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City of Bones / City of Ashes / City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series #1-3)

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49 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

Not another Twilight... no really... it's better...

I have never been the sort of girl who was ever been interested in teen vampire romance. Being a bookseller, however, forced my hand at having to read the Twilight series - and to my suprise it wasn't that bad. In fact, I read one a night. So I shouldnt be suprised t...
I have never been the sort of girl who was ever been interested in teen vampire romance. Being a bookseller, however, forced my hand at having to read the Twilight series - and to my suprise it wasn't that bad. In fact, I read one a night. So I shouldnt be suprised that when I picked up the Mortal Instruments Series - which I felt I had to read before recommending it to customers - I not just liked, but loved this series. Is there still a lot of teen drama with love triangles and forbidden loves? oh ya. But there are so many redeeming qualities. For starters, Cassandra Clare does an excellent job of developing some pretty dynamic characters. Every character is developed to where you know them and maybe even identify with them. The characters are extremely diverse and so the story balances out well.
There is also a much more complex plot line that is riddled with adventure and intrigue as opposed to other teen vampire romance books. What is so excellent about the series is the delicate balance that Clare constructs between the teen romance, the extreme action and fighting scenes (thats right, they actually fight the bad guys in this series...)and the magic/ underworld culture that is the series. I cannot think of a point in the series where I was not entertained.
This series is also very "clean" so-to-speak... lets just say that unlike the Twilight saga, no one ever does enough to become pregnant... I'm just saying... and all romance scenes are short and clean. There is also little to none inappropriate language. This was an excellent seris that I have been recommending to teens and parents shopping for teens who loved Twilight. I hope you enjoy Cassandra Clares fantasy world as much as I did! Happy Reading!

posted by JT_bksllr7 on January 17, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Do not buy packaged set!

Can someone explain to me why this packaged set of the first three books is nearly thirty dollars, when individually purchased the first three ebooks are $4.99 apiece? Can we say underhanded sales scheme?

posted by Anonymous on November 3, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    Isaac

    Why is this book $52

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Read this if you can't find anything else.

    Bought this series and read all 5 books together. Then find this series isn' t finished. She started a new series before this one was completed. WHAT ACCOMPLISHED AUTHOR DOES THAT? Neither loved or loathed this series, did pass the time. Characters seemed needy and annoying at times. Also, wordy text doesn't always make a better book. Sometimes it is just boring. First 2 books have good plots. 3rd thru 5th books you start to see non stop drama. Overall, i would say read it if you are bored.This isn't going to pull you in like Harry Potter, LOTR, or Twilight.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Took a couple of stars off because books 4 & 5 are just not

    Took a couple of stars off because books 4 & 5 are just not up to par with the original trilogy.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    ?

    I'm 13 should i read this? Answer to * book lover*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Good Read

    It draws you in & you can get lost in it. The books are short,about 300-400 pages so it goes by pretty fast.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    SC Scar Scrider

    I've just started this series so yeah
    But its a really good book so far

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  • Posted April 20, 2010

    Enjoyable time-killer

    The first installment in the Mortal Instruments trilogy is entertaining and fun to read. The characters themselves are not altogether developed nor is the story in comparison to other works within this genre, but the plot does keep you interested for the most part.

    I would not say this book is on the same level as the like of Twilight, or The Sookie Stackhouse novels, but I am not sure they were meant to be. The author manages to tell a story in a basic and entertaining manner that allows the reader to enjoy the story without taking it too seriously.

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