Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Last week I said I was going to review Matched by Ally Condie this week but things have been crazy with trying to plan my upcoming trip and I didn't get a chance to finish it.  So I'm reviewing a book I read earlier this year instead.  I'll post Matched review next week, promise!

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love the Mortal Instuments series! Cassandra Clare has a serious talent for characterization and plotting.

Jacket cover: To save her mother's live, 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 newfound powers to help save them all--whatever the cost?

Plot: I don't want to say too much, because I'd hate to give anything away and make the story less enjoyable. In this third book in the series Clary goes to Idris. I've been super excited to see the city of glass through Clary's eyes and Cassandra Clare did not disappoint. All of the books have been action packed and fun to read but this one might be my favorite so far. Questions are answered as we delve more into the world of the shadowhunters. We learn more about Jace's and Clary's past as well as that of their parents and the Circle, which endears them that much more to us.

Setting: Idris is awesome, not exactly how I pictured it, but very cool. Cassandra Clare did an awesome job mapping it out and bringing the city to life.

Characters: Wow, what can I say about these characters? I think it might be my absolute favorite cast of characters out of any series I've read (with the sole exception being the Harry Potter books). They're vibrant and full of live and there isn't a single flat character in the group. Love them!

I love how heart wrenching Clary and Jace's relationship is. First it bothered me a little (I mean, they're supposed to be brother and sister!) but the eloquent writting pulled me in and my heart broke for the situation Clary and Jace were in.

Sometimes I feel sorry for Simon because he never really stands a chance, even though they try to make it work for awhile. One day I would love to read a book with a love triangle where the best friend actually gets the girl.

Over all I loved every second I spent in the Mortal Instruments world!  If you haven't read it yet, what are you waiting for?  Pick it up!!
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