The Mortal Instrument #1 to #6 – Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments Series
Cassandra Clare

– Collective Book RevieW –

Yeah, I was definitely late for the party but better late than never right?
Anyway, I started to read The Mortal Instruments Series last summer after a friend recommend it to me. I first was very hesitant about it and did a good research on it before buying the books but the reviews just sounded too brilliant to leave these books unread. And what can I say, I don’t regret reading them.

Cassandra Clare as a vivid imagination that takes you away in a world that is close to ours and yet again so far. Her writing style is fantastic and really enjoyable. Please notice that I have read the books in German and thus, part of the initially meaning might have gotten lost due to the translation but I have never felt like that. I really liked the wording and the feel the writing gave me. The translation never seemed weird and not suiting and, without braking, due to my background I often feels when a translation just doesn’t feel right.

Because I never really wrote any review for the books on my blog, I thought it was a good idea to make a collective review for all the 6 books and keep them rather short. So let’s get this party started!

City Of Bones – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #1

5 Stars

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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.

WOW I did not see THAT end coming…for Clary and Jace…
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…but let’s see about them later on…I may or may not have an idea after all.
I wasn’t surprised about Clarys Dad tho..I kinda…expected it or at least thought about it.

I have to say this must be one of the best books I ever read! I didn’t get annoyed by any of the characters, scenes, descriptions etc. once neither I got bored.
The book and story is simply a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
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That usually does rarely happen and there’s usually always something that bothers me at least a little bit but not here.
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City Of Ashes – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #2

4.5 Stars

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Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

I’m somehow between 4,5 – 5 Stars. I didn’t like it as much as I liked City Of Bones but it was still brilliant and super thrilling. It’s nice to get to know the characters better and better and sometimes you just wanna slap some persons. Some parts left me speechless and I can’t even say how much I hate Valentine by now.
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Maryse doesn’t seem too nice either – at least I didn’t really like her that much…
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And I really wanted to slap Jace in the Epilogue. It’s like “WTF man get ya shit together!”
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City Of GlasS – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #3

5 Stars

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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 newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

At the beginning it took me a while to actually get into this book. I was super annoyed by Clary…and was mostly “Get ya shit together, gurl”. She really annoyed me!
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BUT the end….
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This book was just really really good and emotional.

 

City Of Fallen Angels – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #4

5 Stars

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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

OH MY GOD!
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This book was gripping to the last page! And what is even the ending?
Oh my fucking God!
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?!?

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I really love the fact that we get to know Simon a little better in this book. He’s such a sweetheart but sometimes also so endlessly dumb and insecure about himself. I loved what Luce said to him at the end of the book and I hope he will be more easy on himself from now on.

I guess saying that I’m in love with Magnus and Alec isn’t necessary. I just love them so much and Magnus simply is the best!

And Clary and Jace…At times, I was squeaking. Like really loud.
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And other times I wanted to slap them – as always. Because they were stupid… or because they got interrupted at their sexy times…

 

City Of Lost Souls – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #5

3 STARS

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The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Somehow the book was only okay and I didn’t enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the other books.
I found it kinda…lenghty… I was annoyed by Sebastian. And Jace. And Clary.

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I missed Clary and Jace. The actual ones – as we used to know them.  They both seemed totally changed…no wonder for Jace but Clary?

I really like the efforts their friends made to help and save them. Overall it wasn’t a bad book but yeah, I liked the others better…

 

City Of Heavenly Fire – 

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS #6

5 Stars

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In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

I had this book sitting on my shelf for quite a while and bit longer on my bedside table and last month I finally picked it up and rushed through it and like 3 days. OH MY GOD – what a great ending to a series. It was thrilling, amazing and thoroughly good.

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I, again, have to anticipate how great Cassandras writing is and how much I love it.

“The training room was one of Emma’s favorite rooms in the whole building. It took up almost an entire level, and both the east and the west walls were clear glass. You could see blue see nearly everywhere you looked. The curve of the coastline was visible from north to south, the endless water of the Pacific stretching out towards Hawaii.”

This is described so perfectly I and absolutely imagine that room. It’s breathtaking!

“When we suffer, we survive”

This is a very wise quote. How could be feel alive if, once in a while, there wasn’t a little pain involved?

“And Nephilim – we do tend to love very overwhelmingly. To fall in love only once, to die of grief over love – my old tutor used to say that the hearts of Nephilim were like the hearts of angels: They felt every human pain, and never healed.

I also need to talk about how cute Emma Carstairs is! It’s adorable how she fangirls about Jace!

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And Simon…in the Hotel…romance-novel slave…HAHAHAH!!!

I really liked how all the relationships played out. Jace and Clary – I just love them together. They are perfect and love each other so much you actually wanna vomit because it’s so adorable.

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I also found it so nice to meet other, old (pun intended!) characters.

“Ghosts are memories, and we carry them because those we love do not leave the world.”

I’m so sad and devastated that the series as such is over now. I know there are The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadow Hunter Academy, there will be The Dark Artifices–, The Last Hour–, and The Wicked Powers – Series, but this will take another good while and i just feels so weird to not have a book waiting to be read. Oh dear all these feels…

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It was a great adventure I started nearly a year ago and I’m so happy I decided to read all these books. They are definitely aimed at young adults but you can still read them as a adult. The world Cassandra built in these books is so vivid, detailed and amazing, it’s hard to let go of it.

I really can’t wait for more books by her!

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Author: Fhina

Ocean soul. 28 years old book lover living in Helsinki, active reader and coffee addict.

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