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Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

“Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".” 

Name: City of Fallen Angels

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 4 of The Mortal Instruments Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

City of Fallen Angels, in my opinion, is the book where the issues that the characters struggle with and go through gets a little deeper and more adult like. The book continues to be a YA book through and through, however we start observing the maturity of the characters and how they now how to deal with more internal and personal struggles than in the first books. 

One of my favorite things about this series is that in a way you seem to grow with the characters. As they go through grief after Max's death (a murder I still don't understand why it needed to occur), and as they struggle with their own personal demons we connect with them even further. 

“It’s fascinating. You know all these words, and they’re all English, but when you string them together into sentences, they just don’t make any sense.” 

Isabelle showed me her true self in this installment and I was really happy to enjoy reading more about her personal feelings. We usually see her as closed off and mature, but deep down there's a turmoil of feelings that we get to see opened up in this book. Same thing with Jace and Alec, although we always connect with them, in this book it seems we went even deeper to their struggles. Alec with Magnus and Jace with Clary. Completely different reasons yet they struggle with their identity. 

In conclusion I love the themes Clare adds to her story. The twists and turns we don't expect, as well as the deep feelings regarding family matters and relationships. At first glance it seems like another vampire and paranormal world, but as you dig deeper into the characters you see a world of diversity and racism and all those themes are discussed and development through the authors writing. 

--- 5 stars ---