Author: Cassandra Clare
Review: This is a great series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the first three books. To be honest though, I didn’t think it needed a fourth. It seemed to wrap up nicely at the end of the third book. When I found out there actually was a fourth book I decided I had to read it to find out what on earth could happen.
Clare continues the adventure by following Simon and his transition (or lack thereof) into a vampire. We get a little more depth into his character and what he is going through as opposed to Clary who has been the title character from the beginning. The adventures continue as Simon gets himself into a predicament that involves endangering those he loves. Jace and Clary have their own problems but they are intertwined with Simon’s and it goes to show that if people would just talk to each other then everything could easily be solved, or at least avoided. This book didn’t disappoint as it kept me on my toes and I actually pulled over the car on the way to pick up my children and finished the book on the side of the road because I couldn’t wait any longer. I thought it was the perfect ending until the last two pages where Clare pulled the old switcheroo and gave us a surprise cliffhanger ending. Cassandra Clare is a wonderful writer who has roped me into reading another of her books whenever book number five actually comes out.
Publisher: Published April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry
Quick Review: 4 out of 5 stars. Good book that continues the saga of the Mortal instruments.
Why I Read It: I’ve read the other books in this series and wanted to see what happens next.
Where I Obtained the Book: My awesome sister in law sent me a signed copy!
Synopsis: 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.
Author Biography: Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old. Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).
After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.
A big Thank you to our guest Blogger Heather for this review.