Mini Reviews: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (1-3)
Friday March 9, 2012 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2007
Publish Date: March  27, 2007
Pages: 485
Form: Paperback
Series: Mortal Instruments (1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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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. . . .

Book one of TMI series was actually really fascinating.  Clary is thrust into a supernatural world she never knew existed and learns that she has the Sight and Shadowhunter blood.  When her mother is taken, Clary joins the young Shadowhunters at the Institute to try and get her back.  But with no knowledge of the world or training, she relies heavily on Jace and his family to help her.  I have to say I wasn’t very impressed with the two leads in this book.  For lack of a better word Clary was a bitch and Jace spent so much time trying to act like he didn’t care that it got real old real fast.  Despite that, I will admit to Clary being brave and loyal, though pretty useless and I admired Jace’s strength and courage.  The attraction between Clary and Jace is palpable, but unfortunately information is uncovered that basically prevents them from being together.  Add to that that Clary’s best friend Simon is in love with her too and bam, instant teenage angst.  When Clary and Jace discover Valentine is responsible for wreaking havoc on their lives, they go after him only to discover a secret that ties them and has lasting effects on them all.  Book one was basically an introduction into the Shadowhunters and downworld, and a set-up for all the major conflict to come.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2008
Publish Date: March  25, 2008
Pages: 453
Form: Paperback
Series: Mortal Instruments (2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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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?

There wasn’t much point to this book except to introduce some new characters that the main characters will have ties to in the third of this series.  Clary is still a bitch and Jace still doesn’t care.  I did enjoy Simon, Clary’s best friend, and Luke in this one.  Their characters had major growth and helped to move the story along.  Although it was enjoyable, it probably could have been skipped altogether.  I was hoping Clary would get some training or something in this one but she remains bitchy and useless.  She plays at a relationship with Simon, which is totally unbelievable, but at least remains brave and loyal.  Good read but mostly unnecessary.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Copyright: 2009
Publish Date: March  24, 2009
Pages: 541
Form: Paperback
Series: Mortal Instruments (3)
Author: Cassandra Clare
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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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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 new found powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

Best book by far.  EPIC, AMAZING, loved it!  Though the first bit of the book did nothing but make me anxious, once Clary found herself in the land of Idris I couldn’t tear myself away.  While there are new conflicts, characters, and politics in book three, each new thing that is introduced helps to explain and solve all the previous problems and conflicts introduced in the first two books.  I think what frustrated me so much about book two is that everything from book one was still left unexplained and unanswered while adding more to the mystery.  Book three explains all of it, and though predictable at parts, still very compelling and mesmerizing.  This was the book that also made me change my mind about Clary and Jace and I ended up loving them.  Secondary characters were awesome.  Still loved Simon and Luke proved to be the wonderful man I knew he was.  I was rooting for Clary and Jace from start to finish and was totally satisfied with the ending.  I have to say I really don’t know why this series is continuing as everything wrapped up nicely.  I’ll keep reading because I’m curious to see where the author can go from here, but this really would have been a great ending to a great series and I think continuing with it may speak to the integrity of it.

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10 Responses to “Mini Reviews: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (1-3)”

  1. Glad you like the series. I’m really curious as to how the series continues as well. I have CoFA but I haven’t read it yet.

  2. I was reading through your first two reviews and I was thinking, “Oh no! What if the last book disappoints her??” Because the last book was my fave too — but I AM SO HAPPY YOU LIKED IT! Epic is the perfect word to describe it!! I find that a lot of second books give more questions than answers, but City of Glass made everything worth it, right? 😉 That book was a string of awesomeness!

    Amazing series review, Jade!! I’m really happy you liked this series! <3 Although I have to warn you that the next books in the series throw the HEA out the window haha. x) Still, I loved it!

    • Jade says:

      I have to say the thirs book made it all worth it. And I enjoyed the first two, but I guess just not as much as I was expecting to. Now I’m really debating on if I’ll continue the series. I’m thinking the author should have left well enough alone.

  3. I read the first book in the series, but I didn’t love it. I had just finished Mockingjay. I would like to continue the series, and give it another chance.

    • Jade says:

      Hmmm, if you didn’t like the first I don’t know how you’ll take the second. For me that one was just a bunch of filler and almost unnecessary. But I will say the third book made it all worth it for me.

  4. The third one was my favorite as well! I really loved it. I agree it’s a good ending to the series, though I love it so much I’m glad it’s continuing. It’s kind of like a new series within TMI though, so I think it works. I thought it was good, but I know there’s many mixed opinions.

  5. “I was hoping Clary would get some training or something in this one but she remains bitchy and useless.”

    LMAO! Yes, I know what you mean. I liked book 3 best too, though the temper tantrum Clary threw to get to Idris was really annoying.

    And I guess the only real reason the series is continuing is because the author wants to continue making bank. LOL

  6. I know what you mean, the series could have ended, and ended fine, with book 3. This can definitely be an addicting series though. I only read the first three myself so I’m interested to see what you think of the next book in the series if you decide to read it.

  7. I love your candid review. I still haven’t read this series. I feel like I’m too late in the game to start. I’m not a fan of bitchy characters and I’m surprised that the heroine remained “useless.” Love that you did all the review together.