Jun 28, 2012

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Book Description:

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing 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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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 trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Christina's BookReview
 “People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but its the way you live your life that matters.”

In the third installment of The Mortal Instruments we finally get the answers to all of our questions. Are Clary and Jace really related? Is Jace really as evil as Valentine? Does Jocelyn wake up? Why are Jace and Clary so powerful? And so many more.

City of Glass starts off a couple of weeks after its predecessor, City of Ashes. The Lightwood’s have been summoned back to Alicante. Clary is set to find the potion to wake her mother from her coma. Everything is set. But Jace has other plans…

In City of Glass we start off with Jace trying to keep Clary safe from his father Valentine and the Clave. But things don’t’ turn out as planned. When Jace is forced to leave New York and bring along Simon, the story begins to unravel for him.

On the other hand, Clary being her usual stubborn self and not liking that the Lightwoods and Jace have left her behind, creates a rune to open a portal to Alicante. What she doesn’t expect is Luke coming along for the ride. After arriving in Alicante a series of events are set in motion and we are taken on the adventure of a lifetime!

Let me sum up a couple of things that stood out to me in City of Glass:

1. Clary’s stubbornness- Although at times she was a little rash in her decision I liked that she wasn’t letting anyone push her around. She was pretty badass as well.
2. Jace punishing himself because of who his “father” is-It was heart-wrenching seeing how Jace continued to feel like he was a monster and push all the people that loved him away. Finally when things are revealed you can’t help but love Jace even more than what you already have.
3. Alec finally growing a backbone- During the series Alec was not one of my favorite characters. To me he seemed whiny and annoying. That changed when he began to finally just be himself and also a leader of the Lightwood children. And when he finally saw what was in front of him.
4. Magnus’s help to bring Jocelyn back-His devotion to helping Alec and the gang was immense. I loved Magnus from book 1 and I’m glad he was a constant in each book.
5. Luke’s undying devotion to helping and protecting Clary- I LOVE LOVE Luke! He was, after Jace, by far my favorite character in this series. His love for everything and everyone concerning Clary and Jocelyn was heartwarming. He was sweet, attentive, protective, authoritative and everything else an adult figure should be.
6. Jocelyn’s history with Valentine- Finally being able to fully understand the background of Valentine and the Circle was very information and answered many of our questions. Although Jocelyn doesn’t play a huge part in the series he story was the most helpful.
7. The slight glimpses into Valentines “nice” side- We all expect the villain to be incredibly evil, and although Valentine is that, we got to see little glimpses of how he was in the beginning. He was a man with a vision, consumed with jealousy and power.
8. The Clave- I enjoyed finally getting to finally see what all the fuss and hype was about the all knowing Clave. It turns out they aren’t all knowing. And some are not people that should lead the Shadowhunter community.
9. Clary/Jace/Sebastian triangle- Although there really wasn’t a romantic triangle there was a triangle. The introduction of Sebastian was an interesting one and one that I didn’t see coming until about a quarter into the book.

I enjoyed all the action that was in this book, from the fighting scenes to the history of Valentine’s Circle. All of our questions are finally answered as well as new ones arising. New characters are introduced that are a huge part of the story and one that will have everyone on the tip of their seats. The devotion of all the characters is endless.

The only thing that bothered my about City of Glass was the new questions that arise at the end. I look forward to reading more of the books but hope that the series isn’t dragged on and that Clary and Jace aren’t thrown into another whirlwind dilemma.

With all that said. If you enjoy paranormal action packed books, romances, and paranormal beings, pick up The Mortal Instruments. You will not be disappointed! 

Review for Book #1-City of Bones HERE 

Review for Book #2-City of Ashes HERE 

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