My Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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.

My Review:

The 4th installment in the Mortal Instrument series was just the step back into YA reads I was looking for - and in fact, I actually had to put down Seabiscuit, because I needed something a little more relaxed...and well, YA.

Very similar in pace and tone to the first three in the series, Fallen Angels didn't disappoint. However, I will say that the relationship between Clary and Jace is dragging on a bit too slow for my taste. I say that because we're now on book #4 and still, the two are struggling to have any sort of normalcy at all, when it comes to their dating life. I understand what Clare is trying to do with the two characters - but in the end, I was really hoping this book would bring it all together for them...and it didn't. At least for me.

The story does dive deeper into Simon's character (vampire / daylighter) which I really enjoyed - and introduced a new character, Jordan, who has some ties to one of Simon's girlfriends (and an existing character from prior books), Maia. Loose ends from the first 3 titles seem to be coming together nicely - with the exception of Clary and Jace's relationship as I mentioned - and of course, what would it be if new plot lines didn't develop? The ending was quite a bit of a cliff hanger - making me hope it's not too long, before the next book in the series is released...looks like that won't be until May of 2012.

Net/net: I like this series enough - and would recommend to other fans of YA. I definitely love Jace's character - just wish more would happen between he and Clary.

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