City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
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
I posted on the first book in this series a while back, but I have been super lazy about blogging recently, so here we are at book four.
I have always felt that in most series there is a book that is mostly a means to an end, setting up the final books in the series. The plot went almost no where in this one, except at the end, resulting in a huge cliffhanger. I almost feel a bit sadistic for wanting to read these, because I know that Clary and Jace will not be able to be together and be happy until the final book, which hasn't been released yet. But I enjoy both of these characters so much, as well as all the others, so I keep reading.
I did have another issue with this book, and that is continuity. It was little things, like a character holding a necklace in their hand, but suddenly it is being described around their neck. There were several instances like this and because there were so many it was really annoying to read. I really hope that the last two are edited more closely. The writing process is tricky and its easy to become jumbled and that's what makes editing so important. Okay enough about that...
I am getting pretty excited about The Mortal Instruments; City of Bones movie coming out! I'm really curious to see how they do it. But what I am really, really curious about is how the general population will take Jace and Clary's relationship. I really do like these books, and it's going to be really obnoxious if they get crucified the way Twilight did. There will be a TON of non-readers going to see this movie, and like always, the just won't get it. Ugh, now I'm frustrated about something that hasn't happened yet! :P I'll leave you with this...