Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mortal Instruments Series: Books 1-3

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Star Rating : out of 5
Content Rating : MILD

Backcovers :
City of Bones: “When 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 people covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…"

City of Ashes: "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?"

City of Glass: "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?"

My Thoughts :
I realize I am late to the game as far as reading this series goes, but better late then never? Haha. Okay, I apologize to the Mortal Instrument lovers but I do not feel like I missed much as far as the series goes. It took until the second book for me to be into it enough that I wanted to continue the storyline; it took me a while to pick back up the first book once I set it down. I may have also hurt my enjoyment of the book for watching and loving the series more and reading the series in conjunction with A Court of Thorns and Roses (which I fell so hard for and can’t wait to read more books in the same realm!!!)

It takes place in our own world and time frame, but it’s a world that the normal human has no real understanding or knowledge of. The world of as Clary knows it changes and she is thrust into the world of Shadowhunters and demons. She has to make hard and grown up decisions at a fairly young age; whereas most of us do not even know what college we are going to in high school until senior year, she is having to make life or death decisions at 15/16 years old. 

I gave this a rating of MILD. I would rate it on the side of a higher MILD or a low MODERATE, I suggest this series to the young adult/high school ager. It contains some language and sexual content contained mostly in the books following the first book. The violence contained in the book is throughout the books being that Shadowhunters are like the cops of the downworld and there is a war so discretion would be advisable for parents to take note of before making a decision on a child reading the series.

What I liked :
  • The World - I love fantasy and worlds that can be related to. Even though this World is unknown to the human world, it can be imagined as existing so you can semi imagine yourself in the realm of Mortal Instruments.
  • The Books after the First - I understand this is partially a can because for me I almost set down the first book and never picked the series back up (I got bored one day and picked it back up). However, the following books were much harder to put down, it was finally a captivating enough story for me to want to read.
What I didn’t like :
  • Age of Characters - I understand often the age of characters in young adult fiction is often the same age of the readers that the book is geared to, but it was just too unbelievable for me. I am all for encouraging the readers to be brave like their favorite book character but these life and decisions are very rarely solely made by a 15/16 year old without any elder to aid in wisdom of decisions.
  • It’s Not the Tv Series - Honestly, I enjoy the tv series a lot more. It’s been a while since I watched it but I believe the characters are older (at least appear it haha) so it is more believable. I know I watched this before the books and that plays a large part into my decision but no more than I like the books, I’d rather spend my time watching the series than reading the books.  
My Final Thoughts:
Don't hate me! I did love the books, and I enjoyed them much more after the first book; but unlike some series, once I finish these books, I do not see myself reading them again like I do for books like the Hunger Games or A Court of Thorns and Roses. Also if you have not watched the show yet, do it! If you don’t like it then I hope you enjoy the books because I do love the realm and the story. Be aware though that if you do watch the tv series, there are differences so don’t judge it too harshly  and the main difference is the chronological order of events so if you think something is left out or not right, just keep watching ;)

Reviewed by Jennifer Snow

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