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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Book Review: City of Fallin Angels (Mortal Instruments Book 4) by Cassandra Clare

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442403543
ISBN-13: 978-1442403543
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The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her. His mother just found out that he's a vampire and now he's homeless. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that's wrecking his life. And they're willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
City of Fallen Angels was an iffy book for me.

 I liked it, yes. very much.

 Love it? no.

I think that with the first three, I was in such a whirlwind of awesomeness. This book was written incredibly well of course, and I know the characters well enough... Simon, Jace, Clary, Isabelle, Magnus, and Alex that reading about them was just getting to know them just a little bit more. no more character development necessary. I know that Cassandra Clare has to continue with the storyline and mix things up a bit, which is why I felt like this book was buying some time.  I enjoyed the newest character Jordan, who is watching out for Simon this time around. He was a good werewolf addition to the mix, tall dark and gorgeous. I expect to see more of him in the future. I enjoyed Maia being involved in the storyline. I felt like Isabelle was a little too distant in this book and I really got annoyed with the brooding of Alex over he and Magnus' relationship. I actually felt like the whole Magnus/Alex relationship broo-haha became very redundant. Jace also seemed very distant with everyone including Clary. I like her never ending, whole hearted love, faith and honesty toward Jace, I feel like it makes it all worth it. 

I will say that the best part of this book is the very climatic turn of events toward the end. I did not see it coming and like I said... very climatic. This book needed to be written to keep the series going but, in my opinion it's my least favorite. Oh! The surprise at the end of this book is a doozy :)   

City of Fallin Angels has everything you would expect in a Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instruments series. Read it... you know you want too.

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  1. My feelings about the book are similar to yours. I missed snarky Jace. The angsty Jace is just not fun. But I think Clare will work this out in future books. While this was my least favorite of the series, I still love these books.

  2. I agree, if was iffy for me and I did skim quite a bit. It didn't feel the same to me as the first three books. Something was just "off" this go around for me. I didn't even care for Clary. :( I think Jordan was my fav aspect of the book. I think the ID series has more appeal to me now though. :)It was an OK read, but not a love for me either.

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  4. I'm really not excited about this book

  5. I didn't like it a lot either... =(
    But I liked Jordan very much! And I have to agree with Miricor Publishing: angsty Jace is boring.


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