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The Mortal Instruments Boxed Set: City of Bones; City of Ashes; City of Glass

(The Mortal Instruments #1-3)

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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 s ...more
Capa dura, 1520 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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I have to say I've heard mixed reviews about this book series, many saying the writing and characters are feeble attempts at creating a good story and whatnot. All I can say is screw those people because I enjoyed this series more than I could ever describe in words. I'd gotten all three books in one swing to the bookstore - which I admit could've been stupid of me if I hadn't liked it, but of course it didn't turn out that way - and even with the second book's summary spoiler I was gaping all ...more

where to begin with this book?

Jace Wayland is supposed to be a hot, snarky bad boy with a heart of gold, and hair of gold. he snarks the shit out of everything as soon as the opportunity arises, and even when the opportunity doesn't arise.

but Jace does not have a heart of gold, no matter how much Clary and Clare try to convince you. at the end of the book, Isabelle tells Clary that she brings out the kindness that's inside of Jace. we're supposed to believe that Clary changed Jace and made him
This has got to be one of the most overrated series of all time.

I have individual reviews somewhere but safe to say that overall I was pretty underwhelmed.

It was all a bit ridiculous and angsty and I just am not a huge fan of supernatural monsters being turned into heart throbs.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a book series I would love to live in! If you are looking to take a vacation and get away from your life for a while, I would most definitely recommend you take a trip through The Mortal Instruments. The world that Cassandra Clare has created is one where the reader will find themselves immersed in fantasy and adventure. Just when you think you've found that perfect spot to stop and come back to reality from, you will get swept up back into the Shadowhunter's world of triumph and chaos. ...more
And now? What am I supposed to do with my life?
William miles
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-ever
Well, where to begin? These books are absolutley amazing! I love the way Cassandra Clare writes about her charecters. She gives them a soul. I feel like i've known them forever. I was captivated and addicted by the time i read the first chapter. I love the passion and fire clare writes with. She Is an intelligent woman and writer. I just can't get enough. I've never been so impressed with a series in my life and believe me i have read MANY. I love how she brings the Fey, the vamps, the weres, th ...more
Oh, how I love love love this trilogy, let me count the ways! (I enjoy books 4-5 in the series as well, but not as much as I do these ones). I'd say it was my ultimate guilty pleasure except I refuse to feel guilty.

Yummily dramatic? Yes. Delightfully angsty? Yes. With an entertaining worldbuilding, great secondary characters, and delightful quips? Yes.

But I am in it for Jace and Clary, arguably the most deliciously tortured and passionate and dysfunctional soulmatey-soulmate OTP that I have co
Nov 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Hmmm. Where to start with these books. These are kind of a mix between Twilight and Harry Potter, though I didn't think they were as good as either. Now that I've finished all of them, I like them a lot more in retrospect than I did while reading them. The plot is compelling and interesting, but I really hated most of the characters for the first part of the trilogy. I also don't think these are appropriate for young teens since there are some references to sex, pornography, homosexuality, and s ...more
Jul 06, 2009 rated it liked it
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Feb 25, 2011 added it
Are you looking for adventure, romance, fantasy, and some kick butt action scenes? Well, The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare has it all. The plot will keep you on your toes, and unable to put the book down. It personally took me a little under three days to finish all currently published books. They aren’t that quick a read, having a few hundred pages each, which most leisurely readers find pleasant.
The Mortal Instruments currently has three books in circulation, the fourth of whic
Carrie Lahain
Unlike most readers of Cassandra Clare's THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS series, I came to the books after reading the prequel INFERNAL DEVICES trilogy. The complex plotting and fabulous historical detail demonstrated in CLOCKWORK ANGEL, CLOCKWORK PRINCE, and CLOCKWORK PRINCESS blew me away, and I reviewed all three books individually here on Amazon and Goodreads. So, I was eager to move on to THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS.

The universe the author creates is unique and believable. New York City is so well-wroug
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a fun series to read in many ways. There are still 2 books left to read but I felt like all the major issues were solved with the 3rd book. I love the fantasy world Clare created. It was interesting and exciting. However, and here's where the spoilers come in, I was so uncomfortable with the whole Jace and Clary as brother and sister thing. Everyone reading the books figures out that they aren't brother and sister pretty early on, but THEY don't know that!! They are still
Renee M
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the heck out of this series. Twice. And I have no doubt that at some point I'll read it again. I adore these characters, and am not ashamed to admit that certain parts made me cry all over again. Also, I am a sucker for good vs. evil stories. Plus, the dark humor. It's just a good time.
Dec 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I'm just going to cheat and just not do a review on this fabulous series. If you are a YA fan down to the deepest depth of your core, this series is a must-read and therefore there is no reason why I should spend my time writing reviews on these books after a month reading them when you should just go grab them RIGHT NOW! GOGOGOGOGO!

