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In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human s In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human survive such an attack. In the second novel, City of Ashes, Clary just wants her life to go back to normal--but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her newfound brother Jace have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive--and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Then Clary's best friend Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments Valentine's forever. In book three, City of Glass, Clary has to use all her ingenuity and newfound magical skills to get herself to the Glass City in Idris, the secretive Shadowhunters' home country, where she is forbidden to go--for it is only there that she can find the cure to the enchanted sleeping sickness to which her mother has succumbed. When Valentine attacks the city and destroys the demon towers, Clary and her allies are all that stand between him and the total annihilation of all Shadowhunters. Love is a mortal sin and the past tangles inextricably with the present as Clary and Jace face down their father in the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series. About the Author Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists.


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In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human s In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human survive such an attack. In the second novel, City of Ashes, Clary just wants her life to go back to normal--but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her newfound brother Jace have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive--and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Then Clary's best friend Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments Valentine's forever. In book three, City of Glass, Clary has to use all her ingenuity and newfound magical skills to get herself to the Glass City in Idris, the secretive Shadowhunters' home country, where she is forbidden to go--for it is only there that she can find the cure to the enchanted sleeping sickness to which her mother has succumbed. When Valentine attacks the city and destroys the demon towers, Clary and her allies are all that stand between him and the total annihilation of all Shadowhunters. Love is a mortal sin and the past tangles inextricably with the present as Clary and Jace face down their father in the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series. About the Author Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists.

30 review for The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass

  1. 4 out of 5

    NatashaSonya

    I have to say I've heard mixed reviews about this book series, many saying the writing and characters are feeble attempts at creating a good story and whatnot. All I can say is screw those people because I enjoyed this series more than I could ever describe in words. I'd gotten all three books in one swing to the bookstore - which I admit could've been stupid of me if I hadn't liked it, but of course it didn't turn out that way - and even with the second book's summary spoiler I was gaping all I have to say I've heard mixed reviews about this book series, many saying the writing and characters are feeble attempts at creating a good story and whatnot. All I can say is screw those people because I enjoyed this series more than I could ever describe in words. I'd gotten all three books in one swing to the bookstore - which I admit could've been stupid of me if I hadn't liked it, but of course it didn't turn out that way - and even with the second book's summary spoiler I was gaping all during the City of Bones. It's seriously written in such a way that even if you're told about every event and spoiler throughout any of the books, you will still be amazed at how those happenings come about. Cassandra Clare places twists into the story that you wouldn't have ever thought of no matter how much you ponder, and I very much enjoyed the sarcasm and humour throughout all the books. All the major events are well woven together in a way where you really don't know what will happen and Cassandra Clare is very creative with her ideas of the several different supernatural races in the story as well as her own principles of Shadowhunters and their world. The characters are interesting and definitely not boring, they're thoughts and actions frustrated me sometimes, but it makes it all the better and more suspenseful to read. The descriptions gave me a clear image in my mind of what was happening, and I often found myself pulled into the world and politics of the Shadowhunters. Quite plainly? I love it. The building feelings and love between the main characters, Clary and Jace, along with the action and adventure are thrilling and enticing. I personally can't get enough of this series!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    where to begin with this book? Jace Wayland is supposed to be a hot, snarky bad boy with a heart of gold, and hair of gold. he snarks the shit out of everything as soon as the opportunity arises, and even when the opportunity doesn't arise. but Jace does not have a heart of gold, no matter how much Clary and Clare try to convince you. at the end of the book, Isabelle tells Clary that she brings out the kindness that's inside of Jace. we're supposed to believe that Clary changed Jace and made him where to begin with this book? Jace Wayland is supposed to be a hot, snarky bad boy with a heart of gold, and hair of gold. he snarks the shit out of everything as soon as the opportunity arises, and even when the opportunity doesn't arise. but Jace does not have a heart of gold, no matter how much Clary and Clare try to convince you. at the end of the book, Isabelle tells Clary that she brings out the kindness that's inside of Jace. we're supposed to believe that Clary changed Jace and made him a good person. this idea is shoved down your throat and paraded through the whole series. but there is never an instance when Jace is more than just a whiny little bitch. he has the air of someone who wears Ed Hardy tee-shirts and purposely messes up their hair and has strategically untied shoelaces, and talks about how hard it is living on the streets when they live in their parents Beverly Hills mansion. you know the type. they talk about how much they hate mainstream music and sellouts and say they shop at thrift stores. they make jokes about women getting in the kitchen and making them sandwiches and say "cool story bro." Jace does none of these things, except the last one - there's an actual joke about that in City of Ashes - but he has the air of someone who does. he's that guy. he's that douchebag playing music loudly on his cell phone even though he has headphones in his bag.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    This has got to be one of the most overrated series of all time. I have individual reviews somewhere but safe to say that overall I was pretty underwhelmed. It was all a bit ridiculous and angsty and I just am not a huge fan of supernatural monsters being turned into heart throbs.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    This is a book series I would love to live in! If you are looking to take a vacation and get away from your life for a while, I would most definitely recommend you take a trip through The Mortal Instruments. The world that Cassandra Clare has created is one where the reader will find themselves immersed in fantasy and adventure. Just when you think you've found that perfect spot to stop and come back to reality from, you will get swept up back into the Shadowhunter's world of triumph and chaos. This is a book series I would love to live in! If you are looking to take a vacation and get away from your life for a while, I would most definitely recommend you take a trip through The Mortal Instruments. The world that Cassandra Clare has created is one where the reader will find themselves immersed in fantasy and adventure. Just when you think you've found that perfect spot to stop and come back to reality from, you will get swept up back into the Shadowhunter's world of triumph and chaos. Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, Simon, and all the other characters within the series will keep you mesmerized and intrigued. When you finish, they feel as though they are a part of you. You will laugh, cry, cheer, struggle and ache for them page after page. Each book builds upon the prior one, and leaves you wanting for more. I know that all series must come to an end eventually, but until then I am anxiously awaiting each page of the books to come. Cassandra Clare is an amazingly talented author, and I know when I see her name on a book that I am going to fall in love with it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessthebookslover

