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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare || Book Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first book and second book of the series.

Shadowhunter

Title: City of Glass

The Mortal Instruments #3 )

Author: Cassandra Clare

First published: 24. March 2009

Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Paperback, 592 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal

Summary:

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 her best friend, 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 newfound powers to help save the Glass City — whatever the cost?

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◄ 4 out of 5 stars ►

Before actually going into this review, I would like to say that I have reviewed the other two books in this series and you can check out my reviews for them (if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them):

First lets start with the things that I enjoyed about this book. The first is, obviously, all the interactions between Magnus and Alec! I love them together and seeing everything that happened between the two of them in this book was especially wonderful. They are basically the reason that this ended up being a 4 star book for me and not a 3 star one. I just love them two of them, they are definitely my favourite characters within this series!

Simon was amazing within this book as well! I loved that we got to spend more time with him and the more I read about him the more I love him. He is amazing and he ruled this book, I seriously hope that we get even more of him in future books. I also liked the scenery change, it was fascinating to see Idris and Alicante. It definitely brought variety to the story.

I already knew the biggest plot twists within this story. So they weren’t surprising to me, or anything like that. Why did I know them? A friend of mine told them when she was reading the book (which I didn’t mind and still don’t). It was really interesting experiencing the events that I had only heard about. And there were some things I didn’t know about as well.

Now onto the part that I disliked within this book. And, like with the first two books, it has to do with Jace and Clary. I seriously can’t stand either of those characters. Although, I do have to say Jace annoyed me less than in the previous books – he might even be growing on me a bit. (We shall see if that’s the case in the future.) Clary though, I hate her! An example as to why, which Luke put into words:

Of course you didn’t know. You don’t know anything about Idris. You don’t even care about Idris. You were just upset about being left behind, like a child, and you had a tantrum. And now we’re here.

She thinks she knows best and doesn’t listen to anyone about anything. Everything MUST to go her way. She frustrates me so much! It’s also not the only reason why I hate her, but it was the main one in this book. (I don’t want to think too much about it, as I don’t want to frustrate myself even more.) Also the romantic relationship that Cassandra Clare pushes between Clary and Jace makes me very uncomfortable. If they are siblings stop pushing them together and having awkward conversations about loving and wanting each other. It does not make this book romantic, or anything like that!

Overall, I enjoyed most of this book. Especially everything to do with Magnus, Alec and Simon. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in this series. Hopefully I will be able to read it soon!

(Also, how in the world did my review end up being this long?!)


Have you read City of Glass? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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read-a-thon

Bout of Books 22 || Sign Up

As you can see, I decided to participate in a read-a-thon, more specifically the 22nd round of the Bout of Books read-a-thon! It’s been ages since I have last taken part in one of these, mostly because I was very busy during the times they took place (or I forgot about them until it was too late). So, even though I’m busy this month as well, I still have enough time to read at least a little bit – I just wanted to participate in a bookish community event.


Bout of Books 22What is Bout of Books?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 14th and runs through Sunday, May 20th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 22 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


What are my reading plans for this read-a-thon?

I don’t have any particular books I want to get to, as you may know I’m horrible when it comes to set TBRs (so I’m not even going to try). I’m actually going to be adding up all the pages I read for a total summary at the end of the week (as I tend to read multiple books at the same time) – so I basically don’t have to finish any books, but rather read as many pages throughout the week as possible. That seems like a reasonable goal to me, especially since I will still be busy with university and other life things.


Are you taking part in this read-a-thon? Do you enjoy read-a-thons in general? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have a wonderful day!

-Anna♥

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three days, three quotes

Three Days, Three Quotes || Day 3

I was tagged by my amazing friend Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd to do this challenge/tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog, she is wonderful and her posts are always amazing!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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( This image is not mine, I found it here)


I TAG:

As always, if you don’t feel like doing this feel free to ignore me! 😉


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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three days, three quotes

Three Days, Three Quotes || Day 2

I was tagged by my wonderful friend Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd to do this challenge/tag. Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog, she is an amazing person and her posts are always great as well!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Quote

( This image is not mine, I found it here)


I TAG:

As always, if you don’t feel like doing this feel free to ignore me! 😉


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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three days, three quotes

Three Days, Three Quotes || Day 1

I was tagged by my amazing friend Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd to do this challenge/tag. (I never know what to call it.) Thank you once more! ❤ 😀 Be sure to check out her blog, she is wonderful and her posts are always interesting!

Ariana tagged me rather recently and I’m already doing it, which is very surprising as I’m ALWAYS late when it comes to tags and such things. (I’m not kidding, I have some tags that have been sitting on my to-do list for years.) I just felt like sharing some quotes that I adore with you all, so here we are!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Post a quote for three consecutive days.
  • Nominate three new bloggers each day.

