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Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

Topics: New York City, Series, Vampires, Demons, Supernatural Powers, Parallel Dimensions, and Adventurous

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on
ISBN: 9781442403567
List price: $9.99
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This book started out slow for me. I don't know if that is because it has been nearly a year since I read City of Glass so it took me a bit to get back into it, or if it really was a slow beginning.

By the middle of the book though, I was really into it again and the ending blew me away. I hate that I have to wait months for book five to be released!more
To make a long story short, I believe Cassandra Clare should have stopped with the third book. This fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, feels like an afterthought. Perhaps more like residue from the first three books. Essentially the plot didn’t pick up until about 75-80% into the book, and even then it still focuses on the same old hoopla of the “love” of Jace and Danger-prone Clary. I’m honestly getting tired of reading about their whirlwind romance, and I’ve learned to just skip through those constant descriptive parts. I can say that I did enjoy the fact that Simon plays a stronger role in the series, as he learns how to make better use of his new found powers. In this book we are also introduced to several other new characters, such as Kyle and Maureen, of whom I suppose will play bigger parts in the next books in the series. In all I found the book full of air, albeit with stratus clouds of quick action scenes. I wasn’t in favor for the slow plot development (if you want to call it a development) and I’m not totally convinced I should seek out any future TMI books. I felt very content when I thought that the third book, City of Glass, was the end. I will, with great enthusiasm, be in search for The Infernal Devices series, as I hear those are great books.

First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.’” (3)
Last Line: “We are one” (424)

Quotes:
“‘Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,’ Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, ‘are just too unlikely to dwell upon.’” (77)

“‘You left me,’ he said. ‘You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me.’ He spoke matter-of-factly. It had been a long time.” (259)

“You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no ‘till death do us part’ for those who never die.” (377)more
I recently started reading this series and have heard tons of accolades from library patrons and friends, I am also a person who feels the need to finish a series once I start. So I read books 1-3 and there is no way i can just quit.

The series in general intrigues me, I like the blending of fantasy characters. It reminds me of a Sookie Stackhouse world, where the point is: if one group of magical creatures or beings exist then the other definitely does! So the books overall have that going for them.

The dichotomy of magical beings is well done in this book, and somthing I really appreciated. The idea of balance, light and dark, angel and demon.

The continuation of Simon's storyline was also interesting, on multiple occassions I felt like I needed to research biblical happenings and people, curious about how much of the book was based in biblical truths.

Overall this was a decent continuation of the mortal instument series, to me it had a really interesting twist at the end, though I am not sure how much longer I am willing to wait for a conclusion. If you like paranormal, fantasy and romance this is a worthwhile series, it gives you a touch of everything from angels,demons and faeries to warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. As well as of course-Shadowhunters. The other nice twist to this book for me was the inclusion of more about the mythos surrounding the various paranormals or downworlders. Looking forward to the next book in this series as well as the series prequel!more
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This book started out slow for me. I don't know if that is because it has been nearly a year since I read City of Glass so it took me a bit to get back into it, or if it really was a slow beginning.

By the middle of the book though, I was really into it again and the ending blew me away. I hate that I have to wait months for book five to be released!more
To make a long story short, I believe Cassandra Clare should have stopped with the third book. This fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, feels like an afterthought. Perhaps more like residue from the first three books. Essentially the plot didn’t pick up until about 75-80% into the book, and even then it still focuses on the same old hoopla of the “love” of Jace and Danger-prone Clary. I’m honestly getting tired of reading about their whirlwind romance, and I’ve learned to just skip through those constant descriptive parts. I can say that I did enjoy the fact that Simon plays a stronger role in the series, as he learns how to make better use of his new found powers. In this book we are also introduced to several other new characters, such as Kyle and Maureen, of whom I suppose will play bigger parts in the next books in the series. In all I found the book full of air, albeit with stratus clouds of quick action scenes. I wasn’t in favor for the slow plot development (if you want to call it a development) and I’m not totally convinced I should seek out any future TMI books. I felt very content when I thought that the third book, City of Glass, was the end. I will, with great enthusiasm, be in search for The Infernal Devices series, as I hear those are great books.

First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.’” (3)
Last Line: “We are one” (424)

Quotes:
“‘Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,’ Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, ‘are just too unlikely to dwell upon.’” (77)

“‘You left me,’ he said. ‘You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me.’ He spoke matter-of-factly. It had been a long time.” (259)

“You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no ‘till death do us part’ for those who never die.” (377)more
I recently started reading this series and have heard tons of accolades from library patrons and friends, I am also a person who feels the need to finish a series once I start. So I read books 1-3 and there is no way i can just quit.

The series in general intrigues me, I like the blending of fantasy characters. It reminds me of a Sookie Stackhouse world, where the point is: if one group of magical creatures or beings exist then the other definitely does! So the books overall have that going for them.

The dichotomy of magical beings is well done in this book, and somthing I really appreciated. The idea of balance, light and dark, angel and demon.

The continuation of Simon's storyline was also interesting, on multiple occassions I felt like I needed to research biblical happenings and people, curious about how much of the book was based in biblical truths.

Overall this was a decent continuation of the mortal instument series, to me it had a really interesting twist at the end, though I am not sure how much longer I am willing to wait for a conclusion. If you like paranormal, fantasy and romance this is a worthwhile series, it gives you a touch of everything from angels,demons and faeries to warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. As well as of course-Shadowhunters. The other nice twist to this book for me was the inclusion of more about the mythos surrounding the various paranormals or downworlders. Looking forward to the next book in this series as well as the series prequel!more
Couldn't stop while you were ahead, huh? All I can say is that this book was so slow that eventually, the only thing I could do was give up and skim. This is one of those series that should have stopped at book 3!more
Things I liked:

1. It's like a TMI spin-off featuring Simon (who has fast become one of my favorite characters in the series).

2. Isabelle/Simon. hohohohoh way to go, Clare, pairing off the two remaining characters without a partner, but oh well, you did it well, and this is my favorite ship so far.

3. Clary is slowly becoming a take-control over girl, and not merely the damsel in distress. Quick thinking about ruining Jace's rune, but that wasn't enough. With a character like Clary, though, it's a big improvement

Things I didn't like:
1. Jace and Clary's love story has become even more angst-ridden. I liked the incest-related angst, but seriously, I could slap Jace for looking for more excuses to be unhappy.

2. Seriously, after the fight ended with Lilith, why oh why did they just leave Jace alone with Sebastian???? You would think that after all they've been through (the Valentine episode and the more recent episode with Lilith), they'd be more paranoid, and effin make sure Sebastian was secured, if they can't kill him. But, no, they left Jace, who's still pretty unstable, alone with Sebastian. It's like watching the girl in a slasher film walk around the house in the dark, knowing there's a killer around there somewhere. Sheesh.

This was a pretty enjoyable read, mostly because of the Simon parts. But I think making a book after the trilogy ended was unnecessary. Yes, I really think it was unnecessary. I liked the trilogy but enough is enough.more
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