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Sunday, 25 September 2011

***Review*** City of Glass (Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare

On the Back of the Book

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 forbidden?

Pre Read Thoughts

So here I am, about to read the "final" book in the Mortal Instruments "trilogy". I'm only reading this because I have to find out how it ends for myself. My luck ran out when it came to my hunt for a used copy of this and there was no way I was going to the next town to look there. It would have to be a fantastic book to make me get travel sick. Oh and when I say "luck ran out" I mean my brother very kindly bought me a brand new copy of this so it cost me nothing. (Cheers Dave.) It set him back £7.99 though and that's £1 more than the average YA paperback novel. So I'm going to move on before I start ranting about that. I don't like the cover, I'd like to see the characters eyes and there's a quote from SMeyer. I can't look at it because of that. The synopsis is pretty pathetic, it's literally two sentences, there's creating mystery and there's stupidness. That synopsis is the latter.

Post Read Thoughts

I'm not a sucker for happy endings and I hate cliches and this statement leads me to a question: why did I ever think I would enjoy this series? Well since I actually had to read it for my GR group (technically I share it with the two most awesomesauce mods ever) I guess the answer is that I didn't. I've actually just noticed that I'm rambling because I don't know what to say. I'll give it a good go anyway, there wasn't any improvement with the pace and the predictability was just as bad if not worse. This is incredibly disappointing because I was constantly either pages or even chapters in front of the charcters so I couldn't concentrate on where I was. So either I'm a genius (unlikely) or the characters are exceptionally dense (probably).

Speaking of the characters, please can I bash Clary's head in? I never really connected with her but she seems to be slipping further away with every book. She like smoke. Any individuality she may have had has just slipped away with every book and by this point she's pining after Jace like a lovesick puppy. I don't like Jace either, I never did, he's a complete idiot. Nothing he does in this book endears him to me. I think some of the things he does get some girls swooning but not me. Valentine is the dullest bad guy I've read in a long time. His "climax" had me yawning. I wanted more than I got and I felt like I'd been ripped off. I've met people in real life that are more evil than him.

Overall I didn't like the book, the further in I got the more I realised that I just didn't care and without that initial hatred this book is less than nothing to me. I guess that's why I don't really have much to say about it. I wish I'd never read these books, they haven't given me anything except for ranting material, I didn't gain any enjoyment from them and especially not this one. Needless to say I don't recommend this.

My Rating

1 star - I'm speechless. It's horrific, I really don't get all the glowing reviews. I think I'm missing something. I would like the time that I've invested in this series back but since that's impossible I'll settle for a refund... The glimpses of okayness (there are a few) are few and far between. So in memory of the tree that died for my copy of this book I'm going to stand next to the mini-forest next door to my house and have a little sob.


Buzz_B said...

Ah, see, it's too many books liek these that have scared me off the YA genre altogether. The badly-thought out characters that become too predictable and two dimensional. I'm glad I didn't read this trilogy as it sounds like I'd have the same issues with it that you did.
So, thank you for putting yourself through this for the rest of us who will read your reviews and avoid these books, thus saving our valuable time, you're a hero ;D

Jeshu~ said...

Thank you for including me in the awesomeness of the club <3
By the way, the synopsis' last line made me tremble! "should they pursue the love they know is forbidden?" REALLY? What the hell is wrong with this woman?!


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