The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Now that you know I'm a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, I thought it would be only fitting that my very first review on Midnight Bloom Reads would be for them. I'm going to do a summary type of review which glosses over the three books currently available in the series.

If you haven't heard about this series yet, YOU MUST CHECK THEM OUT NOW!!

Title: The Mortal Instruments:City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Source: Bought

Overall: 5 Stars

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.

*Warning: If you continue reading these descriptions, there may be spoilers given away.*

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what''s normal when you''re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who''s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn''t ready to let her go-especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary''s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil-and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings-and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City''s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

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 bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.


So, there's actually going to be a fourth book! City of Fallen Angels will be released in March 2011 (so far away!). There's no cover yet but there's a press release with some details of what to expect: 

Love, blood, betrayal and revenge--the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter--and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn't quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What's a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city--only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they'd won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day--if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.
The Mortal Instruments series are one wild thrill ride filled with bumps and plenty of twists and turns that take your breath away. From the very first page until the end, you're sucked right into this exciting world of Shadowhunters, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and faeries! Each book is filled with action, suspense, and of course, romance.

Once you begin, you'll have a difficult time putting them down. It will surpass your expectations, so much so that I'm almost nervous to read City of Fallen Angels next year, because I will be expecting a lot. Clare has never let me down yet, so I have faith that this won't be the case either.

The characters and story just come alive. You will come to adore some and hate the ones who are trying to ruin their happy endings. You will wish you could be some of them. Intense at times, heartbreaking at others... what's not to love?

I almost forget something... the covers. Aren't they just gorgeous? You can't really tell from the screen, but they're glossy, shiny and oh so pretty.

You can check out Cassandra Clare's website here for more details on any of her books.

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  1. I am just hopping by to check out your blog. I am a new follower too!

    ok you are going to think I am crazy but I haven't read the MI series BUT I recently purchased all three. They are near the top of my to-read list.

    If you want to swing by and check mine out that would be awesome. Have a great weekend!

  2. Hey Anne,
    Thanks for stopping by... and starting reading the MI series right away!! I would think you're crazy for not reading it, but I'm comforted that you have at least bought them. lol ^.~

  3. I have trouble understanding how anything Cassie Claire writes could make it to the NYT Bestseller list. Clary is a textbook Canon Sue, Jace is an arrogant jackass, the novels are derivative of a list of sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, and, worst of all, the constant lusting after someone you believe is your sibling is nauseating, and that no one actually made an effort to separate Clary and Jace because it was screamingly obvious they wanted to shag is another failing. That she wanted to use incest as a plot device doesn't bother me. That she felt the need to keep beating the readers over the head every few pages with the Burning Lust the main characters felt for each other does. Either she thinks the readers are too bloody stupid to pick up on the Raging Lust on their own, or she really needs to take some classes on how to keep up the tension without laying on the angst with a trowel. She also needs to work on not making plot twists screamingly obvious. That Jace and Clary weren't related was blatantly obvious from how obvious the Raging Lust was. It was that or Claire didn't see anything wrong with incest and I highly doubted that. Oh, and then there's the fact she's used material from her Draco Trilogy in at least one of the MI novels.