Book Review: City of Heavenly Fire – Cassandra Clare

Oh

My

God.

Still speechless and broken.


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Name: City of Heavenly Fire
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published May 8, 2012)

Synopsis

In the long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Dark Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris—but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee — even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned . . .

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the world in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!


Book Cover Comments

I can’t help but think Sebastian looks Asian

But other than that

No better way to conclude the new covers than with wings and the colors of Heaven.


The Actual Review

This was even worse than City of Lost Souls.

City of Lost Souls tore me apart.

But City of Heavenly Fire tore my soul apart.

As of right now I am feeling so many feels and am broken in so many places because of how magnificent this book is. And despite the length, I didn’t feel that there were any bits that were unnecessary.

This book is just way too sad.
Numerous reasons that I cannot say because I must not make these blog posts spoilery.

I am at an actual loss for words.
Once you get to Part 2, somewhere past the halfway mark, everything flashes before your eyes and before you even realized, you’re closing the last page of the book, your heart broken in so many places, crying for what you- what Clary, what Jace, what all the characters have lost- crying for the empathy that you felt within you, the sudden coldness, but at the same time, crying for love, crying for peace, crying for everything.

So let’s start with talking about how we have a whole new bunch of character perspectives that got me sooooo damn confused during the prologue.

Emma Carstairs.

Yes, Emma. From Los Angeles’ beach house.  While sometimes I find Emma’s perspective and her journey within all of this final war of the Mortal Instruments a bit extra, it can be said as a build up to the Dark Artifices, since Emma will be the main star in TDA, and Emma was good company to watch over throughout City of Heavenly Fire. She is a very brave twelve year old in which I adore: young girls with the fire within her. But what I got really annoyed from the Carstairs and the Blackthorns?

THE NICKNAMES

I’M SORRY IF YOU WERE ABLE TO COMPUTE BUT I COULDN’T

JULIAN (Emma’s BFF) HAS TOO MANY SIBLINGS WITH THE MOST CONFUSING NICKNAMES

Julian = Jules
Drusilla = Dru
Octavian = Tavvy
Livia = Livvy
Tiberius = Ty

I would honestly prefer the Blackthorn kids being called by their full name, but no one cares because their plot line is so good as well. The story usually jumps from Clary’s gang to Emma who is currently (as in Book 6) at Idris along with the Blackthorns. What really boosted the entire story throughout Book 6 from Emma’s perspective was probably how they were able to bring out the corruption of the government, but at the same time the necessary will to survive the obstacles ahead.

By book six, all the main characters are pretty saturated: as in they have grown to a level where they’re no longer their past selves: they’ve moved beyond the stage and are all fully developed, and I am so happy to see the changes that happened in the books. Not to mention their journey into the demon realms and how epic it was. (Pssst steamy scene)

Once you reach 60% of the book, there is no turning back. You just wouldn’t stop reading, you wouldn’t stop to put the book down until you’ve reached the very last climax of the book, until the heavenly fire burning within you has rose to its zenith, until your very last breath.

The ending was absolutely magnificent, as bright as the Morning Star, and as Clary and the others find their way among all that is lost, they play a dangerous game only to find that what they have lost, isn’t everything just yet.

Your heart gets shattered over and over again in the very last few chapters of City of Heavenly Fire, until you reach the epilogue.

The frozen flower begins to blossom in the epilogue, knots untied but still many knots left unresolved, more hearts left broken. But as the ending comes closer and closer, it gets better. What was really fun about this book (and it is the first time that I’ve truly noticed) of how many references there are between this book and The Infernal Devices. Now I have never read the Infernal Devices and I plan to, but since I spoiled myself with one or two relationships (just to secure myself to the ground so that the overwhelming number of characters in the Shadowhunter Chronicles won’t rip me in half). By the end, this really important key revelation sparked to me, and it was as if my mind lit up. I found that quite an amazing discovery.

And as it all comes to an end, and as I closed the very final page of the book, I lifted my head and let out a sigh.

This journey has ended, but it has just begun.

Because the Heavenly Fire always burns: within the Fallen Angels, within the Lost Souls, until it burns the Bones down into Ashes into Glass, because the Heavenly Fire is the divine light that will shine upon the darkness, a Lumiere that will always light the path of the Shadowhunters.

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Book Review: City of Lost Souls – Cassandra Clare

*book five. after this, I know I can read book six and not worry about holding back my feels*


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Name: City of Lost Souls
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published May 8, 2012)

Synopsis

What price is too high to pay, even for love? Plunge into fifth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly)—now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content! City of Lost Souls is a Shadowhunters novel.

