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Review: The Mortal Instruments

Hi! To be honest I wasn’t sure what to post today, but I had the idea of posting Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments because it’s one of my favourite series.

I read this series in high school, many years ago, and I fell in love with it. I didn’t think I would because it was the time when Twilight was becoming huge, and I really couldn’t stand vampires after that. I was really glad to find out that this series only touched on vampires, and that our main characters are Shadowhunters instead. One thing I really love about the series is the covers for the novels, they are just so beautiful!

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
City of Bones

City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare: The first novel in the Mortal Instruments series. It’s another vampire/werewolf/ type novel. It turns out that it wasn’t so much about the vampires, but about what they call themselves “Shadowhunters”, and they kill demons. It was a very interesting read. Many interesting secrets go around in a different universe that is part of the ‘human world’. It’s about a girl named Clarissa Fray, who finds about her mother’s secrets as she is attacked by a demon. She meets some of the Shadowhunters at a club her and her best friend Simon go to. It appears that only she can see them because of her mother. That’s where she meets Jace Wayland, and they are off to find the Mortal Cup to save young human beings from Valentine, an evil man who plans to turn them all into evil Shadowhunters. It was a great story, with a great plot. The novel had a great set of characters that any type of reader can relate to. Clare made her characters all so diverse. The novel kept the reader entertained, ready to start reading the next novel.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
City of Ashes

City of Ashes by: Cassandra Clare: This is the second book to the Mortal Instruments series, and it embarks on more journey’s with the Downworlder’s, such as the vampires, the werewolves, and the faeries. The novel is also focused on more relationships. Now that Jace and Clary find out they’re brother and sister, they have to deal with their father trying to take over everyone in the Clave using demons. Clary has to deal with Simon and his changes throughout the novel as well. It keeps the reader entertained for as long as you read it. From the first page to the last it has many secrets to unveil, and many battles, along with relationships to discover. It’s a great read, and a great follow up from the first novel. More action, and definitely more drama appears to give the reader something juicy to read about. Overall, an enticing read.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
City of Glass

City of Glass by: Cassandra Clare: The third novel in the Mortal Instruments series, and it makes the reader think that reading this series was worth something. The first two novels didn’t quite hold the story together as well as it should, but once you get to the third novel, everything makes sense. Everything is awesome, and the reader actually wants to read the novel. The mission continues with Jace, Clary, Alec, and Isabelle. The four of them go through so much in this one novel. Many character changes happen, and many battles go on, that really, you don’t want to put this novel down! Kudos for an excellent third novel! Everything fell into place, and made it the perfect read out of the series… so far.


City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels by: Cassandra Clare: The fourth novel in the Mortal Instruments series. This novel was all about Clary’s best friend Simon, who is now a vampire. Everyone wants him because he can walk in the light. He’s a “Daylighter”. No one has ever heard of such a thing so Simon is a rare spices that everyone wants to study, and be intrigued by. They also want him alive because of how rare he is. It was really cool to watch Simon grow as a character. He used to be this shy little guy in the first novel, but by the fourth, he’s grown to be a strong, and fierce (if you will) guy. Though he cheats, he is still seen as the good guy, such a cutie. Basically this story is all about him, and the reader can’t help but fall in love with Simon.


City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
City of Lost Souls

City of Lost Souls by: Cassandra Clare: The fifth novel in the Mortal Instruments series, and my it’s on fire, literally. When Jace gets taken from “Team Good” to “Team Evil” it’s up to Team Good to try and get him back, without killing him as well. Can they find the power to do this, or will it not succeed. It’s up to Clary and her Shawdowhunter friends, along with Simon the vampire and Magnus the Warlock to step up and show what it takes to prove you truly love somebody. This novel was all about lost loves realizing what they were missing, and that they truly did still love. Some were parts of the novel were mushy, and some were darn right cute, with an ending to shock. This novel definitely had it all, and hit the readers right where it needed to, in the feels.


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)
City of Heavenly Fire

City of Heavenly Fire by: Cassandra Clare: The last and final book in the Mortal Instruments series, and it’s action packed. The Dark War that is run by Sebastian Morgenstern, Valentine’s son, has arrived and it up to the Shadowhunters who haven’t been turned into the Endarkened by Sebastian to stop it. From start to finish action is happening throughout the novel. Characters lives take turns that readers don’t see coming, but in the end it’s all worth it. A new realm is introduced, the demon realm where new characters are introduced. A lot of new characters have been introduced in this novel, but not to fear, Clare is writing a new series about these new characters for readers to fall in love with. As much as the characters here are loved, it’s time to say goodbye, and Clare did a good job of tying all the loose ends together, she even tied in her series, the prequel to these books, the Infernal Devices in this book making it an extra ordinary finish. Overall, a well crafted series, with well-rounded characters that readers will always love.


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