CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS
Book 4 in The Mortal Instruments Series
By Cassandra Claire
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry
First Printing: April 5, 2011
Concept: “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.”
Review: If you are anything like me, you were chomping at the bit to start reading this, the 4th book in The Mortal Instruments series (5 if you count The Clockwork Angel which you aren’t supposed to but you might as well). Instantly, I fell back in love with the world of Clary and Jace and felt Simon’s angst. I waited patiently for the story to unfold. I waited, and waited. Then it dawned on me, it took me almost a week to read this book. The other books, I read in like two days max. It was dreadfully slow.
Why couldn’t Clary and Jace have just worked on their relationship and maybe had an adventure or two without it involving THEM? Jace was dark and ugly. Gone was his endearing arrogance and the intelligent banter that was in previous books. He was dark and brooding and very much like Edward in Twilight and ugh, haven’t we had enough of that???
Then, without writing this review with spoilers, I’ll just say that Ms. Clare, please let the dead stay dead! Book 3 was brilliant, everything was wound up nicely. Don’t resurrect something that really doesn’t need to be. I was not a big fan of Book 2 in the series but Book 3 made up for it. I hope that Book 5 makes up for Book 4. It needs to really work hard.
What I liked: I say this all the time about these books. Words like unique, interesting, dark, rewarding and romantic should be used to describe the story line as a whole about this book. It’s a young adult genre, but I would recommend it to anyone and perhaps that’s where the enchantment comes in with these books. They are like Harry Potter although I personally care for this world much, much more. Even though this wasn’t my favorite in the series, I still love the series and I doubt anything can shake me from that.
What I disliked: There were a lot of things in the book that were brought up but then dropped, for instance, Luke and Jocelyn’s wedding. Really? It’s a two book event (or maybe more)? The Seelie Queen…she was in a scene, but why? The cliffhanger at the end. Just to name a few of my dislikes.
My rating: 3.5 Feathers
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