City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 2.5 out of 5
Summary (From Back Cover)
Clary is back in New York and life is good: she's training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price, When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.
Like the second book I found myself a little disappointed in this instalment. The only thing I can think of is that after loving City of Glass my expectations were raised and, inevitably, it just fell short. In the past we've had a strong focuses on the Shadowhunters and the werewolves but in this book it's all about the vampires, or more specifically Simon. The mark of Cain may have saved him in the last book but it's turning out to be a right pain in the butt, especially if you get on the wrong side of him! That's not even mentioning the fact there are dead Shadowhunters turning up around the city. Valentine may be long gone, but as the old saying goes, there's no rest of the wicked.
The obvious threats are revealed pretty early on in the book, which include a new vampire - who is in fact a VERY old vampire - called Camille Belcourt. She's the 'rightful' leader of the Manhattan vampire clan, however, isn't exactly welcome at the moment. This is where Simon comes in, she thinks if she turns up with the Marked Daylighter, they'll all simply revert back to following her. But when is it ever that simple? Simon has to decide where his loyalties lie and come to the realisation that he's no longer one of the humans, he's going to out live everyone he cares about. So can he really afford to abandon the vampire community?
As far as our favourite star crossed-lovers, everything's peachy. At least it is for a grand total of five pages. Then it all pretty much turns to sh*t. Jace starts to pull away from Clary, which inevitably leads Clary into doing a whole bunch of things she shouldn't to try and figure out what's wrong. I hate to say it, but in this book I'm swapping teams. I'm getting a little sick of Jace and Clary. I wish Clare would simply let them be together and find a different threat to keep us interested.
A person to watch out for in the book is Kyle, he's Simon's band's new singer. I would name the band but I've lost count of how many different names it's had and honestly can't remember what it's currently called. Kyle's got some secrets of his own and when Simon's mum finds out he's a vampire it's Kyle who takes him in.
Overall this instalment was okay. Not bad, but not great either. I don't know if TMI was initially meant to be a trilogy, but the last book seemed to wrap everything up pretty nicely so going into City of Fallen Angels it feels a little forced. But, that doesn't change the fact Clare has a way of writing that makes you go through the emotional bingo.
There's no official book trailer or anything for this one, that I could find, but I did find this...