Thursday, April 14, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

This is the fourth book of the Mortal Instruments series so long as you don't count the prequel- Clockwork Angel

Who will like this book?
If you've read the other Mortal Instruments books or if you like contemporary urban fantasy with  bit of romance - but if you're not familiar with Mortal Instruments, then why are you still reading this?  Go and get City of Bones and sit down and read it right now!  Seriously it's a bit like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but the guys are pretty good at slaying bad guys too.

Ok, so you've read books 1-3 and maybe the prequel, and you want to know how does this one stacks up.  Is it worth reading?  What about the romance?  Who's in it?

The important stuff, hopefully without giving too much away:
Simon, the daylighter Vampire who used to have a crush on Cassie is finding his life is complicated.  Bad people want him, and not necessarily alive, and Jace, well dying and coming back to life is more difficult for a Shadowhunter than anyone could have imagined, so much so that now even his dreams are putting him at risk.  Can Cassie trust him?  And how nasty are things going to get?  Well the answer to those questions is - no - and very nasty.  Yes you'll love it, the fast pace and the fun, and although the romance is a bit heavy let me assure the less romantically inclined readers that the bedroom door isn't opened for something that could merely be insinuated behind a closed one.

This is modern teen fantasy that doesn't require a degree in English, nor is it the endless teenage angst of twilight, it's just good fun.  Maybe not quite as dazzling as books one to three, mostly because it ends on a knife edge, and there's that terrible - but I want to read the next book now!  Just as the adventure seemed to be coming to an end.

Alicia Ponder

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