City of Fallen Angels
by Cassandra Clare
So I'm pretty behind with this series, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue it after the original trilogy ended.Summary: 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.
I loved the first three books, and the trilogy ended well--there was just enough happy, just enough sad, just enough closure. So when it was announced that the series was being extended I just...I wasn't sure if I wanted to risk ruining the series by reading the next three books, because what if they were bad? What if they ended terribly or made me hate characters and relationships I loved?
Obviously, seeing as I'm reviewing this, I caved, even if it is a few years late (mostly because I want to read one of the spin-off series and I think this needs to be read first?). Basically, I liked the book. Just liked.
I didn't love this book the way I did the others in the series. I can't pin point exactly why really--I think it may be because Simon was the main character in this (yes, others--like Clary--had some POV's too and played big parts in the story, but it felt like we mostly got Simon's POV) and while I liked him a lot as a side character, he just didn't interest me as much the main one. Even things about his story that I thought I'd love, like his relationship with Isabelle, weren't as interesting as I thought they'd be.
The book was entertaining, and in some ways it was nice to dive back into this world I loved with all these characters and see what was happening with them after City of Glass ended... but it just wasn't as good as the original trilogy, it didn't hook me in the same way, the plot wasn't as interesting, and things that I loved about characters before just started to feel a bit repetetive (like Jace's one liners).
I'd rate the book 3.5 stars out of 5, and I will read the next two books and hopefully they'll be better (it did seem like maybe this one was just setting up the plot for the main story arc of the next two books).
p.s. is anyone else really annoyed by the size of these books? I mean, they look good on the shelves, but they take up so much space and it's so uncomfortable trying to read them (and the font inside is huge, so they don't have to be that big)... while I like the covers better, I think the original versions of the trilogy were so much easier to read.