Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #3
First Published: 2009
Young Adult, Fantasy
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?
So, when I read City of Ashes and wrote my original review of it, I boasted at how I was certain I would start City of Glass the following week and finish the first trilogy of the series. I made a huge liar out of myself, because I ended up reading it a full year later.

Which is really one of the main problem I have with this series and Cassandra Clare's books in general. I just don't feel compelled to read them. At all. And even when I do, I end up reading them in triple the time it usually takes me.

I do somewhat enjoy them (not half as much as most of you out there seem to, though...), but that's just kind of my general feeling about them.

In this installment of the series, the tables turned. Where in the last book I loved Jace and was a bit disappointed by Simon, in this one I found Jace's pov to be extremely tiring, and Simon's rather delightful.

Which is too bad, because the whole romance part of the book is centered around Jace and Clary, who spend most of it dancing around--or with--each other, until they finally discover what we all knew (or at the very least I knew) from book one. Hooray and good riddance. But does that mean the angst can finally stop? According to the synopses of the next books, not even close. *sigh*

This makes me glad I'm never going to read them. #ThereISaidIt.

This book is filled with death, but most of it in the big sense of the word, an Avengers type of massive destruction that doesn't really touch you much because you are not too attached to any of those people. Except in one case.

You probably know which Death I'm talking about, and if you don't I'm not going to be the one to spoil it for you (though I did spoil myself for it), but let's just say it's one of my big No-Nos and I want Clare to somehow take it back *sniff*

But it's not the death and destruction that's truly frightening here. It's the fact that Valentine believes he is doing the right thing, the hard thing that no one else but him will do. He is not pure evil. And this type of villain is much scarier to me, because pure evil never stood a chance, that is what it is. But Valentine could've turned out a whole different. He could've done the world a ton of good.

The other villain we're introduced to here? He's pure evil. And I hate him. But not enough to pick up the next books and force myself once again through bazillion pages. #ThereISaidItAgain

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