitten by a demon. But why would demons be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The shadowhunters would like to know...

After the first chapter of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, I was instantly hooked. To everything from the interesting characters, the intriguing plot-line and the mysterious sexy Jace Wayland. After that things only got more interesting and, as Libba Bray - author of Going Bovine -says

"Hold on for a smart, sexy thrill ride!"

I really couldn't agree more! I could not put down this book, and some parts actually brought me to tears! NOTHING brings me to tears!

When I finished the book the only thing that was left unanswered - for me - was the question of  "What happens next?! The cliffhanger and sadness that lingered at the end of the books was heartbreaking which made me go right ahead and read City of Ashes, the second installment, and City of Glass the third book (see reviews below) in the - so called - trilogy.

Overall I rate Cassandra Clare's City of Bones 5 STARS



Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2008

Clary Fray just wishes her life would go back to normal! But what's normal when you're demon-slaying shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and suddenly you can see downworlders like vampires, werewolves, and faeries? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend Simon but the shadowhunters won't let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating new found brother Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rouge shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil, and also her father. When the second mortal instrument is stolen , the terrifying inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help his father?

In the second installment of The Mortal Instruments things just get more interesting! Jace and Clary's love for each other is getting torn apart by the fact that they are brother and sister. The way the story played out like this I thought was very well done by Clare and the whole story really reflected upon the last book, and though heart-breaking as it was, I flipped through the pages very fast.

The story itself was intriguing and I was pulled right into the plot-line, which took off very well from the last book which I admit was a tiny bit better. Clare seemed to be not as into this next story about Clary and wasn't putting her whole heart in it... which was very saddening.

Nevertheless the story was still AMAZING and I rate it 5 STARS


Title: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: McElderly Books
Published: 2009

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 The Mortal Instruments.

I loved every bit of this story  the way the words the flowed, the intricate, heartbreaking, powerful plot-line that got you instantly hooked, and the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter as the real story is finally revealed. It was truly amazing, and Cassy outdone herself on this one. Why else would I be literally gripping the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next? This book is definitely on the same shelf as the well known Harry Potter series and edges by the Percy Jackson phenomenon. Which let me tell you is quite a feat!

Though the beginning was a bit slow-paced I like how Cassandra turned the story into an amazing adventure, and with no doubt in my mind I rate it 5 STARS!

Oh yes! There's one more thing that I have to mention before I sign off! If you were a fan of the originally 3 Mortal Instruments books then hold on to your horses because Cassy's coming out with another 3 Mortal Instruments, and guess what? The fourth installment comes out April 5th. Which I should mention is only 5 DAYS AWAY!

This is the cover for City of Fallen Angels so be ready to get blown away by Cassandra's newest novel!

 Have fun reading,

- Jocelyn AKA Crazy Writer

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