The Random Bibliophile

by Renee Alexis

Renee Alexis
20-something Filipina, an introvert who loves young adult fiction, brush pens, Taylor Swift, and BTS. Coffee runs in my bloodstream.


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2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
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City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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?
I've been trying to finish all of the Mortal Instruments books for years... I've read the first two books thrice already and finally, I got through book 3! I wanted to get what the hype is all about but after all these years, I still just can't seem to get hooked into this Shadowhunter business, and maybe it's finally time I accept the fact that this world is just not my cup of tea.

Don't get me wrong, the story is compelling and this fictional world holds so many things I'm interested in. One is it's about angels and demons, plus vampires and werewolves and warlocks - it's a combination of all things magical and legendary. I should be hooked but maybe the writing is just difficult for me to digest. It's very descriptive but, while I appreciate a vivid picture, reading this one just bored me. The only time I came alive was when the war and action scenes took place. Maybe another factor that didn't sit well with me was the lead character - Clary. Clary may be the most annoying protagonist I've ever encountered. But there's hope because there are 3 more books. And I hope Clary's character will grow and develop.

I'm curious what the next books are about now that the antagonist is dead. I still want to push through finishing the books because I really want to watch the series. And also, I want to read the other book series, although they aren't really connected with The Mortal Instruments, I just want to read them all, you get me, right?

Anyway, it's been an accomplishment for me to finish book three. I'm on to book four but I still don't know when I'll start it because I will be joining a Percy Jackson Readathon in preparation for the upcoming Percy Jackson series. This series I LOVE! But more about this later.

Byeeee! xx




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