5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
City of Glass is the third book of Cassandra Clare's trilogy. I loved them all, thus the reason for the purchase. The story was brisk, with characters so well developed it's like they're real and I just HAD to find out what happened next. This last story wraps up the loose ends with a decently satisfying ending. I believe the books are considered to be in the YA genre...
Published on Sep 13 2009 by K. Wark
3.0 out of 5 stars Always drive
I thought the first part of this book was tepid. Clary and Simon and Jace, meet the citizens of Alicante! But then one of those citizens, Sebastian, got off the couch and became a pivotal character in the story and the story went from park to drive. The conclusion turned out fine and despite the mediocre score I am giving this book, I probably will read book four,...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good read,
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This review is from: City of Glass (Paperback)City of Glass is the third book of Cassandra Clare's trilogy. I loved them all, thus the reason for the purchase. The story was brisk, with characters so well developed it's like they're real and I just HAD to find out what happened next. This last story wraps up the loose ends with a decently satisfying ending. I believe the books are considered to be in the YA genre but I still thoroughly enjoyed them and I'm 35+. Well worth a read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too,
It has been one really long - as well as crazy, heartbreaking, exhilarating, and anxiety-filled - month for Clary. She has been one busy girl - mixing it up with vampires, werewolves, and fairies, fighting demons, and falling in love completely and totally. Like I said, it has been one helluva month for Clary.
When we last saw her, both Clary and Jace were reeling from the fact that they were brother and sister. I think you were able to hear a collective moan of "oh no" across the country when everyone reading the book got to that part. On top of that, her mother was in a coma and Simon, her BFF, was turned into a vampire. Seriously, can anything else go wrong?
Welcome to the final chapter in THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS trilogy.
The trip has been planned. Everyone is going to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters. Clary was going to save her mother, learn more about her past. Life was going to be good once again. However, keep in mind the saying "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry"....
So what goes wrong? For starters, Jace doesn't want her to go, claiming that it is too dangerous, especially if people, the wrong people, find out what she can do with runes. Then the Forsaken attack before Clary arrives, wrecking havoc and forcing everyone left alive (including Simon) to escape through the portal to Idris.
It is not easy getting into Idris. You have to get permission from the ruling body, and if you enter without permission, you run the risk of death. Uh oh.... now how in the world is Clary going to save her mother? Clave be damned is how, and she draws her own portal rune to transport her. Luke latches on at the last second in hopes of saving her, but it is too late - and they both wind up in Idris.
Good news is they made it; bad news is that Downworlders like Luke aren't exactly welcome.
The action in this installment starts early and doesn't let up until the very last page, but now with Clary, Luke, and Simon (who really shouldn't be there) in Idris, the twists and turns really begin. If you thought what happened on the ship in the last book was intense, you haven't read anything yet. Valentine, who has yet to show all of his cards, is planning something huge. He is just itching to use the mortal cup and he already has the sword. Everybody is on full alert, ready to battle for his or her lives.
I don't want to reveal that many spoilers, so lets just say Ms. Clare wrote a satisfying conclusion that will please her legions of fans. There is a lot going on in this book, that much I will say. This one was probably my favorite out of the three. The story moved at a very good pace and delved more into the relationships that have entwined all of the characters together. Familial issues take center stage, and romantic issues also abound.
There is also one really big surprise. Does that mean Jace and Clary are together in the end?
I'm not telling....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beat my expectations by a long shot!,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent !!!!,
This review is from: City of Glass (Paperback)The series of The Mortal Instruments are truly amazing. Exciting, action packed, love triangles, twists and turns....amazing !! If you loved twilight you will LOVE these more !!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...],
Clary will discover secrets that they were kept in dark for years.... but Jace is not willing to help her. Clary finds Sebastian who is too eager to help her but he is hiding something.......
Love it, love it!!!!!!!!!!! It was a good closure for the story.
I loved Alec in this one. At the previous books he was so into Jace and against Clary that kind of made me not like him but in this book you see him being more mature and willing to face his fears.
In this book we see Isabelle being more emotional. We can see that behind the Shadowhunter gear she's just a girl and even though she can handle everything (expect from cooking.. lol ) and be strong, she's fragile just as she's strong.
