Books I've Read

City of Fallen Angels | Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen AngelsBarnes and Noble Overview

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.

Just finished City of Fallen Angels, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it. It was another novel that I just kind of skimmed through… or at least it felt that way. The obvious self destruction of Jace; is there anything that isn’t bothering this kid? I mean, I feel like this road being taken is really one that I don’t feel like going through.

Already kind of over the whole Clary and Jace thing. Is that wrong of me to say? I get it, you two were in love then an obstacle was in your way and you moved passed it and now we’re back to this awkward, “I can’t be with you because of my own reasons and I can never be with you but I’m not going to tell you why.” It got boring really quick. I suppose that is why I “skimmed” the book instead of taking a real interest in it. I know it was important, because you are learning things about Jace; moments that leave him without sleep and energy but I just found it… well… again boring for a lack of a better word.

I’m glad that Diana had told me to read Clockwork Angel first because there definitely references to that book in this one. Glad that I didn’t have to wonder who these characters were that Camille, from The Infernal Devices series, was referencing often when she shows her pretty little blonde head in this book. She throws a hell of a

Poor poor Simon, now that he is a Daylighter, everyone wants some of him. Whether it is to get him on their side or use him for their own uses. He really can never catch a break. I feel so bad for him. I know he’s a fictional character but come on… he doesn’t belong. He refuses to be WHAT he is because all he wants is to be his old self. It happens. We turn into something different and only want to feel like we used to. Granted none of us have turned into a vampire and is looked down upton because of something that wasn’t in our control but you get the idea. Not to mention the juggling of two girls, and having to make sure that neither of them knew about each other… that has to be a pain. A problem of having vampire mojo… am I right? lol. What happens when the blood just kind of calls to him and for once, he listens and acts on it.

“I didn’t even think you liked me all that much,” said Simon. “Is this one of those keep-your-friends-close-and-your-enemies-closer things?”

“I thought it was keep your friends close so you have someone to drive the car when you sneak over to your enemy’s house at night and throw up in his mailbox.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s not it. And this protecting me thing is less touching than creepy, just so you know. I’m fine. You’ve seen what happens if someone tries to hurt me.”

One of the things that was definitely missing was the banter between Simon and Jace, because it was a book about Jace and his inability to love/be with Clary because of something that was out of his control and Simon being… well… Simon, and him pretty much rejecting himself. Oh and how could I forget the fact that he was being chased and followed by guys in grey track suits and sneakers… those details came out of left field, let me tell you. I mean there was a little bit of back and forth between them, but it faded quickly and I liked the sarcastic witty commentary between the two. I know, it’s character development… blah blah blah. But really, I’m not down with the constant self loathing.

I’m not even going to talk about the ending. If there was ever a situation where I wished I wasn’t right, it was that moment. Now, I’m not going to give it away, but COME ON! Let’s just say even a dead Sebastian is somehow a key element in Jace’s self destruction.

Now don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t terrible. It had it’s good moments of action and romance [kind of]. But I think I’m ready for more of this relationship between me and these shadowhunters and downworlders. I’m looking for a little less whiny baby I want to be with her but can’t and more ass kicking action and love. I’m hoping that by the time I get to City of Lost Souls, Clare will deliver.

Clockwork PrinceNext up is Clockwork Prince, which I’m stupid excited to start, because I feel more of a connection with Will and Tessa than I do with Jace and Clary. /Shrugs.

Again, I know that this is not a part of The Mortal Instruments series but an entirely different series, but I was told to read them a certain way and that is what I’m going to do.

Barnes and Noble Review

True love is shrouded in secrets and lies in the #1 New York Times bestselling second book of the Infernal Devices trilogy.

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when it becomes clear that the mysterious Magister will stop at nothing to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

With the help of the handsome, tortured Will and the devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal and fueled by revenge. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them.

Tessa is drawn more and more to Jem, though her longing for Will continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa answers about who she really is? As their search leads to deadly peril, Tessa learns that secrets and lies can corrupt even the purest heart.


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