Hey! CoveringAllCovers here to review City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare. First of all, lets start off with the blurb at the back of the book so you can get an idea of what this story is about:
The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most importantly of all – she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. His mother just found out that he’s a vampire and now he’s homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels
How awesome does that sound right?! I was way excited, but to be honest City of Fallen Angels was a good read for me, not as great as the other Mortal Instruments novels were. Here’s why:
*Spoilers are included*
I was not expecting that the story would take this turn of events to be honest when Jace started to avoid Clary, until of course we found out why. I think the plot that followed Simon was really great because it put into perspective how important he is as a weapon for others, but at the same time it puts him in a position he didn’t want to be in. At the end of the book I thought he was really brave in doing what he did for Clary (drinking Sebastian’s/Jonathan’s blood) as well as Jace’s decision to go against Lilith. (but then again, why wouldn’t he? he loves her so that was pretty normal)
The storyline with Kyle a.k.a. Jordan was pretty cool and surprising for me as I was not at all expecting him to be Maia’s ex-boyfriend who turned her so I truly was shocked. It was an interesting switch of events and you got to see how the characters still felt about each other an it pretty obvious that there is still some love there. This also goes for Isabelle and Simon. After she said she would never talk to him again and that she had never had true feelings for him, she still went back for him. I thought that showed another side of this strong Shadowhunter, in a good way.
Also happy for Jocelyn and Luke 🙂
Okay, so speaking about things I very much disliked about this book.
1. Jace, normally a brave Shadowhunter with a distinct sarcastic attitude becomes really depressed and is no longer the Jace I fell in love with so it kind of bored me to be honest. But I still LOVE Jace! (After reading a little bit into the next instalment, I’m not as upset about this because of what’s going on)
2. One thing that bothered me about Simon was that he was two-timing with Maia and Isabelle. It was pretty evident that they would find out about one another, but not in the way that they did. Overall, I’m glad at how it ended, but not happy that he let it carry out as long as it did. Didn’t hate this per say, but it irritated me because I know Simon’s better than that and in the previous novel you saw him grow so much as a character so it let me down a little bit 😦
3. Why is Sebastian still in this? I mean I reeealllllyy thought he was dead. As a fan of the young couple (Jace and Clary) I was kind of frustrated at how this book ended because I have a feeling it’s going to carry on through during the next instalment, but I hope they find a way to be together. The bond that has taken Jace over is obviously going to somehow hinder this from happening for a while and prevent him from fully being in the relationship. I just really hate Sebastian… -_-
Overall, a good read, but sometimes a little slow and I didn’t finish it as quickly as I would have expected. 🙂