The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

May 19th, 2009 | By | Category: Book of the Month

Great News! We have selected The Mortal Instruments books for our Book(s) of the Month(s)! Since there are three books in the series, we decided to give you a little extra time to read the series! We will be discussing the books, City of Bones, City of Ashes & City of Glass at the end of May! If you love Twilight, you will love this series! To read more about the author, Cassandra Clare, check out her website To read more about the books, go to! We look forward to talking about the books, and learning what you think of the series! You can check out our Book of the Month Page, and leave your comments there! You can also buy the books online by clicking on the link below!


40 Comments to “The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare”

  1. rachel says:

    I am almost finish with the first book and I just can’t put it down. I already have the other two books so I can continue the reading. I am in love with this series! Can’t wait to hear what you have to say. Catch you later

  2. Emily says:

    I think i just may like these books better then twilight… Sorry, but then again i still have about 100 pages to go so we will see, i could hate the ending!

  3. How could you hate the ending. These books are amazing. I bought CoB at midnight when I went to get Deathly Hallows. I bought it in hopes of squelching Potter dispair. Boy did it. I read it and bought the audio and listened and got two friends hooked. This was in 2007. I waited with baited breath for march 08 and CoA. Inhaled this one just as fast. For CoG I had a class for work but when done at none booked it to B&N and took the next day off work to finish. I have done the audio of this one too. Natalie Moore rocks. I am also a member of Mundie Moms. I so love these books. The run a very close second to Twilight. To date I have hooked 3 people on these books. But I have a bigger coven with Twilight.

  4. Haley says:

    BEST BOOKS EVER. No joke. Magnus is my favorite of all!

    “There’s no need to clarify my finger snap,” said Magnus. “The implication was clear in the snap itself.”

    There’s another line, but I can’t find it right now.

    It goes along the lines of:

    “And as she turned around, his eye lid dropped in a single, slow, glittery wink.”

  5. Beverly says:

    I’m almost finished with the second book. I’m definately enjoying them, but not as much as Twilight. And yes..I have to agree…Magnus is awesome!

  6. IHEARTSETH says:

    DUDE! MAGNUS ROCKS! This books series kicks f-ing ass.


    So sad what happened to Simon in City of Ashes. But it’s cool! I’m in LOVE WITH JACE!! WHOOOOOOO! GO JACE!!! I like how in the beginning on City of Ashes, Jace goes to a Werewolf Bar and picks a fight with a pack of them. Priceless. And then afterwards, his eyes is, like, swollen shut and he has bruises all over. And when Simon walks out of the room Luke (Luke ROCKS! He reminds me just a smidgen on Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter books. Either way, Luke’s awesome.) put Jace in, Maia was like “Are you waiting to see Luke? Is he in there?” And Simon said “Sort of. Not really. He’s in there with a friend of mine.” And Maia says this: “Well, I’d hate to tell you this, but your friend is an asshole.”
    Almost every line Jace says, or is adressed to how Jace acts, is priceless. (when Clary said – I can’t remember if it’s CoA or CoG – “jace is the only person who can piss someone off THAT much.” Obviously.) Seriously, Jace is so much better than Edward, and Simon is a lot better, too. Clary’s cooler than Bella, and Maia is cooler than Leah. HA! This book series should be worshipped.

  7. Rachel C. says:

    OH. MY. GOSH!!! I AM COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH THE SERIES!! IT IS SOOO MUCH BETTER THAN TWILIGHT!!! i have no idea what to do now because there aren’t going to be any more books in the series! i am now completely and utterly in love with Jace soooooooo much hotter than Edward. He has better hair, eyes, and just better everything! and his lines are halarious!!! my favorite line EVERRRRR spoken by Jace is “every time you almost die, i almost die, too” i find this the sweetest thing and it makes Jace that much more amazing! Clary and Jace are sooo cute together. i love the short and tall combination of the two.
    i can’t pick a favorite book! i have favorite scenes from all the books! i love Jace at the beginning of the book in City of Bones. He seems so mysterious in the first chapter or two (when Clary still doesn’t really know him). In the 2nd book (coa) i love the scene from the Seelie Court (the kiss) to when Clary wakes up again after she and Jace “talk”. cog has so many little parts that are amazing and just make me want to go “awww!”
    i agree with IHEARTSETH up to a point. Yes, Jace is more amazing than Edward, Clary is better than Bella, but i have to say i don’t like Simon that much. i reread the series a couple weeks ago, and Simon is growing on me, but still not great. I am kinda annoyed with Maia, so i have to go with Leah for the title of better wolf-girl. THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES ARE THE BEST BOOKS IN THE WORLD AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ THEM!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Rachel C. says:

