This review is based on all three books from the Mortal Instruments Series
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
First of all let me just say that this is a young adult, fiction novel and there are a lot of references to that. If you don't enjoy reading this type of books then this series might not be for you. While reading other reviews I noticed people either hate it, or love it. I belong to the latter. I don't understand why people hated these books - it says clearly it's fantasy/fiction, therefore you should expect to read about super powers, characters and abilities that are not real.
City of Bones Synopsis:
"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." (Source: GoodReads.com)
One of the things that got me thinking was Clary's age. I mean yes she was still a teenager and she was able to go out and do all these things but then again I remembered I am reading a book, a fiction book. If you keep that in mind throughout the whole story - you will love it.
I seriously enjoyed all the characters and how they evolve, and the main plot was very interesting. It keep you hooked all throughout the three novels. You can find adventure, a very cute love story, and betrayal. Another aspect that I loved was how the author used her imagination in creating this surreal world. One detail that she created were the runes - "markings used by Nephilims to assist them in fighting. A stele is used to draw them onto the skin. " I believe this little detail made the book so much interesting to me. It's one of those things that I appreciated and I wish it could exist in real life (Am I the only crazy person to think that?)
Mortal Instruments it's not just a story about a girl trying to figure out who and what she is. It's also a story about friendship and family. I laughed out loud a couple of times, especially when Jace was arguing with Alex and Isabelle. You can see they have a very strong relationship even though they mock each other.
“It's not funny, Jace," Alec interrupted, starting to his feet. "Are you just going to let her stand there and call me names?" "Yes," Jace said kindly. "It'll do you good-- try to think of it as endurance training.”
“The next time you're planning to injure yourself to get my attention, just remeber that a little sweet talk works wonders."
I would recommend this series to everyone who loves to read Young Adult/ Fantasy/ Fiction books. I loved the experience it gave me - it felt like going on a journey next to the characters. I give this series an A+ !!
As if I wasn't excited enough about these books - THE MOVIE WILL COME OUT!!!
Here is the trailer in case you haven't seen it yet (shame on you)
I will probably do another post on the trailer - cast, story etc. when we get closer to the movie coming out!!
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