Monday, August 29, 2011

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

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.

The fourth installment had me feeling slightly more somber after so many happy endings taking place in City of Glass, but not too much to dissuade me from pushing through. Just when I thought Clary and Jace were on a no obstacles standing in their way course, Clare proves me wrong. Jace has got his hands full and nothing but ups and downs (mostly downs) in this go-around. It was disheartening to see it pan out that way. After a while a happy ending seems dramatic because it seems equally unlikely.

Simon however, shares his serious issues with almost no one and that's also hard to watch. His friendship with Clary has evolved throughout the series but Clare reminds readers of its strength and sustainability this time around. While City of Glass still stands out for me as a hard act to follow, this fourth book was a good edition to the series. And who isn't glad that the series went from being just a trilogy, to now a who knows how many installments series? I know I'm happy about it.

I gave City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) 3 shamrocks!!!

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