Sunday, 8 March 2015

What Am I Reading? Mortal Instruments Part 1 by Cassandra Clare **READ**


These have been on my TBR pile for YONKS.  So i decided it was time to dust them off (well, find them on my kindle!!) and see why these are loved - and  - something i didn't know - they obviously thought it was good enough to make a TV series or a film....That always leaves me a bit hesitant, as nothing can match what you imagine in your head....but ill give the film/TV series a go when it comes...Until then....i do what i normally do - READ!!!


This loosely describes the world youre about to enter....(taken from Ms Clare's Webpage HERE)

A thousand years ago, the Angel Raziel mixed his blood with the blood of men and created the race of the Nephilim. Human-angel hybrids, they walk among us, unseen but ever-present, our invisible protectors. They call themselves Shadowhunters. The Shadowhunters obey the laws set down in the Gray Book, given to them by the angel: their mandate is to protect our world from the interdimensional parasites they call demons, who travel from world to world, razing and destroying everything in their path. Theirs is also the task of keeping the peace among the warring Downworlders: the human-demon crossbreeds we know as warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and faeries. In their duties they are aided by the mysterious Silent Brothers. Their lips and eyes sewn shut, the Silent Brothers rule over the City of Bones, the necropolis below the streets of Manhattan that holds the dead bodies of slain Shadowhunters. The Silent Brothers keep the archival records of ever Shadowhunter ever born. They also watch over the Mortal Instruments, the three divine objects the Angel Raziel gave to his children. One is a sword. One is a mirror. And the last is a cup. For a thousand years, the Nephilim have protected the Mortal Instruments. But that was before the Uprising, the civil war that almost tore the Shadowhunters’ secret world apart. Though Valentine Morgenstern, the Shadowhunter who started the war, is long dead, the wounds it left behind have never healed. Fifteen years have passed since the Uprising. It’s August in New York; the streets blistering with heat. Rumors run rampant through Downworld that Valentine is back, at the head of an army of Forsaken warriors. And the Mortal Cup has gone missing…
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 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 people like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

There are several ways to read this - as this is part one, there are other books that follow.  You can read them in time they were released order, or the chronological order that Ms Clare recommends on her site HERE
So This is how im reading them:

The Mortal Instruments Part One
1) City of Bones
2) City of Ashes
3) City of Glass

The Infernal Devices
1) Clockwork Angel
2) Clockwork Prince
3) Clockwork Princess

The Mortal Instruments Part two
4) City of Fallen Angels
5) City of Lost Souls
6) City of Heavenly fire

Followed By:
The Bane Chronicles
Shadowhunter Academy
Lady Midnight (not yet released)

not 100% sure how I'm gonna review the others - i might add it here or a new post, as it would make this post waaaaay too long!!

So..onto the Part One....

Book One: The City of Bones

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... 

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.




I will admit straight off this took a while to get going.....bit like a train...needed to build up speed!  But by the time you reach the end - you're hooked.

The characters are written really well and i like the way we "don't get it" straight away...Ms Clare builds the story one page and one chapter at a time.

Happenings, don't bombard your brain, instead unravelling a story slowly and steady.

This obviously, begins the tale and we follow Clary Fray - a normal girl with normal friends.  She goes out one night to a night club that allows underage people as they cant drink.
This seemed like the same as any other night.....but she keeps seeing things and people that her friend, Simon cant see.
While Simon goes to get a bouncer to see to whatever Clary is trying to warn him about, she catches 4 people in a broom closet...3 attacking 1.  The one.....somehow vanishes from sight, and when the bouncer and Simon open the closet door, they can only see Clary......

So of course, shes totally confused.  She had no idea she just met Shadowhunters.

She goes home to find her mum packing up to leave....and Clary doesn't have a choice and HAS to go with her....to which shes not happy about, and runs off.
When she comes back.....her mum is gone and the apartment is trashed.....

This is Clary's first time into the dark world of the supernatural...somewhere she should have been since birth, but her mum had managed to escape it with her, and been keeping her away ever since.  But now Clary IS part of that world.

The "family", connected not all by blood take her to their "Home" the New York Institute.  Jace, a surefooted, confident Shadowhunter, Isabelle, a sassy girl with a penchant for her gold whip she uses as a weapon, and Alex, the older brother - calmer and more in control....apparently....

Simon is pulled into the world too, despite being what they call a normal human - a "mundane"...for now.... And Clary finds that the "friend" her mum had, Luke, is also involved in this world.

This is mainly about exploring the beginning of what is a new world for Clary.  A new, scary way of living, and for the search for the first of the Mortal Instruments, the mortal Cup - and keeping it away from Valentine.......her father.  The father she thought had died and couldn't even remember - wasn't.  Her mother is nowhere to find answers from......and when she DOES find her - shes in no state to speak.

Yep, its aimed at YA - so no expletive language, no sex scenes, and it actually makes a refreshing change.  Yes theres a good side and a bad side  - its not totally sugarcoated, and Jace and Clary experience a strong pull to each other that is obvious throughout, but not using it as a key part of the story.

