Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review (17): City of Fallen Angels

City of Falling Angels 
by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Insturments, Book 4
Other Reviewed Titles: City of Bones, Book 1
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing  Pages: 424
Challenge: None

The Mortal War is over, and 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 Shadowhuntrs are at peace at last. And -- most important of all -- Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend.
But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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 whey’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same times he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls -- neither of which knows about the other.
When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of the 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.
-- Might be spoiler-y if you haven’t read the first 3 in the TMI series --
Characters: Let me start with Simon. He is a badass vampire and an amazing friend. I wasn’t a really big fan of him before, but I think he’s starting to become one of my favorites, if not my favorite. I think he’s adjusting to being a vampire really well and I have a feeling he’s going to be very powerful. Isabelle’s also growing on me. I think she’s maturing and becoming kinder. She cares about Simon whether she wants to admit it or not. Jace is as emotionally damaged as he was in the first 3 books, if not more now. But I mean, that’s to be expected since he’s gone through so much. He doesn’t know who he is and he struggles because he doesn’t know where he belongs or if he’s good or bad. And last we have Clary. My opinion about her is constantly changing. I just wish she wasn’t so dependent on everyone else to always save her. I hope that changes when she’s gets more Shadowhunter training. Theres more, but this is way too long already hah...
Plot: I’ve loved this series since book one and continue to love it. I’m really glad she decided to continue and give us 3 more books. However, this one wasn’t my favorite of the four. It was kind of slow, but then again, it is the first book after the big battle so the new story is barely getting started. There was a lot of information we needed to learn and some new characters that needed to be introduced to us before any real action started. Once all of that stuff was out of the way, things really started to get good. Unfortunately, this took about 3/4 of the book to finally happen. The ending was really unexpected and I loved that. This book is filled with everything; romance, friendship, betrayal, mystery, suspense, supernatural, etc. 

Cover: The covers are all pretty much the same just different colors and characters on each, but I love that. I like it when book series’ follow a certain theme with their covers. 
Overall Impression: Amazing ending with an annoying cliffhanger. And I only say it was annoying because I have to wait a few months until I get to find out what happens next. It’ll be totally worth it though.
Rating: * * * * 1/2



  1. I haven't read this one, because I got so frustrated and grossed-out by the romance between Clary and Jace. And then when poor loyal Simon is turned into a vampire, I pretty much threw the book across the room, and stopped reading right there.
    It's a series that I wanted to like, but just couldn't.
    I know, I know, I already "spoiled" it for myself and I know that Jace and Clary aren't "really" brother and sister - but I'm still mad at Clare for making me feel so squicked out! Bleah!
    I count on reviews like yours so I can keep up with the plot developments on this series, without actually having to read it myself. Book-throwing is as hazardous as it sounds!

  2. Great review. I really love the way this book is written and how you wrote the review. Need to add this book to my 'read as soon as you can' list. Thanks :)

  3. after the third book I quit. Clare was lucky I even picked up the second one. I swear, it's like she's running out of ideas and doesn't even care anymore. such a disappointment, because some of these characters I really got attached to

  4. I haven't read this one yet. I am secretly in love with Simon tho.


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