Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Started: March 27, 2016
Finished: June 18, 2017
GoodReads Summary: 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.
Review: So this book took me a year to finish because of classes, book club, and other books that were released. I also went back home to visit which halted my reading even more. This book was good but it started to drag on in a lot of parts throughout the book. I actually started to lose interest for a little bit there. But I eventually went back to it here and there.
Okay, so the characters some I loved and some I hated. We have Clary, who is now back with Jace after finding out he is not her brother. She decided to drop out of school to train to become a full-fledged Shadowhunter. Clary is beginning to grow on me but I still find her annoying and want to do everything on her own not realizing the consequences she could put on the others.
Simon…… He annoyed the most in this entire book. The entire time, he didn’t know what he wanted when he was dating Isabelle and Maia. All I got was that he was your typical douchebag dating two girls at once and keeping it a secret from the both of them. But he does man up later on in the book and decided to date Isabelle in the end.
Isabelle, still the badass as ever. She kept her composure after finding out about Simon dating Maia. She did act cold around him and made him feel bad about his choices he made. Which, is normal for anybody to do when you find out your boyfriend was cheating on you. She does end up with him in the end. But she never let that affected her during her missions.
Alec, oh boy. I can understand where people are getting the idea that he’s biphobic. But you want my honest opinion? Here it is, I do not see it. I don’t. All I see that he’s being extremely jealous because Magnus has been with other people in the past. But understand this, Camille came into the picture, she dated Magnus over 100 years ago. How would you feel if your boyfriend/girlfriend is talking to an ex? You would act the same exact way as Alec was. I know I did when I was with my ex five years ago. But everything is okay again between him and Magnus, for now.
On to Maureen. That little girl was creepy as fuck and the entire time I wanted to stab her in the face for being super annoying and telling everyone that she was dating Simon. Yeah, that ended up getting her killed and becoming a vampire. I have never felt the need to have her killed off so bad until she came along.
Jordan Kyle, Maia’s ex-boyfriend. At first, he sounded like a jealous, abusive ex but his history started to open up. You learn that he only acted the way he did to Maia because he just got bitten by a werewolf. Because he was newly bitten he had no control over his emotions and that caused him to lash out the way he did. Did I mention that he was the cause of Maia being a werewolf? No? Well, now you know.
This is also where Camille has entered the fray, I never liked her, especially after what she did in later books. She tried to work her charm on Magnus because they dated back in the 1800s, but he left her because she’s a manipulating whore. I mean, I am stating things that are true. She is very good at manipulating people and after her encounter with Alec, it can only get worse.
Lilith, the antagonist in this book. She’s a Greater Demon and the mother of Warlocks. We don’t get to know much about her since her defeat at the end, we only know that she claims to be Sebastian/Johnathan’s mother because her blood was injected into him by Valentine. She also gains a cult that sacrifices their babies to her because she is the demon goddess of dead children, I think. Anyways, that cult reminded me of the real cult back in ’97. If anyone knows what I’m talking about, you can see why I connected the two. If you don’t know, look up Heaven’s Gate. Yeah, they were a bunch of crazies back then that had a mass suicide. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Now onto the plot, it starts with Simon and Isabelle on their date. Later on, he meets Jordan Kyle who turns out he dated Maia in the past and turned her into a werewolf. Kyle, joins his band, they have their show. Maureen shows up tells everyone that she’s dating Simon. She ends up dead. Becomes a vampire. Maia and Isabelle find out about each other, Simon is dating both of them, at Luke and Jocelyn’s engagement party.
This is where the book dragged on and become boring. There was nothing interesting going on except that Camille is back, trying to be a homewrecker and wanting Simon for her own deeds. Lilith kidnaps him and is controlling Jace because he is unprotected from demon possessions now. But the entire time, it felt like a bunch of drama between a guy and two girls, and that the dude has to choose between the two. I do not like love triangles and I don’t like the amount of drama that was in this book. It made lose interest real fast.
All in all, this book gets a three out of five. The book was good but the drama and the love triangle was what did me in and lower my rating.