Book Review: City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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 new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

Dear Cassandra Clare,
I love your writing.  I have read all three of your novels.  Twice.  Can you please write faster?  And in your next book, we need an Isle of Esme chapter.  I think you know which characters we want to vacation there. 
Waiting patiently,

I love this series!  The writing is excellent, I can relate to the characters, I like the side love stories, and the plot has lots of twists and turns.  It's rare that I like a series written in the third person this much.  I like Clary.  She is growing up as the books progress and I like her personality.  I love that Clary gets nervous and has racing thoughts.  That makes her so relatable!  Even if you are not a fan of the paranormal genre, I would recommend the Mortal Instruments series. 

Just One Gripe:
This is a very small gripe, but Clare uses the phrase "scrambled to her/his feet" a lot.  Why not "stood up," "got to her/his feet,"  or "rose"?  Just a small annoyance.

The Best Thing About This Book:
The imagery is outstanding.

Appropriate for a younger audience:


Plot:  5/5
Setting/Imagery:  5/5
Originality:  5/5
Ending:  5/5
Total Score:  25/25

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  1. I have to say this one was my favorite because of the whole battle part. Wish there would've been more and got to see more of the battle. I'm into battles and stuff, where different people get together to fight one enemy. It's epic! And I really can't wait for The Clockwork Angel & City of Fallen Angel (Angels?) Haha I don't remember now.

    I'm glad you liked it though, I was thinking about putting up a review for each of them but haven't found the oomph to do it yet.

  2. I read the series last year but decided to re-read and review them when they were fresh on my mind. I think she is one of the top YA authors.
    I did like the battle, she was kind of like Stephenie Meyer in that she did not place much emphasis on it despite all the lead-up to it.
    I am so excited for the next ones too!

  3. Kelli! :) i agree the imagery really is, everything is so clear and vivid i think thats one of the things that attracts readers and draws them in, ahha me likely the dear Cassie letter very amusing:D and omg we need the clockwork angel i am dying to read it fantastic review!

  4. I love this series! I love your stalker worthy rating-- good stuff :D

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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