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.


Book Cover Comments

Dear Alec, that is a great reference in the book that you are doing right there

Also you look quite spectacular and good looking *wink* *wink*


The Actual Review

Shitting heavenly hell

It was spectacular

Honestly

Too many feels

I wanna begin by talking about how Jace has become a servant of the evil (as mentioned above). After reading this book and how Clary perceived the events as she began to spend time with Jace and Sebastian, I was surprised about how even I began to feel what Clary felt: I began to soften and let my guard down until that very last moment of truth. To be honest, I was quite terrified by that aspect: I kept searching behind the surface of Sebastian: if there was something to claw at; maybe the remains of humanity in him; maybe among the ocean of demon blood, the speck of angel blood could surface. This was what made the book so enjoyable, and what about Cassandra’s writing style that really caught me in the net of everything. Her writing was able to sway me so badly to the tune of how she probably wants her readers to be: think one, and learn the truth is another; but at the same time, you know the truth is something else, and yet you try to claw for hope.

Sebastian, or who I personally like to call Jonathan, is the next most compelling character after Valentine. Maybe its what they call “like father, like son”, but as I mentioned in the previous paragraph, I kept trying to claw for what’s underneath what Jonathan is showing: the words and the appearance on the surface, what his actions say about him, and what he truly wants. Just like in the book, he is indeed a character of persuasion and deception, and that’s what made the book so, luring.

There is really so much I want to talk about Clary and Jace, but because I need this to be as spoiler-free as possible, I’ll try my best. I’ve probably described enough about Clary in large paragraph one above, but Jace. Oh Jace. The fact that he came back different, but not quite at the same time. The journey to find the real Jace beneath the façade masked by the evil, and whether if the real Jace will ever surface in the book, the anticipation for that moment of truth of what exactly happened between Jace and Sebastian/Jonathan? Too. Much. For. Me. To. Handle.

THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH IS MILDLY SPOILERY

I must say, summoning Azazel and Raziel was so exciting that I just can’t contain my excitement, and must put a spoiler paragraph here because it’s so good. I love how we get to summon a demon even if we’re not supposed to: that lovely sense of danger and all the risk in order to retrieve Jace (oh the feels) (and how no one trusts the Clave LMAO). A little hint of Magnus’s past led to the development of his and Alec’s relationship, which made the book really sad at the same time. And I’ve mentioned this in my City of Glass review, but Raziel is still so f-ing epic and glorious and heavenly, I cannot. And not to mention that we get Simon’s Deus ex Machina that played such an important role, but even as cold as the angels are, Raziel’s compassion just hits me: the fact that he brought Simon Michael’s sword was GLORIOUS (pun intended). I think in the end, how far all of them went for Jace was just too much for me to handle. #Feels

END OF MOMENTARY SPOILERS

Alec’s worries and fears about his relationship with Magnus was a really fun side plot to read. It was so juicy and sad. Whenever he would go find a certain someone for literal advice on his relationship, and at the same time, how true this certain someone’s words were was just worth it. Its all so heartbreaking until what happened at the end.

#Feels

I must say, just like the previous book, I found the ending probably a bit Deus ex Machina (I’m sorry that I’m overusing this word. I just finished watching A Series of Unfortunate Events and they used this word a bit too much). But the ending (before the epilogue hit) was quite epic. I was literally internally crying at how glorious and magnificent that final moment was before the last line came along.

BUT WAIT.

Did I mention that there was an epilogue?

YES I DID!

Because Cassandra has dropped an even worse bomb.

At the end of this book is where you, me, or whoever read this book, at an even higher cliff, hanging from the edge, not knowing what will happen once we fall into the world of the next book.

Notably what was under Maryse’s rug and a certain Rogue Child.

*cough cough*


Nothing more than a book of glory, as the Fallen Angels look for their own Lost Souls among the darkening world.

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

*book four. takes a deep breath*


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Name: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published April 5, 2011)

Synopsis

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, 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. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.


Book Cover Comments

Isabelle is HAWT on this cover.

Once again

Hair GOALS


The Actual Review

I’ve heard some of my friends saying that City of Fallen Angels was kind of an extra book with some unnecessary factors.

NOT ME

I actually really loved this book and didn’t find it extra or unnecessary. Though I must say the ending felt a bit rushed and probably too much of a Deus ex Machina, but I support the Deus ex Machina because it makes the book fun, cliche, and just great.

