Series Review | The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

I have a weird history with this series. I read the first book forever ago and never read more. Then I reread it 2 years ago and didn’t continue the series then either. But I love urban fantasy and this series is such a classic in the YA community I wanted to stop missing out. So because my library had all the audiobooks, I decided why not – and then I marathoned the entire series in a month. I owe it all to my library because I honestly don’t think I would have read the series if I couldn’t listen to the books. So here are some thoughts I had while reading.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones  |★★★☆☆

Because this is my third time reading this, it’s hard to get my thoughts down in a structured way because it doesn’t feel new and I know what happens so I’m like what’s the point? But I’ve never put my thoughts on paper (or in this case screen) for this series so I guess it’s about time I start.

  • I love urban fantasy and paranormal stories – it’s my comfort genre I got to when I’m feeling a reading slump coming on, or I just need a book that’s going to be a fun reading experience for me, so I figured it was time I continue on with this series once and for all. I really liked the worldbuilding – angel vs demons is literally a tale as old as time, but it’s not really something we get to see that often so it felt different and unique enough to have a bit of a hook.
  • I really didn’t care about any of the characters in particular, like I just don’t feel anything toward them at all really. I think I like Simon the best – great humor and a wonderful friend, and I think I like Jace the least – what an annoying ass, but they mostly all blend into one person and I kinda don’t give a shit about them.
  • I thought the ending was rushed and unsatisfying, which honestly made it feel rather boring after the drama that was just revealed.

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes  | ★★★☆☆ (3.5 Stars)

  • Overall, I liked this more than book 1 which is always a good sign.
  • I really liked getting more POVs in the story. It really expands the universe and widens the scope of the story – bringing in more history and points/people to connect to.
  • There are so many assholes in this series that I don’t currently care about at all.
  • And the Shadowhunters suck and are part of a corrupt organization that thinks they’re hot shit, but I kinda hate them. #TeamDownworlders
  • I don’t like the Jace x Clary romance at all. They’re just so painfully boring. And yes I know they aren’t related, but they don’t and they’re nasty as hell.
  • Faeries are always a bonus and I liked seeing the Seelie court. Always here for manipulative Fae.
  • Simon remains my favorite and I love exploring the Shadow World from his point of view. Seeing how much he changes (and fundamentally stays the same) when becoming a vampire was great.
  • Jace is so whiny and emo.
  • Maia is a great new characters and I love her a lot. It doesn’t hurt that shifters and some of my favorite supernatural creatures and I love seeing them.
  • The writing can be a bit clunky with weird/abrupt scene transitions. And while the ending was climatic and I was more invested than in book 1, it still felt kinda rushed and a bit unsatisfying.

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)City of Glass  | ★★★☆☆

Overall thoughts, more to love and more to hate as the series continues so my thoughts pretty much remain the same as we move forward.

  • Clary really started to rub me the wrong way in this book. I hate her impulsivity and that she is so rash when she knows NOTHING about the world she’s fucking up.
  • Clary’s Mom’s storyline was too dragged out. I really think the series could be better, recut and shortened to less books – maybe 4 – because some storylines are dropped for books or large sections at a time and it’s just not engaging enough to make me care about all the plot lines.
  • Really liked seeing more young Shadowhunters in Idris and seeing their politics and culture.
  • Shadowhunters still suck though
  • Sebastian is too pushy and not stealthy enough
  • This book feels way more slow paced – like I said the books could be way more engaging if they were recut and reformed to make the story flow better. And this really felt like 2 separate stories in one [pre-climax/post-climax]and they didn’t mesh together as well as i’d have liked.
  • Still hate Jace x Clary
  • Luke is fantastic and I love the new council politics being implemented
  • I feel like Magnus could have so much more to do, but he makes his page time count and is a scene stealer.

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels | ★★★☆☆

  • Why are there so many narration changes through the series? It’s not necessarily a bad thing and I think this duo may be my favorite so far, but it’s just kinda weird.
  • Never here for a cheating storyline.
  • Simon you’re letting me down. You’re supposed to be better than this and you’re acting like such a dumbass
  • Really liked learning more about vampire culture, politics, and hierarchy
  • Also here for Clary actually training and not being a know-it-all and being less impulsive
  • I thought I’d hate the cheating storyline WAY more, but I feel like Isabelle and Maia almost weren’t in it enough to make me super mad. Like I forgot they were part of the plot at points.
  • And Alec decided to be an idiot this book too. I guess everyone decided to drink stupid juice and handle their romantic relationships poorly.
  • I don’t know if it was just the narration, but Jace grew on me a bit this book. His melancholy was supremely entertaining and I liked seeing him buddying up to Simon.
  • Loved the Isabelle/Maia solidarity at Simon’s idiocy.
  • Still not really here for Jace x Clary romance. I just don’t buy it and feel nothing during their scenes.
  • Jordan can leave and stay 100 feet away from Maia at all times.
  • The Lilith stuff all kinda dragged and while I  didn’t think the ending was as poorly paced as the last book, I cared about what was happening way less.

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)City of Lost Souls  | ★★☆☆☆ (2.5 Stars)

I think this will be my shortest review yet for this series because I really just kept having the same thoughts throughout the entire book.

  • Just when I started to like Jace, he gets possessed by Sebastian and becomes insufferable.
  • I liked the Praetor Lupus stuff. More wolves please.
  • But a big no to the Maia x Jordan romance. So not here for it.
  • Clary is so annoying and rash.
  • I wish we got to see her train and develop her skills more
  • Jace and Clary are one of the worst romances. And it really drags down their storylines because I don’t care at all.
  • And Sebastian is a gross MoFo
  • Simon remains my favorite and I love him with Isabelle.
  • And I liked seeing his sister too.
  • Didn’t really like Alec’s side plot with Camille.
  • But Alec x Magnus and Simon x Izzy are the only good romances
  • I just really like the angel plot and it kept me engaged.

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)City of Heavenly Fire | ★★★★☆

Who in the hell knew one of these books would make me cry? But to be honest, I can really cry at anything in a book, so it’s not the biggest accomplishment, but it still got me. I think this was my favorite book in the series and I’m pretty happy with the conclusion!

  • Seeing The Dark Artifices cast at a younger age is kinda cool
  • I immediately like Ty and Mark
  • It’s really cool seeing different conclaves
  • Mark spitting at Sebastian is 10/10
  • Smart play to bring everyone to Idris
  • Sebastian and Fairy Queen suck
  • And I still don’t really like Clary and Jace
  • But I am liking Jace more again.
  • Hate Maureen
  • Demon world kinda dragged a bit for me
  • But I liked having the group all together
  • And Simon remains my favorite

I also read Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy (because as mentioned above, Simon is my favorite). And I thought it was good too. I know I won’t read The Infernal Devices, but I’m willing to read The Dark Artifices. But overall I liked the series and the world. Who would have thought.

Have you, like 99% of the community, read these books? Which book is your favorite? Who’s your favorite character? Share below!


2 thoughts on “Series Review | The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

  1. Kiersten says:

    I loved the first 3 books, but after reading the 4th one I started to lose interest. It felt like the series ended after book 3, then Clare started to drag things out. To be fair though, I didn’t read the last book yet.

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