Sunday, March 17, 2013

Series Sunday: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Part of the reason I'm doing this post is for another of Clare's books which comes out March 19, 2013. The third and final book in the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices series. The book is Clockwork Princess and will lead into the final book in The Mortal Instruments series which comes out in 2014, City of Heavenly Fire.

Just a warning, these books include topics not everyone enjoys. And there is some adult content towards the end of the series.These are some of my favorite books of all time. Like, all time. I have reread the books multiple times. I am completely in love with the characters. These books have something special that many others don't have. Clare is able to take me into this world she's created and give it life. Over and over again. Everything about these books are so strong. They are filled with humor, action, and romance. And a whole heck of a lot more. Like kick-butt girls. The author is able to make me smile, laugh, cry, and want to throw the book at something all at the same time. These are definitely incredible.

The main character is Clary Fray. Let me tell you, she is cool. She's atypical in the way that she doesn't start out the series being someone who's ready beat up bad guys without breaking stride. But she'd turn the world sideways and inside out to save someone she loves from page one. She inquisitive and an amazing artist (which I wish I was). The amazing thing about her is she knows she's not a typical heroine, but she uses everything, and I mean everything, in her arsenal to do what she feels is right. She's a strong person that I feel everyone can relate to. Then there's Jace. Oh dear, he is swoon-worthy alright. He's also hilarious. He has so many one-liners that make me roll on the floor laughing. He's far from perfect though. He uses humor to mask his flaws. Although his flaws aren't the flaws of humans, they are flaws none the less which make him seem more real. There's Alec Lightwood, the oldest of the Lightwood children. He comes off mean at first, but I really love his character. He brings something different and amazing to these books. Namely that he's gay. His younger sister Isabelle (Izzy) looks out for him. She is strong, and who doesn't love a girl who never wears heals less than six inches, has guys wrapped around her pinky finger, and has a golden whip. She's awesome-sauce. There's Clary's best friend Simon. He somehow manages to get in the funniest situations, often ending with Clary (and possibly Jace) rescuing him. But he finds ways to look after himself after awhile. He also has lots of funny t-shirts. That's definitely a plus. And I can't forget Magnus. He is the funniest, most glittery, best warlock in New York. He refers to himself as a free-wheeling bisexual at one point. And Simon calls him a gay and glittery Sonic the Hedgehog. Now just picture that. Other characters include Clary's mother Jocelyn, Luke, Max, Hodge, Maia, and the evil bad guy Valentine.

The plot in this series is amazing. The books always tie up, but leave you hanging at the same time.  I'm always hungering for more of her books. And lucky me, they won't be ending anytime soon. The Mortal Instruments is an amazing series. I fall out of my seat when reading them, getting weird looks. I squeal when I get new ones and when I read them, getting more weird looks. I break down crying after I read them, sad to say goodbye, if only for a little while, getting even more weird looks. One of her soon-to-come-out books is supposedly going to make readers cry, but my tear ducts and I are up to the challenge. Clare is just that good. I give these books five stars. For more information, check out the author's website, tumblr, and Facebook page, along with the website for the various series in The Mortal Instruments world. The first book in the series, City of Bones, is becoming a movie! Check out the movie's official Facebook page. And don't forget the Facebook page for The Mortal Instruments, the Facebook page for the prequel series The Infernal Devices, and the Facebook page for the sequel series, The Dark Artifacts, in which the first book, Lady Midnight, comes out in 2015.

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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it's hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary's mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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....

Titles: City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire (out March 2014)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, McElderly Books
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Number of Books: Six

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