A lot of the focus of this book is actually put on Simon, and I’m really glad to see Simon trying to get used to being a vampire and having newfound powers (thanks to Clary from City of Glass). The fact that everyone wants him and how Simon chooses was intriguing in the sense that, Cassandra’s captivating writing allows me to step into the World and try to choose my own. Along with rumors and whispers of the other characters of the characters in the book that might relate to Simon, it really helps build the mystery around characters, the truth, secrets behind the naked eye, ultimately leading to a “what the hell is this ending.

We finally get to see another side of Jace other than his usual closed-in/in-front-of-Clary self. Jace interacting with Simon and Simon’s friends was probably the funniest thing in the book. But Jace never disappoints me in terms of his own struggles to find his belonging within his relationships, and despite this overly long push-and-pull relationship with Clary, (I’ve gotten sick of a push-and-pull relationship in this other series that I’ve read) there was just something about it that really captivated me (not to mention this hot hot hot scene)

I love how Cassandra actually manages to put in an epic event in each book we’ve read so far, and this one was quite epic as well. Though there are many parts where I would scream DO THIS or UGH CHARACTER USE THIS THING or DANG YOU CHARACTER, the ending plot was really fun to read, exciting and very dark. DARK. The epic event in this one closely relates to this character that did a lot of damage to the plot in the previous book. Oh and I must mention, we get more DEMON fun this time.

And just to drop the bomb on everything, we end the story with a wonderful cliffhanger that left my jaw hanging and ranting to my friend ;)


City of Fallen Angels is a compelling start to the second half of the Mortal Instruments: for every rise, there is a fall.

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Book Review: City of Glass – Cassandra Clare

*onto book three we go*


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Name: City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 24, 2009)

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 her best friend, 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 The Mortal Instruments.


Book Cover Comments

So apparently we have Simon featured on this cover and it is definitely not how my fantasy sequences turned out to be in terms of how he looks… (lol) But there is no deinal in that gorgeous mystic background :)


The Actual Review

Really.

No better way than to end the first trilogy in the Mortal Instruments.

I think that even with a predictable ending (I’m sorry), this book was super fun and super heartbreaking to read. Not to mention we get an expansion of the world as we travel to Idris, home of the Shadowhunters and to see this side of the world, other than being back in New York for the past two books. (basically)

One thing I did hope for was a map of Idris because while I wasn’t that lost, I was kind of lost. I do know that the map exists, but since our focus is on this City of Glass, it was kind of a disappointment that my new edition didn’t include that XD

I can’t help but say that I love myself some cheesy romance, and Clary and Jace is my perfect cup of tea. Their tangible relationship and inner clashes between what they truly desire and what they cannot is what makes the love line really really God damn epic. Actually, it’s this that basically carried the whole plot line around. I found Clary really appealing in this book because of how it portrayed Clary to stand out among the others. And no, I don’t mean just power. What was most important of Clary that struck me was the fact that her human upbringing made her so… human. It’s that sort of cliche pull between “oh yea I was in a normal upbringing but I bring something unique” and the Shadowhunters that gave me a good cliche.

I was actually in English class last week when we talked about the fact that how everyone sometimes loves a good cliche, even if it is a cliche and no one likes cliches.

I actually must say, but if you, dear reader, haven’t noticed by now with the Mortal Instruments, the Clave is really portrayed to be a stick in the mud, eih no?

The Clave’s past and present plays an important role in how the book played out as well as how the characters revolve. And this leads us to our next point:

Another character that really drove my mind crazy was definitely Valentine. There is more to just that sort of evil persona that we are seeing: the thought process born from a random spark, all that he has done to achieve his final goals, but the secrets and all the hidden emotions, and what they might actually possibly mean. Valentine was what made the ending really vibrant and interesting. I think it was his compelling character that totally led the book to skyrocket.

Sebastian is @)$*&#$&@#^$@#^$*&@#$@*&#$%%%%%%
Just to keep everyone spoiler free!
Yay!
BRAVO!

Oh and I must tell you that there is a magnificent revelation somewhere in this book. I actually read spoilers about this revelation, but it still managed to leave a great big impact in my heart. It was good stuff, I tell you.

Oh
Btw
We get a bit more ANGELS this time.

And there is only one thing I can say:

Angels.

Are.

Fucking.

Magnificent.

Like,

Literally.


Crush the Bones into Ashes, throw them into a fire to forge Glass.
There is no perfect way to end the first story arc of the Mortal Instruments,
Than the City of Glass.

Book Review: City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

I’M BACK!

