Monday, 11 April 2011
City of Fallen Angels review (spoiler free!)
7th April (UK)/ 5th April (US)
Walker (UK)/ Simon & Schuster (US)
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.
(N.B sorry in advance for the erratic-ness of this review. It's not easy collecting your thoughts about books this good in a series this awesome, y'know.)
As amazing as this book is, it makes me want to scream. In a good way. But not that sort of good way. Because that's just weird. Anyways, Cassie's books are always so frustrating! Like, OMG, I just love all of the characters so so much and when I see them about to walk into a trap, I just want to shake some sense into them. I do not usually get this into books, so, y'know, kudos to Cassie. And the last 100 pages had me so on the edge of my seat, like, I had to keep on taking breaks, and during said breaks I'd just occaisonally cast a nervous glance at the book, I was so darn scared for the characters... It's just the way she has of writing that draws you in so completely into the world, and makes you care so much for everyone in it. It's pretty awesome.
CoFA definitely raises the stakes in comparison with the first three, and I really don't know what will happen in the next one. My only guess is that it'll be mad and nerve racking, and a seemingly impossible situation to escape from, and there'll be lots of kissing. Which is always a good thing. ;)
It also really presents Simon in a different light, and a vast majority of the book is told from his perspective, and it made me realise that I like Simon more than I thought I did. Not that I didn't like him! I mean, I got the nerdy vibe and I was like, 'yeah, I could hang with you. We'd be pretty good friends'. But in comparison with Jace, who gets points just for being blonde, he sorta paled (haha, get it?! ;D) in comparison, but Jace was kind of weird in this one, and I sort of feel myself moving over to Simon's side... But we'll see ;)
And I really liked Isabelle and Maia in it too! The who situation was pretty funny if you ask me, and although I know there's some sort of love triangle going on, I think it's more of a love square ( or at least I want it to be. If you've read it, you'll know. If you haven't, I ain't saying) And the only fault I could really find with it was that Alec and Magnus weren't in it enough. They're my absolute favourite characters of the book, and they're just so darn adorable... :3 They needed to be in it more, IMO. And I hope they'll be in the next two a lot! I love their love dramas :D
City of Fallen Angels was everything I expected and MORE. It was a roller coaster that had me on the edge of my seat, plus I am just LOVING all of the love dramas going on with everyone at the moment. SO exciting! 5 stars :D