10 Apr 2015

Book Review / City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Below is the description to book one in this series, City of Bones (so as to avoid spoilers)...

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.

Published:     24th March 2009
Publisher:  Walker Books
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 3, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought

My Review

What I loved about this book...
Now this book was very interesting indeed.  If you have read my review of book two in the series (City of Ashes) you will know that I had a bit of an unsure feeling about this series.  It was good and it called to me to keep going but I had moments were I was not sure.  I had seen some reviews that said that the real story for them started in book three so that was one of the reasons why I stuck with it and continued on to this book.  The other main reasons I have stuck with this series is the fact that I like mostly all of the characters (apart from the evil ones of course lol!) and I have a feeling this story and the characters have a lot of history and secrets left to tell...

The second half of this book was what made me really enjoy this book. The first half I will explain below but once we got to the real action and some history and secrets were revealed and/or hinted at I really saw the potential of this series for me.  I am now a 100% convert to this series.  The slowness for me from the first two books was well worth the read and build up to get to this point although I do suspect that I still do not know the full story with some characters...

What I did not like with this story...
It is mainly in the first half of the book that I really did not warm to a particular popular character.  I felt that this person was being very one minded and only looking after number one and not really seeing the bigger picture.  I could see why this person would want to do that but I still felt it was a bit selfish in places but that did not spoil the story in any way.’’

About the Author
(from Goodreads)

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books.

Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction.

She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.