    And now? What am I supposed to do with my life?

  6. 5 out of 5

    William miles

    Well, where to begin? These books are absolutley amazing! I love the way Cassandra Clare writes about her charecters. She gives them a soul. I feel like i've known them forever. I was captivated and addicted by the time i read the first chapter. I love the passion and fire clare writes with. She Is an intelligent woman and writer. I just can't get enough. I've never been so impressed with a series in my life and believe me i have read MANY. I love how she brings the Fey, the vamps, the weres, th Well, where to begin? These books are absolutley amazing! I love the way Cassandra Clare writes about her charecters. She gives them a soul. I feel like i've known them forever. I was captivated and addicted by the time i read the first chapter. I love the passion and fire clare writes with. She Is an intelligent woman and writer. I just can't get enough. I've never been so impressed with a series in my life and believe me i have read MANY. I love how she brings the Fey, the vamps, the weres, the demons, the wizards, and the mundanes all togetherin a series that has blown my mind. I am so dissapointed about the casting of this movie"The City Of Bones", Lily Collins for Clary I can get that. Jonathan Rhys-Myers for Valentine was an awesome choice. The charecter that plays Magnus Bane fits really wellas does Luke and Jocelynbut OMG WTF was the casting people thinkingwhen they casted Jace Herondale???? Jamie Campbel-Bower for jace, it brings the Jace Herondale of The Mortal Instraments to shame!!! Jace is suppost to be the most beautiful Nephilim ever created. Anyways I could go on and on about how wonderful this series is. I have read a lot of other series since and nonecompare, not even a little. If you have never read this series you are truly missing out.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dangermousie

