The Mortal Instruments, #1-3: a sort of but not really review

Posted 7 September, 2011 by Amanda / 21 Comments

When I was in the middle of reading City of Bones, I already knew I would love the book.  I started spinning thoughts of having a Mortal Instruments week where I would post my reviews of the first three books in the series.  And then I finished City of Bones.  It was the kind of ending that rocked me, that left me speechless, and I realized there could be no way to truly review City of Bones.  I have never held a book in my hands, upon its ending, and thought that there was no way I could rate it until I had the answers that I wanted.

Finding answers meant continuing the series, so I did.  I always review books right after I read them — when I am still in the throes of my reaction to a book, that is the best time for me to write; anything after that moment, and my reaction begins to fade, and I can find nothing more to settle on saying than “I liked it,” — but I could not review City of Bones.  Instead, within five minutes of finishing City of Bones, I had picked up City of Ashes and had begun reading.

It is rare for a book, or series, to pull me in and tear me up the way that this one did.  I thought that Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare was amazing, but that is nothing compared to the journey I took while reading the first three books in this series.  I fell a little more in love with Jace on every single page.  I have not seen a better YA male protagonist than Jace.  If I had stopped to flag every quote he said that I liked, I would have had nearly every page flagged.  Jace is my new smart ass hero.  I’m not really sure what else there is to say, other than if you haven’t read this series yet, what are you waiting for?  Oh, and I can share with you some of my tweets.

Despite getting the answers I finally wanted in City of Glass, I think City of Bones had the biggest emotional impact on me — hence all the tweets.

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21 Responses to “The Mortal Instruments, #1-3: a sort of but not really review”

  1. Felicia

    City of Bones is the only one I have read—I enjoyed the book immensely until the end. I started City of Ashes then had to put it down because they didn’t clear up the end immediately. I will pick it back up eventually because I really liked the world!

  2. I’m so glad I didn’t swear in that tweet. I have a tendency to curse fluently whenever the end of City of Bones is mentioned!

  3. I’m with you Felicia. Except Amanda is using guilt over the Fever series to pressure me into finishing these :)

    Blood Bound gave me some P.A.B.D. so I’m hoping City of Ashes will pull me out of it and help me get over my anger at City of Bones.

    • I told you not to read it if you didn’t want to. Well, after I pulled the Fever series guilt trip, which was pure genius on my part.

  4. YAY! I’m so glad you loved this series Amanda, it’s one of my all time favorites. I agree, it will be very hard for any fictional YA male hero to top Jace, I absolutely adore him:)

    • I just read Shade and Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready, and I gotta admit that Zachary comes really close. But no one can top Jace’s wit. :)

  5. “I have not seen a better YA male protagonist than Jace”

    WOW! Really? You know how much I love book boys, so why haven’t I read these books yet? *kicks self* Seriously. I need to get on these soon. I loved CA, so it’s not hard to imagine these are just as good if not better!

  6. I did love the the first three books in this series, but I think I’d have preferred to have left Clary and Jace’s story after City of Glass. I have to say, spanner though it was, I never did believe that the revelation at the end of City of Bones was going to turn out to be true.

    • I haven’t read the next book in the series yet. I couldn’t handle any more after reading the first three back to back. It’s hard to imagine how the next books could live up to the first three, especially since it had been planned as a trilogy.

  7. Yep Bookish Brunette – keep reading. It will be totally worth it, trust us :) Glad you liked them Amanda, and you are probably right to wait to read City of Fallen Angels if you’re not quite ready for some more emotional upheaval. Hehehe :)