Thursday, April 21, 2011

City of Fallen Angels Review

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels Review

May Contain spoilers. Please do NOT read if you haven't read the first 3 books in The Mortal Instruments Series.

City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments Series. It follows more in the point of view of Simon; Clary's best friend turned vampire turned Daylighter, with occasional POV changes between other characters. Even though the story is a bit more about Simon it's still got plenty of Clary and Jace as well as Isabelle.

Simon is trying to get a handle on being a vampire, and now with the ability to walk around during the day he thinks he can live a normal life; living at home and going to school, but fitting in is still difficult for someone who isn't normal. Clary has taken hold of her true path and is training to become a shadowhunter, training with her boyfriend Jace.

The mystery of the story is that someone is murdering shadowhunters, and the crazy thing is they're going after shadowhunters that were once in Valentine's inner circle which creates tension on the new truce between shadowhunters and downworlders. Not only is there trouble among the shadowhunters but now someone is after Simon, when he's attacked the power of his mark kicks in and brings a force that obliterates the enemy. But that still doesn't answer the question of who is behind the attacks, whoever it is obviously doesn't know about the mark of Cain, and if they do they're willing to risk lives to get to him. Simon is a high priority vampire that anyone may want to get their hands on, but why?

Simon has a pretty rough time in this book, he's trying to live a life that's no longer meant to be his, he tells his mom he's a vampire and ends up having to move out, he's dating two girls but neither of them know about the other even though they're friends and he's got people trying to kill him. He battles with himself and until he accepts his vampirism he'll struggle.

Meanwhile, the story also progresses with Clary and Jace. Clary is still learning the ways of the shadowhunter and is completely in love with Jace. Now that the truth of who he really is, is out they can love each other freely, they can just be happy and live their lives...or so they think. Jace is plagued with dreams where he does bad things, things that he's afraid he won't be able to control in his waking life. With this thought at the back of his mind at all times, he slowly starts pulling away from Clary which makes her think that he doesn't truely love her; if she only knew what he dreamed of.

New enemies arise as well as some new faces on the side of good. A battle of good versus evil and the gut wrenching feeling of never knowing who will come out on top. Will another loved one fall at the hands of the darkside? Will enemies unite in the hopes of saving their world? Will evil prevail in the end?

City of Fallen Angels is a heart attack-inducing book that makes you beg for more, and stand up yelling at the characters you've fallen in love with. It twists in ways you can't imagine and leaves you wanting more. It leaves you gripping the final page in anticipation for the following book. Book 5 will be a book I look forward to all year long.

A must read series! Cassandra Clare has done a wonderful job in creating this unique and breath-taking world.

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

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