Plot [with spoilers for the previous books]:
Clary found out that her mother is not in a coma, but under a spell and now her heart is set to go to Alicante, the shadowhunter city, to find the wizard who made the spell and make him revive her. But Jace is not too happy about Clary coming to Alicante, as he fears for her safety because of her abilities. And Valentine is still out and about anyway. But then things get screwed up and Jace ends up in Alicante with Alec, Isabelle and Simon, while Clary goes there on her own illegally, closely followed by Luke. But that is really only the start of the troubles.
There were several things in City of Glass that rubbed me the wrong way. So much so that I needed to take a break after finishing it and haven’t continued with the series since. (Though I probably still will – they didn’t rub me that hard. ;)
Alright, so it turns out I was totally right about all my assumptions after having read part two: Jace and Clary aren’t siblings after all and they both have angel blood in them due to Valentine’s experiments.
And, to be honest, I thought that the “they aren’t siblings after all” thing was a major cop-out. As I said, I’m really not a fan of incest stories, but if you have everybody angsting about it for two books and then you go “lol, jk!”, personally that makes me feel not being taken for full as a reader. I mean, I read all the angsty parts even though I hate them and I stayed with the story. I don’t want to feel like it was all unnecessary.
Also, Alec and Magnus. I love Magnus, I really do. He is an awesome character and all kinds of sexy and everything. But he is also 800 years old (as it turns out in this book, though it was hinted at before) and he’s dating an 18-year-old. Which is kinda creepy. Clare does handle it pretty well, with Magnus being probably the most understanding and openly loving (for somebody in the closet to have) person, but really… [And from the other perspective, if I was Magnus, I really couldn’t be bothered with another 18-year-old who still hasn’t come out. I’d probably tell Alec to call me up again in ten years, when he’s at ease with his sexuality.]
In short, issues were had and even though they didn’t take everything over, it was actually pretty good that I didn’t have time to read privately anymore anyway because uni started again and suddenly there was this huge pile of scientific articles I had to work through. I’ll continue the series, I think, but probably not too quickly.