Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Guest Post: Mortal Instruments Series

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare is being turned into a movie. So of course I’m making my boyfriend, Brett, take me when it comes out. So in order to prepare him for the event I gave him the first three books to read. Here is his review (I don’t have a review because I read them before I started blogging):

The Mortal Instruments Trilogy – City of bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass

When I heard that the Mortal Instruments Trilogy was being made into a movie, I figured I would read at least the first one so that I knew a little bit about it going into the theater. I never imagined that the series would be as addicting as it was! For anyone who loves young adult Sci-fi/fantasy, this book is a must read.

The book starts out quickly right away, with the main character, Clary, being introduced to the supernatural world at a club she goes to with her friend Simon. At the club, she witnesses a group of young “Shadowhunters” kill a demon in the back room of the club. This introduces us to the other main characters: Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. Jace is of course the love interest for Clary, and is described as “golden haired, bronze skin” etc. Alec and Isabelle are his adopted brother and sister, as he was orphaned at an early age.
After the brief encounter, Clary and the shadowhunters seem to go their separate ways. However, that doesn’t last long as soon after her encounter at the club her mother gets kidnapped, and she is forced into the world of the supernatural. She is forced to team up with Jace and the other Shadowhunters. Although Jace has a cocky, arrogant demeanor, it’s easy to see that there is a mutual attraction between Clary and him.

Without giving too much away, Clary and her newfound companions go on a quest to find out where her mother is, and Clary is introduced to even more supernatural elements: Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, and more demons. The reader learns that the Shadowhunters, who are people with angel blood in them, are like the police force of the human realm. They have a truce with the rest of the supernatural beings, known as “downworlders”, and they in turn keep the peace and offer protection. The main villain is a rogue Shadowhunter named Valentine. He wishes to cleanse the human realm of all the “downworlders” and demons, and he doesn’t care if he has to kill any humans or fellow shadowhunters to do it. Ironically, many of his minions are demons, the very beings he hates and wishes to rid the world of.

One of the things I liked most about the book was the way the characters are very fleshed out. I found myself caring about all the characters. I will admit that the book kept me up later than I would have liked some nights because I couldn’t put it down, I wanted to see what would happen next to the characters. The world the author depicts is very interesting, with this whole society of supernatural creatures that regular humans are unaware of as they go about their daily lives. I also loved the action and the pace of the book. There is rarely a lull in the action, and when there is, it’s when the protagonists are trying to figure out what’s going on, so you’re still reading intently to see how everything will unfold.

If you’re a fan of Young Adult Sci-fi, you should definitely consider reading these books. You won’t be disappointed.


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