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I really enjoyed the wrap up of this phase of The Mortal Instruments I had heard varied opinions on the ending, how some people felt the pay off didn t hold a candle to the amount of detailing and set up required to get there, but I thoroughly enjoyed it, probably because I was expecting view spoiler a long, drawn out battle hide spoiler reasons i have continued this series gotta do it before i can read the infernal devices, which i have been told is life affirming gotta do it before i can meet will herondale gotta do it because im a perfectionist who hates quitting things NOT reasons i have continued this series because i am head over heels in love with it i sighed so hard after finishing this book that, i swear, it was heard across the world why am i not loving this like everyone else there has to be something wrong with me thats the only thing i can think of.although, i will say, this is definitely the best book out of the first three i FINALLY got some answers and the closure i needed but i still feel like clares writing is missing something it just feels much longer than it should be i mean, theres so much going on, so the story shouldnt feel so drawn out and boring, right oh, well doesnt matter i can finally move on will herondale, here i come 3.5 stars I had begun reading this laying down and drinking the words in steadily but before I knew it I was sitting on the edge of the sofa and forcing to keep up my eyes focused enough not to move too far ahead I promised myself I wasn t going to write a spoiler review though I really wanted to Without giving spoilers I can t stress how much a certain line did this or what took me by surprise but y all are just going to have to read it to feel and see what I felt.EVERYTHING is finally explained Thank goodness It was fun to guess along the way to see if you were right Sometimes I was off and not entirely sure but part of the excitement is having the dawning realization of Oh yeah I can see that now Definitely is the best of the series and not only because of the plot and resolution, but because of the development of the characters As far as I could see Clary grows the least but she does She always was a little emotionally in tune than the others were The character that makes HUGE strides is Jace He started to grow on me in the second book but I absolutely get him now There is this one line that he says it s cheesy but who cares that made me totally melt WARNING if you don t like moments bordering on the cheesy side you may want to read something depressing instead All the characters we have grown attached to have grown up to be a better version of themselves One of the most impressive ones I d say other than Jace is Isabelle, which is displayed well in the conversation she has with Clary in the kitchen This book is charged with all the elements we are used to but make them ten fold because this is the end Emotions, battles, loss, betrayal, surprises, and even the jokes carry that much meaning to them Out of all the books this one would have to be the most serious I know that there was always the element of sudden danger, but this one is so and we don t get to see as many sarcastic comments which is understandable but there are still there to ease the tension I want to gush and gush over everything but I had to say Valentine seemed to fit into the series finally I always felt he wasn t a villain material but he is, and I can t say why because again a spoiler Best way to wrap up the series and say goodbye to the Shadowhunter world.Later note Find out there is a fourth one City of Fallen Angels At this point I m most likely not going to continue with the Mortal Instruments series Sometime in the future I might, but for now I m leaving it here. The further I get into this series, the I enjoy it I m enthralled with the stories of these young characters in this paranormal world With every book, the plot thickens and another layer of the mystery unfolds This third book had many tests, turns and revelations Some, I expected and some were completely surprising to me All of them pulled me deeper into this story and left me craving.Action was also plentiful in this book An epic battle ensues that will keep you wondering what will happen next The dynamics are constantly changing as new characters and relationships are revealed I am hesitant to say much about this book, because I don t want to spoil the secrets that come to light There is a lot going on in this book If you re a fan of paranormal fantasy, this is a great book Of course, this book leaves just as many questions unanswered as you had going into it Some mysteries are solved, while others surface One truth revealed seems only to lead to another question This was no big surprise, since this book is in the middle of the series with plenty to follow.Overall, I thought it was a great continuation of this series I enjoyed every minute of this rapidly changing story I m so glad that I listened to all of my Goodreads friends that told me the series got better as the story progressed They were so right I can t wait to see where the next book will take me.
