Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, Simon and Schuster on 2011-04-05
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Young Adult
Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).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, 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. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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. The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.
If you’ve read my previous reviews of the Mortal Instruments series, you’ll know that I was very iffy about the first book but really enjoyed the subsequent two books. However, I had heard mixed reviews about the next two installments in this series, so I was a little hesitant to jump in. However, earlier this year, I hit a major reading slump. I just had a hard time getting into anything I picked up, so I decided I needed to go with something familiar but new (Does that even make sense? lol), so I decided to jump back into the Shadowhunter world.
The book started off a little frustrating. Jace is having bad dreams and really struggling with his identity after the revelations at the end of the City of Glass, and he was all angsty and secretive. However, I was still intrigued because I wanted to know what his dreams meant. I also had accidentally spoiled part of City of Fallen Angels when I read the description for City of Lost Souls (I forgot which book came next), but it didn’t ruin anything for me. I was just more curious as to how the thing I knew would happen came about, rather than being upset that I knew about it. I don’t remember anything spectacularly different about the other characters, other than Simon being a ladies’ man at the beginning. lol Oh, and the new character, Kyle, might have been my favorite. His friendship with Simon is awesome!
There was a lot going on in City of Fallen Angels. All of the characters had some kind of drama or mystery going on, and I was completely addicted. Luckily, I ended up sick the day after starting it, so I was able to stay in bed and just read all day. I just couldn’t put it down! The ending was exciting, though I wasn’t necessarily thrilled with it. I was just happy that I had the next book ready and waiting for me!
Overall, though some people may hate City of Fallen Angels for being so different from the first half of the series (and for the fact that The Mortal Instruments was supposed to be a trilogy, and then she added more books), I loved it and couldn’t put it down! I might not recommend binge-reading the series because of the changes, but if it’s been a while since you read the first three, I think it’s a great re-entry into Clary’s world!