Book Discussion: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

In this last book of The Mortal Instruments series, I got a lot of closure. Closure I wanted and needed. But I needed much more. I wanted a lot more from this book. I said in my last post that I have high expectations from this book. Not only because of the amazing reviews this book has, but also because of the way Cassandra Clare ended Clockwork Princess, which was phenomenal. But I am also oddly satisfied with this book. It’s safe to say that I have a lot of mixed feelings about this.

Goodreads Synopsis:

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

Let’s start with the things I loved about this book. First of all, I loved the way things wrapped up at the end. I loved the things that this book made me feel. I loved all the twists and turns that this story took and as usual I loved the characters. The deaths hit me hard and even though I cried, I loved it at the same time. The thing that happened to Simon just broke me. I didn’t expect that anything could be all right again but in the end, it did! And I was extremely happy and satisfied when I finished it. And I know that I will miss the characters too much now. I may even give this whole series a re-read. I also loved the action of this book as much as I’ve loved the action in any other book written by Cassandra Clare. I also loved how Tessa showed up at the end and Jem was so involved with the characters of this series and also with Emma and Julian. I hope that I’ll get to see more of them in The Dark Artifices trilogy.

But let’s talk about the negatives now. Because this book is so huge, I expected more of everything. I expected more. Maybe because my expectations were so high, I felt a little let down with the first part of the book. There could have been so many more adventures. There could have been more twists in the story. Am I the only one who thought that the scope of the story could have been utilized a little bit more and made more epic? I hope not! Anyway, I also felt like there was no need for Sebastian (or Jonathan) to have a last conversation as a good person. I wanted him to be evil and stay evil without any need of human qualities in him. Also, I thought that there should have been more deaths. Don’t hate me for saying this. I don’t want any of my favourite characters to die and all the main characters are my favourite characters. But I think a few more deaths would have spiced things up a little more. But then, I also would have complained if she had killed more people, so this opinion of mine clearly couldn’t be trusted.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. All in all, I loved it despite its weaknesses. Also, I think that the faeries are going to have a big role in creating the villain of The Dark Artifices trilogy. Or they are going to be the villains. Because this was being hinted at heavily in this book. But I also may be wrong. I also think that Emma and Julian may fall in love and they being parabatai will play a large part in The Dark Artifices. But these are all speculations. I will read it soon and find out everything about it. Please comment if you agree or disagree with me on my opinions about this book. Thank you so much for reading it. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

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Book Discussion: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare.

The first thing that I want to do is apologize for going MIA for so long. I was actually really busy for the last two weeks. So much so that I didn’t have time to read any book let alone write about it. But today, I finally finished the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series. And if I had to describe this book in a sentence, I would say that this is the coolest book of the lot. Now, you might thing that this is a strange way to describe the book. But you’ll know why I said it soon! Just read on.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

The first thing that I want to talk about is Sebastian. If you have read my other book discussions of this series, you’ll know that I’ve always been on the fence about Valentine. I never knew how I regarded him as a villain. But I just love Sebastian. I love him as a villain. He is evil through and through and that’s incredibly exciting for me. He makes this book the coolest! The way he acts around everyone and the way he manipulates and deceives everyone in this book is how I want my villains to be like. After finishing this book, I felt like I am so ready for the epicness of everything in City of Heavenly Fire. And if book reviews are something to go by, I know that I’ll not be disappointed.

I had a weird love-hate relationship with Jace and Clary in this book. There were moments when I absolutely couldn’t stand them at all. I couldn’t stand for their “We belong together” and “We always protect each other” philosophy to justify their wrong decisions. I was so over them in this book that it surprised me. But then, they did manage to redeem themselves towards the end of the book. I am sorry Jace and Clary shippers, I am really sorry.

There was a lot of romance in this book. And I guess this is because Cassandra Clare is gearing up to break our hearts in the next book by giving us all the feels in this one. I am so ready to get my heart broken. We saw so much of Sizzy in this book and I loved how their relationship is slowly strengthening and developing. They don’t feel too cheesy and I love how Simon told Izzy the entire plot of the first Star Wars movie and Izzy listened so attentively that she remembered it till every last detail. There was Maya and Jordan. They were also really cute and I loved them. And then there was Magnus and Alec. After what happened at the end of the book, I don’t even want to talk about them. I said I wanted more of them in all my previous book discussions, but not like this! I wanted to see more of them together! I wanted to see them being romantic and gooey! And what did I get? I don’t even want to think about it. I do hope I see them together in the last book or I wouldn’t know what to do with my heart.