    p.s.magnus IS pretty amazing!
    ~Rachel C.

  9. Waffle Fry says:

    Were these books selected again as the books of the month?

    )some spoilers)

    and I must say that these books are my absolute favorite series(yes, even better then twilight{shocking I know}) I love Jace! He is like a mixture of Edward & Jacob from Twilight saga and Stark from House of Night series. I didn’t like Simon all that much and was happy when he died and came back to life and died again but what do you know, he came back to life again(that aggravated me). I love Luke! He is so awesome. I love Alec as well, I think that Gaspard Ulliel or Alex Evans could play Alec if they made an MI movie. Magnus is the shizz.! Valentine was weird(didn’t/did like his name) and Sebastian was a fudgehead(my cursing =P) yeah but I strongly suggest any true twilight fans(as in people who actually read the series because of the paranormalness of it and not just because it was a phenomonon or of the romance) to read this series. =D

  10. Emma says:

    i got the frist book and i just cant get into it. I just dont get some things in it ,im only on page 200. So i really hope that i can get into it and i think that we need more time for the host. lol kassie im with u i really dont have time to read and it takes me 4 ever to read a book , but i do it .lol

  11. Pau says:

    Today I finished city of ashes and I already started city of glass and i cant wait to finish it to see how these amazing trilogy ends! I like them a lot because they are soooo funny .. haha i love Jace’s sarcasm..
    These books are like, my second fav, of course twilight is the first…

  12. Michelle C says:

    Wow ppl i’ve already read them, i’m way aheah of you ppl. hahah they are amazing ,love Twilight, but it’s nothing compared to this series.

    ahhhhhh Simon is mine

  13. Liz Cullen says:

    i love jace (not as much as edward though)

    twilight is betta though!!!

  14. Alethia .O-A says:

    These books are amazing I cant put them down!

  15. Carly Lautner-Lambert-Lightwood says:

    WOW! these books are great!!! i liked them a million times more than Twilight, and Jace beats Edward. my favorite in the trilogy has to be City of Glass, although CoB and CoA were amazing too.

    Jace vs. Edward: JACE.
    Clary vs. Bella: CLARY.
    Maia vs. Leah: LEAH.

    i loved City of Bones! it’s all about fifteen-year-old Clary Fray discovering the Shadow World, and her family’s history too. we met Simon Lewis, Jace Wayland, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, Hodge Starkweather, Magnus Bane, Jocelyn Fray/Fairchild/Morgenstern, and Valentine Morgenstern. we learned about the Nephilim, their history, and their purpose. we learned of Valentine, the Circle, and how Jocelyn was part of it. we learned about the basis for the entire Mortal Instruments Trilogy. i loved, then hated Hodge, cracked up at everything Jace said, and fell slightly in love with two gay men (Alec and Magnus). it really pissed me off finding out that Clary and Jace were brother and sister, though, and both were Morgensterns. i hate Valentine!

    i loved City of Ashes! Clary has a lot to deal with now: she kissed Jace and then found out he was her brother, Valentine who is her mortal enemy/father has the Mortal Cup, her mom is still in an enchanted sleep, and now Downworlders are being killed. the evil Inquisitor, Imogen Herondale, takes Jace captive, convinced that he’s evil and working for Valentine. and now Valentine’s trying to get the second Mortal Instrument: Maelletarch, the Mortal Sword! and then…why is Simon weirdly drawn to the Hotel Dumort/Dumont? bad things happen, along with incest and gay love, in this book!

    i LOVED City of Glass! now the Lightwoods and Jace are headed to Idris, minus Clary. she’s not gonna let that happen though…even if it means breaking the Law. and who is this weird Sebastian Verlac? then Valentine, armed with the Mortal Instruments, crashes the party in Idris with a potentially deadly ultimatum. secrets are revealed, more incest occurs, and we hear the innermost thoughts of Jace Morgenstern. (GASP!) my favorite in the Mortal Instruments trilogy. the kiss between Alec and Magnus…OMG! LOVED IT!!! even though they’re both supposed to be straight and then mine. hahaha.