LAST AND FINAL EDIT JANUARY 19, 2014 I m no longer replying to the people commenting on this review People still don t seem to understand my warning stating if you loved this series, don t read this If you re going ignore THAT then I m simply going to ignore your comment It will not be read by me Also, you may want to read through the comments before commenting Chances are, what you re about to write may have already been stated EDIT 3 September 3, 2013 So this is the actor sorry I don t know his name who plays Jace in the City of Bones film He s telling people to see this putrid film and this is what he says Notice how he says take whatever you re dating and not whoever you re dating He approves of beastiality like Cassandra Clare approves of incest Damn the casting is perfect for her shit books EDIT 2 July 15, 2013 These die hard fans can t read and heed my warning that they re commenting on my damn opinion with such nonsense Once again, to the people who loved this series so much STAY OFF MY REVIEW BECAUSE YOUR FEELINGS WILL MOST LIKELY GET HURT.EDIT So, apparently I have a lot of errors in this rant a lot I m just too darn lazy to fix them, though Sooo yeah.This review is going to contain swear words, spoilers, rants, and complaints If you can t handle my bluntness and curse words, don t even read it Well, to be honest, this isn t a real review, this is a huge rant the longest I ve ever written in my entire life, and the last.I really want to do this to myself after reading up to page 314 I know how this is going to end so I m giving this 1 star though I wish a 0 star was an option I don t know how to start and I don t know if this is going to make any sense but I m going to write and God help me if any one of these fans or other fellow reviewers tries to tell me I m being a cruel heartless person Yes, I know this is just a book I know , but this woman is getting paid for copying and that is so fucked up to J.K Rowling Fans Oh bloody hell, not another hater saying she copied Harry Potter As if If anything, Clare was inspired Nope, fuck that There s a difference between being inspired and being unoriginal I m going to tell you the difference later on in this review Sighs I don t know, I don t know why I keep coming back to this series if I know I m going to be disappointed and angry Oh, wait, I know why I wanted to give this series a chance, I didn t want to be those ignorant haters talking about the books that they left unfinished like the haters of the twilight saga Sparkly vampires is their reason of hating twilight because other people said it There s so many holes in that book that s easy to point out and rant about if you read the saga Only watching the first film of twilight will leave you blind and clueless.I m rambling off here, but that s my reason of coming back to this crap, I wanted to know what I was going against I didn t want to be left being ignorant Anyway, back to my review The characters Clary My God There is something wrong with Clary This girl I can t even with this fictional character right now I keep saying she s fictional so it can calm me down, but I think it s making things worse Not a page goes by where I don t wish I can punch Clary in the face The name Clary annoys me, her being in the book annoys me Why can t she go away already She s so stupid She s constantly thinking about her brother Jace Constantly constantly Situations happen and there she goes, oh my god jace i just want to hug him and comfort him and make sure he knows i m there i wonder what jace will think of me when i tell him no one knows jace s secret i desperately want to tell simon, but it s not my secret to tell is jace with that one girl did he kiss her jesus why can t i be with jace already can i please be happy why was jace so mad at me Y all not annoyed of reading that already cos I m annoyed writing it, but I swear that s all she ever talks and thinks about Like, come on Oh and don t even get me started with the death of Max Isabelle and Alec s little brother They were all in extreme pain at seeing max lying there and here comes stupid fucking clary, looking at jace brings daggers to my heart i so desprately wanted to run to him and hug him, but the look simon gave told me it wasn t a good idea, so i thought about when he hugged the first time are you kidding the crap out of me right now Everyone else is just as much hurt as Jace is and you re worrying about him I just erfklgbjsbkljaol kmJace What happened to you, man In the first book you used to be a total bad ass and now since you found out Valentine was your dad and you realised you can t have Clary