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If I had just died I would have wanted to be with the people I loved no matter what so his behaviour was annoying and frustrating to read. Surely working things out together makes more sense but he just stumbled around making mistake after mistake and putting everyone else in danger. Clary has no idea what is going on apart from thinking he does not love her anymore so the relationship is a bigger train wreck than before if that is even possible. Simon needs to man up and "grow a pair" as he is so wimpy yet he is this invincible being and lets everyone fight his battles for him. Isabelle is her usual arrogant self so she her character stayed the same and at least she is willing to fight for her friends although her double standards are annoying. Alec and Magnus are finally a couple but I would have liked to read more of them in this book as they were absent for most of it and some better fight scenes would have kept the story moving. Luke and Joselyn are getting married finally but then nothing? A lot of loose ends in this book and if only these characters talked to each other there would be less problems for them to face alone and they do not seem to learn from their mistakes. Hopefully things will progress in the next book which I am still debating as to whether I will read on.
I like where the story picks up. It does in a way of joy and then Jace starts to pull back and we know why, but no one else does. So most of the rest of the book is trying to find out when Jace is going to finally let it all out.
The book definitely takes a turn at the end. You have a feeling you kind of know why things are happening, but in the end it definitely wasn't what I thought. There is some parts that are connected to it, but not in ways I had imagined.
Clare leaves it off in a way that you pretty much HAVE to pick up the next book. I need to know what happens and I already know after the 5th book I am going to be really upset having to wait for the final book to come out in 2014. I might even re-read the series before it comes out just so I can jump right into the last one.
I love how the characters continue to become a part of you and grow not only has an individual but as a group of not only friends but becoming a family as well. I don't want to say much more than that without ruining the book for you all.
It wasn't my favorite out of the series, I definitely enjoyed it and I still give it 5 stars, but I think book 3 is still my favorite. I still felt like the series could have ended there and I loved the happy ending that it gave in more ways than one. I am still hoping for that happy ending with the end of the series.
This book definitely leaves you with a feeling of dread of what is going to happen at the end of it. I pretty much just set the book down and stared up and wanted to yell no, but knew I would scare my dog if I did, so I did the next best thing. I got up, went to my bookshelf, grabbed book 5, then walked in here to write this for you all :)
I know this isn't the best review, I am horrible at writing reviews on series and trying not to give spoilers for you all. I just hope you see my sincerity that I loved this book and I love the series. So many said it wasn't good after the 3rd book and that had me scared, but for me I still love the series, and I hope that remains the case after book 5 and 6.
That darn past just keeps coming back to haunt them, just won't die. But then, when you're dealing with evil incarnate... and it's your job to fight them... or at least job-in-training... kind of hard to escape it.
And, Clary's one wish from the previous book has unexpected side effects because... of course at 16 they don't know the full range of consequences, what door they've opened and what they they've undone. And of course, evil steps in to take unfair advantage of that natural rule of give and taken, balance.
Jace can hardly stand to be near her and there's just something off aobut him... go figure.. he's had a life/death experience. Or so it seems to Clary. Everything in him calls to her, draws him to her, the yearning to just be with her hurts, but he's determined to protect her from him. After the things they've seen and been through, who can blame him for being afraid his nightmares (which literally make him physically ill) will come true — he'll kill or seriously hurt Clary.
Could these two be any more star crossed?
And, you get more of Simon. Bless his undead heart, he just can't catch a break. Someone even finds a way around his curse, the mark of Cain. Of course they did. And, the two girls he's been dating — although no one has said exclusively — both assume he's taking them to Clary's mom's wedding to Luke. Then they find out about the other and are ticked off; never a good idea to date girls who know each other and are friends. And, his mom found his closet stash of food and calls him a monster... so he has to glamour her...for as long as it can last. The new guy in the band offers to let him crash at his apartment. Even that's off. Turns out Kyle is a werewolf guardian who helps young darkworlders just turned or left alone to adjust. Then, he also turns out to be Jordan Kyle, the guy who hit and turned Maia, the wolf girl he was dating. Oh, and there's someone sending people in gray track suits to try to kill him. The mark takes care of that but still... who's he ever antagonized?
Alec gets some away time with Magnus abroad, until he's summoned back to help with Clary and the shadowhunters — the usual life-death peril that's the norm for Jace and Clary. Then he finds out that the old vamp that's trying to recruit Simon is one of Magnus' former partners... and he's had a lot in his considerable years .... and all kinds... He doesn't really have a type it seems. They have a spat at the engagement party.
Jace and Clary seek the help of the Silent Brothers to cure him of his dreams, after he does draw blood when things get close. Yeah, when she got her wish, all of the rituals and precautions taken at birth were lost, leaving him open to outside influence. Yep, the oldest she demon around, what some might call the mother of 'em all, is messing with him. See, she considers the not Sebastian Jonathan her son, even if biologically he belongs to Jocelyn and Valentine, who the angel killed. After all, it was her demon blood that Valentine injected him with to make him the raving homicidal soldier he was. So, when Clary got Jace back, she grabbed Sebastian/Johnathan, who Jace had just felled with a mortal wound, she snatched him up and preserved him, just waiting for a chance to get hte right individuals together to bring her "son" back.
And, turns out the mother of dead demon babies has been busy... failing... with a floor of dead.
Jace is tricked in his sleep into letting the demon queen mark him. He flees the Silent Brothers and tracks Clary down at her mom's engagement part, pulls her close and knocks her out. She wakes up with him holding her hostage before queen demon. Mean while, Simon is approached at Joycelyn and Luke's party, and convinced to leave to meet the person who's sent the people after him, to protect those he cares about. So he gives in and goes.
Jace is being used to hold Clary as leverage so Simon will voluntarily bite Sebastian, then is supposed to give him his blood. Simon is convinced when despite Clary's plea for him not to regardless and attempt to convince that Jace won't hurt her fails. He pricks her neck with the knife he holds there. So Simon bites the freak and becomes violently ill, falling to the floor.
When Izzy, Alec, Jordan --who is supposed to be guarding Simon -- and Maia realize Simon is missing, and assume Jace and Clary are being together, they go looking for Simon.
And, in the end, good triumphs over the demon woman, but... as is always the case, especially with Clare's books, don't count big bad out just yet. He reaches out to Jace and... well you're left with Jace missing and Clary having to account for her wish and the consequences thereafter. Simon's gonna go home and try to work on mom.