by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Release Date: March 24, 2009
by Margarte K. McElderry Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster)
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Wow. This book. Wow. So many feelings, so many emotions. I was literally screaming and yelling as I was reading this book. It’s just one of those few books that just make you crazy. This was supposed to be the end of the trilogy, and it closed off everything so well. The series got better and better as the series carried on, and this one was really awesome. The world and story was so complex during this whole series, and this book perfectly explained everything and tied off all the loose ends. Everything that I wanted to happen happened, and everything I wanted explained was explained. The story flowed so well and every single event and little detail made perfect sense, because it had been explained in the books before.
Let’s address the elephant in the room – or should I say, in the review. [SPOILER: JACE AND CLARY BEING RELATED! Obviously I knew there was no way that could be because THEY ARE MEANT TO BE TOGETHER! But I still wasn’t positive. There was a possibility that they could actually be related, but I’m SO FREAKING GLAD THAT THEY AREN’T! Honestly it was killing me. The whole book I was waiting for the moment when Clare would set things straight, but I was NOT expecting it when it happened. It was during the big info-dump Jocelyn did to Clary before the big battle at the end. The whole time I was expecting Clare to drop the bomb, but she didn’t. Then Jocelyn started talking about how Clary’s brother was so evil, and Clary was like “No he isn’t’. Jace is really nice” and Jocelyn was like “Oh no Clary, I wasn’t talking about him. I was talking about your brother” Clary’s like “But Jace is my brother?” and Jocelyn was like “No he isn’t” and at that point I was going crazy. I was in the car with my family so I was literally rolling around on the back seat with a blanket stuffed over my mouth as I screamed my head off. The way Clare did it was so amazing, and it totally caught me off guard. Oh my God. But it made perfect sense. I was really hoping that Clare would come up with good history and a good explanation for why Jace was thought to be Valentine’s son, and she totally did that, and more. She completely blew me away with that!
Then there was the twist about Sebastian Verlak not being the real Sebastian Verlak, and after the big info-dump from Jocelyn I totally guessed that Jonathan (the real Jonathan, not Jace) was impersonating Sebastian. Oh yeah! ]
As I’ve said before, I’m kind of in love with Jace. [SPOILER: If he and Clary really had been related, I would have been okay with that because then Jace would be a free agent and I could marry him and we could have a ton of little Shadowhunter kids and live happily ever after…I am so sorry, I drifted off into dreamland for a bit there. Back to the review. ] Jace is awesome. So. Freaking. Sexy. I love his personality, his snark, his kick-ass-ness. God, he’s perfect. And, also, I really loved how much Clary has grown over the course of this series. I didn’t really like her much in the first book, but I really loved her in this one. She was very, very strong. I also really loved all the supporting characters like Alec, Isabelle, Magnus, and Simon. They really make the book awesome.
Honestly I can’t figure out why Clare has written 3 more books for this series. I don’t see the point. This book closed off the series perfectly, and there really is no need for any more books. But, I’ll still check them out and see how I feel :)
A very awesome 4.5 pink flowers. Close to 5 stars, but not quiet.