Sunday, August 7, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
*Book 5 of The Mortal Instruments Series

  •   Reading level: Young Adult
  •   Paperback: 432 pages
  •   Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry
  •   ISBN-10: 1442403543
  •   ISBN-13: 978-1416995562
  •   Received From: I bought it  

    From Goodreads:
    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:
    One of the great things about Cassandra Clare is that her books always have the perfect amount of humor in them, and this book is no exception. To be honest I thought the series was over with the third book because everything ended, all of the problems in the first two books were fixed and all of the loose ends were tied up, so I was really surprised to hear that there was going to be three more books in the series. 

    In this book Jace and Clary seem to take more of a backseat to the other characters in the book, but that still doesn’t stop them from having another problem as to why they can’t seem to be together and happy at the same time. Clary’s character is a semi-strong female character. In this book she is starting to learn to defend herself against demons and we do get to see her put some of her new skills to the test, and she does kick some butt; she also stood up to Jace and his “punishing himself”. I am so glad that she did this because she would just let him do it because “that is what he does and he would talk to her when he was ready”, and when she would do I would want to throttle her, so I’m very glad that she (sort of) put a stop to this. 

    This book seemed to focus more on Simon and his life than any other character. Clare also introduced a new character, Kyle, and I’m excited to read about him and his female counterpart [telling would be giving too much away ;)]. We also got to see the more vulnerable side of Izzy as well! I’m really glad that she is starting to give the other characters some more attention and that we get to learn about them. However, I hope that she perfects the balance of all the characters getting the right amount of time in the book, because she just barely missed it in this book in my opinion. I have faith in her though because at the very very end of the book she adds another little twist that should bring Jace and Clary back on equal ground with Simon and the others!

    Overall this was a fantastic book and I really enjoyed reading this book so I’m going to give it 5 quills!

    <3 Shannon

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