Mortal Instruments Books 4 and 5 by Cassandra Clare
Goodreads summary: The City of Fallen Angels: 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.
City of Lost Souls: What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?
Where to begin? These books were so great I cannot even decide where to start with their plots, characters, and romance. The last few books were good but these were even better which is impressive.
The plot was exciting at first because Clary was training and she had everything she wanted: the best friend anyone could ask for, a boyfriend that she would burn down the world for, and her entire family back. Shortly after though, murders begin and things start going south because she has this to deal with, then Jace suddenly starts acting totally different, Simon is going through an extremely rough time, and then Jace and Clary’s brother (who we start calling Sebastian even though that isn’t his name) get connected which is annoying. I almost liked Sebastian for a while and if you read it you understand, but if you haven’t I won’t ruin that for you.
The romance between Clary and Jace was so satisfying at first because I waited for so long for them to be able to be a couple and then Jace started pulling away and I got annoyed all over again. There is hardly a happy time for anyone in these books so I enjoy them whenever they do occur. The romance between Simon and his girlfriend(s) is amusing because we care more about Simon than the other girls so I wasn’t really annoyed with him, I just enjoyed his portion of the story much more than I usually did. The romance between Magnus and Alec was adorable and I loved every minute of it. Honestly, Clary and the Lightwoods needed Magnus and would have probably died several times without him. The romance between Luke and Jocelyn, well, it was weird in a good way. I love Luke and grew to like him while Clary’s mom was in a coma and I am glad he is finally happy but it was kind or awkward reading about her parents’ romance. The author didn’t make it too important in the story though so it was good.
The characters were great and I love them all, especially Jace (who is now on the top of my fiction crush list) and Izzy who is just so tough and awesome. Even though she doesn’t need a guy to be strong, she shows some vulnerability to Simon and that made me like her even more. Of course I love Clary and every other good character in this story and I definitely recommend that everyone who likes reading read this book.
If you want to read book four, you can do so here.