21 March 2014

Mortal Instruments Halfway There Series Review

So, I wrote this some weeks ago, before I started reading City of Repetition and Boring.

The Mortal Instruments - Cassandra Clare

In City of Bones, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world. And she's introduced with a vengeance, when Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster sent by the evil and powerful Shadowhunter, Valentine. How could a mere human survive such an attack.

In the second novel, City of Ashes, Clary just wants her life to go back to normal--but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her newfound brother Jace have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive--and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Then Clary's best friend Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments Valentine's forever.

In book three, City of Glass, Clary has to use all her ingenuity and newfound magical skills to get herself to the Glass City in Idris, the secretive Shadowhunters' home country, where she is forbidden to go--for it is only there that she can find the cure to the enchanted sleeping sickness to which her mother has succumbed. When Valentine attacks the city and destroys the demon towers, Clary and her allies are all that stand between him and the total annihilation of all Shadowhunters. Love is a mortal sin and the past tangles inextricably with the present as Clary and Jace face down their father in the final installment of the Mortal Instruments series.
Synopsis taken from Goodreads

Although only halfway through, I have really enjoyed this series.

MVP: Simon.
All of the secondary and support characters play a massive part in the progression of the story. Without them, Jace would have died over ten times by now. But SIMON. Oh, Simon. He was for sure the MVP of the game. Thing that wouldn't have happened without him: Clary meeting Jace; escaping from Madame Dorothea's with the cup; escaping the Dementors outside of Luke's house in COA; Daylighting; integration of vampires on V-Day.
Basically, nothing would have happened without him.

LVP: Jocelyn. Stuck in a coma! Lazy bitch!

Fave moment:
Discovery of the Angel in the basement! First hand evidence of Valentine's eeeevil.
Also, first time seeing an Angel.

Least fave moment:
Most of City of Ashes. Also, the Inquisitors almost immediate change of mind with Jace. She would definitely say why. I would. Also, Clary has that birthmark too, so if the Inquisitor had seen Clary's first, she would have been less forgiving towards Jace, I WOULD IMAGINE.

WTF moment:
Clary kissing her brother who is pretending not to be her brother, whilst thinking about her "brother", Jace.

What I liked

  • Characters reactions (ie, Clary vs Jocelyn) were spot on.
  • Secrecy - annoying because it ultimately hid everyone's suspicions, but accurate and very real.
  • Fluid read - very descriptive. I would have loved it in 2007. Glad I got to read it now.
What I didn't like
  • "Sebastian". Why weren't they more suspicious?? Simon drinks his blood and says, outloud, that it tastes like poison. MAJOR HINT.
  • Cannot remember anything from City of Ashes except the Inquisitor, the development of Clary's rune skill and Simon being a Vampire.
  • How chapters constantly swapped between narrators. Just add more chapters, or wait until the next one to tell the other persons point of view! It was making me dizzy, jumping from one person to another. I was taught in Uni how lazy/bad that is.
Great series, I would say on average about a 4/5. Not the most amazing, but interesting.

What did you think?

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