    “i want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can’t confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead!” –Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood

  16. Carly Lautner-Lambert-Lightwood says:

    btw, it’s Cassandra Clare, not Claire.

  17. Stacey says:

    I’ll just have to wait & listen later. I got the first book yesterday. darn it.

  18. Bella says:

    jace wayland + edward cullen= hotties 🙂


  19. Ash Pash says:

    I think I just might need to read these books! Instead of reading “The Hunger Games”… again

  20. Emily says:

    I finished reading them and they are AMAZING!!!!!
    my favorite books of life <3

  21. The ShadowHunter says:

    I love both The Mortal Instruments and the Twilight series, but so far The Mortal Instruments are winning the battle in my heart. I’ve gotta say that I love Simon! He’s my favorite character! And I relate to him so much!!! <3

  22. Liz says:

    AND JACE IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRR!!!!!!!!!

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  24. jace_lover says:

    Jace is sooo much hotter than Edward; thats a given. But, together, Bella and Edward ARE a hotter couple. But, i do like Clary better. Clary and Jace’s story is better, and they can slide in with spot number 2 for hottest couples. Definitely. But, I did enjoy Mortal Instruments as much Twilight. When I finished Twilight, I was like, depressed for a week before I got over not being able to read anymore of the series. They really go into your lives and heart. These books did the same. I’m really sad right now that their over. I hate when a good book ends. I wish it would go on forever, and ever…. that would be pure heaven. 🙂 Btw, it was funny because I had GUESSED at the beginning of the first book that Clary and Jace were bro and sis, but then I was like, Nah. And look what happened! I was right. Then, you could always feel that they weren’t really siblings. And look at that! There were a couple other things i guessed beforehand. I’m so physic. Not really. GREAT BOOKS!!! LOVE THEM SOO MUCH> SO SAD THEY”RE OVR> I”M GONNA BE SOO DEPRESSED> THEY MUST MUST MUST MAKE A MOVIE OUT OF THESE> JACE WILL BE SOO HOT!!! Clarrissa clare, you gotta write more of these books! dont give up on Jace and CLARY!!

  25. ines says:

    i have already finished the first 2 books in the series, but i can’t find the third book online(city of glass). it is so frusrating!

  26. Seirra says:

    omg. These books make me laugh, cry, and feel tingly all over. I need them to survive! they. Are. awesome!

    p.s I have a brother named Jace. fre-aky.

  27. Ciara!!!!!!!!! says:

    harry potter,twilight,mortal instrumens,and percy jacson series are the best!
    alec being gay iz like INSANELY HOT!

  28. Danylle says:

    I’m in the middle of City of Glass right now so I just have to say what is Sebastian all about? I’m going crazy trying to figure it all out. I’d better finish it soon so I can get some sleep again.

  29. Hi! says:

    Im so confused. as usual. but um so were comparing,
    Edward&Jace=Jace, duh.Like Edward but Jace wins
    Bella&Clary=well i have a mini rant about this 1
    Jacob&simon=? like both
    Maia&Leah=depends cause leah is well always angey, Maia is nice. u no what mini rant for them 2
    Isabelle&Roseile=like them both 2
    Who else?

    Mini rant for Clary and Bella:

    Both get on my nerves. See when people say there nothing alike there wrong. Very wrong.
    Clary only dose 3 things the entire secrise(sorry i cant spell!!!!!!!!!!), stares at jace, make out, and draw. Very annoying. Get a life!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bella cant do anything with out Edward. She must be saved contanly and al the while she makes it hard for them to save her.
    Annoying. Make up ur mind about the edward Jake issue.

