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Sunday, September 11, 2011

City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
How Received: Purchased
Rate: 5+

 Summary: (as quoted from Amazon) 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.
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.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels
My thoughts:
City of Fallen Angels is a great addition to The Mortal Instruments Series.  All of the characters truly grow in this book. Now that Clary and Jace know that they are not brother and sister, they are dating, and very, very happy together. At least, that's what you would expect. But as Clary trains to become a full time Shadowhunter, she notices that Jace has not been acting like his usual self. He has been haunted by strange, horrific dreams, that stay with him long after he wakes up. The self-hatred that he feels throughout the book hurt me a lot, and I really wanted him to realize that everyone has flaws, as well as baggage. Clary, being the warm-hearted, amazing girl that she is, tells him this all the time ; but of course, Jace doesn't listen.

Now, I have to mention some of the other really freaking awesome characters in the book. Simon, Clary's best friend, has his hands full. Not only is he adapting to life as a vampire, but he is also juggling two different girlfriends : Maia, a beautiful, fun loving werewolf, and Isabelle, a gorgeous, butt-kicking Shadowhunter.Throughout the novel, I felt that all of these characters really grew into themselves. Although they all had their struggles, in the end, they all found some sort of belonging with each other.

Last, but most certainly not least, we have Magnus and Alec, who are travelling the world together and having some fun, couple only time. When the scenes between them came up, I got really excited! After all, how can there be a boring scene that has Magnus in it? Just visualizing his nice scarves, beautiful clothes, and spiky hair - not to mention glitter - makes him a riot. Alec himself loosened up a ton in this book, and his character was more fun and interesting.

With the beautiful writing, new and old characters, and a major cliffhanger ending, Cassandra Clare has created an amazing novel ; City of Fallen Angels is a must read.



Cassandra said...

Thanks for the review. Didn't like this installment so much as the previous novels of Clare but hope City of Lost Souls gets better. Just wanted Clary to be more confident in her Jace relationship but Jace is still aloof and at times couldn't understand him despite my liking for him. Still did enjoy.

Denise Z said...

I really am going to have to read this series :) Thanks for sharing today.

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