Summer Reading List: “City of Glass”

I hope you enjoyed the second installment in the mortal instrument series, “City of Ashes.”

Now it’s time for the “City of Glass.”   This book was orginially intended to be final book in the mortal instruments, but it was later announced that there would be three more books in the series, “City of Fallen Angels,” “City of Lost Souls,” and “City of Heavenly Fire,” which we’ll get to later.

Although “City of Glass” isn’t the final book, the events from the first two books are wrapped up.

To save her mother’s life, Clary travels to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that by doing so she is breaking the Law, which could mean death.  Even worse, Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by Shadowhunters who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.  Luckily, Clary find an ally in the mysterious Sebastian, who holds a strange attraction for her.  As Valentine musters a demon army, can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their ancient hatred and work together?  And can Clary harness her newfound powers to help save them all — whatever the cost?

My second favorite character after Alec Lightwood is Simon Lewis.  He’s the character who is the most relatable.  Sure, he might be a vampire who can withstand sunlight, but in the first book he was a typical teenager boy who was in love with his best friend, but was too scared to tell her of his feelings.  He is then thrown into a world that he doesn’t quite understand, but he never turns away from the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders, or most importantly, Clary Fray.

And althought Simon might not have the best opinion of Jace Wayland right now, I think Simon will come around and end up becoming good friends with Jace, whether they like it or not.

As I stated in my post before, when I first started reading the mortal instrument series, I thought it was going to be another “Twilight” just with more creatures than vampires and werewolves.  After reading “City of Bones,” I thought there was going to be a love triangle between Clary, Jace, and Simon.  But then, I found out that Jace was her brother, so it couldn’t be like “Twilight.”

Even if Jace wasn’t Clary’s brother, I don’t think the mortal instruments could be anything like the “Twilight” saga.  For one, there’s an actual storyline.  It’s more than just “I like you.  No, I like you.  No, I like you, but I like him more.”

The mortal instruments is about overcoming what seems like the impossible in your life, and, though, none of us can directly relate to misfourtunes in Clary’s life, we can understand the curveballs that life can throw at you.

Such as an unexpected death of a loved one, being laid off from a job that you thought you would have until retirement, or the discovery of a potentially fatal illness.  And though, these may be extreme cases, what can be learned from the mortal instrument is that through love, family, perseverance and a little bit of faith, you can get past any curveball that life throws your way.

I didn’t meant to get philosophical on you, but it just came out that way.  I tend to type exactly what I’m thinking, and believing, at the time.

I hope you enjoy your reading!

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