    Oh, how I love love love this trilogy, let me count the ways! (I enjoy books 4-5 in the series as well, but not as much as I do these ones). I'd say it was my ultimate guilty pleasure except I refuse to feel guilty. Yummily dramatic? Yes. Delightfully angsty? Yes. With an entertaining worldbuilding, great secondary characters, and delightful quips? Yes. But I am in it for Jace and Clary, arguably the most deliciously tortured and passionate and dysfunctional soulmatey-soulmate OTP that I have co Oh, how I love love love this trilogy, let me count the ways! (I enjoy books 4-5 in the series as well, but not as much as I do these ones). I'd say it was my ultimate guilty pleasure except I refuse to feel guilty. Yummily dramatic? Yes. Delightfully angsty? Yes. With an entertaining worldbuilding, great secondary characters, and delightful quips? Yes. But I am in it for Jace and Clary, arguably the most deliciously tortured and passionate and dysfunctional soulmatey-soulmate OTP that I have come across in the entirety of YA. Clary is a fun heroine - tough and resilient, and Jace is the combo of snarky gorgeousness, edgy vulnerability, and more bad luck than a houseful of black cats, but it's together that they get to me. They turn me from a reasonable adult to a squealing 15 year old (if I were 15 this would be my favorite set of books and I'd want to be Clary so badly. As it is, I couldn't resist them anyway). These books gave me that delightful feeling that I haven't felt in a really long time - that impatience to turn the next page, the need to know what next, and above all that delicious fact in the back of your mind at all time - the knowledge the book is in your bag and you will soon get to read more - that anticipation is almost sweeter than the act of reading itself. Too many favorite things... (view spoiler)[I mean, this series has angsty messed-up unworthiness-feeling guys (He totally always blames himself for everything because he believes he destroys those he loves, everything is his fault, etc etc - clearly being brought up by Evil Overlord is bad for you) with deadly combat skills willing to do anything to protect their smart, magically gifted younger sisters who they are madly and mututally in forbidden love with. Even Evil Overlord fathers aside, the angst Jace and Clary have because they believe they are siblings is like a really really yummy TIRAMISU. *sluuuuuuurp* Also, the hurt/comfort is insane and so good. CC clearly believes that a day spent by Jace without being horribly mistreated is a wasted day. A-MEN. Some of my favorite scenes include Jace smashing up his window so his hands will get cut. As a sort of self-devised punishment for hurting Clary out of necessity and accidentally getting Simon trapped or the OTP almost having sex in the ruins of his house and they only stop because Clary has common sense and insists they do not proceed until he is clear that this isn't part of Jace's self-loathing party. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    Hmmm. Where to start with these books. These are kind of a mix between Twilight and Harry Potter, though I didn't think they were as good as either. Now that I've finished all of them, I like them a lot more in retrospect than I did while reading them. The plot is compelling and interesting, but I really hated most of the characters for the first part of the trilogy. I also don't think these are appropriate for young teens since there are some references to sex, pornography, homosexuality, and s Hmmm. Where to start with these books. These are kind of a mix between Twilight and Harry Potter, though I didn't think they were as good as either. Now that I've finished all of them, I like them a lot more in retrospect than I did while reading them. The plot is compelling and interesting, but I really hated most of the characters for the first part of the trilogy. I also don't think these are appropriate for young teens since there are some references to sex, pornography, homosexuality, and some very graphic violence. It's surprising to me how prevalent this stuff is in YA literature. I think what really kept me from truly enjoying these books was the writing style. The author had some great ideas, if not completely original, but the first half of all three books dragged. The author is too descriptive in areas that do not warrant it, and the prose is very "purple". I found myself just skimming a lot of the descriptive stuff. Also, some things are just completely overdone. I got tired of reading descriptions of Jace's golden eyes and angel face. Also, how many times do we have to read about people tasting blood for various reasons?? *SPOILER* I also had a hard time with the romance. There was decent tension between Clary and Jace, but after the first book, you feel torn between wanting them together and being completely disgusted by the whole incest angle. Even though I knew they would somehow work it out for them to not be siblings, it was disturbing to watch them want each other when THEY didn't know they were going to end up not being siblings. It made me think about what it would be like to have feelings like that for my brother, and, well, UUGGHH!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just to be clear I had fun reading these books. To me these books are the literary equivalent to pop music or the mindless summer romantic comedy. It is easy to turn your brain off and just enjoy them for what they are. Much like the aforementioned forms of media the Mortal Instruments trilogy is highly predictable, there are no twists that you won't see coming chapters even books in advance. At its core the Mortal Instruments trilogy is a love story. Forbidden love created by the questionable l Just to be clear I had fun reading these books. To me these books are the literary equivalent to pop music or the mindless summer romantic comedy. It is easy to turn your brain off and just enjoy them for what they are. Much like the aforementioned forms of media the Mortal Instruments trilogy is highly predictable, there are no twists that you won't see coming chapters even books in advance. At its core the Mortal Instruments trilogy is a love story. Forbidden love created by the questionable literary device of incest is at the forefront of the love story. That is not say that the books don't make an attempt at more heady topics i.e., racism, imperialism, to name just a couple. The weight given to these topics is barely felt which in turn makes the reader feeling somewhat empty at the end when all conflicts are wrapped up neatly. There are many other complaints I had with this series, but in the end I enjoyed the opportunity to turn off my brain and just read the books and enjoy them for what they were.