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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass Paperback – October 19, 2010
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Lord of Shadows and Lady Midnight, as well as the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and Infernal Devices trilogy. She is the coauthor of The Bane Chronicles with Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson and Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy with Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Robin Wasserman, as well as The Shadowhunter’s Codex, which she cowrote with her husband, Joshua Lewis. Her books have more than 50 million copies in print worldwide and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages, a feature film, and a TV show, Shadowhunters, currently airing on Freeform. Cassandra lives in western Massachusetts. Visit her at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about the world of the Shadowhunters at Shadowhunters.com.
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The Mortal Instruments is a VERY well written "YA" urban fantasy/romance. As an adult reader (I am 33) I was surprised by how well written it was. I felt like it was one of those rare finds (like Harry Potter or Twilight) that can easily appeal to teens and adults alike. It has complex characters you can fall in love with, a fast-paced and action packed storyline that progresses naturally without feeling rushed, and a vivid world that comes alive in your mind as you read. What you will NOT find in this series is graphic adult themes such as descriptive sex and dark or disturbing types of violence. There will be blood, fighting, dying, "implied" sex (in later books) and underage drinking, and the descriptive romance doesn't make it past second base.
I am looking forward to reading more from this author and would recommend it highly to older teens and adults who enjoy engaging, well written YA fantasy/romance books that play on a literary level which surpasses what you may typically expect from the genre.
BTW, every time she writes "[so and so] threw up [his/her] hands..." I picture the character vomiting up a pair of hands. Every. Single. Time. It's time to drop that turn of phrase. Ugh.
In this series Cassandra Clare brings all of the mythical monsters and demons together into one realm that lives within our world parallel to us but not quite "with" us. The Shadowhunters are the nephilim that are kind of the policemen of the downworlders. They make sure that these creatures stay away from humans and stay in line within their own little cultures. The whole idea and execution of this series was spot on. Wit and humor mixed in with a lot of action and adventure with a splash of romance. I love that the romance is just enough to make your heart pound but it's not overwhelming to the story line.
This series is my most highly recommended series and is sitting out in my living room displayed with my other favorites. (you can see my listmania list to see what those are) If you read these books be prepared for it to consume a few days of your time because you won't want to put them down until you are done!!
While one story is set in rural Minnesota and the other in NYC, the characters are quite similar:
Clary and Wendy both were ignorant of their heritage and destiny, and not very likable characters to begin with
Jace and Finn are the forbidden love
Isabella and Willa are the girly girl friend who help them acclimate
Alex and Tove are both gay
There are hobgoblins and warlocks out to get them
Given the similarities in the stories, I liked Trylle for the faster pace. I'll try to finish the other two books and see if there are dramatic differences between the series
A good series, but I had my problems with it. It was hard to pick up the second book after how the first one ended, I was so mad at the ending. I've never not wanted to read the next book of a series....
It's frustrating because you know what happens can't possibly be true and it takes until the VERY END of the third book for the characters to catch on.
It was well written and I loved the characters. The story line was excellent but I wish she could have developed the relationship between the two main characters more....