Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

--*Spoilers if you haven't read City of Bones or City of Ashes!*--

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?

I picked up City of Bones last week and made it my goal to finish this series before I started reading any other book. I'm very happy I stuck with it! I was disappointed with Jace and Clary being siblings that I almost quit the reading the books. In City of Glass there relationship is intense! This installment has tons of up and downs between these two characters, which was by far my favorite part in the book.

Jace was raw and vulnerable, yet still brave. I loved the dynamic his personality brought to the story, he's definitely my male favorite character. Isabelle was in A lot of what happened in City of Glass was the progress of all of the characters' relationships and discovering Valentine's secrets.

I had quite a bit of trouble getting into the writing this time. It was about a chapter before book two until I was finally to the point where I really wanted to find out what was going to happen. There's a lot of description making it easy to picture the beautiful city. Although sometimes it is a little much.

The ending was pretty great. Everything was tied up perfectly, although I found one part quite predictable. I'm curious to see how this story will continue on for two more books. What kept me reading was Jace and Clary's relationship along with all of the laugh out loud funny comments! I love the characters' sarcastic and witty sense of humor.

Awesome Quote:
"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."

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 4/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

If you haven't picked up the third installment of The Mortal Instuments you definitely should! It was a funny, adventurous and fast pace read.



  1. I still have to read this. I have it on my shelf. I struggle with getting into these books. Great review. I loved the quotes :)

  2. Me too! I had to bribe myself to read it by not being able to read any other books until it was finished lol

  3. I think this one is a tie to the first book in the series as my most fave. I enjoyed it a lot. I cried, laughed, and rejoiced. :) Great review. Aren't you so excited for the next book?! ah! :D

  4. I'm with you, the first and third were my favorites (so far!)
    Oh my gosh I can't wait for City of Fallen Angles!!! :D

  5. I love simon... well as the jester. he just so funny!Thanks for the review. I guess i 'quit' the series but really i have just been trying to catch up with my library books. But i'll give the series another look :)

  6. Hey Kare!
    Yes! Simon is the perfect jester :)
    Yay for giving the series another look!