Friday, March 23, 2012

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

Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: ebook
Source: I bought it

From Goodreads: "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 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 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. 

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels

My opinion: The Mortal Instruments is one of my all time favorite series, and I was so excited when I heard that Cassandra Clare was continuing it with City of Fallen Angels! I knew going into it that this book told mostly Simon's story, and since I love Simon, I was okay with that. Unfortunately, it just felt like something was missing from this installment. It wasn't that the writing wasn't good - it's Cassandra Clare, for Heaven's sake! Of course it was good! But the romance that was so well written in the first 3 books was missing in this one. I love the bromance between Simon and Jace, and their back and forth bickering is what made COFA so enjoyable! But Jace and Clary are having problems, Isabelle and Maia found out that Simon was two-timing them, so they're not speaking to him, and even Magnus and Alec are at odds! I missed the romance, but it was still a very quick and easy read for me. The pacing is good, the characters are the same characters we know and love, and the action is exciting! There is a HUGE cliffhanger, too! I won't tell you what, but let me tell you that I totally did not see it coming! Don't you love when that happens?! 

I gave this book 4 stars because while I felt something was missing, it was still a very good book, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out to find out what happens next! :D

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