Series Review: “The Mortal Instruments” – Cassandra Clare

June 13, 2014 Book Review, Series Review, Series Review Video 2

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BEWARE: this page contains some spoilers.

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City of Ashes Review
City of Glass Review

City of Fallen Angels Review
City of Lost Souls Review
City of Heavenly Fire Review

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THE BOOKS
I love book series whose covers stick to a theme and these ones do it in such a gorgeous way. The characters, the cityscape, the colours it all just fits together beautifully and they really are works of art.
One of my favourite things about this series is that it was originally just meant to be a trilogy, which then turned into 4 books, which then turned into 6. We get two separate trilogies with two separate bad guys/evil plans but the two fit together so well and the way the books flow makes it just seem like one long series.

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THE ONES WE LOVE
CLARY: The girl who can save the world with just a pencil.
She really grows into herself in this series and learns a lot more then just the perfect way to take down a demon. I mean she starts off knowing nothing but has that totally annoying thing were she has to be a part of everything even if that means putting herself in danger. It’s like, yeah we know it’s you mum, but leave it to the grown ups right?! But she moves past this, struggles with all her family drama, and all the stuff with Jace, and she finally finds herself belonging in this group, this family that she has made for herself.
JACE: The guy who keeps getting stabbed but refuses to die.
The guy who starts as the most confident is the one who ends up being put through one hell of an emotional roller coaster.  The whole dad thing with Valentine, and he kind of loves him but feels like she shouldn’t but then kind of believes in what he believes but then feels evil because of it (I hope that made sense!). Jace went on the most incredible journey of self discovery and all it took was being stabbed twice, finding out he was in love with his sister who wasn’t actually his sister and getting possessed. I loved that parts of the old Jace came back in the last book, we got more of his cocky one liners that we all LOVED from the first book, and I finally feel by the end of the series that he totally accepts himself and is happy where he is and with the family he has chosen.
SIMON: The geek with the deadly love bite.
I loved Simon and his geekiness, bringing up Dungeons and Dragons at every opportunity. I both liked and didn’t like him being turned in to vamp. Didn’t like for obvious reasons and I was really sad about him totally avoiding ever thinking about his future but I liked that it gave him a reason to stick around and not just be the old part of Clary’s life following her around: he has his own reasons for being there. Through the series he becomes an important part of the group and in the end when he sacrifices his memories to save everyone you can really see how much he means to all of them, even Jace & Alec who didn’t seem to like him very much in the beginning. His story ends in a happy place. He doesn’t quite have his HEA but he is back with his real family, and with his shadow hunter family and he really is loved by both. He grows up a hell of a lot, learns what is important to him, is there for Izzy, but still manages to let his geekiness out every so often.
IZZY: The girl who kicks ass, Girl Power!
We all know that she can take care of herself physically, but it more the emotional with Izzy, and that’s were she grows in this series. She starts off as badass sexy chick, shes doesn’t want the boys to think she is any less and she really holds her ground. But through the series you see her start to let down her walls and you really see how much her boys mean to her. Max’s death and her parents splitting up really shakes her up and her whole ‘not being able to love thing’ really scares her. But she is strong and ultimately it is her love for other people which saves not just her but the people she cares about too.
ALEC: The soldier with the massive heart.
He was such a grump in the first book (sexual frustration!) but he did kind of have a point that Clary kept putting Jace in danger. He definitely softened in through this series (and I don’t mean in a gay way) but as he accepted who he was he became more about protecting those he loved over killing as many demons as possible. He didn’t relish the fight like Izzy & Jace, he did it because it was a necessity. He really is the most loving character int his series, which is why his and Magnus’ relationship is so heartbreaking with the whole mortality/immortality thing.

   THE ONES WE HATE
VALENTINE:
No ‘worlds best dad’ for this guy!
Who takes joy in torturing his “son” and daughter with the knowledge that they are in love and yet related. Plus his whole take over the world thing, that’s mean, but totally bad ass.
SEBASTIAN: Lonely evil mastermind in need of a friend.
Like father like son, only 10 times worse. I loved his bromance with Jace in CoLS, but didn’t not like his attraction towards Clary. That was just gross. Ended up pitying him throughout the last book, he just so lonely! It kind of seemed like he didn’t really have a reason for his evil plan, but he just wanted someone stood next to him whilst he did it. I like that we got to see the real Jonathan before the end though, and it was nice that he died with his family around him.

