Name of Book: City of Fallen Angels.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books 2011
For anyone who has adored the first three in Cassandra Clare’s dynamic paranormal ‘Mortal Instruments’ series, the big question is, can she possibly do it again? The answer is a resounding ‘yes!’
City of Fallen Angels contains all the ingredients of another electric Clare novel: dynamic and sassy heroines; two male leads impossible not to fall in love with – nerdy, endearing Simon and mysterious, dangerous and passionate Jace; genuinely scary paranormal battles, page-turning action and great character dialogue sprinkled with amusing popular culture references. Clare wields language and grammar with the masterly precision of Isabelle Lightwood and her electric whip.
Simon’s geeky nature struggles with his new powers as a vampire and babe magnet. Jace and Clary’s complicated love story develops further, tested through wild paranormal battles, self-doubt and self-discovery.
Danger stalks through the novel, through strong, complex paranormal leads. Camille the vampire queen; evil, desperate Sebastian and the chilling Silent Brothers make us consider what really makes a monster?
The novel may be stand alone or read in sequence. Violence is cartoonish (think x-men) rather than graphic or gratuitous, and limited sexual scenes make the novel suitable for adults, young adults and younger teenage readers with parental guidance. Highly recommended.