Today I’m going to review the first part of the mortal instruments series by Cassandra Clare; City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass.
So first of all, you’re probably asking yourselves . . . why only part 1? It’s because I’ve only read part 1 (I know, I know, I’m late to the party – but City of fallen angles is sitting on my TBR list, I’ll get to it soon enough).
I love this series. I think I should start out by saying that. I really, really do, and I don’t think I’m alone on that one. After all, Shadowhunters TV show is coming out (yay!!). Fans who didn’t like the movie get another chance with this series, which I’m really excited about!
I give it nine out of ten stars. It’s urban Fantasy, and I recommend it to fans of badass female heroins, hunters, hybrids and demons. And for readers of Vampire Academy (Richelle Mead), The Dark Elements (Jennifer L. Armentrout). If you like the Mortal Instruments but haven’t read these, you might want to check them out.
Summary (Goodreads): City of Bones: 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…
(Goodreads) City of Ashes: 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?
(Goodreads) City of Glass: 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?
Non spoiler review: If you haven’t read these books yet, I suggest you run to the bookstore right this instant and pick them up. If you like YA urban fantasy, they have everything you’ll be hoping for in a book: Great world building, interesting characters, dramatic plot twists and hilarious lines (and i mean hilarious, especially Jace). It’s got a love triangle, so if you’re not into that you may be a little hesitant to pick it up, but I recommend it anyways. That’s all I can tell you without spoiling, sorry.
Spoiler review: So how great were these books?
Seriously, they had me going from the very first second.
I’ve seen a few reviews where people said the Infernal devices was a little better, because she wrote it later. I’ve only read Clockwork Angel, and I did love more than I loved TMI, but that may have something to do with the different characters and the historical setting. Which series do you like better?
Did I love the Jace-Clary brother and sister plotline? Not so much. That’s the main reason I gave it a nine instead of a ten, they made out more than once and I thought it was gross, and then she kissed her actual brother. I realize it was necessary, of course, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of it. But with the end of City of Glass, and I’m hopeful that they’re relationship will blossom in the next books.
Another thing, did anyone else notice everyone is suddenly a Harondale? The inquisitioner is a Harondale, Jace is a Harondale, Luke’s sister is an ex Harondale, Will is a Harondale (from TID). A lot of Harondales, but I like how everyone is related.
Jace – he may be my favorite character. He’s sexy, mysterious, and hilarious. The funniest guy int he entire series, beaten only by his relative Will Harondale. I really feel bad that he doesn’t even have a name. His entire life he thought his name was Jonathan and he had a father, and then he had none of those things. The final battle in City of Glass between him and “Sebastian” got to me the most, because it was the real son vs. the fake one. Besides, I have to call him Jace Wayland-Morgenstern-Harondale-Lightwood. I’m so glad he didn’t join Valentine; I was a little worried there in City of Ashes, when his entire family was betraying him. I think the Lightwoods are his family, and I really wanted to hit them in the head with their own book when they treated him like Valentine’s son instead of their own (I also wanted to scream he’s not really Valentine’s son! because I had been spoiled, just like everyone else on the planet).
Clary – she was a great heroine. She had the bff (Simon), the mysterious powers, the tragedy, and the goal – she knew what she had to do the minute her mother went missing. She had to save her. She had to become part of the Shadowhunters. She had to go to Idris. It made everything compelling and I was on the edge of mu seat. I was happy with her love stories with both Jace and Simon. I was sad when Clary and Simon broke up in City of Ashes. I liked them together, but I guess Simon was right; she didn’t really love him that way. But I don’t really like Simon with Maya for some reason. I ship him with Isabelle.
I hated the Clary is Joselyn’s daughter and Jace is Valentine’s son double slandered. I mean, I loved that it was in the book, but it drove me crazy. Clary and Jace should have been treated with mutual respect, and given the benefit of the doubt. But no one trusted Jace, and there were few people who trusted Clary.
I liked how Clary genuinely cared about the shadowhunter world, and felt like she was apart of it even though people constantly told her she wasn’t. She really proved that she was, and it wasn’t because of her powers or her parents; she still had her human upbringing. It was because she was strong enough to force her way in.
Simon – loved him. I really did. I thought he was so cute, and he really grew up. I feel kind of sorry for him now that he’s a vampire, but I like it better this way because he’s part of the world now. He has a reason to be there other than Clary, so he belongs.
I don’t like the way the shadowhunters treated the downworlders, or Simon. The Shadowhunters would constantly treat Simon like he was beneath them, and what made it even worse was that he was so recently human. He grew up in the human world, he followed his friend on a crazy adventure, did something stupid and got bitten. Now he’s a vampire, but that doesn’t change the fact that he still lives in the human world. You can’t just forget your human childhood and decide okay, I’m a vampire now. No, he’s still got some human to him, and none of them were making the transition any easier.
That’s it for now. Sorry it’s so long; it’s three books.