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City of Glass (Mortal Instruments) (original 2009; edition 2010)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 576 pages
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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (2009)


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This is definitely the best of the trilogy. I wasn't completely engrossed reading the first two, but this one really had me eager to know what would happen next and I found myself feeling quite sad when it was over. I'll miss Jace and Clary. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
Once again I loved this book just like I loved the first two books. Now I have to try and be patient till I get the next book! gahhhh!!! ( )
  ReadingwithLynn | Sep 25, 2018 |
Very generic, predictable YA at this point. ( )
  _rixx_ | Aug 30, 2018 |
I wish I could be kinder to this book but I found it to be a slog to get through. At almost 500 pages long, the story moves in fits and starts. It just felt too overly padded, with lengthy stretches where little happened other than Clary going around and having the same conversations - usually about Jace or how she didn't belong in the Shadowhunter world - over and over again.

While the plot was a lot more focused than that of City of Ashes, it also felt a bit forced. There is a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Harry Potter in this story, which I especially felt the scene in which Valentine offers his ultimatum to the Clave. The plot twist concerning the origins of Jonathan Morgenstern, while not quite a retcon, still didn't sit quite right to me. It just felt as though the purpose of this whole book was to undo a rather questionable plot twist from earlier in the series.

The book also really lacked an emotional impact for me. I think this is possibly because I never felt as though any major protagonists would come to harm, which is a problem due to the world building. While Izzy at one point comments on how Shadowhunters tend to die young, it's not something we really see. Virtually all the deaths in this book are either older Shadowhunters and mostly occur off-page. This is a problem due to the fact it's a world where people can be healed from the brink of death by a single rune.

The book also wraps up virtually every loose end in the series, leaving only one real hanging thread that I can see will have an impact going forward. For me, this felt a little odd. As we're only on the third book of a six book series, it's difficult to see where Clare intends to take her concept from here. It really felt as though the series could end at this point.

In terms of character, this book was really more of the same. There isn't a lot of development for the supporting cast in this book because Clary and Jace are both such self-centred people. Even when their is a bereavement in the Lightwood family, the book never really focuses on how this will effect Izzy and Alec. Even Alec's coming out is shoved into the background, even though previous instalments indicated how taboo this was for a Shadowhunter. This also means that there is very little Magnus in this book, which is always a pity as he's one of the few characters that I actively like.

Clary and Jace are both just insufferable. Despite having incredible powers, Clary is still a damsel. While I sometimes felt sorry for her because of how horrible the other cast - primarily Izzy and Jace - can be to her, she really does bring this on herself at times by just doing profoundly stupid things. Her constant pining over Jace became really tiresome in this novel, but moreso was Jace's mercurial moods, sometimes seeming to toy with her and other times breaking her heart as painfully as possible.

However, I really did find myself rooting for newcomer Sebastian. Up until his climatic fight, he really did appeal to me. His "reading" of the core cast really summed up my feelings towards the series on the whole. Thank-you Sebastian, for your ability to put my feelings towards Clary and Jace to words.

So, in all, I'm still not a fan of this series. While I can see why it appeals to young adult readers, there are far better works of urban fantasy out there. I will probably continue with this series one day, but I'm not in any hurry to. ( )
1 vote ArkhamReviews | Jun 29, 2018 |
This book has left me shook.

I had such a bad experience with City of Ashes that when I tried to start this book a couple months ago, I couldn't get through ten pages before I decided the series was not for me. I was extremely disappointed because I actually really loved City of Bones and thought it had so much potential.

Needless to say, on a whim I decided to at least give City of Glass one more try for emmabook's Shadowhunters readathon. By chance, it happened to be the day that they were starting this book (which was perfect) and I figured I would just read one chapter a day and go for it.

Boy was I in for a surprise, because I actually loved this book. Once I got past my previous prejudice to the series, I was really able to get into this world and characters again. I absolutely loved all of the characters and most of the plot twists took me by complete surprise. I even read ahead and - much to my shock - actually couldn't wait to read more!

I'm definitely not waiting to read the next book according to the schedule, and cannot wait to get started on the next book!

Warning: spoilers coming up! If you haven't read the book... then don't proceed!

Because I do not want to spoil anyone who hasn't read the book, I decided to put the things I wasn't as fond of in more detail in a more spoiler-y area of this review. Again, while I really did enjoy this book twenty billion times more than I thought I would, I had a few issues.

Jace and Clary's relationship was I think probably one of my biggest issues with this book. I went into it already knowing they weren't siblings, but I still could not back up the romance in it at all. Yes, there was a very steamy, very lovely kiss scene between them, but other than that, I wasn't really rooting for their relationship and - dare I go as far to say - don't really ship them anymore. I liked them in the first book, but I'm kind of done with them now.

Clary kind of stems from this, but I wasn't too fond of her in this book. I think reading this later than when I read the first book, I'm just noticing how childish and immature she is. There were a few moments when she did show her strong side, but I find even just a lot of her internal dialogue and thoughts had me cringing.

I also wasn't fond of how the whole Clary's mother waking up was handled, because for the first couple of chapters she was in - I completely didn't trust her! After what had happened with the fill in Sebastian (speaking of which, I'm eager to meet the real Seb hopefully) I was sure she was an impostor or something! Yes, the reveal at the end of part 2 with her waking up was super cool and had me on the edge of the seat, but felt very anti-climactic after that. There was very little that even went into the explaining of how that worked.

Most of the plot twists, though they left me surprised in the moment, were very just kind of meh afterwards.

Also? Valentine is supposed to just be... dead? You really expect me to believe that?

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  jlydia | Jun 25, 2018 |
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Gordon, RussellCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, NatalieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rosamilia, Mikesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Still pursuing a cure for her mother's enchantment, Clary uses all her powers and ingenuity to get into Idris, the forbidden country of the secretive Shadowhunters, and to its capital, the City of Glass, where with the help of a newfound friend, Sebastian, she uncovers important truths about her family's past that will not only help save her mother but all those that she holds most dear.… (more)

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