Mortal Instruments Books 4 and 5 by Cassandra Clare

Mortal Instruments Books 4 and 5 by Cassandra Clare

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Goodreads summary: The City of Fallen Angels: 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.
City of Lost Souls: What price is too high to pay, even for love? 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?
My review:
Where to begin? These books were so great I cannot even decide where to start with their plots, characters, and romance. The last few books were good but these were even better which is impressive.
The plot was exciting at first because Clary was training and she had everything she wanted: the best friend anyone could ask for, a boyfriend that she would burn down the world for, and her entire family back. Shortly after though, murders begin and things start going south because she has this to deal with, then Jace suddenly starts acting totally different, Simon is going through an extremely rough time, and then Jace and Clary’s brother (who we start calling Sebastian even though that isn’t his name) get connected which is annoying. I almost liked Sebastian for a while and if you read it you understand, but if you haven’t I won’t ruin that for you.
The romance between Clary and Jace was so satisfying at first because I waited for so long for them to be able to be a couple and then Jace started pulling away and I got annoyed all over again. There is hardly a happy time for anyone in these books so I enjoy them whenever they do occur. The romance between Simon and his girlfriend(s) is amusing because we care more about Simon than the other girls so I wasn’t really annoyed with him, I just enjoyed his portion of the story much more than I usually did. The romance between Magnus and Alec was adorable and I loved every minute of it. Honestly, Clary and the Lightwoods needed Magnus and would have probably died several times without him. The romance between Luke and Jocelyn, well, it was weird in a good way. I love Luke and grew to like him while Clary’s mom was in a coma and I am glad he is finally happy but it was kind or awkward reading about her parents’ romance. The author didn’t make it too important in the story though so it was good.
The characters were great and I love them all, especially Jace (who is now on the top of my fiction crush list) and Izzy who is just so tough and awesome. Even though she doesn’t need a guy to be strong, she shows some vulnerability to Simon and that made me like her even more. Of course I love Clary and every other good character in this story and I definitely recommend that everyone who likes reading read this book.
If you want to read book four, you can do so here.

Characterize it Thursday 4/24/14

 Characterize It Thursday 4/24/14

This meme is hosted by the YA Book Butterfly.

This week’s topic is: Wild Card – Any character! From any book! Just come up with a favorite!

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I had an extremely hard time picking one favorite character and after all of my internal struggling I managed to narrow it down to two and decided to do both!
The first is Hermione Granger from the Harry potter series which is my all time favorite series and it will definitely show up in my blog a lot! Hermione is the intelligent and brave character who is extremely loyal to her friends and that is the kind of character I love reading about. Without her, the series would have been duller and Harry and Ron would probably have died several times, especially in the seventh book.
My other favorite character is daemon black from the Lux series which is second only to Harry potter in my mind. Daemon is my number one fiction crush! I love his arrogance which is often charming (in the later books) and his overwhelming lovable side. He would do anything for Kat and honestly that made me love him more. Plus his magic and the fact that he never backs down in a fight or shows weakness makes him even better.
If you haven’t read either of these series, I highly recommend it! Harry potter is just the greatest and even though lux isn’t super popular (yet) it is one of the greatest series I have ever read and I could not put it down! I was obsessed to the point that my family was concerned about me. Read them if you have yet to!

You can buy the Harry Potter series here. Or the Lux series here.

