Genres: YA Urban Fantasy
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on April 5, 2011
It has been a handful of years since I finished up City of Glass with a feeling of satisfaction and completeness. I was perfectly happy with how things ended in that book. I think that’s partly why it took me this long to pick up the next installment of the series- I didn’t want to dink with perfection, I guess. And… after reading this one, as engaging as it was at times, I still felt that way.
City of Fallen Angels is like a season two taking on a new story arc for the same cast of characters headed by Clary, the teenager who learns that there is a supernatural world out there full of Shadowhunters, Downworlders, and demons. Clary and the gang should be celebrating a great victory, but life has a way of getting complicated. Her relationship, her friends, her family, killings, and an ancient evil bring things back to a dangerous pitch and Clary has to figure it all out fast.
I enjoyed getting back into the Shadowhunter world, encountering my favorite characters, the mysterious happenings and the twists that reveal what’s really going on. But, I didn’t enjoy the tedious times and the unnecessary drama. I might have tolerated Clary and Jace’s back and forth stuff, but I was annoyed at Alec’s drama moment over Magnus’ immortality or Simon two-timing on Isobel. Just… sigh… no patience for the teenager antics.
Once I was past the dragging middle where, yes I skimmed, it got better for me. But, I think, ultimately, the shine is off of the series for me. I kept thinking that I wished I hadn’t started this new arc and had just left the high I felt from the first three books alone. This book wasn’t a total loss and I enjoyed parts, but I think I’ll end my pursuit of the series right here for now. I still recommend the series to those who love a well-built world, excitement, and colorful characters in their YA Urban Fantasy.
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