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The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire
by Cassandra Clare

Author: Cassandra Clare
RRP: £11.99

What makes a book successful, in my opinion, is its ability to engage you in the text and make you feel emotionally compromised and utterly wrecked. Obviously feeling at a loss isn't the greatest feeling you could have and is by no means a way of defining happiness. But by feeling sadness from reading a book you also feel euphoria that cannot be put into words. But where am I going with this? No book is more worthy by this definition of success than The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

In this novel Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec and Isabelle face opposition from Clary's vindictive step-brother, Sebastian, who won't stop until he gets what he desires the most. The final instalment of The Mortal Instruments' series had me in tears even before the end of the book. As a last token to the characters it was obviously a book that's stood out for me, but Cassandra, when you think she can't write anything more disastrous and terrifying in the lives of the characters, builds tension on a phenomenal scale. Full of treachery, battles and moral judgement, there is never a dull moment, with action packed on every page. This is a book that is gripping through and through, one that I would sit reading, clutching my copy at 3am in the morning.

If you are a fan of dystopian literature then you will definitely enjoy this series. There is no doubt that if you have read the precursory 5 books, you will buy this novel because this is a series like no other, tantalising and unforgettable. I don't see how anyone, ANYONE would put down this copy and dismiss the unfolding interactions of such paramount characters. The best advice I could give is to head down to your local book store, library or closest internet source and get this book! But what if you haven't read the preceding novels? There is nothing more important to you now, in this moment, than to buy those books! I'm incredibly enthusiastic about it and of course this gives leads to bias; nevertheless it will have you fangirling harder than a boy-band obsessed girl whose just bought tickets to their upcoming tour!

Wilhelmina Denness (17)