City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
(Book #4 of The Mortal Instruments)
Format: Hardcover, 424 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 4/5/2011
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads Summary: 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 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 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. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one. 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.
Our beloved shadowhunters and others, are finally getting on with their life after the battle in Idris. Clary's training with Jace and they're finally in a "normal" relationship, Simon's trying to get used to being a vampire, Isabelle's dealing with the loss of Max and her parents, Alec and Magnus retreats together.. but trouble always seems to be lurking in the corners.
Everyone had their own piece in this book. I loved seeing Jace and Clary together before that annoying set back. It did manage to bring up the romantic tension once again. I swear, I don't know if it will ever feel as if this couple won't ever be "forbidden" anymore. Sigh.. Jace, oh, Jace. The boy can't ever get a break! I feel so sorry for his character because every dilemma always find its way to root back to him. I don't know if Clare has something against Jace but all this torture better lead to an amazing conclusion or else, I'm going to have a fit. You just don't go through all of that for nothing!
I like Simon and I liked that he was given a spotlight in this book. He has grown and matured throughout the series but you really get the feel of difference in his character in this book. I loved that little drama between him, Izzy and Maia. I could have gone without it but it was nice little touch. We meet some new characters here and I believe old one from The Infernal Devices so that was pretty cool.
By the angel! I swear, one of these days, Clare's cliffhangers might take its toll on me. I don't think my heart can take anymore but I'm definitely looking forward to reading City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.