City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Goodreads Says: The Mortal War is over, and 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 important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the 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 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 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.
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.
First and foremost I was surprised that Cassandra Clare chose to spin this tale in Clary and Simon's POV. They went back and forth all the way to the end. Simon is not really one of my favorite characters. In fact he was pretty annoying. It took me a while to try to figure out what voice the reader was giving Simon but when I did I said out loud... OH BROTHER PLEASE! The reader gave Simon Jerry Seinfeld's voice. I didn't care for it much.
I won't go into the summary too much because I think the one provided by Goodreads is pretty much spot on.
Clary and Jace are finally given a chance to explore their love and relationship but it's short lived. The Isabelle/Simon/Maia love triangle is... well... I could have done without. Jace as the tortured hero is becoming a bit much and I'm not digging it. Mind you I am NOT a fan of Jace. I think he's a DUCK. However, I don't think Clare gives him an opportunity to be thoroughly understood or to grow as a character. I felt that Jace was non existent physically, mentally and emotionally throughout the entire book and he's a lead. I didn't connect with him at all in this book even when he did "speak". As annoying as Simon is I do think it was important to see that he was having a hard time adjusting as a vampire and that both vamps and weres who have been turned and orphaned so to speak do have a rough time of it all the way around in very much the same way.
I continue to think that Clare writes long books to write long books. One of my pet peeves is that there is so much unnecessary information/descriptions that really do nothing for the story...hence the unnecessary I just mentioned. :-)
She always redeems herself with this one fact. You will definitely have a major cliff hanger but all of the loose ends and mysteries introduced throughout the book will be solved; nicely braided and weaved by the end of the book. I just wish she didn't add so much fluff in between.
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