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Are you looking for adventure, romance, fantasy, and some kick butt action scenes? Well, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare has it all. The plot will keep you on your toes, and unable to put the book down. It personally took me a little under three days to finish all currently published books. They aren’t that quick a read, having a few hundred pages each, which most leisurely readers find pleasant. The Mortal Instruments currently has three books in circulation, the fourth of whic Are you looking for adventure, romance, fantasy, and some kick butt action scenes? Well, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare has it all. The plot will keep you on your toes, and unable to put the book down. It personally took me a little under three days to finish all currently published books. They aren’t that quick a read, having a few hundred pages each, which most leisurely readers find pleasant. The Mortal Instruments currently has three books in circulation, the fourth of which is coming out April 5th of this year. Clare’s books have made their way into many a best seller list, as well as home. Published in at least six languages and twenty-six countries this series is widely popular and mainstream. As a personal rule I do not read mainstream books because the hype about them is ridiculous, I didn’t read Meyer’s Twilight until about three years after publication nor did I finish the last book due to the mainstream effect. Cassandra is one of the few authors I have cast my rule away for, having started to read her work a short while after City of Ashes, the second of her series was published. This isn’t your mom’s fantasy, though you should have her read it, she might like it too. Set in the heart of New York we see the urban fantasy that has taken a big step onto shelves everywhere. Clary is our heroine, and with best friend Simon in tow; she sees the world for what it really is. Clary’s life takes turn after turn after that fateful she encounters Jace and the other Shadowhunters. With adventure full of vampires, demons, magic, and other various “Downworlders” Clary’s life is turned upside down, flipped on it’s side, then turned again. Clary is fifteen and living in Brooklyn with her mother Jocelyn. She’s grown up without a father, but has family friend Luke to fall back on when the father shoes must be filled. One night Clary and Simon check out Pandemonium, a popular club where their lives change forever. Clary sees something she shouldn’t have, or should I say people? Standing in an off limits zone Clary stares at Jace Wayland, along with his fellow Shadowhunters Alec and Isabella Lightwood. The weird thing; Simon couldn’t see them. Thanks to this one in a million chance Clary’s world unravels, her mom is missing, and Clary is given a crash course about the world she lives in; which leads her to question her very identity along with a relationship with the snaky blonde heartthrob Jace. That’s just the first book, looks like you’ve got an adventure on your hands! What’s this? There’s a baddy? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, there’s a bad guy in the form Valentine, resident nut job. A very Hitler Esq. nut job in my personal opinion, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles for this obscenely smart, insane character. Valentine ran a secret group of Shadowhunters who lived to rid the world of Downworlders, talk about teenage rebellion, but that’s in the past… right? The third book, City of Glass is seriously action packed, with a big battle, character development, some rather large twists that’ll make you say “ wait… what?” and some witty sarcasm that’ll make you giggle. Jaces’ particular brand of humor will make readers giggle through out the whole series, but anyone who’s really read and analyzed The Mortal Instruments will say it’s a defense mechanism. The Mortal Instruments really has a lot of the characteristics I look for in the YA (Young Adult) books I read. Romance, action, length, some fun humor, and makes you think. Cassandra also put a lot of effort into linking the legends in her books to actual world legends and myth, talk about dedication. That’s something I really like in an author, when you find something interesting; they make it possible to find out more. Give Clare’s work a shot, you might like it; I know I did! I don’t know about you, but I always like to read the book before the movie, and while doing a little bit of refresher stuff on the official website I found that a movie is in the works. The film rights to Cassie Clare’s best selling series were optioned by Unique Features. The director will be Scott Charles Stewart, and the ever talented Jessica Postigo as screenwriter. Fans of The Blind Side (11/20/09) will be happy to know that the lovely Lily Collins has already been cast as our heroine. According to Collin’s IMDb the movie, which is currently in pre-production should be coming out in 2012. Cassie Clare’s official fan site, Mundie Source shed a bit more light on the subject. Filming, says Collins, is to begin in April. This piece of information can be found next to Alex Pettyfers’ face in the January 2011 archive. To find out more about Mundie Source check out - http://mundiesource.net/wpd/ For The Mortal Instruments website for facts, Cassie’s blog and more - http://www.mortalinstruments.com/inde... HAPPY READING

