To me, overall, this book was simply "meh". I barely ever use this word, as it's so very dull and just isn't descriptive enough... yet the book is stiTo me, overall, this book was simply "meh". I barely ever use this word, as it's so very dull and just isn't descriptive enough... yet the book is still "meh".
The Pros of the novel (mixed in with a little bad):
The book is a continuation of the characters that all of us know and love at this point (or you're just weird, if you've read this far and disliked them), however, the book made me feel as if the series was just being dragged on too long. I was excited for the book before it came out, believe me, but after reading it I was a bit let down. City of Fallen Angels just rode off the reputation of the first three novels, in all their awesomeness. Sort of like the last three books of Twilight, or... something else along those lines, since that's the only thing that I can come up with right now.
One of the only good things about this book (while viewed standing on it's own) was it's flow, which is something that I think many YA books are lacking nowadays. Clare does it really, really well. Finally, the whole Jordan-Maia thing was very well connected throughout the other books, and fit nicely into this one. I appreciated how Maia didn't still completely overreact after she found out that what Jordan did was an accident. Despite the fact that both Maia and her previous boyfriend are werewolves, the two of them seem to be some of the most realistic characters in the whole series. Which is refreshing. Yup.
The Cons of the novel (which probably outweigh the pros):
1-The whole first half of the book takes place in what, a day? Clary is feeling Jace break off from her in one day? Seriously? One reason that I liked the Clary character before was that she wasn't quite as obnoxiously relationship-obsessed as some other girls in modern media. Sigh.
2-Jace has become Edward Cullen. How far has Twilight corrupted the world, if it even took over Jace Wayland/Morganstern/Herondale/Lightwood?! There were very few situations in the entire book in which Jace should show some kind of guilt or fear regarding his relationship with Clary, yet the moments where he did show such emotions were enough to create an entire monotonous sub-plotline of it's own! In other words, since his feelings were shown so much (through the continuous desperate, *hem*, relations with Clary, and the constant descriptions of how destroyed he looked) the big shocker at the end where he's possessed doesn't come off as strong as it should. (Side note: Jace's possession took up too much of the ending, which was quite long to begin with.) Hence, it made the ending itself a bit of a letdown.
3-Simon. Simon just has issues. The two-timing thing was okay, but there was just a bit too much of it when it wasn't really that important. It is in a much lower league than what Jace's/Clary's issues are, but it has a much bigger deal made about it. On a different note, Simon's mother was only in two scenes. I think they should have brought her in one more time at the end or something, for balance. When the end comes and Simon claims that he will go home to his mother, the reader just doesn't care about that issue anymore since she's been out of it for a good four hundred pages. Finally, the whole mystery-vampire-voice-convincing-thing is much too late to be happening. Simon should have completely finished his "OMG I'm a vampire and I think that I might go into shock after discovering my new secret powers" stage long before the third book in which he is a vampire. After at least two months, wouldn't you notice that at some point, everyone did exactly what you asked, even though you were a more minor character?
4-The dead baby thing was interesting in an awful scientific cult-ish way, but overly creepy. Actually, just creepy. It definitely was good leading up to the whole Lilith thing, but there are certain limits for some YA fiction that this might tread upon a bit.
5- I absolutely loved the previous books because some of the snarky comments would leave me laughing out loud while I was reading (...and having everybody stare at me, but it was so funny that I didn't care). As for the majority of this book, Magnus was gone and Jace was practicing his Edward Cullen cosplay, so the humor was barely ever there. Another letdown.
I don't really have anything left to say... so yeah... three stars, maybe?