If you've picked it up and then put it down as you couldn't get into it - pick it up again and get through the first half and you ll sail through the rest of the book - and series!




City Of Ashes (Book 2)

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?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.





Book two picks up where book one ended....and is still gathering the steam and momentum!

So much happens in this one book that i don't want to tell you what happens!  Jace is apparently "no access" to Clary (and vice versa), Simon gets pulled in deeper to the world, Alec is revealed to have a soft spot for someone.

And Jace and Clary both discover they have additional "talents" that other shadowhunters don't have...

This one revolves a lot around Valentine, Jace and Clary....and to which "side" either one wants to be part of.....

The institute now has Isabelle and Alec's parents in charge and although being like a son to them, Jace is told to leave....he cant stay there.  

The shadowhunters Inquisitor is sent to "observe" the people involved with Valentines last actions and shows pure hatred to Jace and doesn't trust him an inch.......which makes Jace turn in Valentines direction....meeting him and talking......


There is a great ending/cliffhanger on this one, as we see Valentine's "army" come up against not just the guys we know about, but some adult Shadow hunters come to fight......its so close to being a disaster...and no one knows how to stop Valentine as he just keeps making more and more of his Army....

This is a great middle book.  A lot of the time, trilogy's can be all about the beginning or all about the ending, but this is completely absorbing!




Book Three - 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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third instalment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.




In the last of Part One, it is a brilliant ending to it - i really really did enjoy it!

So!  We finally go to the Shadowhunters "world" Idris, and more specifically to the capital Alicante.
However, Jace doesn't want Clary there.....so he engineers it so she isn't at the portal site, but however, as they are about to enter it and Jace is telling Simon to keep Clary away, they are attacked and Simon is dragged into Idris.......with not very promising results....

Jace, Isabelle and Alec go to stay with their cousins Sebastian and Aline which they haven't seen in a very long time.  

Clary is set on going to Idris to find the warlock who helped her mother work the spell on which she took and fell into a coma at the beginning of the books - to keep Valentine from getting anything from her.  When she finds that Jace had lied to her, she and Luke literally fall into Indris into Lake Lyn which is known to affect shadowhunters dangerously if they swallow any of the water.......

Its called the City of Glass mainly due to the towers towering over the city.  These have runes aplenty on them to keep demons out and has worked perfectly....till now......

Sebastian takes a shine to Clary and helps her try to find the warlock.  He kisses her and she tried to kiss him back, but all she could think of was the forbidden - Jace.  so this romance didn't go far....which when you read the books final few chapters will be a very good thing!!

A battle is of course on the agenda.  Now Valentine has 2 of the Mortal Instruments, its well known that the third - the Mirror is somewhere in Idris...but no one knows where.
We see Shadowhunters work along side downworlders - the first time in years...although some did it very begrudgingly, wary of the vampires, werewolves and the fair folk.

Valentine sets an ultimatum.  Give control to him, or he attacks the next night.  Of course, all the adults go to the Council meeting to decide what to do....and no one can agree on anything....... Until Clary shows up and shows how something CAN work out.......

Jace, however is the strong, stubborn headed character we have come to love and is determined to bring Valentine down before he can attack Alicante.
Jace's journey and battle there is worthy of its own recognition....and a lot of revelations are revealed here.

But Clary isn't out of danger yet, and neither is Jace.....Valentine binds Clary and mutes her while he tries to complete the ritual with the Mortal Instruments.....she watches as Jace tries to kill Valentine and the heart wrenching and jaw dropping result from this and the angel itself............

Again, i don't want to spoil this, but we see the characters that we saw in the first book suddenly seem more in control, more confident, we see a fragile side to Isabelle, and a less fearful side from Alec.  We finally see who Clarys mum is and can see where Clary gets her natural instinct and strength.

A great trilogy i really enjoyed reading.  Like i said at the beginning, it was a tough one to start - its one you have to just get through the first few pages, and then the pages will be turning with speed before you know it.....
Yes its aimed at YA, no, theres no sex, very little strong language - which strips the writing down to its bones - nowhere to hide behind sex scenes that can take pages away from a story, and how a book CAN be good without sex or strong language, showing the authors talent for setting the scene, describing the characters and making us almost feel for them and for telling the story in an amazing way.





Ill be reading it in the order shown at the beginning of the page, and seeing how long this post is, i think it will be a new post for that!

Totally recommend this book, no matter what age you are!
Whatever you do, have a good book by your side and you can be somewhere else in an instant!

Happy Reading!



2 comments:

  1. I love The Mortal Instruments. It's such a good series. I'm still to read book 6, it's waiting for me on my book shelf and will sit there until I've read the entire Maze Runner series. I love the film too, disappointing that they aren't making anymore, but the TV series should be good! x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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  2. It's a really enjoyable series, it's a shame that the film was such a mess, I look forward to the redemption the tv series should offer. I'm sure the tv series will work the Malec pair wonderfully.

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