Okay, so I haven't posted in a while! Sorry :D
I'm here to do a BOOK REVIEW, because, seriously, for a book blog, I'm slacking on book reviews (I'm gonna have another one up soon after this though, for sure--part of a book tour!!!)!
This is a TRILOGY BOOK REVIEW. For THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS BOOKS BY CASSANDRA CLARE.
I DON'T KNOW WHY I'M CAPITALIZING THINGS. SO I'M JUST GONNA START NOW. (Oh, and P.S., I know I said I'd do a video review for these, but I changed my mind! Plus, you guys still like the old-fashioned text reviews, right?)
Unless you've been living under a rock--at least among the YA book world--you've heard of these books by Cassandra Clare. City Of Bones. City Of Ashes. City Of Glass. AKA The Mortal Instruments trilogy.
These books have been on my radar foreeeever. I knew I'd probably like them when I got them, but I just never got around to it, until last month when I had money to blow. (You can read about that in my latest IMM post, here.)
So, I read a book or two in my pile, before I dived into City Of Bones. Since this book has been out since 2007, I already knew a LOT about it, so I was slightly worried that without a lot of that shock-factor, would it still be fun to read...?
OMG YOU GUYS. This book....was SO FUN. A lot of fun :D Hard to put down, well-written, and it had a cast of great characters. And not to mention about a million of those little scenes that you love so much that you just have to re-read and possibly find fan videos of (not that I...you know, did that or anything. ;))
Oh, I just realized that I haven't even told you what it's about yet, LOL! My bad!
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque demon.
But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....
Okay, to any of you readers who aren't that big on supernatural books, DON'T JUDGE JUST YET! I barely even read the back cover, and I was pleasantly surprised! I mean, there is just so much more too it! So...yeah.
Back to the review! Like I was saying, this book was basically awesome, and I immediately went online and googled the crap out of it, because, well, that's what I do. I found out a lotttt of things:
- It's going to be a graphic novel! YAY! I love graphic novels! Especially ones that depict my those favorite scenes I was telling you about ;) Click here for some pics from it!
- It's going to be a movie!! Like, FOR REALZ. Lily Collins is going to play Clary. Actually, I knew this before I got the book (I generally end up getting books that are going to be made into movies, lol), but I thought I'd share for those who don't know yet!
- City Of Glass isn't the last book anymore! It's got another three books coming out, starting with City Of Fallen Angels in April!v Okay, I knew this too, but I know a lot more about why/how now.
- Cassandra Clare has an awesome Twitter! You should follow her at twitter.com/cassieclare (she totally interacts with her fans!)
- The Clockwork Angel book I'd been hearing so much about, is actually the start of a prequel series, entitled The Infernal Devices! (Gosh, I love saying that: The Infernal Devices, The Infernal Devices, The Infernal Devices!)
- There is going to be a greatttttt trailer for the fourth book, out in March. Seriously. I joined this fandom just in time to see some FANTASTIC preview pics ;)
- Also, TMI fans are really funny. Like, hilarious. Especially on Tumblr. XD
Annnnyway, after that crazy google session, I realized that I might explode if I didn't get City Of Ashes and City Of Glass that very moment. Luckilllyyyyy, I didn't have to wait too long, because WAL-MART carries them (which can either be good or bad. In this case, it was really, really good), so I was able to hitch a ride when my Mom went grocery shopping a few days later. SCORE!
Short side note: I like the cover of City Of Ashes the best, so far. Because of the blue and Clary's hair. It's really awesome :D
I started City Of Ashes right away. I already knew the "big thing" that was supposed to happen in the book (I told you, over the last two years, I've heard a lot of spoilers for the books), and I was totally dying to read it. That wholllleeeee part (with, you know, Simon) was SO GOOD. And a little gross. But, mostly good. So...yeah. CoA wasn't my favorite in the series (it was really a bridge book) but it was still, obviously, really awesome.
Like I said before, these books are FANTASTICALLY written. Cassandra Clare does a freaking good job of creating characters that you come to love (Magnus, I ♥ you!), and building a beautifully fantastical world. Like the Stephenie Meyer quote on the front of the paperback says, it's a story world that I'd want to live in. For real.
Okay, finally, I started on City Of Glass. I was really sad to read it, because I didn't want it to end. Plus, now I was going to have to wait until April for City Of Fallen Angels like everyone else. :/ But still, I read it--albeit slowly. (By the way, the reason I'm not putting up the summaries for CoA and CoG is because it contains spoilers! Wouldn't want you to be spoiled like I was, although, you've must've heard something by now.)
What a finale! I was FREAKING.OUT. At the end scene with Valentine and everything. WOW. Talk about intense! I loved it. Also, I really liked the epilogue, although, I felt there wasn't enough Clary/Jace ;)
Ooh, speaking of the epilogue, I loved the title of it: Across The Sky In Stars. I put it on my wall of awesome quotes/stuff. This brings up another thing I like about the books: the chapter titles and quotes at the start of the chapters. Really cool stuff!
Sooooo, yeah. In the end, I really liked these books, just like I thought I would. And, I'm realllllllyyyyy glad there's going to be three more books because while CoG had a great ending, I was left with the feeling that I needed more! Expect to hear more from me when CoFA comes out!
Wow, this wasn't even like a review--just an all-out gush-fest. With a lot of information. I hope you're happy guys. ;) And I hope you check out The Mortal Instruments!
On the off-chance thatyou need even more info, check out the website at www.mortalinstruments.com, and read all about them! (Also, I suggest you read the FAQs as well--so informative, and tells you all the things you wanted to know :D!)
See you soon!