Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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

Genre: paranormal and fantasy
Series and Book #: Mortal Instruments, book 4
Pages: 432
Synopsis: The Mortal War is over, and 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 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 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.


I love this series. I started to read it a few years ago, but thought it was a little dark. Then I got it for Christmas and I started reading it and I fell in love: hard. Jace and Clary's story captivated me as soon as I got into the series deeper. A definite must read: I can't say it enough.

I love Cassandra's writing, because she paints the picture of the Shadowhunter world very well. Her details are always very good, but in COFA, I thought it was heavy in places. Like she added a little too much clarification and detail to the story. That's why it probably took me a week to read it, but then again I've been pretty busy.

I LOVE the characters! You see so much more of Simon in this novel, and I think its great. Downworlders are very interesting, and after reading about Shadowhunters for the first three books that I think it was refreshing to catch a glimpse into the other world. Also, Isabelle was amazing, as usual. I love her. She's so honest, but she had a soft spot on her, somewhere....

Overall, this installment had me thirsting for more. Clare left a wide opening at the end, making me scream (more than once) "OH MY GOD, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW???" Love her writing, the characters, all of it!

The Cover: Although in previous posts I said that I like the face being shown, I think I changed my mind. I'd rather Clary's face to be hidden, first because her eyes are demonic and second because I just like the hidden faces. It gives the books an air of mystery. But I do like the two people on the cover.

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