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City of Glass & City of Fallen Angels By Cassandra Clare

Posted by L.A. Matthies Sunday, August 25, 2013 8:04:00 AM Categories: Just an Idea/rant
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In this third installment of the Mortal Instruments Series, Clary has shed her new-kid-on-the-block status in the hopes of saving her mother's life. I am still enjoying the ways that this character is developing, she has a strong personality, yet she is still likable and contends with just enough adversity to keep things very interesting. It's no walk in the park as Clary discovers more about herself, her natural (and supernatural) gifts, as well as learning more about the people she surrounds herself with.

Jace is still a tortured soul and that's part of what I love about him, It's great to have a lead character who is so competent in so many aspects of his life, but struggles with liking and accepting himself. We all do this as human beings, it's that bit of fragile balance that brings him to life making us feel something more that has me sold on him.

We also have the introduction of a few new characters (always a good thing), I was intrigued with Sebastian, a Shadowhunter with an unusual link and attraction to Clary. Since her relationship with Simon has taken some curious turns, this was a great time to create a new relationship triangle for her. What's a girl to do when confronted with more that one cute guy vying for her affection?

All in all, City of Glass is a solid sequel packed with a nice mix of action, excitement, betrayal and romance!

 

In City of Fallen Angels, Clary is embracing her destiny as a Shadowhunter complete with hours of grueling training. Finally all her relationships seem to be on track, that is until things go awry ( let's face it awry is unavoidable in these kinds of books) then we are on a journey to discover how Clary can help her loved one's.

Jace has more secrets to uncover, Simon is under a curse which Clary is responsible for, and once agaion chaos has ensued. My favorite part of this book is how prominantly Simon is featured. He started out in book one as a kind of drab best friend with a crush, but he has evolved so nicely over the course of the series. Even minus the romantic aspects of the story it would be worth reading because Simon really has a opportunity to shine here.

Another thing that keeps me interested in this series is that you never know who will turn to the darkside, either temporarily or permanently, and the truth has many guises keeping us from learning the outcome too soon. I'm looking forward to the next installment which I'll get to shortly!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014 5:25:35 PM

I don't know about t

I don't know about this series. My niece wtaned to read it. I am 24, and normally wouldn't read a book like this, but I thought before I gave it to her, Id look at it myself. I have to say i was pretty disgusted.The series starts with Clary, the hero of the books, having a screaming fit because her mother decided that they were to leave the city on short notice. At 15 Clary believes she has the right to decide where they will live, and how much notice is needed before they go on vacation? Incredible. She also ranted that she could stay in Manhattan by herself, and could get a job to support herself at a fast food place. How was that going to work? You can't even work full time at that age. Even more amazingly, her mom allowed Clary to storm out of the house, and then later APOLOGIZED! HUH? In the real world young teens are not allowed to act like that. If my kid did that, she would be off to reform school. Throughout the books Clary is defiant, disrespectful to adults, sure that she knows best about everything, and completely unable to listen to anyone else besides herself. She uses the time people are talking to her sulking about how she can't just go ahead and do whatever she thinks is best. The book has this fifteen yr old girl starting a sexual relationship with a seventeen yr old boy, and this seems to be OK with everyone. Its not explicit, true. But 15 is far too young to even seriously date, much less fall head over heels for an older guy. Ok, its not the worst thing that could happen, but most parents wouldn't like it. Even worse Clary on a number of occasions slaps people in anger, and uses the fact that she is a frail female so they don't hit her back. She gets angry very easily, and never seems to be sorry for her behavior. The books Cassandra Clare writes definitely encourage teenagers to take no advice and hide their actions from adults, who are all too hidebound and prejudiced to know what is best. I would encourage parents to have their kids read twilight. Its much the same sort of story, but with far better morals. The couple in Twilight do not believe in sex before marriage, and have a pronounced respect for elders and authority. At an impressionable age, a young reader will mistake a disrespectful, immature brat for a spunky, spirited girl.
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