I’M REALLY BACK!

AFTER A TWO-THREE MONTH HIATUS, I’M BACK!

I finally was able to put down the stress going on in life and get back into reading, and I basically binge-read The Mortal Instruments, so obviously the next few reviews are all going to be on these.

I mean of course by now you, reader, have already decided whether TMI was the series for you, but I must say that I was late to this whole YA bandwagon so DEAL WITH IT

*lol*


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Name: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 28, 2008)

Synopsis

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.


Book Cover Comments

I absolutely love Clary on this cover: super deep in thought, a sort of mystical feel to it. That hair wave is honestly goals.


The Actual Review

I never thought that I would actually dive into this series this badly.

City of Bones was indeed a slow start to the series, but once we get to City of Ashes?

BAM!

We pick off immediately from City of Bones, the first wave in the first half of the Mortal Instruments. And I must say, it did not disappoint me. In fact, the hype while I was reading this book just kept building and building and without realizing, I decided to binge read the rest of the Mortal Instruments. (I had that gorgeous new edition book set so that was doable)

What I think made the romance plot so great is that (SPOILER ALERT) Clary and Jace are identified as brother and sisters, which is what makes it so much more tangible and so much more vulnerable. Clary and Jace developed feelings for each other in City of Bones, only to find out at the end that they were blood-related. Then at the same time when both of them are trying to run away from reality, only to find themselves drawing closer and closer.

What really set City of Ashes apart from City of Bones is the development of Simon, Clary’s bff. Gonna keep this spoiler free even though most of you probably know what happens, but Simon definitely adds a touch of freshness to the whole story and made it much more interesting. We also get to meet so much more of the world of the Shadowhunters: well, other Shadowhunters; lycanthropes, vampires, FAERIES-

*ahem*
*spoiler free for the sake of the fact that this is a book blog that is meant to be generally spoiler free*

Then when you least expect it, the Grand o’ Villain from City of Bones, Valentine, reappears to wreck havoc among everything again. The dynamic between Jace’s struggle to find where he belongs in his family and his relationship with his father was also what made the plot in book 2 so excellent.

As the series progresses, we get to explore more of the mortal instruments, and this time it is number two of the mortal instruments. (let’s keep it a secret here for blog’s sake) but other than this magical device, the other magical thing is about Clary discovering how to use her powers. She’s beginning to find out about this thing that others cannot do, something unique to her that will be really really hella important to the royale battle! (i know its battle royale but its out of context here)


The series progresses as the characters struggle to find their place in relationships between each other, as more secrets begin to reveal and as more danger looms ahead, and as the Bones turn into Ashes.

Book Review: The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater

 

Another award wining slow as ever book that took me ages to write this review due to procrastination and forgetfulness


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Name: The Dream Thieves
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher(s): Scholastic Inc.
Release Date: September 17, 2013 (Sept 30, 2014 my edition)

Synopsis

If you could steal things from dreams, what would you take?

Ronan Lynch has secrets. Some he keeps from others. Some he keeps from himself.

One secret: Ronan can bring things out of his dreams.

And sometimes he’s not the only one who wants those things.

Ronan is one of the raven boys – a group of friends, practically brothers, searching for a dead king named Glendower, who they think is hidden somewhere in the hills by their elite private school, Aglionby Academy. The path to Glendower has long lived as an undercurrent beneath town. But now, like Ronan’s secrets, it is beginning to rise to the surface – changing everything in its wake.


Book Cover Comments

I find Ronan’s bald head, eccentric?

Still can’t get over the paintbrush technique over the heart.


The Review

 

This series surprises me.
Series’ usually go from only one person’s perspective, or even if it was from someone else, it highly surrounds the first MC. Not here though!

Right here in this book, and I thought it was Blue all along, we have Ronan playing such a huge huge huge role in this book. If I serve my memory right, over 50% of the content in the book talks about Ronan, because he has a lot of significance in terms of magical abilities, since revealed in Book 1, he is able to take things out of his dream.

What I liked during Ronan’s POV, was that we got to explore more of his fam. His fam is pretty cool honestly. And I kinda imagined his house like the Weasley’s. You’ll know why if you’ve read it or if you’re about to read it. Ronan’s parents actually really fascinate me. Stiefvater, despite having her books set in snail pace, no offence, makes up for it with all the super cool paranormal activity. And what Ronan is able to do, is connected with how the mystical place, I forgot the name, is acting.

