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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
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1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★

Friends, I did it! I read the whole trilogy! Over a decade late, but aren’t you proud? And more importantly, I can finally move on to TID with Clockwork Angel! And I am so hyped, because I know this is the start of the series that you all really love! And I hope I do, too! And I got really excited seeing some names that I’ve vaguely seen you all scream about!

“Each tomb looked like a little house; some even had metal or wire gates, and the names of Shadowhunter families were carved over the doors. CARTWRIGHT. MERRYWEATHER. HIGHTOWER. BLACKWELL. MIDWINTER. She stopped at one: HERONDALE.”

City of Glass has the cast whisked away (some easily, some not so easily) to the City of Glass, AKA: Idris, which is the Shadowhunter’s home country! Valentine may or may not have started to build a demon army, and the gang hopes that they can get the council to listen to them. Oh, and Clary is desperate to save her mom, and is willing to do anything to wake her up. Because while her mother sleeps, she is also locking away many secrets.

“My mom got the spell that put her in this state from a warlock—Ragnor Fell. Madeleine says we need to track him down if we want to know how to reverse the spell.”

Okay, so going into this series, I knew very few spoilers. And I was very surprised when the Jace and Clary “dilemma” came up, just because I had never heard anyone mention in. Therefore, I also thought it would be a quick fix. Okay, so the “reveal” is at the very end of City of Bones, but the mentality and thought lasts until 80% into this third book! I couldn’t believe it! And even though I knew (and hoped and prayed) that you all wouldn’t lead me astray and that the “twist” wouldn’t be true, it still took a lot of enjoyment out of this book for me, because for the most part, Jace and Clary thought it was real. Also, Jace and Clary both do and say a lot of problematic shit, that has nothing to do with the way they feel about each other. Jace especially.

“Jace knew he was being cruel, and he barely cared. Hurting people he loved was almost as good as hurting himself when he was in this kind of mood.”

Okay, so I’ve broken down the characters in the other two reviews I’ve done for this series, so I figured I’d just keep doing it. (Especially because these reviews are probably boring because everyone but me read them ten-years-ago!) And like always, I have a lot of feelings.

Clary - Clary is just a bland main character. I don’t love her as much as others. I don’t hate her as much as others. I honestly just feel neutral towards her, but I still say that she is rather forgettable. Which is sad, since I suppose she is the star. But I think the shining light of all three books has been the side characters.

Jace - Jace legit is the worst part of this book, too. Which, he is the second leading character, so, also probably a bad sign. But he’s just miserable to read about because he doesn’t care about “the situation” where Clary at least tries to not be… gross about it. And on the opposite end of the spectrum, he legit screams at Clary in this book and says some pretty abusive and hurtful things. Like, I just honestly don’t like Jace. I’m sorry. But it’s the truth. Probably my least favorite character, including the villains.

Simon - Okay, so Simon completely won me over and captured my heart and soul during this book. I honestly loved everything about it. And I think that’s mostly because…

Isabelle - …I am about to go down on the ship of Isabelle and Simon. Like, you all, I love their chemistry and their entire dynamic. And Isabelle is my favorite character of any of these books so far, so I just am going to put her happiness first always and forever. Thanks.

Magnus - Magnus is also my favorite. And I don’t want to give Cassandra Clare too much credit (I seriously can’t get over the incest, I’m sorry), but I think she did a really amazing job with creating Magnus Bane. All my friends are obsessed with him, I’m obsessed with him, and I think he’s such a bright shining light in 2000’s literature.

Alec - I feel like I like Alec more and more each book. Probably because of Magnus, but still! And the end of this book? Not that anyone should ever feel any pressure to come out, but the end of this book just made me really happy.

Max - Like, I’m still shook.

Luke - I was living for Luke in this entire book. Like, I instantly loved his character, and I just grow to like him more and more each book. Also, he deserves all the love and happiness in the world.

Jocelyn - I actually do like Clary’s mom. I wish she would have been awake and present for more of this trilogy. And I do think it was a little deus ex machina how she shows up, bearing all the information that we needed so long ago. But I still enjoyed her and her character.

Amatis - Luke’s sister is honestly my new favorite, too! Like, maybe I’m too old to be reading these for the first time, and I’m just connecting with all the (way older than me) adults, because I can’t connect with these teenagers? But regardless, Amatis has been through so much, but I love her already. Amazing new addition to the cast!

Maia - Maia wasn’t in this book that much, but I still really like what I did see of her. And I’m saying this while knowing she is going to be a point of a triangle that I’m not ready to think about.


Person in the cell next to Simon - Like, I actually loved this twist and was so here for it. Until, someone ruined it. But still, I was living for it. Big fan.

Seelie Queen - Like, Clary is going to regret that power move of an epilogue.

Aline - Um… is this new character Asian and queer? Because, I think she is, and I think I’m head over heels in love with her already.

Sebastian - A little obvious, but still a fun twist and character I honestly really enjoyed following.

Valentine - Like, I enjoyed Valentine a lot in this one. I think he was way less “mustache twirling” villain in this book. And I loved the portrayal on how people can be awful humans, but they are still capable of doing good things. We all have good and bad inside us, and Valentine is a good example of what happens when you do more bad than good. I don’t know, maybe I’m getting soft, but I liked him as the villain of this book.