Anyway I'll just review in great depth City of Fallen Angels and then next two after that to make myself happy and you too =)

But here is the synopsis for City of Bon
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I took interest in this series because a lot of the other members I belonged to in a forum (for a certain book) have were currently reading the last in the series, which is City of Glass. So I thought might as well read the books since I was in the mood.
I never thought I could feel again the feeling I had when I read the Harry Potter series and even when I first watched the Lord of the Rings (FOTR). I knew by the time I was in the middle chapter that I was in love with the story. I think if not
Apr 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Too many similes, too much teenage angst (but that's probably why so many teens read it, right?) too many witty repartees in life-threatening situations that don't even begin to help me suspend my disbelief. Oh, and EVERYBODY'S MONOLOGUING! When someone has a sword pointed at their heart they get all morose and suddenly divulge their deepest secrets, but just enough that when they don't die, the reader has all but one piece of the puzzle. So we're basically left almost knowing how things are goi ...more
Fiona Martin
Jul 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
City of Bones: Read 3 times
Good beginning to the seiries if not a little boring. If it wasnt for Jace's character this series would fail and not be on the New York best selling list.

City of Ashes:
Was a good enough book but it you can tell it was leading up to the next book, I like Cassandra Claire because she makes every character she has like they are real. I cant wait to see this movie I think because it has more of an edge to it, it will be more entertaining! Also she couldn't have done too
Jan 03, 2015 rated it liked it
The writing of the trilogy vastly improves as you go along, but if you can ignore the flat writing then you can easily get swept up in the almost soap opera-like affect of the interwoven stories of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders.

Fun, romantic, with evil at every turn you can easily understand why Clare's world has gained a promo ate space in many a fangirl's fantasy. Personally, I preferred the prequel trilogy (The Infernal Devices), but it was entertaining to see how the two periods connec
Oct 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Fun, fun, fun- that is what these books are! Although this series is very apparently written for a teen audience (it even has the token homosexual couple), it was well written and so entertaining. Great for a fun, easy read. I love fantasy world the author has created of shadowhunters, demons, werewolves and vampires. I loved the plot twists and bit of romance. The last book (City of glass), was so exciting and was like a constant stream of climaxes for different aspects of the story- - it was t ...more
Sep 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I liked this series a great deal more than the Twilight books. It had all the action I was hoping for in the vampire books - and a little romance. It was an exciting read clear to the end of the 3rd book. No disappointments. I was frustrated with the relationship between Clary and Jace. Simon grew on me and he became a favorite by the end of The City of Glass.
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
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Brandon Knight
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved the story and fell in love with many of the characters. This set made me wish the story would never end. Read the entire set within a week because I couldn't put the books down! Highly recommend!
Dec 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
I'm reviewing this set in it's entirely b/c individually this series drives me crazy and I had to read the entire series before I could make up my mind if I like it. In the end I did like it and a prediction (actually more like 2) did come true. I don't normally read such a fantasy type series but the characters kept me going even if the background made no sense to me.
Lucky for me the 3 books were available at my library b/c I don't recommend reading them unless you have all three at hand and a
Kimberly Pine
Nov 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Surprising. Delightful. Beautiful. Real.

The first time I read through Mortal Instruments, I wanted to skip ahead as much as possible to know what was going on with main character's Clary and Jace but slowly, the whole world Clare has created pulled me in to stay.

Cocky, venerable, passionate, and of course attractive, Jace is one of my favorite male leads in teen fiction. His personality shines through in it's complexity. I found myself literally laughing out loud from some of the things that f
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Roderick by: Michelle
Lets keep this short and sweet.

Book one:
City of Shock!

Book two:
City of What the Fuck

Book three:
City of Shit

simple and to the point.
Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
Check out my reviews for each book listed on their individual pages.
Nicole Collins
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Love this world so so much. One of my top 5 fave series ever!!!!!
Jan 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked it on the whole, though the speed at which characters realized things...sorry....were TOLD things, was very frustrating.
Jenny Jo Weir
I loved these books. I struggled a bit with the first one but they just kept getting better and better as I went on. So glad I check them out.
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo

Other books in the series

The Mortal Instruments (7 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • Jocelyn's Story
  • City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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