Love fueds are born in this book, where Blue tried something that she might never be able to experience the true thing, where Blue discovers that her emotions begin to waver, and where Blue discovers that she might have always preferred someone else over her current so-called interest, and why in the world did she not think about what she saw on the night she saw the dead-people crossing back in book one. Oh Blue.

Now, I don’t think I can say much about Gansey, since this book is really Ronan and Adam based, so Adam time. Adam really shone in the last parts of the book, where he had to embrace what he has and who he is now, in order to maintain order and balance within himself (book one spoilers and secrets). Then things get real cool at the end, though I feel like things get a little bit too, non-realistic.

And a recurring problem I have is, I found myself heavily relying on book recap websites because I can’t really follow the plot sometimes. It just confuses me.

But there was that one line that was the tether to hold on to me to why I know that continuing this book is worth it:

 

In that moment, Blue was a little in love with all of them.
Their magic. Their quest. Their awfulness and strangeness.
Her raven boys.

Book Review: City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

 

And here I am… reviewing the legend of legends…

aaaand being behind book blogging schedule!

Note that I will be commentating on the new covers, since that is the edition that I have and will go for.


Name: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 27, 2007)

Synopsis

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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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…


Book Cover Comments

Guess what.

I love it.

Shiny surface, not as creepy as the other edition with a male chest in my face-opinion, the bronze color scheme is lovely. And then there’s wonderful Jace holding a sword and touching some cards. Does it mean something hmm? hmm? hmm? ;)

Btw the new editions’ spines are ABSOLUTELY gorgeous.


The Actual Review

I never thought about reading this series, because I know how many books there are, and I was always so scared to start it because I know how much potential there would be. But here I am, thankful of my friend who basically forced me to read it by buying it as my Christmas present.

Even in the first book and it took a little bit of time to get into, Cassandra Clare’s writing was pretty amazing. The new edition comes with a forward that introduces just a little bit to what the Shadowhunter Chronicles would be like. Just how she decides to combine nephilims, vampires, faeries, all these magical creatures into one cauldron, mix it all up and pour it into one book? That was pretty amazing.

While the general plot concept was somewhat cliche about how a girl embarks on a journey to find her missing mother without knowing anything about her existing past or abilities whatsoever because her mom hid it from her (Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier or Passenger by Alex Bracken), this series didn’t disappoint me at all. Book one begins with a lot of world and character introduction, concept building, so on and so forth. And through Clary, I get to know a lot of basically everything. Now the fact that this book was written in the old ages, there is bound to be a triangular relationship of some sort. But hey, who doesn’t like cliche plot lines? Honestly though, Clary and Jace are pretty cute, and I really want to know what happens next, because there was a plot twist regarding these two’s relationship that makes everything much more intriguing.

Other characters in the book include Simon, Clary’s best friend, Izzy and Raphael who are Jace’s companions, as well as the nephilim’s mentor. Being a regular human introduced into this gang of shadowhunters, Simon naturally felt lost, and Clary somewhat was using him as an advantage to access the human world, because I mean, Clary pretty much lost her house. There was a bit of annoyance and jealously that arose from Simon, in which I haven’t seen for awhile in YA novels, so he was a pretty fresh characters. The relationship between Clary and Simon as best friends, but including an unrequited love was pretty classic as well, but their existing bond could perhaps make them have more interesting development in the future.

Jace is a pretty cocky character to be honest. But hey lets just say this hot guy kinda got attracted to Clary, and chemistry just happened. And the way how he puts himself before others, acts without thinking, the way he just knew what he had to do in some situations in the book for the sake of Clary and not really himself, to save others around him, was pretty sweet of him.

We also get a brief introduction with Magnus Bane!!! Yes he is so significant because he literally has a book for himself (Bane Chronicles in which I have not read yet) He’s a pretty funny character in my opinion, with the way he hosted his heck of a party, but at the same time, really mysterious, because he has so much hidden power, and he only displayed a fraction of it in front of Clary and her friends.

So talking about roll credits, City of Bones refers to Bone City in the book (lol I’m just repeating myself), a place which Clary and Jace would visit, gain a knowledge to a really key information to discover the past of Clary, and how the plot moves along. I won’t spoil you (most of you here reading my review has probably already read City of Bones but whatever) because Clary’s past and family tree is what drives the conclusion to this first book and therefore leading to the plot twist that happened 75% of the way, but yea.

So that’s pretty much it because I can’t think what else to write, but I know that I must get City of Glass as soon as I finish my May Book Haul. And yes, I CANNOT WAIT FOR MY A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN TO ARRIVE. Sarah J. Maas 4evvaaa