City of Fallen Angels

Posted 4 January 2015 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

City of Fallen AngelsCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
on 2011-04-05
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 434
Source: personal purchase | eBook

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from personal purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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From the back cover...

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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.

My Review

Each time I read a book in this series, it is my new favorite.  And here I am, with a new favorite!

The Mortal War is over and life should be exciting and full of possibilities.  But life is never that easy, is it?  Despite the fact that Shadowhunters and Downworlders came together to battle Valentine, there are centuries of age-old hate and distrust to overcome in the aftermat.  The Clave is changing, adapting and evolving.  And there are those that will play on the distrust to advance their own causes.

I wondered how this book was going to continue the stoy line of the first three novels in an exciting way.  The Mortal War was at the center of those books and it ended at the conclusion of the third book.  So what would come next that would keep the story progressing?  I shouldn’t have worried!  The mystery and intrigue didn’t end with the War.  The twists and turns have amped up in this book and so has the frustration level.  Just when you think things are going to finally fall into place for Jace and Clary…!

I love the man-fecta of Jace, Jordan, and Simon.  The dynamics going on there are fantastic and there is more of that fantastically snarky banter between them.  I like the bromance weirdly brewing between Jace and Simon, too, a bromance that Jace would like to continue to deny.  The characters are so wonderful in these books, even those you love to hate!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 5

About Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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