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Lahain

    Unlike most readers of Cassandra Clare's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, I came to the books after reading the prequel INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy. The complex plotting and fabulous historical detail demonstrated in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE, and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS blew me away, and I reviewed all three books individually here on Amazon and Goodreads. So, I was eager to move on to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS. The universe the author creates is unique and believable. New York City is so well-wroug Unlike most readers of Cassandra Clare's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, I came to the books after reading the prequel INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy. The complex plotting and fabulous historical detail demonstrated in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE, and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS blew me away, and I reviewed all three books individually here on Amazon and Goodreads. So, I was eager to move on to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS. The universe the author creates is unique and believable. New York City is so well-wrought that it becomes a character in its own right. This is especially noticeable in CITY OF BONES and CITY OF ASHES. But setting (old and new) also haunts us when we leave for the Shadowhunters homeland of Idris in CITY OF GLASS. I shared Clary's dislocation and her struggle to orient herself in an unfamiliar land. The author gives the same careful attention to building her characters. Down to the least important minion, they are layered and convincing. Also, the twists taken with the Jace-Clary relationship are risky and filled with suspense. Despite what we think we know about the two, we still root for them to be together, which is pretty shocking considering the circumstances. Sure there are plenty of Sci-Fi/Fantasy tropes here that we've seen before in everything from STAR WARS to HARRY POTTER to TWILIGHT. So what? This is the second decade of the 21st century--EVERYTHING has been done before. The point is that Clare tells a good story. She gives us engaging characters and puts them through hell. What more can a reader ask? The only reason I took away a star is because as good as this series is, INFERNAL DEVICES is better. It approaches literary fiction in its use of language and exploration of character. The downside, and it is a relatively small one, is that it highlights YA aspects of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS. All the teen angst and "how do I hide this from mom" moments seem a little airy after the dark lyricism of a book like CLOCKWORK ANGEL. Still, I enjoyed the books and am glad to hear that there are three more to come.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    ***SPOILERS*** This was a fun series to read in many ways. There are still 2 books left to read but I felt like all the major issues were solved with the 3rd book. I love the fantasy world Clare created. It was interesting and exciting. However, and here's where the spoilers come in, I was so uncomfortable with the whole Jace and Clary as brother and sister thing. Everyone reading the books figures out that they aren't brother and sister pretty early on, but THEY don't know that!! They are still ***SPOILERS*** This was a fun series to read in many ways. There are still 2 books left to read but I felt like all the major issues were solved with the 3rd book. I love the fantasy world Clare created. It was interesting and exciting. However, and here's where the spoilers come in, I was so uncomfortable with the whole Jace and Clary as brother and sister thing. Everyone reading the books figures out that they aren't brother and sister pretty early on, but THEY don't know that!! They are still in love with each other and share a few passionate kisses, while struggling with their feelings about their supposed SIBLING!!! I felt like this was dragged out for WAY too long. If it would've been resolved in the second book I probably could've handled it. I honestly kept reading the book so I could get some resolution with this. And it didn't come until the very end of the third book! I felt like I couldn't really enjoy the great story because I was so preoccupied with this. Because of that these books were just okay for me. I will read the next 2 books because now that this particular issue has been resolved I might enjoy them more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee M

    I enjoyed the heck out of this series. Twice. And I have no doubt that at some point I'll read it again. I adore these characters, and am not ashamed to admit that certain parts made me cry all over again. Also, I am a sucker for good vs. evil stories. Plus, the dark humor. It's just a good time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Braiden

    I'm just going to cheat and just not do a review on this fabulous series. If you are a YA fan down to the deepest depth of your core, this series is a must-read and therefore there is no reason why I should spend my time writing reviews on these books after a month reading them when you should just go grab them RIGHT NOW! GOGOGOGOGO! Anyway I'll just review in great depth City of Fallen Angels and then next two after that to make myself happy and you too =) But here is the synopsis for City of Bon I'm just going to cheat and just not do a review on this fabulous series. If you are a YA fan down to the deepest depth of your core, this series is a must-read and therefore there is no reason why I should spend my time writing reviews on these books after a month reading them when you should just go grab them RIGHT NOW! GOGOGOGOGO! Anyway I'll just review in great depth City of Fallen Angels and then next two after that to make myself happy and you too =) But here is the synopsis for City of Bones, the first in The Mortal Instruments: 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. City of Bones receives ★★★★. City of Ashes receives ★★★★★. City of Glass receives ★★★★★.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Len

    I took interest in this series because a lot of the other members I belonged to in a forum (for a certain book) have were currently reading the last in the series, which is City of Glass. So I thought might as well read the books since I was in the mood. I never thought I could feel again the feeling I had when I read the Harry Potter series and even when I first watched the Lord of the Rings (FOTR). I knew by the time I was in the middle chapter that I was in love with the story. I think if not I took interest in this series because a lot of the other members I belonged to in a forum (for a certain book) have were currently reading the last in the series, which is City of Glass. So I thought might as well read the books since I was in the mood. I never thought I could feel again the feeling I had when I read the Harry Potter series and even when I first watched the Lord of the Rings (FOTR). I knew by the time I was in the middle chapter that I was in love with the story. I think if not for the need to feed and sleep, I could have been finished with the three books in less than three days. So I think it took me roughly four days instead. My sisters were blaming the books for making me unusually mental. I can’t give you the reasons why I love the books. Nor I am still speechless on how to describe the books to you. All I can say is that there are three book series that I love (that if God will allow me to live in either one of the stories these are my choices): Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter series, and the Mortal Instruments. If they will make a movie out of this story (which I pray that they won’t) the studio better make it as GOOD as HP and LOTR, because the book doesn’t deserve any less. And lastly. It’s Alex Pettyfer as Jace Wayland or to hell with the movie.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elise