“People aren’t born good or bad. Maybe they’re born with tendencies either way, but it’s the way you live your life that matters.”

Trigger and content warnings for murder, death, incestuous thoughts and resulting actions, torture, medical experimentations, captivity, abandonment, talk of thoughts of suicide, suicide, and war themes.

Overall, I am happy I read this trilogy, instead of just skipping it. I’m not sure if it was completely needed, but I hope that it will feel worth it. I also think this series holds up better than a lot of others that were published during the same time, Naruto references and all. I’ll be honest, this really is more of 2.5 star read for me, and I should probably bump it down to two stars, but I just enjoyed it so much more than City of Ashes that I’m going to bump it up to three. Also, Izzy and Simon deserve that star on their own, let’s be real. Okay, friends, I can’t wait to finally dive into Clockwork Angel!

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Cassandra Clare
“I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass

Reading Progress

July 19, 2018 – Shelved
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: angels
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: demons
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: fae
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: paranormal
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: shifters
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: vampires
July 19, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult
July 20, 2018 – Started Reading
July 20, 2018 – Shelved as: read-in-2018
July 21, 2018 –
45.0% "Like, Jace and Clary are going to make me wash my eyes with soap. All the Joe Dirt vibes. I can't deal. Lord, help me.

July 21, 2018 –
75.0% "Jace and Clary? Magnus and Alec? My ship is without question: ISABELLE AND SIMON! Like, please, tell me this is a true thing. Because I'm going down with this ship. 💕"
July 21, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Elle (ellexamines) okay, I actually do think this one is better, so I hope you like it!

Melanie Yah, just go move on to Clockwork Angel for now, before you go to the abomination that is City of Fallen Angels (in my opinion) - don't know if you plan on reading the books in publication order or if you plan to read TID before continuing TMI, that works too.
The 4th book is the one that made me hate pretty much everyone. Except Magnus. And Isabelle. Clary pisses me off, Jace pisses me off, Simon actually pisses me off too (I'm just waiting to see how you take it) and motherfucking Alec pisses me off! I'm just really curious about your reaction to CoFA but I really am looking forward to your opinion on Clockwork Angel.

Elle (ellexamines) Elise wrote: "okay, I actually do think this one is better, so I hope you like it!"


[Clockwork Angel is still better though, ngl. and then that series just gets better and better]

Melanie Elise wrote: "okay, I actually do think this one is better, so I hope you like it!"

You're never wrong, my love! 💕xx

Melanie Melanie wrote: "Yah, just go move on to Clockwork Angel for now, before you go to the abomination that is City of Fallen Angels (in my opinion) - don't know if you plan on reading the books in publication order or..."

MELANIE! YOU HAVE ME SHOOK TO READ BOOK #4! BECAUSE ALL THOSE CHARACTERS (except Simon) ALREADY SKATING ON THIN ICE! LORD! But, I totally just listened to my best friend and this is the reading order she told me to do, so Clockwork Angel is next! BUT I AM SCARED FOR WHAT IS TO COME NOW! (Also, you're the best and I love you!) 💕xx

message 6: by Melanie (last edited Jul 22, 2018 01:28PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars


You're welcome xD
Oh! And that's exactly the reading order that I am doing too, so currently I've read up until Clockwork Prince, and I've been kinda ignoring City of Lost Souls because after City of Fallen Angels I'm scared shitless xD I actually have spoilers for some things that happen both in TMI and TID but I still like to read the books even if I know what's going to happen, because even tho I know the "what" I want to actually read the "how" and form my own opinion.
The only thing that I can also already check out from your list is The Bane Chronicles which I already read. I actually read it after CoFA and before Clockwork Prince, and no, I don't recommend doing that, the order you have is awesome. I had the same plan as you, but after reading CoFA I needed a refreshment and I had already bought the book so I looked at it and went like "Why the hell not?", because 1) I needed Magnus and 2) I already knew that the spoilers it would give me were ones that I already knew anyway. And as far as the Shadowhunter codex goes for me it's not really set, I'll read it whenever I get around to buy it xD
You are actually inspiring me in picking up CoLS soon, but right now I have other priorities, but I definitely will get to at least that one this year xD
Love you too <3

Micah The last 3 books are a lot better😉

Melanie Micah wrote: "The last 3 books are a lot better😉"

This makes me so happy to hear, Micah! I've honestly had so much fun while reading even these three! Happy reading, love! 💕xx

ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω Woo!! TID are so wonderful! Loved them so much!! As for your saying you're the only one who hasn't read this series, nope, not true. I haven't read them lol. I read the first after the movie came out, but never picked up the rest. I should finish those sometime >_> Anyway, love your reviews on these & can't wait to see what you think of TID 😃

Melanie ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω wrote: "Woo!! TID are so wonderful! Loved them so much!! As for your saying you're the only one who hasn't read this series, nope, not true. I haven't read them lol. I read the first after the movie came o..."

I am so dang excited, Lynn! Also, you're the best! And I can't wait to gush with you! Happy reading, my love! 💕xx

SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ Super review Melanie! xox

Melanie SueBee★bring me an alpha!★ wrote: "Super review Melanie! xox"

Awh, thank you so much, Sue! Happy August and happy reading, beautiful! 💕xx

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