because you guys are related, you ve gotten so sensitive and stupid Let me get this straight You were being a total asshole to Clary when you guys never knew you were related despite the fact that you love her, but oh no, Valentine says, HEY KIDS, I M YOUR FATHER You re like, Clary, I want you and, gotdamnit I m going to have you Kiss me HOW.Alec I don t really have snide comments for him There s only this one problem that annoyed me When demons entered Idris or where ever the heck they were, he sees Magnus fighting off about 5 demons and Alec saves the day Magnus is all like, Did you did you just save me, Alec And Alec was like, Why didn t you answer return any of my phone calls Like, are you kidding me Demons just entered a place that was supposed to have block them out and you re worried about not getting a phone call back from a warlock Alec babe do you not value your life Isabelle Slut Stupid Simon Whatever Now I get to the part where I talk about her unoriginality.This whole book is like a stupid, crappy version of Deathly Hallows Half Blood Prince vs City of Glass Half Blood Prince Okay so I took this bit from harrypotter.wikia.com credit to themDumbledore and Harry travel to a cave in which Voldemort had tortured two children in his youth They proceed through the cave, coming to an island in the middle of a lake On the island, they find a basin of emerald green potion, with the locket at the bottom On Dumbledore s orders, Harry reluctantly force feeds him the potion, which badly weakens him and causes extreme thirst.Mkay So not only does it weakens him, but it driven Dumbledore to madness bringing up his worst memories.City of Glass Clary draws this rune which creates a portal leading to Idris or Alicante , she ends up in Lake Lyn by then, Lupin oh, er, I mean Luke pulls her out and starts pumping her chest so she can cough up all the water Luke tells her and I quote , to drink the water is very dangerous It causes hallucinations, fever it can drive a person to madness Think about that for a second.Deathly Hallows vs City of GlassOhh I m going to have fun writing this.Deathly Hallows Hogwarts has this spell charm that has been cast by the professors and by the headmaster so no death eater or Voldemort can enter Voldemort searches for a particular Hallow the Elder Wand Long story short after finding this, Voldemort breaks this charm and death eaters enter and the battle of Hogwarts begins Voldemort calls them back and says, You have fought valiantly, but in vain I do not wish this Every drop of magical blood spilt is a terrible waste I, therefore, command my forces to retreat In their absence, dispose of your debt with dignity Harry Potter, I now speak directly to you On this night, you have allowed your friends to die for you rather than face me yourself There is no greater dishonour Join me in the Forbidden Forest and confront your fate If you do not do this, I shall kill every last man, woman and child who tries to conceal you from me This was quoted from the film, but in the book Voldemort also gives them until midnight or was it an hour, correct me if I m wrong please The Deathly Hallows consists of three objects The Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Cloak of Invisibility City of Glass The Clave puts these wards up over Alicante so no demon can enter, but here comes Valentine and, like Voldemort searching for the DH, he searches for the Mortal Instruments Valentines fines the sword and he broke through the ward, causing all the demons to break through and start fighting and attacking people Long story short Like Voldemort, Valentine calls the demons back and besides going up to the place like what Voldemort didn t do , he goes in the projector form and says, If you will not listen to reason, you will have to listen to force I have already showed you I can take down the wards around your city I see that you ve put them back up, but that s of no consequence I can easily do it again You will either accede to my requirements or face every demon the Mortal Sword can summon I will tell them not to spare a single one of you, not a man, woman, or child Its your choice page 311 He continues one page 313, I will give you until tomorrow at midnight to consider my terms, at that time I will bring my army, in all its force, to Brocelind Plain If I have not yet received a message of surrender from the Clave, I will march with my army to Alicante, and this time we will leave nothing living The Mortal Instruments consists of three objects The Sword, the Mortal Cup, and the Mirror.With that being said All right Let me just add something here I thought this book would change my mind about the MI, I really did because it started off kind of good that was because Jace and Clary weren t together It s like whenever they re together it brings out my worst qualities and whenever I read about Clary My rant is done for