    Too many similes, too much teenage angst (but that's probably why so many teens read it, right?) too many witty repartees in life-threatening situations that don't even begin to help me suspend my disbelief. Oh, and EVERYBODY'S MONOLOGUING! When someone has a sword pointed at their heart they get all morose and suddenly divulge their deepest secrets, but just enough that when they don't die, the reader has all but one piece of the puzzle. So we're basically left almost knowing how things are goi Too many similes, too much teenage angst (but that's probably why so many teens read it, right?) too many witty repartees in life-threatening situations that don't even begin to help me suspend my disbelief. Oh, and EVERYBODY'S MONOLOGUING! When someone has a sword pointed at their heart they get all morose and suddenly divulge their deepest secrets, but just enough that when they don't die, the reader has all but one piece of the puzzle. So we're basically left almost knowing how things are going to end (and let's be honest, we really are smart enough readers to put it all together), but things aren't going to end for another 150+ pages. And yet I keep reading the series because I'm a glutton for punishment and there's a glimmer of romance. A very small glimmer. The second and third books continue to flog the dead horse of Jace + Clary drama and I got bored but I HAD TO KEEP READING in spite of all of that. It's not my proudest moment. I just wanted to find out if I was right (AND I TOTALLY WAS) and I called it halfway into the first book. Sorry about all the yelling. I think the world Clare creates is great. The premise of a whole other world coexisting with ours is clever and she pulls it off well. All of the beings live by their rules (some conventional, some a little more creative)and she keeps it together pretty well. I just got bored with waiting for her to finally come around and tell me what I already knew. I think it also didn't help that I listened to the whole 3 books and listening takes a lot longer than reading. I did get a quilt done in the interim though. Maybe in the 4th book it gets better?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Martin

    City of Bones: Read 3 times Good beginning to the seiries if not a little boring. If it wasnt for Jace's character this series would fail and not be on the New York best selling list. City of Ashes: Was a good enough book but it you can tell it was leading up to the next book, I like Cassandra Claire because she makes every character she has like they are real. I cant wait to see this movie I think because it has more of an edge to it, it will be more entertaining! Also she couldn't have done too City of Bones: Read 3 times Good beginning to the seiries if not a little boring. If it wasnt for Jace's character this series would fail and not be on the New York best selling list. City of Ashes: Was a good enough book but it you can tell it was leading up to the next book, I like Cassandra Claire because she makes every character she has like they are real. I cant wait to see this movie I think because it has more of an edge to it, it will be more entertaining! Also she couldn't have done too much with City of Bones because it was only the first book, this book has more layers. My favorite part is the forbidden love, and how they cant be together but they really want to, it was compelling the first time I read it. Everyone really wants to know what happens with Jace and Clary City of Glass: Oh my gosh she soo could have finished the series with this book, but it is one of those decisions that I am not completely against because I do love the series. I wish she could continue on with Clockwork Princess she could write about Will and Tessa's marriage. Any way back to this book. My favorite part is hard to pick, I like when Clary and Jace are at the manor house, Cassandra defiantly knows how to write steamy scenes. This whole book is just really exciting and when Sebastian and Jace fight your on the edge of your seat the whole time! Oh its just a great ending. It was shock and excitement that came over me when I heard there was going to be a few more books! :) I love this series.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    The writing of the trilogy vastly improves as you go along, but if you can ignore the flat writing then you can easily get swept up in the almost soap opera-like affect of the interwoven stories of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Fun, romantic, with evil at every turn you can easily understand why Clare's world has gained a promo ate space in many a fangirl's fantasy. Personally, I preferred the prequel trilogy (The Infernal Devices), but it was entertaining to see how the two periods connec The writing of the trilogy vastly improves as you go along, but if you can ignore the flat writing then you can easily get swept up in the almost soap opera-like affect of the interwoven stories of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Fun, romantic, with evil at every turn you can easily understand why Clare's world has gained a promo ate space in many a fangirl's fantasy. Personally, I preferred the prequel trilogy (The Infernal Devices), but it was entertaining to see how the two periods connected. My main problem is the Clary is often oblivious to what is happening around her, though I feel this is because she is supposed to act as if she were the reader who is new to the world of Shadowhunters, but strangely she sometimes forgets her role. This makes Clary come off as a naive and ignorant protagonist. The other characters, however, and almost always true to the character they were originally set out as....which makes Clary all the more frustrating at times. That said, Clare seems to mostly fix that problem by the end of the second book, when her writing really started to take its own form. And despite all these problems I enjoyed them far more than I should.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Fun, fun, fun- that is what these books are! Although this series is very apparently written for a teen audience (it even has the token homosexual couple), it was well written and so entertaining. Great for a fun, easy read. I love fantasy world the author has created of shadowhunters, demons, werewolves and vampires. I loved the plot twists and bit of romance. The last book (City of glass), was so exciting and was like a constant stream of climaxes for different aspects of the story- - it was t Fun, fun, fun- that is what these books are! Although this series is very apparently written for a teen audience (it even has the token homosexual couple), it was well written and so entertaining. Great for a fun, easy read. I love fantasy world the author has created of shadowhunters, demons, werewolves and vampires. I loved the plot twists and bit of romance. The last book (City of glass), was so exciting and was like a constant stream of climaxes for different aspects of the story- - it was truly hard to put down. It's one of those "guilty" pleasure kind of books (Twilight is like that for me). Read this for a great escape from reality!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Krsten

