City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Published April 5, 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children’s, Margret K. McElderry Books
Genres Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal
The Mortal War is over and 16-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, 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.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.
So I know I am late to the Shadowhunters party; to be honest I didn’t really start reading fantasy until this year. I read YA series like Divergent, The Hunger Games & Twilight, but I never got into YA fantasy. I think Red Queen and City of Bones were the first fantasy books I have ever read. This is also the longest series I have read (yes, I know I need to read Harry Potter, I’m working on it) and I have taken breaks in between each book and read other books. The first 3 books I loved, but this one seemed a bit slow moving to me. I like Simon as a character, but I felt like this book focused a lot on him and admittedly he did have a lot going on, but I found myself starting to get a bit bored with him. I prefer Clary and Jace, sorry! I also love Isabelle. Anyway, it took for many weeks to read this book, especially the middle of the book because it seemed to go really slow. As we get to the end and the different pieces and players once again come together, then I understood a lot of the plot that had confused me a bit. I love Cassandra Clare’s writing; I love the world building, I love the characters and I love the unique way she writes the perspective from almost all of the characters. I think that I might just be a bit old for this series? I think I would have really, really loved it if I had read it 5 years ago. I still love it, but I am not excitedly pulling out City of Lost Souls to start on it.
After reading the description for the next book and the way City of Fallen Angels ended, I am afraid the entire book is just going to be focused on the one main problem. Sorry, I always write spoiler free reviews, so if you haven’t read it, I am sure that seems a bit broad. The way this book ended set the stage for City of Lost Souls. I am hoping that City of Lost Souls doesn’t focus on Simon as much and moves a little bit faster. I have heard great things about the last book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire, as well as The Infernal Devices series and of course Lady Midnight, all of which I own and are on my TBR. I plan on starting City of Lost Souls soon, so fingers crossed that it moves a bit faster, happy reading!