Friday, August 27, 2010

The Mortal Instruments (Series)

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Title: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderly
Price: 10.99 $
Source: selfpurchase / gift
Pages: each ca. 500
Books: 1. City of Bones, 2. City of Ashes, 3. City of Glass, 4. City of Fallen Angels (Release: April 2011), 5. City of Lost Souls (Release: May 2012), 6. City of Heavenly Fire (Release: September 2013)

The book series is about fifteen- / sixteen-year-old Clarissa Fray whose mom Jocelyn has been kidnapped. In search of her, Clary meets the muscular, handsome shadowhunter Jace and - of course - falls in love with him. He explains to her, that shadowhunters fight the downworlders (a/k/a vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons etc.) that violate against an accord. Their home is a small country called Idris which is set, invisible for normal people/Mundies, between Germany and France. It turns out that Jocelyn was one of these warrior, too, but she turned her back on the shadow world and escaped to New York.
With Jace's help she finds out that her father is Valentine, the ex-villain of the shadowhunterworld: he tore his folk apart and startet a civil war which everybody lost. People thought for fifteen years that he was dead but really he had only been hiding - and now he kidnapped Jocelyn.
And what is necessary if there's so much trouble? Of course, more trouble! Clary tells her best friend Simon about her "real" home (and about Jace ;D) and he tries to help her, but for the new shadowhunter-friends Alec and Isabella he's only standing in the way. Of course, it appears that Simon is in love with Clary and doesn't like it at all that she likes Jace. Aching for attention he somehow gets turned into a vampire during one of his standing-in-the-way-actions.
Will Clary be able to find her mother? Will she healthily survive a confrontation with Valentine? What will happen to the love-triangle Clary-Jace-Simon - whom will she pick? And of course there's a business between Jace and Clary that won't be witout consequences...

Personal Opinion
So far, three books have been released and I read them all - and I'm thrilled! While reading I always had to smile because the story was so fascinating and perfect. There's been many laughs and of course, sentimental me, I had to cry pretty often. I think Cassandra Clare has done a great job! Personally, my favorite part has been... JACE!!! OMG, he's just perfect: he's handsome and knows how to deal with it, pisses people off to keep them on distance and he's so beautifully sarcastic ;D. I'd like to have a boyfriend like him, that would be fun. Hard shell, soft heart applies to him, it's only that the shell... is extremely big and resistant.
Sadly, I don't think you would be able to deal with the story of the books so easily if you accidentally bought them in the wrong order because in the following books the so far passed story isn't lit up well enough. But maybe that's not everybody's wish to endure a long-drawn-out backstory if you're just waiting for Jace to spill one of his witty comments. (the other caracters weren't bad either)

If you're interested in these books, follow @cassieclare on Twitter, she posts monthly excerpts of the next book City of Fallen Angels until it's released.
Here's the July-excerpt:
Clary made a surprised noise, but didn’t protest, even when Jace lifted her up and carried her over to the bed.
They sprawled onto it together, crushing some of the letters, Jace knocking the box itself aside to make room for them. His heart was hammering against the inside of his ribs. They had never been in bed together like this before, not really — there had been that night in her room in Idris, but they had barely touched. Jocelyn was careful never to let either of them spend the night where the other one lived. She didn’t care much for him, Jace suspected, and he could hardly blame her. He doubted her would have liked himself much, in her position.
“I love you,” Clary whispered. She had his shirt off, and her fingertips were tracing the scars on his back, and the star-shaped scar on his shoulder than was the twin of her own, a relic of the angel whose blood they both shared. “I don’t ever want to lose you.”
He slid his hand down her cheek, to her throat, to the top button of her blouse.
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I received permission by Cassandra Clare to post the excerpt.

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