Okay. That’s all. I know I didn’t speak about the major events of this book. But the climax was obviously, incredibly cool. I loved it! Also, I loved the little hints Cassandra Clare was dropping about the characters from The Infernal Devices trilogy! The only negative thing that I could find about this book is that it was really slow at the beginning. And in some places, I did find myself not caring about what was happening. But it all worked out at the end. And that’s all that matters. Please comment and tell me what you think about this book! Thank you so much for reading this! I hope you liked it! Until next time then.

Fin!

My rating- 4.25/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.

After reading this book, I can safely say that I am terrified of what’s coming for the characters in this series. Seriously, what was that ending? I am so happy that I don’t have to wait for the next book to release and that I am marathoning the whole series. I can’t even imagine waiting one day to read the next book after that sort of cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next! And I will! But first let’s talk about this book.

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

This one started kind of like City of Bones in the sense that we explore the characters more in the first half of the book. It was a little slow but I didn’t mind that at all. As I said, I love each and everyone of these characters and I love reading about them even when they are not in action. But Jace frustrated me a lot in this book. Yes, I get that he was being attacked and manipulated but that doesn’t make up for the frustration I felt because of the way they handled things. Jace could have handled things a lot better without being the angsty, moody teenager. But then, I can’t blame him for his age.

In the discussion of City of Glass, I predicted who the villain is going to be of the last three books. And I was totally right! I have said before that you can never guess what Cassandra Clare’s twists are going to be. But in this book, I could guess what was coming. Even though I couldn’t guess the part about Lilith, I could guess where the story was going to. And I didn’t like that. I like the frailty and unexpectedness of everything in this series, and I didn’t get that in this book. I think that’s the only negative thing I could say about this book.

We did see a little of Magnus and Alec in this book. But I will keep writing that I want more of them in the hope that in the next book I will actually get to read more. So, fingers crossed! We also saw the beginning of Sizzy in this book. And I think I quite like it. I am looking forward to more. Jace and Clary’s relationship frustrated me to no end in this part and so I automatically focused on the other relationships in this novel. We were supposed to see Jocelyn and Luke’s wedding in this book, but it didn’t happen. So I am guessing that we will get to see that in City of Lost Souls.

That’s all I have to say about this one. I am terrified of what’s going to happen next. So, I am going to start the next book right now! Thank you so much for reading this! Please comment and tell me if I will ever be able to see more of Magnus and Alec. I am still hoping I will. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.5/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare.

After finishing this book, I can safely say that Cassandra Clare has become one of my favourite writers ever. She never disappoints. This was the best book yet that I’ve read in this series. Clockwork Princess, of course, is my favourite book of hers. But this occupies a close second place. I absolutely loved this book. This was the most gripping book yet and I finished it in just two days. Since it’s more than 500 pages, I would say it speaks a lot of the addictive quality of these books.

Goodreads Synopsis:

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering 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 Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters 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 third installment of the New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

First of all, I found it quite strange how all the arcs came together in this book and everything was resolved. Actually, I found it a little confusing. What about the other three books in this series? Who will be the villain in them? I hope its not someone whose body could not be found, if you know what I mean. I haven’t yet read the synopsis of City of Fallen Angels so that I can write this discussion without any notion of what’s going to come next. But this one felt so much like a finale that I was often weirded out. With each and every book, Cassandra Clare is increasing the epicness of her books. I can’t help but wonder what epic battles she has in store for me in the next book. Or maybe it will just be a simple battle like that in City of Bones. Either way, I won’t mind.

The characters have become such an integral part of me now that I am pretty sure I will read a whole book where they just interact with each other. Which means that I am probably going to read lots of fanfictions about them after I end all these books. Yes, I am one of those weird fans and I am not ashamed. You can’t judge me! Anyway, I have fallen in love with each and everyone of them. So, I must say that I loved Max so much. I would have loved to read about him a little more. I was so impressed with everyone in this book. I feel like I would love to see more of Isabelle. And Alec and Magnus. Together. I would love to see all these characters just relaxing and bantering. But that’s probably not going to happen. Well, a girl can hope!

The thing that I wanted to talk about most is Valentine. I didn’t really hate him. I couldn’t! He was so sure that what he did was right. I don’t know how to hate someone like that. Even though he was an amazing villain. Till the last moment, he was incredibly interesting and I was eager to know what his actions are going to be next. And I must say, that ending was totally unexpected. I never actually expected Raziel to come. I thought there was going to be a different sort of ending. I loved that big epilogue that we got and even though the peace is bound to be short-lived, it felt good to enjoy it for a few pages.

