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Thursday, April 9, 2009

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

BLURBS: To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that enter-ing the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost? Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments. THOUGHTS: Beautiful ending (swoon), no words can express how much I truly love this book. Yes I love it more than Twilight or any other. There's something very magical in love, hatred, integrity, mystic, battle and redemption that draws me to it. Delicious prose, engaging characters, lots of heartbreak, reference and quotes from various classic lit, runes, angels, demons, everything and anything supernatural - you couldn't go wrong with that. Roll all that into one you get the City of Glass. For the first time in a long long time, I have no complaints whatsoever, even the flaws made perfect sense. The predictability of some parts in the story did not even bothered me (which is new, very new). I am going to share a line that made me look like an idiot - when you shout YEAH!!! and jump with your fist in the air - IN. THE. breakroom. you'd look like one too, I got carried away... imagination overload, sor-rrry. This was the part when Jocelyn has finally roused from her magically self-induced coma. This was the part where she asked to speak to Clary alone after her speech about the runes she could create. She then told Clary the story of the past, the whole truth - no holds barred. "Jace is not your brother." (aaahhhh) I knew it all along, the fans all knew that of course, there were clues on the 2nd book, but there's something powerful in reading it. 4 days of reading 3 books that have more than 500 and less than 800 pages each with only 3 hours of sleep each day was totally worth it. I feel like a zombie (dear god the headache, and exhaustion but I'm still in trance). I am really heartbroken that this is the last book but their magical world does not end here (thank god). Next year Clare is going to release another trilogy but it's not going to set in modern day Manhattan but will back track 40 years set in the heart of Victorian England called the Inferal Devices. Something to look out for. Now, my conclusion: I write reviews based on what emotions I feel when I read them, I was elbow deep in the story I feel like I am a part of it. That itself seems like an understatement. This is one of those books that you just couldn't say good bye to, you'll keep reading it, the kind of feeling you get visiting an old friend. :) I couldn't imagine a better ending, this is perfect the way it is and I hope every one enjoys it as much as I do. Don't let the haters poison your imagination, it's yours, utilize it and it'll take into greater heights.

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