Friday, April 29, 2011
REVIEW: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
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 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 third installment of bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.
Review: If you read my blog you'd know that I couldn't put down The Hunger Games. You'd know that Maggie Stiefvater's Linger kept me entertained while I experienced excruciating pain from a wisdom tooth, and you'd know that Cassandra Clare is my hero.
And it's not just because she's written a good book, but more because she's shown me that a book doesn't really need to try that hard to be a good book. Believe me, some of the books I've read have been reaching too much. It's kinda like being psychic, you either are or you aren't. You can't fake it. And so in my experience, a book is either good or it's not. There's no real gray matter there.
From the get go, you know this book is going to be a big thing. Compared to what happened in City of Ashes you're thinking okay this cosmic joke needs to end, but it doesn't, not for a long time, not until the mother speaks. Which is sort of disappointing because half the reason I couldn't put it down was because watching Jace act so non Jace like and the KNOWING things about Sebastian because of COFA, I was like, ew, ew, ew! But the poor characters were all ew around each other, and it provided a whole lot of headaches for me.
Also made me nauseous and I'm not gonna lie, I had a panic attack when I saw the towers burning, like really? This is happening NOW? Oh okay, because we can't get away from the danger right? Thanks Cassie, that was um, unexpected.
What else was unexpected were the Jace monologues, I realize they were important, but for me, they didn't sound like him. I realize the pressure was on in this book and so I forgive him a little, but I did miss his wit and sharp tongue, he didn't have it this time. He was either being super mean or super mushy, neither of which was Jacelike.
All in all though, it's a 5 out of 5 for me, and damn this book delivers. If you want something that's original, that doesn't try too hard, and is completely addictive, then you need to read The Mortal Instruments.
I might be reading them again . . .