Quote

( This image is not mine, I found it here)


I TAG:

As always, if you don’t feel like doing this feel free to ignore me! 😉


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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personal stuff & blog updates

My Birthday, 1000+ Followers THANK YOU!! & New Twitter

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Today is my birthday! ❤

And I felt like writing a little update post, so here we are. Today was a beautiful day, it was very warm and sunny. That improved my mood drastically! (The past few days weren’t the best.) I ended up spending some time outside with a friend. It was amazing to catch up with her and simply hang out. I also got my birthday gifts in the mail! (One today and two yesterday.) Today has simply been an AMAZING day and I loved every moment of it! 😀


My Bookish Dream

I recently (some time in April) reached 1000 followers on my blog. And at the current moment I have 1020 followers. That’s seriously insane!! I never thought that this many people would be interested in my little blog.

THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! ❤

I started my blog because I wanted to record my thoughts on the books I read. I never imagine that it would turn into such an important aspect of my life! (Or that I would end up loving it this much.) I have made so many amazing new friends and I got to share my love for books. Blogging has really changed my life for the better! And you all are the reason for it, so thank you once more!

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I made a new twitter!

I had some problems with my previous one, which I don’t really plan on going into detail about. (It wasn’t anything too serious, something just bothered me about it.) So I decided to make a new one! My handle is @MyBookishDream, as is the name of my blog. I plan on being very active over there and sharing all my random thoughts! (Okay, maybe not all of them, but you know what I mean.) So if you are interested in that FOLLOW ME!!


Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

–Anna♥

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wrap up

A good reading month, yet very stressful || April Wrap Up

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April was a very busy month for me. I had a lot of work to do for university and I was stressed nearly the whole month. My mental health wasn’t the best either. So overall April wasn’t that great for me, but I’m very happy with how much work I managed to get done – so at least something good came out of it.

I ended up watching quite a lot of Criminal Minds this month. (Or rather re-watching.) If you don’t know, Criminal Minds is my all time favourite tv show and the one that I have re-watched the most. In April I decided to go back and watch some of my favourite episodes from each season. That was a great decision, as it just reminded me how much I ADORE this show. I can’t wait to catch up to the newer episodes! (I’m 1,5 seasons behind, which isn’t a lot considering how long this show is.) This show definitely made my month a lot better!

Criminal Minds


Wrap Up

I actually ended up reading 4 books in April, despite how busy I was. I have no idea how I managed to accomplish that, not that I’m complaining. Anyway, lets get into the books!


Every Heart a DoorwayEvery Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

5 out of 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. This book was fantastic and I completely fell in love with it!

The characters within this story were definitely my favourite part of it. I found all of them fascinating and I wanted to know more about them. The characters within this story are very diverse, which I appreciated greatly. The plot of the story was interesting, but not the strongest aspect of this book. The mystery, which I won’t mention in any detail because of spoilers, was rather predictable. I just don’t think that there was enough time to build and develop the plot more, as this book was rather short.

If you want to know more of my thoughts on this book, I have written a full review for this novella.


The AtrocitiesThe Atrocities by Jeremy Shipp

3 out of 5 stars

There were some aspects of this novella that I enjoyed and some that bothered me. The Atrocities left me feeling conflicted and for the longest time I didn’t know how to rate it.

What I really liked about this story was its setting and atmosphere. I was also very intrigued by all the characters. There just seemed to be something strange about every single one of them. (They all just made me feel weird for some reason.) I enjoyed learning more about them and what their deal was.What I didn’t enjoy about this novella is its lack of depth. There were some very interesting things hinted at, but never fully explored.

I have written a full review for this novella, if you are interested in more of my thoughts.


Roshani ChokshiThe Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5 out of 5 stars

The Star-Touched Queen was actually a reread for me. This is one of my all time favourite books and in April I just felt like reading it again. This was actually the third time that I have read this novel, so you can see by that how much I adore it.

It was simply wonderful being back into this world with it’s amazing characters and story. Roshani Chokshi’s writing is beautiful and I very much enjoyed rereading this wonderful book. (I can’t wait to pick up more of her books!)

I do have a full review for this book, if you want to know more of my thoughts.


ShadowhunterCity of Glass by Cassandra Clare

4 out of 5 stars

I have finally gotten my hands on this book and read it! I can’t believe that it’s been over a year since I read City of Ashes (I actually read it in January of 2017) – it honestly doesn’t feel like that long ago. I do plan on finishing this whole series this year (in case you were wondering).

Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. Cassandra Clare books are simply addicting. There were some aspects of it that I completely adored and some that bothered me, but that is the usual with me and this series. I’m happy to report that I enjoyed more things than I disliked.

I will leave it at that for now, as I plan on writing a full review for this book soon where I will put down all my thoughts on it.


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How was your April? Did you end up reading any amazing books? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Anna♥

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