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Title City of Bones
Author Cassandra Clare
Cover Art Cliff Nielsen
Publisher Simon & Schuster - 2007
First Printing Simon & Schuster - 2007
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Title City of Ashes
Author Cassandra Clare
Cover Art Cliff Nielsen
Publisher Simon & Schuster - 2008
First Printing Simon & Schuster - 2008
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Title City of Glass
Author Cassandra Clare
Cover Art Cliff Nielsen
Publisher Simon & Schuster - 2009
First Printing Simon & Schuster - 2009
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Title City of Fallen Angels
Author Cassandra Clare
Cover Art Cliff Nielsen
Publisher Simon & Schuster - 2011
First Printing Simon & Schuster - 2011
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Title City of Lost Souls
Author Cassandra Clare
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Title City of Heavenly Fire
Author Cassandra Clare
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Category Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Warnings None
Main Characters Clary Fray, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus Bane, Luke Garroway
Main Elements Angels, warlocks, demons, vampires, werewolves
Website cassandraclare.com




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Well, the movie was coming out, so I couldn't resist seeing what all the hype was about. You'd think I'd have learned from recent young adult fiction not to expect to much. Or should I say, I should expect young girl thrust into unfamiliar world, having to choose between the good boy, and the bad boy, and picking the bad boy (even if he is her brother, eww).

In the end, the only characters I really felt for were Magnus ("a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") and Alec, and maybe Simon because he's the good boy Clary should have chosen but didn't. And I was kind of disappointed about the angel aspect, I was hoping for winged warriors but all I got was a legend that the Shadowhunters *might* have been created through angelic blood.

Alright, so the characters didn't grab me, did anything else? Well, the world was interesting enough to keep me reading. These worlds within our world are always fun, like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson or even the Dresden Files. Us mundanes/muggles/whatevers go about our lives blissfully unware of the supernatural events going on around us. However unlike those three books I just listed, somehow Clare's world building didn't draw me in as deeply as I had hoped it would. It was alright, and it was explained well enough. Sometimes an author doesn't bother to explain how the world works and you are either left wonder what on earth is going on, or being forced to believe the world works in implausible manners. At least that wasn't the case here. While we don't learn everything in the first two books, we learn enough that the world at least makes sense. It just wasn't...unique enough I guess.

And while I found it refreshing that there was a homosexual couple in a young adult book (the first I've come across) the incest was just not my thing. Bad enough Jace is the bad boy, but also her brother? But given the covers of future books (as I write this I finished book 2), I'm wondering, will there be another soap opera 180 and we'll find out they are not related after all? I wouldn't be surprised. That way they could live happily ever after without weirding everyone one out.

I will continue reading the next two, if only because they came as a set of four. Like I said, they are interesting enough to warrant a quick read, and they are quick, so I'm willing to put in the effort and see where things go.



May 2015

Well, I must say there are plot holes big enough for the entire Glass City to fall through, and I was justified in my prediction of the 180 I made two years ago (really, is that a spoiler, did you really expect an incestuous relationship to continue through subsequent books??). The action was good though, and the read was fast. And there are developments between Magnus and Alec that is frankly the main thing that is keeping me going, however minor it is to the whole storyline (looking forward to reading the Magnus Bane book though). So while I rather enjoyed the book in the end, it was often silly, the characters overly naive or outright slap-them-upside-the-head stupid, big bad unbreakble rules are put in place and then ignored, and it was clearly originally intended to be a trilogy, so don't know where the last three books will go. But in the end, I will read those books, if nothing more than to see what other crazy thing Magnus will decide to wear!



April 2017

The first three books were clearly a completed trilogy that wrapped up, but they were popular so the series continues. I must admit there's nothing more annoying than a group of characters that get themselves into trouble just because "they are good enough for each other", or "he pissed me off so I won't talk to him". That's ok when all you have to worry about is getting through high school, but this is a world where if you don't talk to each other about what is going on, if you do rely on each other, you're gonna end up dead for really dumb reasons. And Alec, grow up, Magnus is like a thousand years old, did you really think he remained a virgin all that time just waiting for you to be born? Think how hard it is for him to keep loving and losing! It was an ok brainless read, I think better than City of Glass in fact. But really, I just read it for the brief glimpses of Magnus (though Simon is actually growing on me quite a bit as a character, want to see where he ends up).




Posted: July 2013

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