Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

Warning: This review is a review on the whole series. That’s 6 books. I couldn’t find a good picture of all 6 books so therefore I’m sticking with the first book. The blurb is also of the first book. I’m also gonna try to omit any spoilers for any of the books.


  • City of Bones
  • City of Ashes
  • City of Glass
  • City of Fallen Angels
  • City of Lost Souls
  • City of Heavenly Fire

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: 2007-2014

Series: Yes. There are 6 novels in total and the series are complete. There are also prequels but that’s not part of the Mortal Instruments series.

So, I’ve finally got round to reading the series after a friend’s kept recommending the books over and over again. It’s not as bad as I initially thought it would be, but I’m still late to the party. Let’s start anyway.

The series follow a girl named Clary. She sees things that apparently only she can see, and no she’s not hallucinating. She’s suddenly hurled into this world and she learns that she’s not who she thinks she is, and her best friend joins her. There’s a typical YA love triangle here. Clary’ drawn to the hot, dangerous, witty Shadowhunter that’s the best of the best while her nerdy best friend, Simon can’t seem to let her go.

The Characters:

Oh dear me. Clary is a special snowflake. She’s witty, pretty, talented and clever. She also discovers she has magical powers that no else has and even without any training and despite the fact that she just found out A CHAPTER ago, she’s brilliant. She can do things that no one can and saves EVERYONE AND EVERYONE LOVES HER.

Her lover, Jace is apparently the SAME. He’s hot, even more witty, and all girls clamber pathetically for his attention. He’s had all life to train and learn to be some epicallly powerful dude, and he’s the best Shadowhunter around.

Alec, one of the other characters is more interesting. He’s gay. (YIP YIP HOORAY FOR DIVERSITY) Alec is brilliant. He’s honest, loyal and he’s what a big brother should be.

The Plot:

It’s good. You know what’s going on. The whole Shadowhunters universe is a universe that you want to live in. It’s another one of those books where the main character is suddenly hurled into a new world, a world where they find that they belong there. It’s a formula that never gets old. There’s a mixture of both expected and unpredictable twists. Sometimes the things that happen are so predictable that you know they’re gonna happen chapters -even books – before they actually happen. The first book wasn’t that good but it was good enough that I continued, which ain’t saying much. The series definitely improve as you read along.

The Writing:

Cassandra has a wonderful writing style. I love it. The dialogue between the characters are hilarious and it’s expressive. You always know how the characters are feeling, even when they don’t talk. She describes locations in a way that sets the atmosphere well and I really felt I was there with them. Plus, she mentioned names of some of my favourite manga!

Religion and Facts:

I feel obliged to talk about this in the review since this book revolves around angels and demons. First of all, Cassandra Clare references the Bible a couple of times and Judaism. I am not familiar with Judaism but Clary’s best friend is Jewish. Throughout the book, angels are spoken about and some appear. These Angels do not seem of the kind that the Bible talks about yet they are very similar. The Angels here do not seem to be under any god’s rule and they can be summoned freely and can intervene with humans at their will. There are verses from the Bible mixed in with the book but they are either incorrectly quoted or are modified to suit Cassandra’s needs. Cassandra also does not use references (e.g Acts 1:1) in her book. There was also a conversation regarding Lilith’s origins. At some point in the books, the characters incorrectly state that Lilith was once an angel. She was not. According to Jewish folklore, she was Adam’s first wife before she was thrown out of the Garden of Eden. She was human. Also, Jace speaks about not believing in any religion but says that each religion has some truth. For a character that quotes the Bible, it’s a little surprising.

The Conclusion:

In conclusion, this is a series that you must read if you like YA. I would definitely be reading this again. Some content may offend some readers so proceed with caution. The series improve after book 1. It’s optional whether you want to keep reading after City of Glass. Some may say that the series go downhill after that and that City of Glass wraps it up neatly enough. I see what people mean by that but I don’t agree. If you’ve read them, let me know if you agree or disagree and why 🙂

Rating: 4.5 Stars – See my rating system. I can’t bring myself to give this 5 stars, and I’m not sure if it’s a favourite yet but I do know I really enjoyed it. I keep changing between 4.5 and 5. I can’t quite decide.

Owned: Yes! Borrowed the first 2 books off my friend and decided I was serious about the series so I bought them all off eBay along with the Infernal Devices! Will be reviewing them in the future!

Recommended for: YA lovers, fantasy lovers, if you liked the Hush Hush series and if you like romance. Oh and if you like hot guys with a smart mouth.

Did you like this series? More importantly, who’s your favourite shadowhunter apart from the main group?

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