I remember the day I first heard about The Mortal Instruments two years ago. My friend Andrea (who lives in Autralia) was trying to convince me to give it a try telling me it was the most amazing story EVER. I doubted so much not only cause I had known this was a YA (Young Adult) but also because it was also considered Urban Fantasy and back then, I was reluctant to read such thing. But once again, I had to BITE MY TONGUE (and my words) because The Mortal Instruments is not only AN EPIC story, it is so well written and so captivating that Hollywood decided this would make an AWESOME movie project.
My motto has always been, “give the book the benefit of the doubt”, so long as the book fills your primary reading standards, and if you (as I was) are RELUCTANT to read YA, then think about it twice, because the day will come that EVERYBODY will be talking about the movies, and you will have NO IDEA why, when, where and how. It’s just a suggestion, but I am infamous for giving pretty good advise and have always been proven to be correct 90% of times. (Do not ask for the other 10%!)
Clary and Jace are that kind of couple you just want to shake and throw around the room in frustration. Never in my life have I read about two teenagers, trying to act so polite, so proper, so innocently, and achieve a non disclosed-ultra secret-subliminal purpose of completed chastity until legal age. Even though it will frustrate an avid romance reader eager to find sexual content, I find it absolutely lovely. This is something you don’t usually see nowadays, and well, the OUTSTANDING PLOT, makes up for everything else. So no, if you were expecting these two teenagers to give in to their outrageously wild hormones, KEEP WAITING, cause I have a serious feeling it MAY happen in City of Heavenly Fire.
Ok, so the story starts where City of Fallen Angels is left, Jace is tied in soul with Sebastian (aka Jonathan Morgenstern) and there is no human way possible to separate them. you hurt Jace, Sebastian is hurt. you kill Sebastian, Jace is killed two. Nobody knows this as what they need to do is FIND both of them, the Clave has de-prioritized this mission and as you can imagine, the Shadowhunters of the New York Institute (aka Alec and Izzy) are not giving up on their brother. After Clary is cleared of all charges (for all that fuzz of bringing Jace back from the dead with help of the Mortal Instruments and the Angel Raziel) she is eager to join the Lightwood’s in their secret mission of tracking down Jace.
The action in this book is everywhere since the beginning to the last part. The love stories have each one a very heavy meaning that we will finally understand when Mrs. Clare releases her final book. For example, Maia & Jordan finally get back together and it’s lovely how they make up and start from fresh, but again, we need to find out what exactly will happen with the Preator and her offer to him on behalf of the pack, thanks to Maia’s desperate talking to save Luke. What will happen with Raphael Santiago now that Camille is no more and Maureen apparently took over?!
Izzy and Simon also leave too many questions. Simon at least got understanding from her sister, though we need to find out if she will be more involved in the whole my-baby-brother-is-a-vampire story. What will happen now that Simon doesn’t have the Mark of Cain on his forehead? I got really angry at Izzy, who being a tough, hard headed girl since book one, now plays dumb and insecure. Simon showed all his friendship and love towards Clary in the most unbelievable way possible. If you really want to know the meaning of a REAL friendship, you need to ask Simon Lewis, and yes, he is more than absolutely in love with Isabelle. They only need a little bit more of time and encouragement.
But out of all the mini plots and stories, my FAVORITE and the one that broke my heart in pieces was Alec and Magnus’s. I have to applaud Mrs. Clare for including drama behind the young gay couple, and Alec and Magnus Bane are the most loving adorable, irresistible one EVER. I ABSOLUTELY ADORE THEM! I love Magnus Bane. I loved him since his introductory chapter in City of Ashes. Magnus is all you could ask in a lover / friend and more, magic included. Everybody loved the way they fell in love and I am willing to bet every fan of them cried their eyes out at the end of this book. I seriously will be heartbroken if they don’t get back together. Alec needs Magnus as much as Magnus needs Alec. They are two pieces of a whole and to have one suffering for the other is just WAY to cruel. I can hardly wait to see who will play Magnus in the upcoming movie of TMI, and as I have said SO MANY TIMES, I really would like to see the producers considering Bill Kaulitz from Tokio Hotel. If you are familiar with them, remember when Bill had long hair, with white stripes. THAT’S how I picture Magnus! And yes, he may not be the MOST HANDSOME GUY ALIVE! but if you really think about Magnus and his flamboyant self, you will agree that there is absolutely NOBODY that can fit his shoes in the role. Too bad the twin is NOT an actor 🙁
I am giving this book 5 starts hands down. Mrs. Clare REDEEMED every character in the most amazing way possible after many of us were disappointed a little bit by City of Fallen Angels. She gave each one a new purpose and refreshment. The story itself was beyond words.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart Mrs. Clare. I may be nobody in the big scheme of things, just another reader / wannabe blogger with bad grammar, but my way of expressing all what I felt after finishing this book has to be universal and I can’t even start to thank you enough. you are part of my yearly dose of book happiness, though we have to wait a YEAR AND A HALF to find out what will happen ='(