Title: City of Bones / City of Ashes / City of Glass / City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 27, 2007 / March 25, 2008 / March 24, 2009 / April 5, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Cover Artist: Russell Gordon
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 496 / 464 / 560 / 424
ISBN: 1416914285 / 1416914293 / 1416914307 / 9781442403543
Summary (from Goodreads.com):
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.
As readers of series starter City of Bones already know, teenager Clary Fray is a Shadowhunter, a demon slayer who has the gift (?) of spotting Downworlder werewolves, vampires, and faeries. She is also an adolescent in an abnormally dysfunctional family: Her mom is in a magically induced coma and her father is probably insane and undoubtedly evil. All of which places Clary in situations that would challenge even the most talented average American girl.
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?
” ‘He does make me happy,’ Clary said. ‘But he can’t control everything in the world, Mom. Other things happen—’ she fumbled for words; how could she explain that it wasn’t Jace making her unhappy, but what was happening to him, without revealing what that was?” “In a world where everything went away from him eventually, she was one of the few remaining constants.” Except for teasers, the fourth installment of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments romance fantasy has been strictly embargoed, leaving us clutching for word clues. A teen series that keeps readers on tenterhooks.
Whoa! So I forgot to write a review for each book after I’ve read it. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood before to write on review for every book, so here it is!
Okay so I liked the City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass. Oh wait, sorry, wrong term. I LOVED IT! Totally, this series is just so good, you wouldn’t be able to put it down. Of course, I needed to do personal stuffs such as take a bath, eat lunch, go to school and so on, I have to put this down, but if given a chance, I wouldn’t bother doing all those stuffs for this series. That’s just how good it is!
So I couldn’t really remember what happened in each of the book. Well, I do but I have a hard time putting boundaries to what I remember, I couldn’t think if it ends in the COB or in the COA so I’r write about the general review.
I love Jace and Clary. They’re inseparableness and their attachment to each other. I love how Jace is so cool-minded and just so great! I love how they reacted when they learned that they were brother and sister. They just couldn’t get the reaction off their faces that it was obvious that they were in love with each other. The joke lasted until the second book, they were confused because of course, you couldn’t love your brother, yeah? That’d be disgusting. Well, I mean, in a romantic way. But of course, they found out that they weren’t really siblings and so they continued to love each other until they have to fight Clary’s dad, Valentine, for his evil schemes to their beloved ancestral home. They succeeded and ended up together. I like Simon, as Clary’s bestfriend. I do not like her, interrupting in Clary and Jace’s romantic problems. Although, I appreciate him for being there for Clary. Even if it meant, being turned into a vampire, he is a good friend, I’d acknowledge him for that. Simon survived the attempt of being killed by the vampires because of his amazing and exceptional trait. Jocelyn has been awake from the spell that she had casted onto herself. All this was predictable, I knew these events were going to happen yet I still feel happy for them and I love how it ended with a party. Although it’s a bit sad that they were rejoicing about Valentine’s death and how Idris is free from him, it still is nice to think that Valentine could have changed and just could’ve repented on his sins and be a good father to Clary. This is something like an opinion though, I really love the series.
I love Magnus Bane, the warlock, and Alec too! They’re so cute. I am not against homosexuals, so I love their romance. I love how Alec was in love with Jace at the beginning and was mad at Clary for getting Jace to herself and suddenly became interested with Magnus. He isn’t a rebound or whatever, Alec just needed to shift his focus on to someone else, and forget about Jace. Ahhhh. They’re just so cute!!
I also loved Luke and Jocelyn ended up being together. I mean, they will be married, yeah? I love Luke. He so caring and protective of Clary. He even more like her father than Valentine. Luke is generous and loving, while Valentine is selfish and he abandoned Clary and Jocelyn for something evil. He doesn’t deserve them back. I love how Luke waited for Jocelyn and I love how content he was as just being her friend and her only ally. He’s so father-like.
Well, THAT was until the City of Fallen Angels came. Here, Jace went a little cray cray and found something out that made her avoid Clary. I liked the fourth book though, unlike the other readers who wished that Cassandra Clare shouldn’t have made the fourth book and the next ones. That she should’ve just ended it in book three but hey, the author made as a favor, give her a break. We want more of Clary and Jace, correct? She just gave it to us, except with more drama. Accept it earthlings, the series might end up awesome, believe me. Have faith will ya?
So all in all, it is an amazing series. I would never be frustrated in Cassandra Clare’s writing. One of my favorite series. It’s so good, it makes me want to be a shadowhunter myself and find my own Jace Lightwood-Herondale-Morgenstern-Wayland. OMG. The next book will be release next year, May 2012. It’s gonna be a long wait. I might rot out of boredom. Anyway, I want to tell people that reading this series is just so worth the time.
Good story. Good plot. Good writing. Good humor. I couldn’t say anything more. ONE OF THE BEST SERIES EVER!