Audiobook YA Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Check It Out)

Posted July 12, 2012 by Felicia S in 2012 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 20 Comments


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To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters — never mind that enter-ing 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 Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters 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?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the final installment of the New York Times bestselling trilogy The Mortal Instruments.

Read/Listened for Fun
Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 3.25

Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: The epilogue and Simon pretty much pulled the book out of the “2” category for me!

What did I Love: I really love the richness of the world that Casandra Clare has created. She knows how to bring elements in that make it seem very familiar and yet it is something utterly unique. Simon was possibly my favorite character in City of Glass. He has come such a long way since book 1 and it is nice that he is embracing his vampire side. I also loved the epilogue. I felt that it pulled together all 3 books in a way that was believable and not over stated.

What I Liked: Jace and Clary really kind of grew on me the 2nd half of City of Glass. I started to really like their spirit and spunk. I felt they both came into their own and really owned who they were. Plus I was glad that the storyline that I could not stand finally got tied up (though it still took to much of the book).

What made me go huh?: I had a few problems with this book but they all seemed to resolve themselves in the 2nd half. I didn’t like the bro/sis storyline and it just got creepier as it went on. Also, I have to admit not a fan of the parents (parental figures) letting the kids run all over them. I just don’t like that particular story device. However, none of these would bug a huge fan of YA.

Audio Rating: Narrated by Natalie Moore, the audio for the book is pretty well done. The pacing, accents, and pronunciations were delivered with ease. I will be continuing the series in audio. Running time was 15 hours 21 min.

Final Thought: Fans of the series will love this for all the loose ends it ties up.

Felicia S
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20 responses to “Audiobook YA Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Check It Out)


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  2. I just purchased the first book of this series last week. I’m excited to start it soon I hope. Great review! I won book 2 (audio-book) of the Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) a couple of weeks ago. I’m planning on using one of my two monthly credits next month for the 1st book Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices #1). I just HAVE to read a series in order for the first time at least. NO EXCEPTIONS! LOL I can’t help it. But my question to you is should I read the The Immortal Instruments Series first before going on to the Infernal Devices Series? Does it matter at all? You’re my first-go-to-girl-for-info-scoop. Thanks! 🙂 Feedback deeply appreciated.

    • I haven’t read the other series but I have heard they are more “companions’ than part of each other. In other words, I think you are fine reading the Clockwork series on its own but I can’t be sure LOL

  3. Jennifer

    I have the first three in this series on my shelf….haven’t gotten around to them yet, I only picked them up because they were on sale and I heard they were good.
    Solid review!

  4. I haven’t felt the urge to go out and get the latest book that just came out because I’m kind of over the plot devices Clare consistently pulls. But, like you, I think I’ll eventually get to it someday.

  5. Hum…been a while since I read this but I do remember squicky feelings about the brother/sister. So many are ga-ga over this series but my feelings are kind of meh.

    • I kept asking people—when is that storyline over? when? when? Seriously I thought the world was fantastic but the characters for the most part were seriously lacking. I did like Simon and what little we saw of the adults.

  6. I would say, stop here. I liked that this one wrapped it up. Book four is a cliffnahanger and I really didn’t like it. Yes,that whole bro sis story line was creepy!

  7. I’m glad Jace and Clary finally grew on you by the end of this one Felicia! The brother/sister storyline did take a long time to get resolved, but I just kept thinking there was no way they could actually be related so it didn’t bother me as much when I was reading. You going to keep reading this series you think?

    • I have the next 2 on audiobook already so I can! I think I am going to take a little break but Amy says there is a lot of Simon in the next 2 so that might bump them up a little. Right now though is Shadow of Night and that will take at least a week LOL

  8. I liked it. But when Clary & Jace finally are alive & together at the end, I’m like “is that all we get”? Simon’s story develops even more in the extension 2 books.

    • I haven’t been to “wow”‘d by this series so far but this was my favorite in the first 3. The Epilogue was short considering it took 3 books for her to drop that annoying brother/sister storyline.

  9. Nice review…:) I read this series a few years ago, well just the 3…Im actually not going to finish it, I kind of lost interest, you’ll have to let me know if its worth carrying on if you read the rest of them.