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City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare
Originally Published: 2011
Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Source: Purchased

The Story

City of Fallen AngelsFrom the book flap:

The Mortal War is over, and Clary Fray is back home in New York, exited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to user her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And – most important of all – Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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’s 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. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.

The Response

I feel like it has been such a long time since I read the first three books in this series. And I feel like I should have finished The Internal Devices before getting back into this… (But I am a little afraid with how that is going to turn out, that it isn’t going to be as awesome as I want it to be.)

That said though, this book certainly didn’t disappoint! It was what I expect from a Cassandra Clare book. It is exciting, fast-paced, funny, and very hard to put down – definitely a winner for me!

I am so over the whole Jace/Clary relationship with their constant will they won’t they. First, it was all, are they siblings? Will they fall in love even if it is forbidden? Now it is all, omg will they break up or will they actually communicate and stay together? Blah blah blah, tired of the drama between the two of them.

So while everything centring around Jace and Clary was rather trying, I really enjoyed everything else. Or everyone else… Magnus! Alec! Simon! Isabelle! Luke! Love them all, and were all just as wonderful as they had been before.

I also really like the new characters that are introduced in this book, and how the author has tied mythology into these characters. It is going to be interesting to see how Clare continues with this thread. I am looking forward to seeing where this is going from where we are now.

The Bottom Line

I really enjoyed this one, and am very much looking forward to reading the next one.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:51 am April 29, 2013.
Category: Young Adult
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