THE ONES WE COULDN’T DO WITHOUT:
Magnus: Proof that even old men can wear sequins!
You can’t not like Magnus, he is like totally camp but totally powerful. You don’t want to mess with him. As much as he complains about being treated like a pet you can tell that he loves this group and will do anything for them. Love his sense of humour. PLUS his relationship with his cat. Hilarious.
Mia: Girl power! (doggy style!)
Have really enjoyed her journey She’s gets put through a lot but manages to turn her pain and anger into something good and does something important with her life.
Brother Zach: Silent but Deadly
He has been there from the start and it was nice to see him become human. I love that everyone thinks he is hot. He seemed like the brother that would allow himself to realte to Clary & others, answering her questions about love etc. I liked him, both as a silent brother and human.
Luke: Top dog when it comes to substitute fathers.
He becomes a father figure to not just Clary but Simon & Jace and basically anyone who needs a little bit of advice. Really love that about him. Glad that him and Jocelyn work out in the end.
Jocelyn: The most hypocritical mother ever
I wont say that I hate Jocelyn because I don’t, but I much preferred it when she wasn’t around. She seemed to either be moping over the whole evil son thing, or trying to control Clary. I think I preferred her comatosed, but I’m glad she survived.
Emma: The Next Generation
We only get to meet her in book 6 but I really loved her. She is a very interesting character. Everyone keeps saying she is like Jace with the whole gun ho to fight thing, but I like that Clary takes her under her wing and it’s like she is passing the baton of ‘new Shadowhunter in training’ on. The next generation is here and ready to learn and start to fight their own battles.

THE ONES WHO LOVED EACH OTHER
CLARY & JACE: Even though things keep getting thrown in their way (brother/sister discovery, possession, running away with bromance brother, almost death, bursting into flames when turned on) they FINALLY made it as a couple. Well worth the effort in my opinion!
ALEC & MAGNUS: Super Cute! I was so sad when they broke up, but you knew it wasn’t going to last for long because they are soooo meant to be!
IZZY & SIMON: The one that I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen, but these guys together really are sweet.
JOCELYN & LUKE: They went through a hell of a lot, but it made me really happy that they both finally got their HEA.
CLARY & SIMON: THANK GOD THAT IS OVER! Their “relationship” in CoA was horrendous and so awkward!

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THE WORLD
I am such a massive fan of anything fantasy and so this series was like all my birthdays came at once. The thing I love most about it is that Cassandra Clare has taken mythological/paranormal creatures, religious characters and some extremley scary bad guys and mixed them all together within the real world that we know and live in. The way that she writes is so flawless that it makes it seem real, and we accept it and believe that this could all be happening in the world around us.
THE RUNES:
Such a unique idea! Plus I really loved that Clary’s “special power” of creating new runes.
THE HUMANS/DOWNWORLDERS/SHADOWHUNTERS:
Vampires, Warewolves, Faeries, Angels, Warlocks: we are used to these. But Shadowhunters, Silent Brothers, Iron Sisters etc are all completely new to us and are amazing additions to this fantasy world.
THE CITY OF GLASS:
I LOVE fantasy worlds and this city that Cassandra Clare created is truly amazing. I love that she gave her shadowhunters their own city, a place to call home and a place to fight for.
PARABATI:
I love this idea of two people being ‘bonded’ together like brothers/sisters. We get a glimpse of different types of Parabati throught he series: Luke/Valentine, Jace/Alec and Emma/Julian. We see it in each generation and from the start, with Emma and Julian, right through to the end with Luke and Valentine.

QUOTES

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”

“There’s no need to clarify my finger snap,” said Magnus. “The implication was clear in the snap itself.”

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is life after that, I’ll love you then.”

“I am a man” he told her, “and men do not consume pink beverages. Get thee gone woman, and bring me something brown.”

“It’s fascinating. You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.”

“You know, some people think Shadowhunters are just myths. Like mummies and genies.” Kyle grinned at Jace. “Can you grant wishes?”
“That depends,” he said. “Do you wish to be punched in the face?”

“Missing, one stunningly attractive teenage boy. Answers to ‘Jace’ or ‘Hot Stuff”

“I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire.”
His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. “Okay, so maybe our problems aren’t like other couples.”

“Okayyyyy,” Isabelle said in a low voice, “When did Brother Zachariah get hot?”

“Did Brother Zachariah just steal our cat?”

SERIES REVIEW VIDEO

WARNING: CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!

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