Sunday, April 17, 2011

Book Review: City of Glass

City of Glass

By:  Cassandra Clare

Publisher:  Teen Simon and Schuster

Publish Date:  March 2009

Format:  Paperback, 542pgs, 5 1/2" x 8"

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  3rd book in The Mortal Instruments series; Book 1 ~ City of Bones, Book 2 ~ City of Ashes

Recommendation:  HELL YES!  If you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for!?!

To save her mother's life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death.  Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.  Luckily, Clary finds an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her.  As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together?  And can Clary harness her new found powers to help save them all - whatever the cost?

First Sentence:
The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke's dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

My Thoughts and Summary:
So, where do I start on this summary?  Well, if you are getting to this book, you've probably already read the first two books and so hooked you don't care what I'm going to say.  But I'm going to give it a quick go for you anyway.  And if you haven't read the first two books, there WILL BE SPOILERS FOR FIRST TWO BOOKS here.

With the end of City of Ashes, we now have a clue from an old friend of Clary's mothers of what we need to do to wake Clary's mom from her self induced coma.  Clary is still struggling with Jace being her brother, and wanting more from the relationship and not acting on it.  Now we find the Lightwoods, Jace, and Clary are traveling to the home country of the Shadowhunters and the capital city.  But as excited as Clary it to go and see the home city, Jace is just as determined to not have Clary go.  And Clary nor the others know why.  Jace is being very secretive about it again.  Will Clary get there?  Of course she will, but what will happen when she arrives?  And how will she get there?

Well, I have to say I had to rush out to get this book as I couldn't wait to read it.  I HAD to know what would happen, mostly with Clary and Jace.  And the ride Cassandra takes you on with each book is just amazing.  This is another wonderfully written book in which I didn't get much sleep until I was done with it.  I just couldn't put it down.  And not just because I wanted answers.  We start right where City of Ashes leaves off and jump head first into the action.  These characters never get a rest from the wicked in this book and I loved it!

We meet new characters and all the old.  And we lose a character or two ;) as we go through this one too.  I loved the way the characters stay true to who they are from the beginning, yet some have grown so greatly from the beginning.  And until the end of this book, I really didn't realize how much these characters had grown. 

I am so hooked on this series, I will follow it until Cassandra doesn't write of it anymore.  She has really made a true believer and a great fan of her work here.

Thank you Cassandra!

I purchased this book on my own for reading enjoyment.

This book qualifies for Speculative Fiction Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books, and 2011 YA Reading Challenge hosted by Jamie Loves YA


  1. "HELL YES! If you haven't read this series, what are you waiting for!?!" - Okay, I stopped at this point. I'm kicking myself for not having read the series and am now raring to start :)

  2. I really, really need to pick up this series. All I hear is good things.

  3. Okay, I've almost got the first 3 in this series. I still need the 3rd. I'm really itching to get to these books now!!

  4. StephanieD - lol. Oh, so glad you liked the recommendation. ;) I do hope you enjoy this series and enjoy it!

    Carolsnotebook - Oh, I went into this series really speculative and wondering how everyone could love it so. I tried to not let the hype get to me. And I ended up loving it. :) Hope you enjoy it when you get to it.

    melissa (Books&Things) - You have to go get book three and just read straight through them like I did. Because you are not going to be able to stop! lol. I think you will enjoy these books. (Oh, and remember Jace is mine! I found him first. lol )


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