Friday, October 1, 2010

City of Glass, By: Cassandra Clare, Review

City of Glass

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 bestselling series the Mortal Instruments.

On the back of the book there is a quote by Holly Black saying that this is one of her favorite books.  I mean, lots of people love this series.  When I read her first two books I thought the fact all those authors did too was really cool, but then discovered how characters should be.  A lot of my favorite books I realized where actually terrible books that were a huge waste of my time.  I still really like this book, but it's not as good as a lot of people think it is.
           Cassandra's writing has improved a lot since her first book.  Her characters have gone from funny to developed and deep.  It was outstanding how much I felt for her characters in this book, and there were some moments when I was rolling on the floor laughing.  Her plot had lots of action in it.  So much to when I was thinking "was that the climax?"  in the middle of the book.  Very original.
            Yet there were things that annoyed me in this book a lot.  There was a moment that I was like, really?  I mean we all love Jace and Clary, but when it's just before the climax I want action not some stupid romance thing that had no meaning to the plot.  Cassandra is still learning, and it's only her third book so I can't wait to see how she will improve.
            Now for my favorite part.  This book was stuffed full of fabulous themes.  My favorite one that didn't really have much meaning to the book, but Clary just said it as a thought.  It was not all things that are frightening are bad.  I think this might be the October theme.  Another thing I loved was just because you believe it doesn't mean it's true.  This theme was present from beginning to end, unlike the other themes which kind of showed up at the end.  Little kids believe in Santa Clause, but that doesnt' mean he exists.  I loved that.  Now time for the ratings.

Cover: 8
Plot: 7
Characters: 7
Originality: 8
Theme: 9
Overall: 7.8- Very good book, but there were things that stood out.  Yet there were somethings that annoyed me.

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