Simon. Ok, I usually don't like a character who goes between a couple, and that's the case here, but I really liked him. In the previous books he was trying to win Clary over Jace but in this book he realises that he can have her only as a friend and that's what he does..... not like Jacob in Twilight.. (These books has nothing to do with Twilight but if you have read them you know what I mean by Jacob insisting that he was the one for Bella... huh!)
Anyway that's one of the reasons that I love Simon, that he understands what Clary wants and steps aside to stand by her as a friend.... the other reason is that now he's more involved in the story, he's stronger now and ready to have some action and take responsibilities.
Jace. What can I say about Jace. I can start from how much I love him!!!!!!!! :)
He is very strong as a character and deep. You can see that behind his arrogant remarks, he's just a boy struggling to find who he is and to get use to the idea that Clary is his sister.
Clary. I wouldn't say that I loved her but I can say for sure that I liked her. She is strong, she's all willing to jump in and help her friends.....
Valentine. I didn't like him as being the bad guy.... The only part I actually felt same hatred towards him, would be at The City of Bones where he tells Clary and Jace that they are related. Other than that I didn't feel that he was the bad guy... I was close to liking him at the end and kind felt sorry for his ending.
I think that's the only part I don't like form the books, that Valentine's character isn't developed enough and that his reasons for wanting to destroy the Shadowhunters aren't believable.
Overall the book was good; my favorite though is the City of Ashes... more drama in it..... and I love good drama!
One of the reasons that I love this trilogy is that combines humor, adventure, drama, love story.... pretty much everything but I loved it mostly because of the humor in it. It made me laugh so many times and I still do when I read the funny quotes. The author was able to put humor into serious conversations without stopping them for not being serious.... and that's really difficult to do.... and I loved it!!!!!!!!!
Of course this is the last book of this trilogy but the author is having three more books on our heroes. It'll kind be like a second trilogy. Yeah! More Jace!
3.0 out of 5 stars Always drive,
This review is from: City of Glass (Paperback)I thought the first part of this book was tepid. Clary and Simon and Jace, meet the citizens of Alicante! But then one of those citizens, Sebastian, got off the couch and became a pivotal character in the story and the story went from park to drive. The conclusion turned out fine and despite the mediocre score I am giving this book, I probably will read book four, mainly because I liked the characters.
4.0 out of 5 stars Another exciting installment in the series,
This review is from: City of Glass (Paperback)I really enjoyed reading this installment and found it much better than City of Ashes. There was lots of tension, action, twists and turns. Again, I found myself impressed with Cassandra Clare's writing and ability to create an interesting fantasy world within the real world. The world changes in this book as the characters travel to Idris, the City of Glass, which is outside the normal world - it was nice to have a change of setting and focus.
I enjoyed the characters more in this book and am glad that the Clary/Jace story line took a turn as I didn't like their brother/sister storyline. Clary starts to grow into herself more in this book as she has had some time now to get used to being a Shadowhunter and her strengths are being more revealed and she acts more purposefully and less by accident. It is also nice to see Jace act like less of a jerk.
Again, I found some of the more minor characters to be some of the most interesting, such as Alec, Magnus, Isabelle, and Simon. In fact, some of the best scenes for breaking the tension and adding humour were between Simon and Jace.
This was supposed to be the final installment of the series, and it does tie up all of the loose ends, but Cassandra Clare has written more, with the City of Fallen Angels already out and more books planned - it will be interesting to see where things go from here.
5.0 out of 5 stars great story,
This review is from: City of Glass (Mass Market Paperback)I couldn't put this book down neither it took me only a few days to read. It is very interesting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing,
This review is from: City of Glass (Paperback)This is one of the few series I have read in years that has completely blown me away. The world that has been created is amazing, and the characters are craftier with incredible skill. The world is believable, and the one we might actually live in and just not be aware of it. The battles between good and evil are epic, but one of the things that makes this series so good, is it explores the areas of life that are grey, neither black nor white. It explores feelings and emotions even when they are difficult.
This book continues almost immediately after book 2, City of Ashes, the battle between the Shadowhunters and Valentine . Valentine is intent on cleansing the Shadowhunters and destroying all down worlders. This is another great book in a marvelous series.
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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Paperback - Aug 3 2010)
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