Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction
Book Jacket Synopsis: “The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back in New York. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. 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 Shadowhunters, provoking tensions that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. When Jace beings to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solutions reveals her worst nightmare: She has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.”
Review: City of Fallen Angels was my least favorite book in the Mortal Instruments series so far. As the shortest book in Clare’s six-part series, I can’t help but wonder if she would agree with me when I say that City of Fallen Angels is the weakest link. I spent a majority of the novel feeling very frustrated and annoyed with the characters. Clare’s decision to let Simon’s story-line primarily drive the plot did nothing by way of winning me over. Overall, Simon is my least favorite character – he comes off as very one-dimensional – which likely accounts for why Book 4 was such a letdown for me (especially given that Book 3 left the series on a high note). The conflicts in City of Fallen Angels were pedantic compared to previous installments and the characters essentially spent the entire book avoiding each other and lying about their problems. Overall, City of Fallen Angels can best be summed up in one word: meh.