    I liked this series a great deal more than the Twilight books. It had all the action I was hoping for in the vampire books - and a little romance. It was an exciting read clear to the end of the 3rd book. No disappointments. I was frustrated with the relationship between Clary and Jace. Simon grew on me and he became a favorite by the end of The City of Glass.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

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  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Knight

    Loved the story and fell in love with many of the characters. This set made me wish the story would never end. Read the entire set within a week because I couldn't put the books down! Highly recommend!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I'm reviewing this set in it's entirely b/c individually this series drives me crazy and I had to read the entire series before I could make up my mind if I like it. In the end I did like it and a prediction (actually more like 2) did come true. I don't normally read such a fantasy type series but the characters kept me going even if the background made no sense to me. Lucky for me the 3 books were available at my library b/c I don't recommend reading them unless you have all three at hand and a I'm reviewing this set in it's entirely b/c individually this series drives me crazy and I had to read the entire series before I could make up my mind if I like it. In the end I did like it and a prediction (actually more like 2) did come true. I don't normally read such a fantasy type series but the characters kept me going even if the background made no sense to me. Lucky for me the 3 books were available at my library b/c I don't recommend reading them unless you have all three at hand and a few days to spare. I think it says combined it's over 1000 pages. The story reads as one big book. It's not 3 separate stories. It's an ongoing story. You instantly want to read the next book. Also it doesn't wrap up neatly like some series do. Not every character survived to the end of the story. And thankfully it didn't have a "ride off into the sunset" type of ending either. Yes, it leaves you wondering what the characters are doing now but what book doesn't? Overall I was glad to have read it but at the same time it's not on my re-read list. Added in 2013: I think it's finally that I wrote that in my initial review because I did end up re-reading this set plus I've read all the additional books in the series and the prequel series. I definitely enjoyed it more the second time around. Also it had been long enough that while I remembered the overall ending some things I didn't remember the outcome. I am definitely looking forward to the movie. We're reading this set for my book club. I challenged everyone to see if they've only read the set of 3 before the book club meeting or if they've read all of the series that is available. I have to admit I am not stopping my re-reading of the series at book 3. Re-read book 1 January 7th-8th, 2013. Re-read again August 21, 2013. Re-read book 2 January 9th-11th, 2013. Re-read again September 7-8, 2013. Re-read book 3 January 11th-12th, 2013 (I must have re-read it before the release of book 4th b/c I also have that I read it again April 07, 2011). Re-read September 8, 2013.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

