With the release of City of Bones yesterday, I'm continuing on with my last Mortal Instrument review that wasn't on my blog. This week is book four, City of Fallen Angels. I recall that I didn't enjoy this book as much as the others. Is it possible to have the sophomore slump on the 4th book? Apparently so. Not that this installment was terrible, but it could have been better. If you also found this book to be sort of a slump, push through because book 5, City of Lost Souls, makes up for it. City of Lost Souls is already reviewed on Shelf Addiction, you can find it here.
Aside from the story line, I must give Cassandra Clare credit, not only has she found a cult following of sorts with this series, she's managing to keep the content fresh and introduce more and more crazy twists to the story. I also must point out that the cover art for this series as well as the Infernal Devices series are just beautiful. They make gorgeous book candy for your shelf.
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Original Review Date: May 5, 2011
Rating: 3 bookmarks
Synopsis: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.
For some reason, even though I wanted more of this series, sadly, I think if this series continues, the next book will have to be a home run in order for me to continue on. Which frankly, I want to love this series, so I will read the next book and hope that #5 reignites the Mortal Instruments excitement for me.
One of my favorite quotes from the book:
“Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".”
City of Bones #1 | City of Ashes #2 | City of Glass #3