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Review: Mortal Instruments #3: City of Glass (Cassandra Clare)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 541
Publisher: March 24th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781416914303
Genre: mystery, paranormal, magic, paranormal romance, series
Source: Library copy

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

I am finally reading these. I know, I know. Where have I been? Too busy to devote to 500+ pages of the same story for 5 books, apparently.

I enjoy the world building immensely. I really do think it's fantastic. However, this is the 3rd book in the series and I feel like I'm ready the same book over and over again. There were new characters and a new climax, but really... how many times can Clary come close to catching Valentine (and have him escape) and keep the story fresh?

I found the plot to be very slow at times. Very, very slow. I started skipping paragraphs/pages. And let's be honest-- I didn't miss anything. Gasp.

I know I will finish the series. I want to see the movies, and I always read the books before the movies. Unfortunately, I'm not in a huge rush to finish these books because they are boring me. There was so much hype for this series-- and I was so excited to read them-- but now that they are starting to feel like the same book repeated over and over again, I just don't want to devote the time to read another thousand pages. To me, I feel like there are too many other books out there deserving of my time. Plus, the story is starting to get predictable. I guarantee I know where things are headed. I will read the next book (eventually) to see if I'm right. I bet I am... 

Don't misunderstand me with this short review. I do think these books are worth reading. In fact, I wish I would have read them when they were new. With a year inbetween each installment, it probably wouldn't seem like the same story in every book. I would have had time to forget. I think the problem for me comes down to chain reading. There is no time to forget and refresh.

Sebastian was not a surprise at all. I figured him out way before the end of the book. I'm used to figuring things out, but it was a bit predictable. Luckily, though, there were new characters that were interesting and added to the plot. The back of the book gives away Simon's plight, but I will say how it happened was a surprise. He has always been a favorite character for me in the series, and this book was no different. He did a lot of growing, and I thoroughly enjoyed the role he played.

My summer reading goal was to make progress with this series, and I feel like I've made a good start. I do think these are fun to read books, and I recommend them. I do not, however, suggest chain reading. Give yourself a book or two in between each one to keep things fresh.


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The Search for Delicious Natalie Babbitt
Product Details

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book

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