So, that’s all I have to say about this book. Thank you so much for reading it! Please comment how much you liked this book if at all! I would love to talk about it with someone. Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 5/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare.

The only reaction I could muster after reading this book is why? There are so many questions that can be asked with that word. But the questions I want to ask are not the ones concerning important events that might take place in the Shadowhunter world. But the questions mostly revolve around why Cassandra Clare is making her readers suffer like this with anger and frustration. But then again, I can’t say that I mind.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what’s normal when you’re a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary’s only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

I don’t even know where to start. So many things happen in this book! Okay I want to start with something I said in my previous post. I said that Jace shines in City of Bones and it feels like everyone is revolving around him. Characters like Alec and Izzie feel minor. I am taking my statement back. I feel like this book managed to make all the other characters important enough that they all shine. They get their own parts in the book and it feels like all of them are the heroes of their own stories. And I rooted for each and everyone of them.

Something major happens in Simon’s life in this book. I was already expecting that because I was spoiled by the trailer to the show. Yes, the trailer. For those of you who have read the book, you know what I am talking about! And I loved Simon in this book even though sometimes he really annoyed me. I feel like he grew a lot in this book as a person. I love how Jace and Simon finally made their peace. What Jace did for him, it was amazing! Let’s talk about Magnus and Alec too for a sec, shall we? I totally ship them together. I loved how they took care of each other when needed and even though it wasn’t addressed that much in the book, I totally root for them. I look forward to reading more about them in the future. Jace and Clary were stuck in a totally awkward position throughout the book and I felt nothing for them except frustration.

I haven’t talked about Valentine at all. So, I think that I don’t really hate Valentine. Yet. He did so many horrible things to these characters that he almost feels invincible. When I read the scenes on the ship towards the end of this book, I totally thought that this is the end and everyone is going to die. Of course I knew that they won’t, but I feared for them anyway. He has such an interesting personality that I love reading about him. I love it when other characters like Luke and Maryse talk about him because it helps me piece together his personality. I am yet to find any weakness in him and that is terrifying as well as so interesting! I always feel like I am waiting for what he is going to do next, in a good way.

So, that’s all my feelings about this book. Of course, this book too has lots of humourous dialogues and witty and sarcastic comebacks. This keeps these books interesting even when nothing important is really happening. And I love that! Also, WHAT IS THE ENDING? I am going to start the next book right now! That’s all for today! Thank you so much for reading this. Please comment your feelings about this book! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 4/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

Book Discussion: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

This quote affected me more that I would like to admit. And in a way, it perfectly describes this book. Because in this book, love is the element that drives everyone to react the way they did. I wouldn’t say that I loved this book. But I did like it a lot, and I would gladly continue with this series.

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. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a 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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The thing I found most unique to this book is its emphasis on the characters. I felt that the story focused more on the characters than anything else. And that’s a definite positive for me. I like that we couldn’t understand any of the characters totally and can’t guess how they are going to react. At least, I couldn’t guess anyone’s reactions to a particular incident. Another thought that I had while reading this book is that Jace is the character that shines through the most. Even though the story is mostly told about Clary’s experiences, Jace is more interesting to me. His sarcastic nature is obviously something I love. The continuous banter better the characters made me laugh out loud so many times. Let me tell you my favourite ones.

“It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”

or

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

and even

“It’s so dark,” she said lamely.
“You want me to hold your hand?”
Clary put both her hands behind her back like a small child.
“Don’t talk down to me.”
“Well, I could hardly talk up to you. You’re too short.”

There are so many of these situations. Humour and wit is something I love in books and so it’s no wonder that I liked this one. As I was saying, I felt that Jace took the center stage while all the characters moved around him. I would love to know all the characters in this book and I am pretty sure that I am going to start the second one as soon as I finish writing this.

Also, I was spoiled for this book by lots of people. I know that the thing about Clary and Jace is going to happen and I also know that its not really true. I am interested in how the story is going to play out to reveal that Valentine lied. Or whatever misunderstanding there is that needs to be cleared. I really like the world building in this book even though I have already read The Infernal Devices series and already know about this world. I am not going into particular incidents of this book. I just wanted to share what I felt about this book.

So, that’s all my feelings about City of Bones. Tell me how much you liked this book and also what is your favourite book in this series. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.