Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult | Paranormal
Synopsis: 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?
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
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I went into this book expecting amazing things, mainly because I’ve heard from countless people that this is the best book in the series. I agree. I felt that the characters were very well fleshed out in this installment. I thought the story was very well done, and I really enjoyed the twists and turns that were there all throughout the novel. But I had some problems, which is why I didn’t give it a 4.5 or 5.
Like I said before, the story was very gripping. There were twists and turns throughout the book- some that I saw coming, others not so much. I really enjoyed how fast-paced it was. I liked how things wrapped up. I liked the direction where the series went. And this was definitely the best book in the series, because there was a lot less angst (there was still a lot of angst), and a lot more plot development.
But I have a question for Cassandra Clare. Why are there three more books? I feel like everything was wrapped up so nice and tight. I have no further questions, nor do I feel like I need to know more about the characters. I’m slightly put off by the prospect of reading the next few books, because I just feel like they’re completely unnecessary, and are just there because the “trilogy” got really successful and Ms. Clare wanted more money? Harsh, yes, but I can’t help but think it.
My main problem with the second book was that I didn’t care about the characters at all. Cassandra Clare really picked up her game in this book regarding characterization. I was completely invested in Simon’s story, in Alec’s and Magnus’s story, even Isabelle’s story. I thought Jace was a lot more likable in this book than he was in the second one, although I do think that his character has changed (not necessarily developed) drastically – impossibly so even – from the first book. He’s not as snarky, nor as charismatic or arrogant, which were the reasons I really liked him in the first place.
Clary. Clary, Clary, Clary. I don’t like her. I thought she was super whiny and she ruined everything for everyone. I wish that she did a little more in this book, because she has a talent never before seen… but I wanted to see more of it.
I don’t know about anyone else, but the whole Jace x Clary thing was making me really uncomfortable, which was one of the reasons why I didn’t like their characters as much as I wished I would. I feel like this storyline is a rough storyline to write, and if it’s not done right, it can start sounding a little… gross. I’m sorry, but that’s just how I felt.
I really liked that we got to see another side of Valentine. I wish it was explored a little more, because I feel like Valentine has the potential to be a really great villain, but alas.
I will be continuing on with the series, because I own books 4 and 5 so I might as well. It’s not like I don’t like the series- it’s just that I don’t understand why there are more books when everything was wrapped up in this book. Maybe I’ll understand Clare’s decision a little more when I start with the fourth book.