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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Summer Library Challenge: Library Collage

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This week's Summer Library Challenge task asks us to make a collage of our local library.

Well, sadly, I'm leaving for Disney this week so I had no time to take pictures of the gazillion library locations in my town (ok, I think there are like 20). But I did find some amazing pictures on-line to show how awesome they are.

My favorite library in town is the one downtown. It's about 30 miles from me. When I worked around the corner from it, I would always stop by after work. Now it's a bit of a drive but I make it a point to take the kids there as much as I can.

There is an enormous children's department. I mean HUGE. Think full art studio, theater, reading area plus computers and shelves upon shelves of books. We hang out there a lot. We also spend time in the YA center (and by we I mean me). It is incredible.

With 4 stories and numerous "extras" downstairs, the main library is a major feature in town. There are monthly Art Walks hosted here as well as lots of bookish events. I love getting lost here.



Review: Mortal Instruments #2: City of Ashes (Cassandra Clase)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 453
Publisher: March 25th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781416914297
Genre: magic, paranormal, paranormal romance, series
Source: Library copy



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




I can start checking this series off my TBR list. Woo! At 500+ pages, these take a bit of time to read, or at least a whole day for me. It's been a while since I read City of Bones, so it was nice to jump right in to the story again. The setting for this series is one of my favorites (next to Savannah for Beautiful Creatures). I would be stating the obvious to say how original this series is. You already know that because you probably read the books when they came out eons ago.

I'm a fickle creature. I do not like to wait for book releases if they are part of a series. I wait until the whole series is out so I can chain read all the books in one go. I did that with Beautiful Creatures, Hunger Games, and a few others. The only series that I read as they were published were Divergent (and we know how that turned out!) and The Darkest Minds books (plus a few others). I'm just so impatient; it's a character flaw.

Because I know my flaws, I can recognize something that is going to set me off. I really feel that books that are edging near 500 pages are risky because that's a lot of stuff to put in a book. I feel like I have a great attention span, but even I start losing interesting around page 400 or so. I am finding that these books are no exception to that, either. Luckily, though, there is enough tension with the characters that keeps me reading. (Yay, Simon!)

So, I'm not going to say much about City of Ashes because it's already been said. You can read the gazillion reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.  I did just want to say that I'm enjoying the series so far, and I'm glad I'm finally reading it. I can see why there is a cult following to these books, and I might just have to jump on that bandwagon myself.





















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Book Blast: Warrior by Kasi Blake




 BOOK BLAST:  WARRIOR
Official Release Date: 7/13/14

This is the third book in the Order of the Spirit Realm Series.  If you haven't read them, start with Bait.  It is free at most online ebook vendors such as Amazon, B&N, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.

This book begins two years after Hunter ended.  Bay-Lee is fighting a Devil Tree while her mentor and boyfriend, Nick Gallos, watches from the sidelines.  Things are tense between them.  She wants to amp up their relationship, but Nick has put on the brakes. He's got one foot out the door, and she doesn't know what to do about it.

Warrior brings about closure and change, some good and some bad.  Together, Nick and Bay-Lee will take on the werewolf pack that killed her mother, face their twisted pasts, and face a friend turned enemy.



Quotes from Warrior:

Bay-Lee: You never told me I wasn't supposed to kill it.  You told me I couldn't kill it.

Nick: I should have known you'd take that as a challenge.

Keisha: Oh, don't play Miss Innocent with me, girl.  It was your idea for me to trade places with Nick's banshee, but you've been wearing a pouty face ever since.

Bay-Lee: I don't have a pouty face.

Keisha:  Sure you don't.

Bay-Lee (after knocking Keisha down):  You hit on my boyfriend, so I thought I should hit on you.

Little girl:  There's a monster in my closet.

He added, "Reapers aren't supposed to care.They don't have compassion or love inside of them."


"But you're still human."


"Because of you!"  It sounded like an accusation instead of gratitude.  "I haven't lost my humanity because I still have you.  His facial muscles tightened.  "I can't keep living like this."


Nick threw the talisman down and stormed off, heading for the castle.

She scooped the talisman off the ground.  It was precious, even if it was malfunctioning. 

Without it Nick wouldn't be able to stay with her.  She ran until she caught up with him. 
Slipping it into his hand, she begged him to keep using it.  "At least until we find something else.  Please."


The purple half-circles beneath his eyes attested to his lack of sleep and made her want to cry.  She cringed when he slipped the thing around his neck.  Asking him to live like this was horrible, but she couldn't let him go, not yet.







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