The Mortal Instruments (Books 1-5) | Series Review (Spoilers)

The Mortal Instruments series (books 1-5) by Cassandra Clare
(City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls)


*Warning Spoilers! Read at your own risk!*


Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray thinks she is just an ordinary teenager living in Brooklyn. She learns that the group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors that protect the world from demons. Clary is drawn to the terrifying world where she soon learns that everything is not what it seems. Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family and is thrown into this magical world of demons, werewolves, vampires, fairies, warlocks and battle that will decide the fate of the world.

In honor of City of Heavenly Fire coming out in a couple of days I thought I’d share my review of The Mortal Instruments series before it comes out. This review will contain spoilers of all the books in the series minus City of Heavenly Fire because I have not read it yet. Be on the look out for my review of City of Heavenly Fire when I finish reading it!

The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare wasn’t like any of the YA books I’ve ever read. What really annoys me are the people who compare this (or any) book to other books like, Twilight, The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or anything else. All stories are unique in their own way they might have similarities, but they aren’t the same and they shouldn’t be compared as the same thing.

What I love about this series is it’s not just about the romance. What I mean is you see these huge bestselling books and you think, oh it’s just another cliché romance story. Don’t get me wrong I love a good romance story when I read one, but sometimes too much romance in a book annoys me. When I was younger (like 4-6th grade) I absolutely loved romance novels, but now that I’ve read so many of them I don’t know why but they have really been starting to annoy me. Every time characters say “I love you.” to each other I just cringe and I have to put the book down for a while. For example, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto really got on my nerves, Bethany and Xavier just fell in love too fast and I found the romance super annoying. Also, was I the only one who liked Jake better? Sorry Halo fans.

But I digress. The Mortal Instruments is anything but just a romance story. It has action, humor, some drama, it was very well-rounded and such page turner I was always at the edge of my seat wondering what was gonna happen next. It’s a book you can really relate to. I mean I’m sure none of us are awesome badass shadowhunters like Clary Fray, but if I put myself in Clary’s shoes I would have done everything she did. Some people say her actions were very rash, and yes, they were, but her mother was taken from her and she just basically found out her whole life was a lie, I would have trust issues too.

What I also really like about this series is that it’s probably the only series, for a long time that the romance didn’t make me cringe. While I was reading I actually wanted Cassandra Clare to speed it up and get on with the kissing scene, which, by the way was totally worth the wait.
Plus the ending of City of Bones, I was so shocked, and heartbroken, that’s how hard I fell in love with Jace and Clary the books were perfect and I wouldn’t change anything. And the action in the story, I never thought I’d ever be someone who loved action stories but now I can’t get enough of it. As the books progress you can really see the change in Clary she’s not that normal girl, she’s a shadowhunter and I just love her growth throughout the series.

So a little about the characters!

Clary Fray: She wasn’t just a damsel in distress (another thing in books that annoys me) she was feisty and never felt sorry for herself when things got tough and her whole world was falling apart she never gave up and kept pushing forward that’s something I really loved about her and wish I was more like. She’s just someone people can relate to and love.

Jace (Wayland? Morgenstern? Lightwood? Herondale?): Jace, gosh where do I begin with Jace? He’s cocky, handsome, smart, strong, hilarious, and those are many things that make so yummy and hot. But his vulnerable side, the  side he shows Clary that has to be his best trait.

Alec Lightwood: I love Alec, sometimes I wondered what was going on with him, but I really do love Alec. I like how he’s not the stereotypical “gay” guy it was very refreshing to read. (I ship Malec so hard…)

Isabelle Lightwood: Oh gosh don’t get me started on her, I’ve always loved Isabelle from the very beginning of the books. She was such a badass and I love it! When she talks about how she doesn’t give her heart to guys ’cause she knows hearts are fragile and can be broken easily I felt we finally got a glimpse at the real Isabelle that underneath all the badass she has a strong vulnerable side that doesn’t come out often.

Simon Lewis: Oh my gosh, I just love Simon! I loved him so much that it was heartbreaking knowing that Clary will never love him that way. And when he’s heartbroken I’m heartbroken.

Jonathan Morgenstern: Is it bad that I really like him? He and Valentine are the best villains ever.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is such a unique story that really shouldn’t be compared to any other YA story. I have so many obsessions but these books have really changed my life. If I had never read them I don’t think I would have ever found out that “fandoms” existed let alone be apart of so many of them. Cassie has changed my life without even realizing it. So thank you.

So to the people who ignored the spoiler warning and went ahead and read this review anyways, if you haven’t read The Mortal Instruments yet I strongly suggest you to go to the bookstore right now and buy the whole series. If you were hesitant to pick up this series I hope my review has changed your mind.

Comment below your thoughts on the series! Are you excited as I am for City of Heavenly Fire?

5 out of 5 stars

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