City of Glass TMI #3 | Book Review

City of Glass 
(The Mortal Instruments #3)
Cassandra Clare
Genres: Supernatural, Paranormal, Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: 24th March 2009
Number of Pages: 541
Source: Birthday Present

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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 the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

City of Glass is the third book in The Mortal Instruments Series and was due to be the conclusion but more books have since been published. Knowing this, I was intrigued to see how the story would conclude and what elements would remain unanswered in order to warrant another 3 books. After finishing this book, I am now even more intrigued to see how this series carries on because it was neatly tied together in City of Glass.

This series has been hit or miss with me. I loved book 1 City of Bones which I devoured in only a day or two - this was mostly due to the starky humour that Cassandra Clare injects into her characters. However, book 2 City of Ashes, was a bit blah for me as I felt it was predictable and repetitive with the humour lacking from book 1. I was therefore hesitant to continue with the series but, after hearing more and more great things from fellow booktubers and bloggers, I decided to carry on.

I did enjoy City of Glass, however all the fantastic elements – Sebastian, Idris, Clary’s Mum etc - were all a bit flat for me as I’d either been spoilt already (Sebastian’s reveal) or had predicted it was coming (Clary’s Mum). This makes reviewing this book very hard as I really can’t say I really liked it because there was just no excitement. The hard part is because I know if I’d not been spoilt on some of the story developments I would have loved it more. I therefore have to review this book only 3 stars because of the reasons I’ve previously described. I will be continuing with the series, but not in a rush.

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