Mortal Instruments Books 2 and 3

Mortal Instruments Books 2 and 3

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Goodreads Summary: City of Ashes : 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?
City of Glass : 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 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?
My Review:
After taking the much needed mental break between books one and two of this series, I dove right into the City of Ashes and of course I loved it, almost all of it. The story line is so interesting and there are just enough twists and turns throughout the plot that it keeps you wanting to read constantly. Both books two and three consumed my every thought and I loved them.
The whole Valentine being Clary’s and Jace’s father is something I didn’t see coming and I honestly loved the messed up family situation with Valentine. However with Jace and Clary, I say honestly that I hated it more than I have ever hated a big reveal in a book. Valentine being their dad kind of made their job of destroying him a tad more difficult and of course Clary is angry at her mother for marrying him and since her mom is in a coma she can’t talk to her about it, but more about that later. The romance between Clary and Jace is still prevalent but super awkward and kind of gross actually. Even though they never grew up as siblings it is so disturbing and frustrating because all I wanted was for them not to be related so that I could have some real romance because I admit it, Simon isn’t as crush-worthy as Jace.
On to Jocelyn’s coma. Clary did everything to save her, including breaking the law and ignoring Jace and all of the Lightwoods to go try to save her mother. At the same time, Clary’s mom is the one with the honest answers which is just another reason that I wanted her coma to end. Luke also may or may not have feelings for her which I’m not sure how I feel about…but overall this part of the book was good, not too much time spent on it but just enough so that it added another aspect to the plot.
The romance? Awkward. Disturbing. Frustrating. Downright annoying. My rant could go on forever, but I am done.
The characters continued to grow on me. I love them all like they are my real friends and I still love the whole idea about the runes and Clary just happens to be extremely talented with them. These two books were utterly fantastic and I urge you to read them.
You can buy both books here, if you would like to.

Characterize it Thursday 4/17/14

Characterize it Thursday 4/17/14
This meme is hosted by the YA Book Butterfly.

This week’s topic is: Most Loving Parent(s): Parent that is actually around/big part of story
This is not necessarily even good parents, just parents who are actually present while the book is going on.

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I am going to go with Sally Jackson from the Percy Jackson and The Olympians series. She marries a disgusting man just to protect her son, she risks her life for his getting him to safest in the beginning, and she lets him go because it is what is best for him but she never stops caring about him. Her presence was the most prominent in the beginning of the series but continued to stay strong and the love for her son influenced Percy to be a brave demi-god. This is one of my favorite series and Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors. If you have not read this series, I seriously recommend it.

If you would like to purchase this series, you can do so here.

 

Mortal Instruments Book #1-City of Bones

Mortal Instruments Book #1-City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

Goodreads Summary:

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. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a 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…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.”

My review:

This book was honestly better than I had anticipated and I truly enjoyed reading it. The beginning was not slow at all which I love about books because I usually give books 50-100 pages before I give up but this book didn’t need any. Even though the main plot was not revealed right away, strange things happened that brought me into their world and even if I had known what the book was about before I started, I still would have loved it.

There were 100-150 pages in the middle where Simon, Clary’s best friend, gets into some trouble and Clary and Jace have to work at solving it. Personally, that part stretched out a bit too much for my liking but I still continued to read because I HAD to find out what was going to happen with all of them and I’m glad I did. The plot continually progresses and changes and that keeps the book interesting because there isn’t just one problem that the reader is waiting to see how it is solved. I also really like the whole idea of the runes and it is an idea I have never heard before, I love how original it is and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of them.

The romance aspect, well I will just say that Jace is definitely fiction crush-worthy. As far as fiction boys go, Jace is definitely in the top of my list. But, yes there’s a but, at the end of the book after everything Jace and Clary have gone through and after the reader completely falls in love with Jace even though we don’t necessarily want to, Clare destroys everything. What she does to the romance killed me inside more than anything any author has ever done, including the end of Allegiant, which is huge. The romance irritated me so much that I had to read another book before I could continue with this series.

The rest of the characters in this book are so fun though. Izzy is especially my favorite minor character because she is so tough and doesn’t need anyone to protect her, even though she isn’t very friendly to begin with and doesn’t really like Clary. Alec is kind of mysterious and kind of mean but what I did like about him was how protective he is over his family. And Simon, though not really a minor character, is definitely loveable. His personality is so geeky and I felt bad for him being thrown in this supernatural world. I almost didn’t think he would be able to take it but he held on through everything just to be there for Clary.

This book is definitely worth while and do not let the irritating romance stop you from reading the next book. Trust me, it gets better. I’ll review the second one soon!

If you want to buy The City of Bones, you can do so here.