Wednesday, June 18, 2014

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare
This is a young adult paranormal fantasy novel (Rated R)
(Four Hell Fire Hearts)
Book Summary
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned...

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
My Review
This story begins sluggishly. I think the first 30% of the book was rather boring. Also, it felt like CC was setting us up for a spinoff series and spent a lot of time in the book building a prequel about Emma and Jules instead of focusing on Jace and Clary.
So I’m thinking Emma and Jules become paraboti (<- not sure of spelling since I listened). I’m thinking she loves him and she talks about how good looking he’ll be in the future with girls chasing him. So she’ll love him much like Simon loved Clary in the beginning. But Jules will take the role of Clary and loving her like a friend. In the end they’ll try to get together but the paraboti thing will be the thing that holds them apart. Then of course, Emma’s side story will be finding her parents’ killers. Where Jules side story will be keeping his siblings together, finding Mark and getting Helena back. The overall arc of the series will be the war with the fairies. Oh and Helena and her girlfriend will replace Magnes and Alec as the token couple.
Now back to the original cast of the series, CC doesn’t have a problem killing off people in this book. One of which I was really sad about. The other problem with this book as without a love triangle people hate so much, there really wasn’t anything hanging in the balance. We knew that CC wouldn’t have the epic fail like Veronica Roth. So the main couple was safe in having a HEA. Thus, there was nothing to really keep you on the edge.
I saw the thing with Simon, I mean she couldn’t leave things as they stood. The thing with Sebastian also didn’t feel epic. And lastly, how is Emma a Carstairs? When did Jem (James) have a kid? Am I missing something?
Audio Review
Sophie Turner co-narrated this book with Jason Dohring.  Sophie did an outstanding job for the most part. Jason not so much. When not reading the dialogue, he sounded kind of bored. However the dialogue was really good, accents and all. I think he nailed it.
Overall, it was okay. But the book was too easily put down. It wasn’t until like the last 20% or so did I become invested in the story. The saving grace was that Jace was the Jace of old, not whiny and broody.
My Book Boyfriend is Jace.

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  1. Great review, Terri! I appreciate how honest your thoughts are. Do you think a love triangle would've made this novel more interesting for you?

    1. I think with no life or relationship hanging in the balance, I personally found the book to be a bit dull. I know a lot of people don't like love triangles. I happen to enjoy them most of the time except when my guy isn't chosen, JK, LOL. But the book was missing something. I don't need a triangle, but it needed something.