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Double Book Review: City Of Ashes + City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare

 


City Of Ashes by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 453 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Tuhkakaupunki”.

Synopsis:
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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


My friend has never seen the movie, so I got inspired to finally read this one after we watched it. I actually enjoyed this one a little more than the first book. It could be because I didn’t remember like 85% of this. I think I put this off so long because I remembered whole Clary/ Simon thing lasting longer.

I normally don’t like multiple POVs but since we got some Alec’s thought about Magnus– all worth it. I was just so confused in the beginning because there was the thing with Elias and I had no idea who he was, so no wonder I prefer first person POVs.

I don’t think anyone liked the reveal that was in book one but I actually enjoyed how Cassandra Clare wrote the aftermath. It could be because I knew what’s really happening but Jace and Clary dealing with everything was maybe my favorite part of the plot. Clary could’ve handled it better but she’s what fifteen and there’s no book for dummies for things like that.

I felt so bad for Jace. He had just found out that Valentine had faked his death and on top of that no one trusted him. Maryse threw him out and Clary was avoiding him. Then there was Imogen who definitely didn’t trust him even though he hadn’t done anything. I know Jace is this badass shadowhunter but I just wanted to protect him.

I actually didn’t remember Maia had a brother let alone everything that happened in her childhood. Maia cried a lot more than I remember from first time reading this. I actually like Simon more this time around (it could be because I read Tales From Shadowhunter Academy or because teenage me was stupid) and I like that he’s becoming  friends with Maia especially after his life changes majorly.

Thank God Clary’s romance with Simon didn’t last that long. I don’t really get how he called her his girlfriend after they kissed once. Don’t teenagers usually talk about these things before calling someone their boyfriend or girlfriend?

Rating
3 stars

City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 541 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
I read the Finnish version, “Lasikaupunki”.

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?


City of Glass is the third book of The Mortal Instruments series. This was supposed to be the last book of the series but Clare decided to write three more books to it.

I think now Simon is my favorite character of the series which is weird since I didn’t like him until I read Tales From Shadowhunter Academy few years ago. Izzy in another hand I used to like but now I don’t like her that much. Cassandra Clare was already writing her POV so she should’ve explained what made Izzy react to other girls with jealousy, avoiding and hating.

Cassandra Clare write battle scenes very well. They weren’t too long to make me bored and I didn’t actually have to wait for them to be over.

I’m so happy about the development between Magnus and Alec but since Cassandra Clare writes about multiple POVs I wish we had seen more of them. I’m actually glad that Jace was acting like a jerk most of the book since he made Alec realize that he doesn’t love him.

I also liked Clace more than in earlier books. I forgot how romantic some of Jace’s lines are. No wonder I shipped them so hard back in the day. I think I’d still ship them pretty hard if Clary was more likeable. I had mixed feeling about her. I wanted to bang my head to the wall because of the way Clary acted but I also felt bad for her. She went through a lot in so little time but I wish she actually thought things through before she acted.

I remembered all the plot twists from a decade ago and I kinda just wanted to finish this quickly so I could move into books I was more interest in reading so I wasn’t as into the story as wish I was considering that City Of Glass was one of my favorite books of the series.

Rating
3 stars

9 thoughts on “Double Book Review: City Of Ashes + City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare”

  1. “Don’t teenagers usually talk about these things before calling someone their boyfriend or girlfriend?” ahaha I can confirm this is actually not true! in my experience teenagers (and preteens) are TERRIBLE about defining the relationship – my ex-best friend started calling me his “gf” without us ever having kissed or held hands or talked about it, and I had no idea he had romantic feelings for me 😅 it was a time.

    I think my favorite books in this series are the last two, so hopefully those are more exciting! (middle school Isabelle was an unapologetic Sebastian fangirl, lol. give me a good villain any day.)

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    1. Maybe it’s just different when friends fall for each other. I never had a boyfriend but I remember my friend sending messages via Facebook to her crushes.

      I love Sebastian. I remember watching some Jace/Clary/Sebastian videos after finishing City Of Lost Souls. I’m kinda exited about rereading that one even with what Sebastian tries to do with Clary in that one 🤐

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      1. that could definitely make a difference! I’ve only dated one guy, and the “so are we bf/gf now” conversation was suuuuuuper awkward – but not as awkward as the “wait, did you think we were dating bc I never got that memo” conversation 😅

        and yeahhhh that one’s … a lot to take in. I’m definitely curious to see if your thoughts on it have changed at all over time! 👀

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  2. It’s been years since I’ve read the series and always wondered if I’d still enjoy them if I went back to reread them. I do think she should have stopped at three books for the series though and perhaps used the next three as a spin off. It felt complete and she’s like, TA DA here’s some more drama. I remember feeling quite sorry for Jace as well. He’s arrogant and aloof but he’s had a pretty tough life and it seems everyone looks to him for leadership.I loved the movie adaptation but not the TV series and stopped watching midway through season one. So glad you’re enjoying this the second time around, wonderful reviews!

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    1. I have mixed feelings about CC writing three more books. I enjoyed the later books too when I was a teenager but who knows if my opinion has changed after I reread them. I wish I could attach movie! Jace and Clary and TV show! Izzy. Magnus and Alec into one adaptation.

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