now.18 06 12 Pages 314 380I have come to the conclusion that I give up on the series I really hate this, I do I hate being constantly angry and I m not one to get angry it takes a lot I m I m just done Idgaf about how this series supposedly gets better because it doesn t it doesn t it s only getting worse It s also making me lose my religion I m not kidding I find myself swearing a lot, saying God s name in vain and wanting to break Clary s face in for being an idiot an just being there in the book Okay before I start my rant I d like to give props to the impostor spy named Sebastian for taking the words right out of my mouth when he said, Because I finally can You ve no idea what it s been like, being around the lot of you these past few days, having to pretend I could stand you That the sight of you didn t make me sick You, he said to Jace, every second you re not panting after your own sister, you re whining on and on about how your daddy didn t love you Well, who could blame him And you, you stupid bitch he turned to Clary giving that priceless book away to a half breed warlock have you got a single brain cell in that tiny head of yours The moment I read that I was literally like, I have this feeling that that spy Sebastian is really Valentine s son and not Jace I mean it s obvious that Jace and Clary really aren t related, but the reason I m saying it s still incest because 1 Most of us thought they were actually related and 2 Clare had this nerve to even write about it I can imagine her now saying, I really want to write a book that s like Harry Potter But let s add that the two main characters are irrevocably in love with each other, but they find out they re brother and sister, and though they still can t get over fact they want to be something than brother and sister, they ll sneak a few kisses when no one s looking Oh Oh Oh and let s add Jace and Clary saying even though they know it s wrong, they can t help it That ll leave my fans thirsty for incest romance And then I m going to write how, it turns out, they re really not related Clare you nasty devil you Anyway, some of you can t get over the fact that Max died I know I can t he was only nine years old Smh It sucks to read But here s what pisses me off Isabelle This ewiogkljsrklgjserl ok She s in mourning which is understandable considering that s her little brother, so she s constantly blaming herself for not listening to him, not being there, etc Simon comes, tries to make her not blame herself for Sebastian killing her brother and Isabelle throws Simon on the bed and tries to have sex with him She s all like, Oh I m feeling better already Isabelle your brother died less than a day ago and you whatever I ve never liked her anyway Clary is really I ve had about enough of her already How can readers look up to Clary, how can anyone stand Jace Clary s relationship Clary chooses him over her own mother, and him over everyone else s life No really Jace leaves to find Sebastian and Clary runs off to tell Isabelle, Isabelle says she knew he was going to do something like that and Clary s just like, do you even want to find him do even care that he s gone off on what s practically a suicide mission Isabelle is trying to tell her Jace can handle himself and there are things serious than Jace going after Valentine that innocent lives are at stake Clary s just like, All I see is that Jace is your brother just like Max was and you cared what happened to him First of all Max and Jace s situation are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT Jace knew what he was getting himself into, Max did not Jace will be of age meaning he s old enough to handle himself and make his own decisions just like you did while Max was 9 years old and had no idea that Sebastian would turn around and kill him Isabelle basically says this, too, but Clary doesn t listen and doesn t care Ugh Why hadn t Isabelle punched her Let me hurry and finish this book so I can be completely done with this rant because I know I m getting annoying 4 hours later I KNEW Sebastian was Johnathan and not Jace.someone needs to give me an award 19 06 2012 Stopped on page 413I m done I can t finished this book I m trying not to smash my keyboard with my fists I am so effing shocked and just can t even fathom why people think this is the best series There s obviously something wrong with this book I don t how to say this So after Clary found out Jace wasn t her brother she get s all happy like, yay we can finally be together in public but wait simon says, so you kissed your real brother sebastian and clary s like, oh god, simon please stop saying that i already want to pass out and throw up as it is i can t believe i kissed my brother i feel disgusted screw this series let me guess, this is how the story ends clary stops valentinejace comes back they make out passionatelyisabelle confesses her love for simon boom