Review: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

city of heavenly fireReviewed by Jen

I know there was much debate over the merits of Cassandra Clare’s move to extend The Mortal Instruments series beyond the initial trilogy. I was kind of lukewarm over books 4 and 5, but I definitely feel like this final installment gives the series the ending it deserves.  It has some issues, don’t get me wrong.  But as far as the main story arc and the core cast of characters we have followed from the beginning, Clare delivers a fitting climax and a resolution that I found very satisfying. [Read more…]

Review: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

city of lost soulsReviewed by Jen

I liked this installment better than the last one.  It still doesn’t quite have the same epic resonance as the initial trilogy, but Cassandra Clare has definitely upped the ante in this second arc with the resurrection of Sebastian. He doesn’t feel the same caliber of villain as Valentine, to be sure, but part of that is due to the fact we see quite a lot of him here, and almost the entire time, he’s wearing his mask of humanity.

It’s been about two weeks since Jace brought Sebastian back to life and the two have been missing ever since.  All of the Clave members have been searching for them, to no avail.  [Read more…]

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

city of fallen angelsReviewed by Jen

I came to this series late, so when I read City of Glass, I knew there were more books ahead.  It still felt like an ending, of course. But the question is, should it have stayed the ending?  Well, I can see the arguments for both answers.  When people like a series, more books will help feed the hunger for more of those beloved characters. I, personally, was looking forward to finally getting to see Jace and Clary be together, without the cloud of incest hanging over their heads.  But what I didn’t really stop to consider is… there has to be conflict in order to move the series further. [Read more…]

Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

city of glassReviewed by Jen

Finally.  In this finale to the original Mortal Instruments trilogy, Cassandra Clare rewards readers for suffering through three books of angst… by giving us everything we’ve been waiting for.  Is it perfect?  No.  Sometimes the foreshadowing is heavy-handed; the emotional drama is over the top; and the resolution predictable.  Did that make it any less satisfying? Not really. [Read more…]

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

city of ashesReviewed by Jen

Never in a million years would I have expected to come to hate the word “brother” with such vigor as I have over the course of this book. Part of that may be because Cassandra Clare took every possible opportunity to rub salt in this wound that she possibly could.  Yes, I get it. You are evil. You made them siblings. Or at least you made them THINK they are siblings.  But do you have to mock my pain?  Do you have to mention it every other page? Do you have to ruin a perfectly good word… to the point that the very sight of it makes my blood pressure rise?  (*sigh*) Of course you do. [Read more…]

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

city of bonesReviewed by Jen

I can’t remember the last time that I could say I liked a movie better than I liked the book it was based on.  Not that the movie version of City of Bones was a cinematic masterpiece, but in this case, I think I preferred it… at least in some respects.  I’m not sure if my reactions to the written word would have been the same if I had not seen the movie first.  I liked the book well enough. The world-building, in particular, was quite good.  There were some things, though, that kept the story from crossing the line from good to great. [Read more…]