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Monday, June 7, 2010

City of Glass Review

LOOK! Deathly Hallows trailer! =D I can't wait!! It's going to be the best of them all, I know it.

** Note: All spoilers for this book will come after the warning. I cannot promise that there won't be spoilers for the first two books in the series before that.

City of Ashes review [Apparently I failed to review City of Bones. I'm rather disappointed with myself over that.]

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Third book in the Mortal Instruments series
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 change 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 teh Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Before I start, I just want to say: this book is made of awesome. I spent the entire afternoon reading the last half. I ended up staying up past midnight on a school night because I refused to go to bed until I'd read the ending. And dang was it worth it. Very satisfying ending to the series. I was a little worried because a friend of mine told me that it would really throw me through a few loops and the first two books definitely did that to me, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. I actually saw a lot of the "loops" coming and I enjoyed that. It wasn't like I could see it coming from a mile away and when it finally came to pass it was boring. It was kind of like I had theories and then it was exciting when I found out I was right.

Jace was okay through the first half of the book. Quite honestly I really wanted to strangle him and I didn't love him as much as I did in the first two books. He slowly managed to redeem himself though so that was good.

Clary was a little better, but she got under my skin at some points. She just doesn't listen. She doesn't get that what she does has consequences for other people and there are times when you should just shut up and listen to what someone's telling you!!! Her fear of the horse really annoyed me. I just wanted to slap her and scream "Shut up he's not going to bite you!" Though that might be because I'd kill to be in her place, but whatever...

I was in love with Sebastian. I couldn't help it. He was just such a sweetheart...

And for the record, I want Maia's "What doesn't kill me had better start running" shirt. =D Because that is epic.

I couldn't stop smiling at the ending. I loved it so much. =D All the loose ends from this book and the previous two tied together. I just wanted to sit there and grin after I finished it.

Overall: 10/10

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

I had so many jumping on the bed screaming moments with this book. Screaming in both a good and bad way. Especially the last half when the rollercoaster ride really started.

I spent so much time wishing that someone would yell "SURPRISE! Jace really isn't Valentine's son!" that I literally jumped on the bed when I found out I was right and he wasn't. I was just so ready for poor Clary and Jace to get a break. Especially after they spent that night together. Even though at that point they still believed they were siblings, it was just such a cute scene...I loved it!

I knew the lake and the mirror would end up connected. I thought that perhaps the mirror would be hidden somehow in the lake or that the mirror would be somehow hidden in the void that Clary travels through when she makes the Portal, but I knew it would have to have something to do with the lake.

Remember what I said about loving Sebastian? Yeah, completely destroyed. I somehow knew that he couldn't be trusted. I even suspected that he might be Valentine's real son (though hoping might be a better word for it). And I was RIGHT!!! I mean seriously it explained the feeling of wrongness she felt when she kissed him (ew) that she should've felt with Jace and didn't. And it also explained the strange sense of familiarity the first time she saw him.

When Clary wanted to stop Jace from going after Valentine, that annoyed the heck out of me. She of all people should know that there's nothing anyone can do when Jace sets his mind to something. She fights so hard when people try to stop her from doing stupid or dangerous things, but turns around and tries to stop them when they try to do the same.

The whole Mark of Cain thing on Simon was pure and absolute genius.

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