Friday, July 20, 2012

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
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Release Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 424
Format: NookBook
Acquired: Bought
Interest: Series
Others in the Series: City of Bones, City of Ashes, & City of Glass
Age Group: Young Adult

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 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 one.

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.

And so the epicness continues. Honestly, I think with each book the series just continues to get better and better. It truly knows how to take a hold of the reader and pull a spell over them into the world of Shadowhunters and the love that Jace and Clary battle on a daily bases. 

Now with the war over a new battle looms. One that no one is prepared for and the love that Clary has for Jace is threatened, while Simon becomes Downworlder #1 on everyone's list. 

I love the fact that Cassandra Clare continued the series, but I especially love how Simon has finally taken a stronger rule. I know that this book was primarily for him, and so I'm glad that we finally get a closer look at his life. A Downworlder who is trying to have the best of both worlds, but sadly that's not how things will be for him. 

And the fact that Clare was able to tie this nicely with what happened in the original trilogy helps make the connection, I think, a little better. Clare doesn't bring in something new and shocking and creates a new story. She recycles what has already been brought and makes it 10X more threatening. 

And, of course, the ending had me gasping. I could not believe what had just happened, and all I can say is that I am so glad the next book is already out because that ending killed me. Just ripped me inside. Though, I think I may need a break, because I know if I read CoLS I will just completely and utterly lose it, and not to mention have a longer wait for the final book. 

Clare is a mastermind and has created a world that I have no idea how she was able to come up with. Some of those demons I just find so creative and that woman's imagination must be running on wildfire. 

Haunting, beautiful, captivating, this series will leave you wanting more and more. The reader will never want to leave this world. 

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