Book Reviews: The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, and City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare.

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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

 

(Note: I originally wrote this review January 11, 2014. )

The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare.I liked this better than the first book. It was not as weighed down with the mythology or the history of the characters. Not having to keep track of all that lore, it was easier to focus on the story. It’s a quick read and the plot moves along. Of course there is all that teenage angst and love triangles. It’s like a guilty pleasure supernatural drama on the CW. 

 
Speaking of which, I can’t even be grossed out by Jace and Clary’s affections for each other because I know they are not related and they are just being so stupid. Why don’t these kids get a DNA test done?! They know Valentine is a manipulator and a liar. The man faked his death TWICE! Why would should they trust his word? Get a DNA test.Then there is Simon. Simon and Clary’s attempt at a relationship was so unconvincing and forced. I also felt it was unnecessary.

There a few things that bothered me, as most of my CW dramas do.
I was annoyed that some of the conversations were interrupted by SOME NEW TURN OF EVENTS! Would it kill you, Clare, to finish the topic?

Page 403 – Valentine wanted to trade Clary for Maia? What was the point of that? Valentine could have killed Maia and taken her blood for the ritual when he took Simon’s. What is the point of this nonsense trade? I think it was a silly plot device to get Valentine and Clary to talk and then lead to the final confrontation and reveal on page 422.

Anyway, I still really like Valentine because he makes the story interesting. It’s twisted, I know. He is diabolically insane. What kind of sick bastard experiments on his children when they are still in the womb? I am NOT rooting for him. I only feel these are the kinds of villains that enhance the story.

Page 145 – Shadowhunters and pop culture. Really? Alec had no idea who Madonna is? I am tired of these Shadowhunter kids being so oblivious to the world. Just because they are special snowflakes does not mean they need to live in a bubble. (LOL that can be a snow globe analogy.)

I am too lazy to look for it, but I am 98% sure Clary was told in City of Bones that Luke is in love with her mother. I think it was Hodge who told her. So, the conversation she has with Luke at the end makes little sense.

 
4 out of 5 Runes
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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 prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

(Note: I originally wrote this review January 17, 2014. )
 
Book Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare.I really enjoyed this book in the series and liked it the best of the first three. I felt like it wrapped up really well and don’t know why Clare continued the story with three more books after this event. From the sound of the summaries I read, the plots don’t seem as interesting.

Back to City of Glass. It was just jam packed with a mix of action and soap opera drama that made it a good page turner. The climatic conclusion was non-stop and really had my attention. I was glad Valentine’s plan backfired.

I know I have said over and over that Jace and Clary could have avoided all that drama with a simple DNA test, but not knowing the truth brought on a climatic reveal worthy of any of my favorite soap operas from my younger days. LOL


 
Speaking of which… compared Jocelyn’s tale to Luke’s. Luke said back in their school days she stood apart from the Circle. She would mockingly call the Circle “Valentine’s Fan Club” and it was not till Valentine’s father died that it awakened her sympathy and then they fell in love.
The way Jocelyn tells it, she says she was taken with Valentine but thought she did not stand a chance, but he chose her.So which is it? Or are both versions right, just from their separate point of views.

Also, why did Jocelyn not mention how she was able to steal the Mortal Cup from Valentine before she went into exile? That seems like a pretty important detail to me to just leave out of the story. Considering Valentine’s diabolical plans you would think he’d safe guard the Cup with his life, so how did she manage to steal from him?

One more thing. On page 350 Isabelle says Clary only knew Jace for about a month. Wth? The timeline of this trilogy seems it should at least be 3 months, 4 the most.


4 out of 5 runes

 

 

 

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