they go out nowalec and magnus finally gets togetherthe end.am i right i m right am i After all that s been going on with Cassie Clare lately I can t have this on my page any Sorry peeps 1 City of Bones 2 City of Ashes Friends, I did it I read the whole trilogy Over a decade late, but aren t you proud And importantly, I can finally move on to TID with Clockwork Angel And I am so hyped, because I know this is the start of the series that you all really love And I hope I do, too And I got really excited seeing some names that I ve vaguely seen you all scream about Each tomb looked like a little house some even had metal or wire gates, and the names of Shadowhunter families were carved over the doors CARTWRIGHT MERRYWEATHER HIGHTOWER BLACKWELL MIDWINTER She stopped at one HERONDALE City of Glass has the cast whisked away some easily, some not so easily to the City of Glass, AKA Idris, which is the Shadowhunter s home country Valentine may or may not have started to build a demon army, and the gang hopes that they can get the council to listen to them Oh, and Clary is desperate to save her mom, and is willing to do anything to wake her up Because while her mother sleeps, she is also locking away many secrets My mom got the spell that put her in this state from a warlock Ragnor Fell Madeleine says we need to track him down if we want to know how to reverse the spell Okay, so going into this series, I knew very few spoilers And I was very surprised when the Jace and Clary dilemma came up, just because I had never heard anyone mention in Therefore, I also thought it would be a quick fix Okay, so the reveal is at the very end of City of Bones, but the mentality and thought lasts until 80% into this third book I couldn t believe it And even though I knew and hoped and prayed that you all wouldn t lead me astray and that the twist wouldn t be true, it still took a lot of enjoyment out of this book for me, because for the most part, Jace and Clary thought it was real Also, Jace and Clary both do and say a lot of problematic shit, that has nothing to do with the way they feel about each other Jace especially Jace knew he was being cruel, and he barely cared Hurting people he loved was almost as good as hurting himself when he was in this kind of mood Okay, so I ve broken down the characters in the other two reviews I ve done for this series, so I figured I d just keep doing it Especially because these reviews are probably boring because everyone but me read them ten years ago And like always, I have a lot of feelings Clary Clary is just a bland main character I don t love her as much as others I don t hate her as much as others I honestly just feel neutral towards her, but I still say that she is rather forgettable Which is sad, since I suppose she is the star But I think the shining light of all three books has been the side characters Jace Jace legit is the worst part of this book, too Which, he is the second leading character, so, also probably a bad sign But he s just miserable to read about because he doesn t care about the situation where Clary at least tries to not be gross about it And on the opposite end of the spectrum, he legit screams at Clary in this book and says some pretty abusive and hurtful things Like, I just honestly don t like Jace I m sorry But it s the truth Probably my least favorite character, including the villains Simon Okay, so Simon completely won me over and captured my heart and soul during this book I honestly loved everything about it And I think that s mostly because Isabelle I am about to go down on the ship of Isabelle and Simon Like, you all, I love their chemistry and their entire dynamic And Isabelle is my favorite character of any of these books so far, so I just am going to put her happiness first always and forever Thanks Magnus Magnus is also my favorite And I don t want to give Cassandra Clare too much credit I seriously can t get over the incest, I m sorry , but I think she did a really amazing job with creating Magnus Bane All my friends are obsessed with him, I m obsessed with him, and I think he s such a bright shining light in 2000 s literature Alec I feel like I like Alec and each book Probably because of Magnus, but still And the end of this book Not that anyone should ever feel any pressure to come out, but the end of this book just made me really happy Max Like, I m still shook Luke I was living for Luke in this entire book Like, I instantly loved his character, and I just grow to like him and each book Also, he deserves all the love and happiness in the world Jocelyn I actually do like Clary s mom I wish she would have been awake and present for of this trilogy And I do think it was a little deus ex machina how she shows up, bearing all the information that we needed so long ago But I still enjoyed her and her character Amatis Luke s sister is honestly my new favorite, too Like, maybe