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Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (April 5th, 2011)
Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardback: 424 pages
Source: Publisher
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
Review: I'm going to try to be spoiler free for this review. I'll admit it did take me a while to remember what had happened during the last book once I started reading this one. I read City of Glass a loooong time ago. But soon I was right back into the swing of things and thinking"Oh yeah, I remember that!".

Cassandra Clare is an amazingly talented writer. Since book 1 I have always been unable to put down one of her books after starting it. Her ability to create multi-dimensional characters, twisted plots, and fierce action easily grab your attention. City of Fallen Angels stays on that path. I was honestly afraid that this book may be filled with unimportant information, or a story line that didn't exactly fit after City of Glass. That was not the case. Cassandra Clare flawlessly brought these stories together as if they were written a day apart.

The characters we have come to love continue to kick butt and take names during this installment and we even get a new addition. I won't give too many hints but I will just say it's a male, and he rocks! This book also gives us a chance to get to know Simon on a deeper level. That was a nice touch. I enjoyed seeing his perspective.

City of Fallen Angels is a perfect addition to The Mortal Instruments series. Cassandra Clare paints a picture of a paranormal world that seems so real we could touch it; be apart of the action. The Shadowhunters are more dangerous than ever and I loved seeing where Cassandra carried this story. Clary, Jace, and Simon have grown throughout this series and I'm excited to see what happens next and they continue on this path and explore new possibilities.

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