    Oh and 1 more thing. Twilght and MI are very alike. In both of the second books they are… left? And You have to amit it was 110x worse for Bella. Clary still saw Jace every day. She had stuff going on, like her mom, Simon, and Valentine(funny name!).If she didnt Clary wouldve been a zombie 2. Face it.

    Leah i like. she always mad and is the only charater without a happy ending. What Sam did ruined her. After I found out well i ddidnt like Sam after that. (Oh And Sam And Luke= Luke. Much nicer.) Layy of her a bit.
    miai a;ready had a happy ending. Boring. But shes a great charater.

    Back to T & MI similaties. In they last book theres a fight coming. BD was horrible. Nessie this Nessie that. Grr. What hapened tojake sucks. Team Jake for me. Or team Jace.
    I can see Bella and Clary as best friends. Both plain and useless except in one book.CoA for Clary and BD for Bella. The after there books they train. I hope tessa isnot like Clary and Bella or eles i have to add her to the BFF gulid.

    (Tessa is from CC next triolgy. I cant spell its name!)

  30. Hi! says:

    Billbert & Bobert=Robert Pattinson! (Which dose not equal jace!)

  31. Awesome o says:

    omg i just finished the last book of mortal instruments i was shocked when alec kissed magnus i almost puked. but i like twilight the best

  32. ERIN says:




  33. sally says:

    hi, just to say wat an awesome lot of books, got to admit they better than twilight ss lol.

  34. sally says:

    finished the 3 books in a day an half couldnt put them down, they are a great read for all ages as im 39 lol

  35. becky says:

    its really good at the end there is most proably a movie comin and a forth book called city of fallen angels.and their is gonna be a prequel called the infernal devices (the clockwork princess).Ohh and spolier dont be mad at jace or clary cause their gonna …….find out on ur own

  36. Isabelle says:

    umm…supposed to i guess put***SPOILER*** dunno y. Simon said to.

    umm…adressed to Hi!…you should know by now not to eat or drink anything fairy. it makes you crazy! I’ve read this starlight twidawn series and bella not only very nearly stole my name but she cannot compare to Clary. although she almost was the sole reason for my family’s destruction, she is the one who fixed it. well almost fixed it. stopped it from breaking. Clary takes matters into her own hands and the world doesn’t revovle around her. in the books anyways cause everyone knows the world revolves around me. wink*. This bella whines, complains gets herself into trouble, and then gets everything she wants without any sacrifice. i enjoyed the books while i read them (they got me out of studying with Alec) but afterward i was like “and…sowhat”. Clary was the one who stopped Valentine and saved Jace and I had to come and bail out Jace the first time. I know he ended up finishing of Sebastian but he wouldn’t have had i not shown up. Bella just makes things worse. end of story.

    oh wait…everyone knows i am much prettier than Rosalie.

  37. tora says:

    omg i finished the series i couldnt put them down cant wait till the forth and prequels come out. i totally love jace and simon. it was so sad when wax died.loved the series better than twilight which ive never said before about a book.

  38. when i read twilight i got obsessed with it but now i am totally loving the mi series.i like simon and jace both. i was so sad when max lightwood died. (stupid subastian). when i read twilight i was team werewolf but now im in between, because simon is an awsome vampire. but that was kidda weird when they didnt find sabatians body. i think he still lived.(that would be scary). in my opinion clary is better than bella by a longshot.i feel really bad for the lightwoods cause of max.but their alsome fighters. Hate that stupid sabastian.i read them over and over again. LOVED THE SERIES !ID LOVE TO BE A SHADOWHUNTER!

  39. Em says:

    100 times better than twilight, there is no doubt that The Mortal Instruments is one of the best series ever written!!1 There’s much more action in MI than in Twilight, no one can argue with that. Twilight has too much romance to be considered an actiony book, but MI has just the right balance of a lot of aspects of a book- some comedy, a lot of action (which is good 😉 ), romance, and a little comedy. Of course, this makes the books AWESOME. Who wants to argue with me that the mortal instruments is better than twilight? Probably no one, because it’s obvious that MI is better. GO MI!!

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