“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.”


I have a ton of mixed feelings about this book.

I honestly feel like my liking for this series has gone with each book. I really loved the first three books in this series but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy this one.

I know that I have said this in every review I have done for the books in this series but I still cannot stand Clary. I feel like my dislike for her got better for a while with the 3rd book in this series but in this book, it just went even more downhill. I find her so annoying. She always seems to make the dumbest decisions and she doesn’t feel independent at all. She is always depending on the other (stronger) characters in the series to do things for her. I still have hope that I will learn to like her as the series continues but at this point I have almost given up on all hope for that.

The romance between Clary and Jace is just getting a little ridiculous. In this book, I felt like it was almost the one main thing that the story was focused on. I do really like this romance and I would like to see it continue for the rest of the series but I think the next couple of books need to focused less on it and more on the action on hand.

The plot of this book was the one thing that kept me interested in the book. The plot of all of the books by this author have been the driving thing that kept me reading. I think that she did the plot for this book was done the best (at least in this series). The action kept me on the edge of seat at some points. Great battle scenes. Honestly, it was my favorite part of this book.

Overall, this book was kind of underwhelming in my opinion. It was good at some parts but it could have been done so much better. I am going to continue on with the series from here and I’m hoping that it will get better in the next two books. And, hopefully, the problems I had with this book will be fixed.

RATING: 3.5/5