I m too old to be reading these for the first time, and I m just connecting with all the way older than me adults, because I can t connect with these teenagers But regardless, Amatis has been through so much, but I love her already Amazing new addition to the cast Maia Maia wasn t in this book that much, but I still really like what I did see of her And I m saying this while knowing she is going to be a point of a triangle that I m not ready to think about Samuel IS THIS DUDE PURPLE Person in the cell next to Simon Like, I actually loved this twist and was so here for it Until, someone ruined it But still, I was living for it Big fan Seelie Queen Like, Clary is going to regret that power move of an epilogue Aline Um is this new character Asian and queer Because, I think she is, and I think I m head over heels in love with her already Sebastian A little obvious, but still a fun twist and character I honestly really enjoyed following Valentine Like, I enjoyed Valentine a lot in this one I think he was way less mustache twirling villain in this book And I loved the portrayal on how people can be awful humans, but they are still capable of doing good things We all have good and bad inside us, and Valentine is a good example of what happens when you do bad than good I don t know, maybe I m getting soft, but I liked him as the villain of this book People aren t born good or bad Maybe they re born with tendencies either way, but it s the way you live your life that matters Trigger and content warnings for murder, death, incestuous thoughts and resulting actions, torture, medical experimentations, captivity, abandonment, talk of thoughts of suicide, suicide, and war themes.Overall, I am happy I read this trilogy, instead of just skipping it I m not sure if it was completely needed, but I hope that it will feel worth it I also think this series holds up better than a lot of others that were published during the same time, Naruto references and all I ll be honest, this really is of 2.5 star read for me, and I should probably bump it down to two stars, but I just enjoyed it so much than City of Ashes that I m going to bump it up to three Also, Izzy and Simon deserve that star on their own, let s be real Okay, friends, I can t wait to finally dive into Clockwork Angel Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch So, I m just going to save you from having to read this book Everyone, except Clary WOHOO, we re going to Alicante Clary moping ohnoes, they left me behind But with my super special unicorn powers I can get there myself, although it was said that that s impossible Aldertree YOU GOING TO JAIL Simon Crap, but I guess someone will get me out of jail soon 300 pages later hello Sebastian Jonathan Hello, I m a new character introduced only to make sense of this mess Want to make out Clary SURE 2 seconds later Ew, lets stop, I want to make out with the guy I still think of as my brother.Jace Hey Clary I think I m a demon so it s okay for us to be together Clary YAY ME What Isabelle OHNOEZ, demon attack Also, Max is dead.Alec Whatever Who cares Jocelyn Hi honey, I m back Clary Whatever Who cares, I ve just invented the MOST PERFECTEST RUNE EVER With it, you can combine the powers of Shadowhunters and Downworlders YOU GET THEIR POWERS AND THEY GET NOTHING Everyone YAY AlecMagnus WE WUV EACH OTHER NOW Exposition time We learn that Sebastian Jonathan is actually Valentins son and Jace is the son of that Stephen guy He s been cut out of the womb of his dying mother and Valentin then raised him because HE COULDN T STAND HIS OWN SON Also, Clary and Jace got the blood of the same angel in them, which sort of still makes them related, but WHO CARES They WUV each other Sebastian Jonathan I KEEL YOU Jace I KEEL YOU FIRST later Jace I KEEL YOU Valentine I KEEL YOU FIRST Angelguy Valentin, with my awesome powers of gold and sparkle, I hereby sentence you to death through spitting a lightning bold Also, Clary, make a wish.Clary I realize I can wish for world peace or safety for my friends or rainbow ponies, but I want to get the guy I m hot for back from the dead.ME God.EVERYONE YAY Simon GREAT, now I ve got two hot chicks going after me One is a werewolf and the other one unbelievably beautiful What does this remind us off ME Oh please, no.Maia WTF, I thought I d get a lead role in this shit Where s my lawyer THE END Inspired by Madelines abridged Shakespeare reviews.P.S YOU DON T PLAY MARIO KART WITH THE TOUCHPEN P.P.S Believe it or not, but that s what Simon does on the first page ISN T HE COOL P.P.S Here s my review for COFA and here s the one for COLS. ^Download Kindle ☛ City of Glass ↯ Also see Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN ACEACE 1 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 uncoversabout 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 third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.