Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 424 pages

PublisherMargaret K. McElderry; 1st edition (April 5th 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442403543
ISBN-13: 9781442403543
Source: Purchased from Fully Booked
First Sentence"Just coffee, please."
Favorite Line from the Book
"And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in. You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? 'L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle'?" 

Her lips curled a little at the sides as she looked up at him. "I still don't speak Italian."

"It's a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso - Dante's Paradise. 'My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.' Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and maybe it's blasphemous, but that's how I think of the way I love you. You came into my life and suddenly I had one truth to hold on to - that I loved you, and you loved me." 
Book 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.

So where should I begin? At this point, I have finished the book yesterday, but I only got to really sit in today to really compose this review. Why, you might ask? Simply because I cannot put into words how I felt right after I finished the book. IT WAS TOTALLY AMAZING!

I loved the Mortal Instruments series which I just read last January. Shame on me, I know. One of my closest friends recommended the series, and I read the first book and finished the entire series in just one week. I adored all the characters in the series and I liked how Cassandra Clare could make me dumbfounded about all the twists in her very intricately written series. I thought I have already learned how to predict her writing style. Boy, was I wrong!

It was nice to see old characters reemerging from the old series AND tie it also with the characters of the Infernal Devices series. The characters definitely have grown up especially after what they have all experienced in City of Glass. I cannot say that they have grown into better persons, but definitely, they have grown more mature, more accepting of each others’ differences. I especially like that in this book, Jace and Simon has come to better terms and has opened up a new level of friendship between them. I was also came to understand why Isabelle just wouldn’t fall in love. And yes, I also get to feel that this novel, though based in a realm of fantasy, the author was still able to inject reality such as how Alec’s and Isabelle’s parents try to deal with their lives after Max’s death in City of Glass.

Just like the Mortal Instruments, this is a fast-paced, action-packed novel – which I appreciated. There was never a dull moment. There were also times that I just found myself laughing out loud because of the usual sarcastic lines of Jace, the not-too-innocent puns of Simon which is, of course, directed to Jace.  I can say that this is emotionally electrifying as well. I especially liked how each character not only displayed their strengths, but also being more open about their fears and weaknesses. The ending was a bit of a shock to me and such a cliff-hanger!

Over-all, Cassandra Clare created yet again, another great novel and I am so looking forward to the next installments in this series.

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Bookish Brunette

That's it! I've waited WAY too long to start reading this series!


you'll never be disappointed that you've picked up this novel! ^_^

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