Thursday, 31 March 2016

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #4)

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Title: City of Fallen Angels
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 448
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

City of Fallen Angels

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.
Simon has a major role in this book, around 70% of this book centres around him. I didn't like Simon much in City of Bones but I warmed to him in the subsequent books and I loved him in City of Fallen Angels. I am now a fan of Simon, I thought it would never happen! A lot of drama happens to him and it was just darn entertaining from start to finish. Also thanks to Isabelle, Simon's whole look has been transformed and that is a great thing.

Jace has a bunch of issues as well and is very withdrawn throughout the majority of this book. I didn't like stressed Jace, his sass was seriously diminished throughout. It was refreshing to have Clary take a back seat to the story to let other characters shine. I was really digging the references to Clockwork Angel which was published before this book. I am glad I read Clockwork Angel first because characters from The Infernal Devices pop up or are discussed. Magnus is seriously old, I never really thought about it before.

I would say this has to be the creepiest book of the series so far, there are a lot of seriously messed up things going on with demons and just.... *shivers*. Can't say too much about that. I kind of expected the finale, it just wasn't as shocking as I would have liked. Nevertheless, this is a great book and I love the direction in which the series is going.


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