Thursday, June 2, 2011

City of Fallen Angels Review

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry Books
Pages: 424
Genre: Fantasy
From: Barnes and Noble

Synopsis: 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, 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.
When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.

       Of course Cassandra Clare is a fantastic author and her books just get better as she gains more experience.  I love how she took elements and loose ends from her last book to create a whole new story.  Some  seemingly meaningless things popped up again as major plot points, and the Clockwork Angel appeared in many illusions throughout.  Especcially since Camile is a pretty major character in this book.
       All of the characters have grown so beautifully.  The littlest things about them that annoyed me in the last books were gone.  Jace of course is still the hottest guy in fiction.  Clary's realationship with him seems to have really blossomed and become real, proving to all the bad YA authors that there is more to a realationship than the angsty chase then break-up, then get back together. 
        And the villian!  This villan made Valentine look like a little boy playing with matches.  Wow.  I loved it.  My new favorite villan, after the White Witch.
       The suspence, Cassandra seems to have mastered the act of it.  Everything about it was perfectly crafted and planned that I didn't even realize it was happening (which you can always tell in other books) till she had changed scense on me and I wanted to go back!  Please tell me what happens next!
       This book had an interesting quality.  It was from Clary and Simon's point of view.  Simon has come a long way, and it was so interesting to hear his thoughts compared to Clary.

Characters- 9
Plot- 9
Suspence- 9
Theme- 9
Mood- 9
Pace- 9
Cover- 10- awesome cover
Overall- 9.2-  Loved it, best one yet. 

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