City of Glass by Cassandra Clare


City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Published: March 24th 2009 by Margaret. K. McElderry

Amid the chaos of war, the Shadowhunters must decide to fight with the vampires, werewolves and other Downworlders – or against them. Meanwhile, Jace and Clary have their own decision to make: should they pursue the love they know is a mortal sin?

I picked this book up and put it back down a couple of times before I finally got to the end. I wasn’t really in the mood for it the first couple of times that I picked it up; but after watching some of the shadow hunters series on Netflix, I decided it was finally time to revisit this book.

As with the previous books in this series, it was relatively predictable. I knew what was going to happen before it did and I also knew the truth about the whole Clary/Jace situation before it was revealed. Whilst the book was predictable, it was easy to get lost in the world of the Shadow Hunters again and I enjoyed revisiting these characters.

Speaking of Clary and Jace; despite the fact that I knew the truth about their situation, I loved the angsty romance scenes that Clare wrote between them. It was easy to get swept up by them as a couple and I was rooting for them throughout the whole book. I love them as a couple and I am excited to see how their relationship will grow and develop in the next books.

Can I also mention how adorable Alec and Magnus are? I have been rooting for them since the very first moment and I love the way that they overcame various obstacles as the series continued! I am so over the moon ecstatic that they actually managed to get their stuff together and the little snippet of them at a certain point in the book actually elicited a cheer from me – which got me some weird looks from my son!

I enjoyed the fact that we finally got the whole back story as to who Valentine really was and how things escalated to the point that they did. I liked finding out the backstory and how each and every character linked together and how the events came around full circle to explain what was going on in the current time. I felt like it really helped tie the book and the characters up.

I do feel that the ending was a little too easy? The characters went through a lot and was constantly being thwarted by Valentine, so I felt that the ending should have come around a little differently. Things slotted into place too nicely and I would have liked to have seen more of a fight for the ending that came around.

All in all, whilst predictable, I really enjoyed this book. It was fun read and an easy way to get back into the shadow hunter world. I loved revisiting these characters and I am looking forward to seeing how things will develop in the next books. I gave this book 4/5 stars.

7 thoughts on “City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

  1. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Iโ€™m glad you enjoyed this book Lauren, especially considering it took you a while to get into it as well (the perils of being a mood reader right? At least it was worth it in the end though.)
    I really loved the secondary characters in this book, sometimes more than reading Jace and Claryโ€™s story. I really love Magnus and Alec and I canโ€™t wait to see more of all the characters when I pick up the next book in the series.
    Do you plan to start City of Fallen Angels soon, or leave it a bit considering how long it took you to get through City of Glass?
    Great review. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

    • lry93 says:

      Yes! Being a mood reader is a pain sometimes ๐Ÿ˜…
      Magnus and Alec are so adorable and I constantly find myself rooting for them! I would not be opposed to a novella about them, to be honest!
      Iโ€™m reading them in the order that Clare recommends them, which is the first three mortal instruments, then the three infernal Devices and then the last three mortal instruments ๐Ÿ™‚ I have already read Clockwork Angel and I might pick up Clockwork Prince soon ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜Šโค๏ธ

      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Oh neither would I, actually I wouldn’t be opposed to a whole series devoted to Alec and Magnus. ๐Ÿ˜€
        That’s what I’ve done, just with large breaks in between each part. I’ve finished the first three TMI books, and TID trilogy, soon I’ll hopefully be getting around to the next three TMI books (maybe next month).
        That’s all right. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • lry93 says:

        Yes! I feel the same way – Alec and Magnus really are adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚
        Ooooo, youโ€™re in front of me! I might get to it after Iโ€™ve read the couple of books i have to read first

      • Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

        Once I start a series I can’t stop until I’ve read all the books for it currently released. that’s the main reason I’m waiting for Queen of Air and Darkness before picking up The Dark Artifices books. ๐Ÿ™‚

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