City of Glass by Cassandra Clare [REVIEW]

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 24th 2009
Source: Owned
Format: Audiobook
Rating: fangirlstarsfangirlstarsfangirlstars
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.

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Well…this was a time.
I honestly am not sure what I want to say except that I thought that this was an okay read. I had read the first two books in this series back when I was in high school and I remember loving every moment of it, however for some reason I got distracted by another novel and just never came back to this series.
Until now.

“She supposed they were imperfections, those marks, but they didn’t feel that way to her; they were a history, cut into his body: the map of a life of endless war.”

I really enjoyed the battle scenes when we got to them. I felt like I really was in the middle of it with Natalie Moore’s narration. The way that Cassandra described the transitions between cities/worlds was really well done and with Natalie’s dramatization I could feel the switch of atmospheres as I was listening; which I really loved.
The DIVERSITY! This book is full of diversity and I’m not just talking about the diversity of mystical and fantastical creatures, nah fam we got LGBTQIA+ rep and I am honestly here for it. I loved Alec’s coming out moment and felt like it was a moment that needed to be taken it.

“Patience, grasshopper,” said Maia. “Good things come to those who wait.”
“I always thought that was ‘Good things come to those who do the wave,'” said Simon. “No wonder I’ve been so confused all my life.”

I absolutely loved how Simon dominated in the book. I feel like there was so much character growth and development from him in this installment that honestly it was the sole reason I didn’t DNF the book. He came into his own in this novel–not just as a vampire but also as a person. I feel like in a sense he realized his worth and his value and it did wonders for his character. 10/10 would recommend him.
Yup, her whole character can be cancelled. I was so annoyed throughout the entirety of this novel with her because I felt like she never stopped to think how her actions would affect the others around her or even stopped to think which decision is best.
The Plot And The Pace. 
I felt like the plot was a snooze fest up until the last 100 or so pages. The pacing was slow so everything felt like we were inching towards the good stuff rather than it being a constant page turner. Every time I had to stop the audiobook to do something else I didn’t mind the pause–actually I low-key welcomed it. It was like pulling tooth and nail to get near the end when things started to pick up. Yeah not a fan was I.

“You’re my sister,” he said finally. “My sister, my blood, my family. I should want to protect you”—he laughed soundlessly without any humor—”to protect you from the sort of boys who want to do with you exactly what I want to do.”

yeah I don’t even have to explain that one.
I knew all the plot twists before they were going to happen. Which I think didn’t help with keeping me engaged throughout the story. I felt like Cassandra’s little foreshadowing nuggets she leaves throughout the book weren’t little at all but rather big flashy billboard signs. Because of this, I found myself super frustrated at the main characters for not noticing what I clearly had noticed back from the beginning.
Like I said it was a time.


  1. Clo @ Book Dragons

    January 17, 2019 at 10:34 am

    aaaah I remember reading this series waaaay back when… (snorts I’m not that old but still) I was about 12/13 when I read up to book 4…I actually skipped book 5 cause wow I didn’t want my heart broken and I never read it….just erm…skipped to book 6 when that came out.
    but back then these books owned my heart…now I’m not sure. I love The Infernal Devices still though, as well as The Dark Artifices…I just…I like TMI but eh. I prefer the other characters in the other series if I’m honest xD

  2. Becky

    January 17, 2019 at 11:44 am

    Ahh I think these books are better when you’re younger?! I only read them a couple of years ago and never understood the love for them haha

  3. Tessa

    January 17, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I really loved these books back in the day, but I have made the decision to skip out on the newest books. I read the entirety of the The Mortal Instruments, but was not impressed with the ending. If you are annoyed with Clary in the third book, then you will definitely want to strangle her in the later books.
    That being said, I LOVE the Infernal Devices and I would highly recommend them. There are some similarities with TMI, but the romance is different (aka, there is no incest). Plus, there is an interesting steampunk atmosphere that adds intrigue to the Shadowhunter world.

    1. sammers65

      January 17, 2019 at 3:35 pm

      ooooo i love steam punk! I heard TMI was better so I’m gonna brave those next! fingers crossed!

  4. jamsu

    January 17, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I’m actually rereading this atm. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this. This book will always be important to me since it’s not only the first book series I loved without seeing a movie/ tv show first but also it has my first gay ship.
    Sadly I don’t love these books as much as I did way way back. I mean how didn’t I find Clary annoying back then? That’s the mystery. I don’t love Clace or Jace as much either.

  5. daniellepitter

    January 17, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I’m doing a reread of the TMI series too and yeahhhh I forgot how simplistic the writing is! I’d first read the original series when I was 16-17. Clary is the most meh character in the whole series but that’s ok cause we need a little meh amongst the fantastical chaos in this series. But I love it in general!!

  6. Isabelle @ BookwyrmBites

    January 17, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    ahahaha I had a “friend” who thought it would be funny to spoil for me, right after I’d finished CoB, that Clary and Jace are in fact not related and end up together. (people who spoil books without explicit consent deserve a special place in hell.) looking back now, TMI is definitely full of cliches, but by the Angel I love the worldbuilding – since we finally get to see Idris in this one, it’s among my favorites in the series!

  7. Charvi

    January 17, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    Yes I hated all the things you mentioned! Plus Jace 🙄 Honestly the only reason I read the series is because if Simon and Malec 💖

  8. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    January 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Looking at your dislikes, I am going to have to hard pass here. No thanks.

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