So if you have been reading my posts since Tuesday, you will know that my final Mortal Instruments build up post will be today. And as I promised, they got bigger and bigger until today (which I hope you will enjoy). So in this post, you will find my reviews on each book in the Mortal Instruments series (that are currently out) and a super special Trendy Thursday post (a meme run here at Bookcomet that you are very welcome to participate in.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 27th 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Number of pages: 485
Series: The Mortal Instruments (1#)
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. . . .
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Ok, I don’t actually have a review on Goodreads of this *gasp*. I will probably post this on there when I’m done ’cause me back at the end of last year didn’t write reviews. So here is what I remember:
City of Bones took me quite a while to get into. Back when I read this, there was as much hype as there is now, even though less people knew about the movie. So once I had gotten through the first half or so, I was pretty much in love with the series.
I mean, how cool is the idea of shadowhunters? Pretty cool.
And that’s all I got.
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 25th 2008
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Number of pages: 453
Series: The Mortal Instruments (2#)
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.
Once again no review. What is with this? Once again, here is what I remember:
So, so much better than City of Bones! Straight into the action, lots more twists. We get to know all the characters better. Towards the ending is AMAZING!!!!!
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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: March 24th 2009
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Number of pages: 541
Series: The Mortal Instruments (3#)
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 final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.
Yes! I have a review – though a short one!
I really really enjoyed this book. Probably the most out of the three Mortal Instrument books I have read so far (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass). I wanted to give this book five stars but I couldn’t because I found that the beginning was a little bit slow. I had expected it to be more fast paced since it was the third book but that was the only reason it did not get the five stars. I always find the books in this series a little bit predictable but this book was probably the least predictable. I was very satisfied with the ending of this book.
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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: April 5th 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Number of pages: 424
Series: The Mortal Instruments (4#)
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
I liked this book. It wasn’t my favourite in the series so far but it was otherwise ok.
The book resumes after the City of Glass, Jace and Clary are dating now that they are sure they are not related. In fact Simon is dating two girls who don’t know about the other, Maia and Isabelle. Simon is still managing to conceal his vampire identity from his mother and there is a new member of his band. Alec and Magnus are on holiday, Jocelyn and Luke are getting married, so everything is going to plan. However, things start to change because Simon is being targeted by a cult. Luckily his mark if Cain appears to be protecting him. Even though Jace and Clary are finally together, Clary notices that Jace is starting to drift away from her.
Clary- a nice girl, fairly relatable.
Jace- still acts like Valentine is his father, sarcastic, arrogant, but deep down loves Clary.
Simon- taking care with his abilities, dating two girls, still geeky, kind enough.
-the villain in this book was…different, I did not predict it to be them.
-the plot altogether was not too predictable.
-the characters are well developed.
-nothing really happened in the plot until page 300.
I would recommend this book to readers of the young adult genre and fans of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.
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City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
Publication date: May 8th 2012
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Number of pages: 535
Series: The Mortal Instruments (5#)
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.
What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.
I was not expecting City of Lost Souls to be my favourite book in the series. But it was my favourite in the series so far. I am assuming that you have read the previous books in the series.
At the end of the previous book (City of Fallen Angels), there was a major cliffhanger about Sebastian/Jonathan and Jace. They are now tied together and most of the Shadow Hunters believe that saving Jace is beyond reach because killing Sebastian means killing Jace. One can not be harmed without harming the other. It means that it is now down to Clary and her friends to save Jace and they will have to go to long lengths to do so.
Clary- I have always liked Clary. She is very likeable, relatable and brave.
Jace- I still like Jace in this book, even if it isn’t him half the time in this book.
-this was my favourite book in the series.
-this book was less predictable than the others.
-the characters were dimensional and well developed.
-the pacing of this book was excellent.
I would recommend this book to all young adult fantasy readers.
A short review on A Dark Transformation:
This is a short story on how Jonathan Morgenstern became Sebastian Verlac.
Even though this story was short, it was still a good read. It was nice to learn more about the real Sebastian.
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Goodreads author bio:
Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.”
Trendy Thursday (4#) Special Edition
§ You must make an outfit that can be worn in real life inspired by an character in a book you have recently read and reviewed (try to do within the last week or so).
§ Design an outfit you think they would wear.
§ Leave a comment down below with the link to your blog.
§ Post the Trendy Thursdays sticker on your blog with a link to my blog (bookcomet).
§ Try to post something for each catergory.
§ Have fun!
So this week I am doing my version of how a Shadow Hunter would dress! All the pictures will be copied from Google Images. Feel free to join in – it would be awesome if you did something City of Bones themed but you don’t have to.
Shadow Hunter tattoos: