Clare, Cassandra City of Fallen Angels
425 pp. McElderry ISBN 978-1-4424-0354-3 $19.99
(4) Mortal Instruments series. Published spring 2011. Now that Valentine is dead, Shadowhunter Clary and company face a new threat: a demonic cult that's killing human infants. Meanwhile, Jace has violent dreams about hurting Clary, and Simon is having trouble adapting to life as a vampire. The reliance on grandiloquent literary devices and overblown romantic anguish distracts from (and inflates) this otherwise absorbing urban fantasy.