Monday, December 10, 2012

Book Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


City of Glass
(The Mortal Instruments, Bk #3)
By Cassandra Clare
Narrator: Natalie Moor

Synopsis:
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 new found powers to help save the Glass City - whatever the cost?

Goodreads:
Available for purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Viviana's Review: 

Book three and the original ending to what used to be a trilogy but now an ongoing series of currently 5 books “City of Glass” does provide closure for the readers and I will say I was extremely happy with how everything was tied up and presented. I can totally see and understand why Cassandra continued writing the series. There were so many opportunities to dive deeper into some of the characters, their own development and growth within the Shadow Hunter world. So many things occurred in these three books and she created wonderful characters that we’re just dying to know more about.


In “City of Glass” we get to know the “new” Simon a little better. Thankfully, the new Simon is just like the old Simon, but with a few new ‘upgrades’ per say  As in the previous books, he is still smart, sarcastic, and a wonderful friend. Simon is trying to figure out how he fits into the new world without losing his true self.

Jace and Clary are still struggling with their feelings for each other and are trying to clearly define their relationship. Each is still figuring things out about who they truly are. They are fighting the evil forces that have escalated their attacks and those who believed to be trust worthy may not be.

New Characters are introduced. They each bring new twists and turns and even a few “a ha” moments.

There were a few spots in the beginning and in the middle were I felt it was dragging a bit. This is because again, originally it was the end of a trilogy and as such would need to provide the reader with all the information needed in order for things to make sense. So, if this was the actual end of the series, then I wouldn't have felt or noticed the dragging. However, as I know there are more books and I’m eager to start the next one, I had those moments of “ Ok, let’s get moving”. The good thing is that it only happened once or twice and they were quick. They are also necessary moments.

Narrator Review: Natalie Moor also narrated “City of Ashes” (bk #2) and has continued to do a great job. Each of the characters have their unique voices, tones and characteristics.

Fantastic Read (or listen in this case) for both teenagers and adults.



Rating: 4.5 Stars - Really Loved It!


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