City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Book Three) by Cassandra Clare
(Summary taken from inside the book jacket) “To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters–never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight. As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City–whatever the cost?”
I was so excited to read this book–and it definitely met my high expectations. It was a little predictable, but I didn’t care. This book actually took longer for me to get into than the first two did, but once they got to Idris I was, once again, hooked. I did get a small whiff of “Twilight” in this book, which was a little disappointing. Clary started to sound like Bella for a minute, whining and confused between best friend and who she really wanted to be with, which is gross since it’s her brother. In the end, though, she found her strength and independence and got over it. It’s a fast easy read, which is always fun. I think Ms. Clare’s writing style is captivating and it always puts me right in the action. There is suspense, action, romance, betrayal, fighting, long lost friends, new found alliances, and lots more. If you have read the first two you will definitely want to read this one! I really enjoyed it. Bring on Book Four!!
Rating: PG-13 (language, violence, homosexual relationships, kissing, innuendos with almost “physical intimacy” scenes)
Recommendation: High school seniors and up.