    | Reader Fox Blog | This was...a go back and reread before I get read of all the copies I own on account of the plagiarism. I’ve had these books for a long while, before I ever knew about those issues and, while I cannot fully remove myself from the stain that comes with having given this woman money, I can at least rid myself of the copies in the hopes that someone else will be spared that. Full review to come. EDIT: I've written a full review, though what is below has been heavily edited du | Reader Fox Blog | This was...a go back and reread before I get read of all the copies I own on account of the plagiarism. I’ve had these books for a long while, before I ever knew about those issues and, while I cannot fully remove myself from the stain that comes with having given this woman money, I can at least rid myself of the copies in the hopes that someone else will be spared that. Full review to come. EDIT: I've written a full review, though what is below has been heavily edited due to Goodreads' policies regarding commentary of author behavior within a review. In light of this, you can find the full review on my blog. My past with City of Bones is actually somewhat of an amusing one at times, but also a rather dejecting one. I cannot even begin with how devastated I was when I first learned of all the issues surrounding these novels and the author who penned them. The interesting thing is that I really enjoyed the books when I first came across them as a teenager, so much so that my first-ever rating of the book was five stars. As I've grown up I find myself feeling more and more embarrassed and disgusted with the fact that I bought these books. Just as I did with Twilight a few months ago, I've decided to re-read Clare's work before ridding myself of the books I've had since high school. I haven't decided yet whether to donate or throw them out, honestly, since I don't know if I want to subject other young readers to them but I definitely don't want these books anymore. And in this sense, I've decided to review each of her books. As for City of Bones, the fact of the matter is that the novel is largely based around ideas that were borrowed and pulled from a variety of other novels and altered in various, somewhat minute ways in order for the work to transform into Clare's own piece of fiction. Looking below the surface of it all, though, it becomes difficult for me to credit much of the story and the characters to Clare's writing ability as a result of my understanding of where it all came from. I find myself unable to ascertain whether the bits about the story that I enjoyed were actually a result of Clare's own imagination or whether they were borrowed from somewhere else. You really don't have to look far at other reviews to see where the ideas for her story and characters come from, though the majority does appear to be based around Harry Potter. Clare also has a rather annoying habit of creating extensive love polygons that just become absolutely ridiculous. I've drawn some out before, but just taking a look at this book alone you can see an extensive intermingling of love relationships/pinings. We'll begin with Clary, who can be romantically linked in this novel to both Jace and Simon. Jace can be linked to Clary and Alec. Simon can be linked to Clary and Isabelle. Alec can be linked to Jace and Magnus. Isabelle can be linked to Simon and Meliorn. And that, my friends, is just the first book. It'll get worse later on. Frankly, it's just far too much drama for it to all be necessary. I can see, at times, why I enjoyed reading this story all those years ago. And I recall becoming emotionally invested enough for this to be the first book I actually threw against a wall upon finishing--I too was thoroughly upset and disgusted with the news brought to light for Clary and Jace via Valentine--and had I not already bought the whole series (I was a little excessive when buying books back then, as I'd not come across the concept that it's perfectly okay to begin a series and not continue on with it) I don't know if I'd have kept reading enough to find out the resolution to this exceedingly disturbing reveal. But I also loved Twilight at this point in my life, to the point that I wasn't aware enough of consent to find the actions of Jacob Black as disgusting as they truly are, so really, can I credit much to the fact that I liked this series? I'm not sure. Where I'll occasionally find myself rather endeared toward characters, particularly Simon, other characters are frustrating and quick to anger, all of which often ultimately leads to incredibly poor decision making. And I'm left wondering how I liked any of these characters to begin with. There are a lot of problematic pieces to the book as a whole, some of which stem from the blatant ways in which Jace will lash out at anyone, anytime he feels like, others that lie within the unfortunate girl-hate dynamic that exists between Isabelle and Clary, and more that comes from the servant-like roles the gay characters in this novel hold or the power dynamics between an older man in a relationship with a much younger man. I could go on and on about this, but the truth is that others have as well. And you don't have to look far to find it all. Clare's writing, overall, is inconsistent in quality which often leads me to wonder how much of what I really liked was not her work. While enough was altered for Clare to avoid a plagiarism lawsuit--fair enough--it still leaves me feeling deeply unsure, almost to the point that I hope the parts I like are not hers. Ultimately, though, even I have noticed many grammatical errors and typos throughout the novel. The degree of information that is simply thrown at us rather than shown is immense and often I find that characters don't always act in realistic manners. I'll give her this, though; City of Bones is infinitely better written than Fifty Shades of Gray, so at least she has that merit. All in all, while I was once quite a fan of these books, I'm not as much any longer. Even the show, which I do actually enjoy quite a lot and has fixed numerous issues that the books had, is somewhat seeped in the unfortunate disgrace of the material it is adapted from. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Pine

    Surprising. Delightful. Beautiful. Real. The first time I read through Mortal Instruments, I wanted to skip ahead as much as possible to know what was going on with main character's Clary and Jace but slowly, the whole world Clare has created pulled me in to stay. Cocky, venerable, passionate, and of course attractive, Jace is one of my favorite male leads in teen fiction. His personality shines through in it's complexity. I found myself literally laughing out loud from some of the things that f Surprising. Delightful. Beautiful. Real. The first time I read through Mortal Instruments, I wanted to skip ahead as much as possible to know what was going on with main character's Clary and Jace but slowly, the whole world Clare has created pulled me in to stay. Cocky, venerable, passionate, and of course attractive, Jace is one of my favorite male leads in teen fiction. His personality shines through in it's complexity. I found myself literally laughing out loud from some of the things that flew out of his mouth. Brave, brash, and modest, Clary comes in as a fascinating strong female lead in the Mortal Instruments series. Clare does a brilliant job with her story-world. It's complex, expansive, and solid which is a MUST in magical realism. Thankfully, I found the world of the angles leaking into my every day life much like Harry Potter. I want to experience everything Clare has written because I've fallen in love with her well-crafted world, intelligently hilarious characters, and style of expression. This series deserves way more hype than it's gotten so far. I demand that there will be a second movie produced.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Roderick

    Lets keep this short and sweet. Book one: City of Shock! Book two: City of What the Fuck Book three: City of Shit simple and to the point.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

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  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Collins

    Love this world so so much. One of my top 5 fave series ever!!!!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I liked it on the whole, though the speed at which characters realized things...sorry....were TOLD things, was very frustrating.

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