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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: April 5th 2011

The Mortal War is over, Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possiblities before her. She’s training to beome a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love her life, Downworldsers and Shadowhutners are all 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 Cirecle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her. 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. When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself haas set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

Who else can't believe that it's been two years since City of Glass was released? Kind of mind-blowing if you ask me. Long time without Jace + mad blogger raves + anticipation of getting the book in the mail = Very high expectations.
I was expecting a mind-blowing plot but unfortunately I feel as if it wasn't as interesting and prominent as the previous three, though the novel is certainly the most tension-filled and suspenseful of them all. As for the final quarter? Wow. I think everyone will be on the edge of their seats just waiting to see what will happen! Cassandra Clare is able to twist situations around so quickly that you never see them coming. That's great but absolutely terrible too, right?

Simon definitely comes into his own in this novel and I really enjoyed exploring his storyline. Girlfriend dilemmas, vampire dilemmas, overall demon dilemmas - when's he going to get a break?
Jace is gorgeous, as usual, but something dark is haunting Jace. It's made him reluctant to be with Clary and he pushes her further and further away as he tries to protect her. Does this sound familiar? Typical, predictable Jace behaviour!
Clary is somewhat absent, surprisingly. Until the final quarter, Jace and Clary are both more minor characters than anything. Still, Clary's character was so relatable and I felt awful for her. What's wrong with men these days?
Malec are adorable as ever, though they do go through a bit of a rough patch! Wish we could've seen more of them.
Maia and Isabelle are interesting characters once again. You can't help but laugh a little at poor Simon and his not-so-little predicament.
We meet new characters in this novel, as well as get reacquainted with some oldies. Let's just say that one's surprising/mysterious, one's interesting/fun, and the other is horrifying/shocking. Loved the tie-in with Clockwork Angel!

Once again, Cassandra Clare keeps us in unbearable suspense as she switches between story lines rapidly. Just as we get invested in one, the chapter ends and it changes. Then by the end of the next, we're dying for more of the new storyline before we're forced to switch again! You never know what scene you're going to get so the anticipation-meter is going off the charts the whole way through.

I had some idea of what would be in City of Fallen Angels but I really was expecting a bit more Jace/Clary. I'm a little devastated that we didn't get to explore their relationship more than we did but having said that, the other characters were just so interesting. I didn't mind reading about them at all! This novel was considerably different from the previous three, in that there's a darker tone and more focus on the other characters.

Sad thought: "YES! Jace and Clary can finally be together after the catastrophe that we call The Epic Fail The Sibling Situation! …oh wait. No. Not yet. Looks like they've got another craptastic hurdle to get across. Tell me they actually get together by the last book!"

Something to make you feel better:
"You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."
"Hotter than me?"
"It could happen. You know, theoretically."
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, but i'm not worried about that, either. Some things are just too unlikely to dwell upon."

The ending is shocking, as is the whole final quarter as I said before. Jaws will drop, fingernails might chip, profanities may be uttered and books may be ripped in half. But hey, only one year until the next book, right? I found that City of Fallen Angels wasn't as gripping and OMG-I-must-finish-this-in-one-day as the previous books, but it's a good read, nonetheless.

Yes, I'm shocked that I'm rating this less than a five too. I've never done that for a TMI book before. Please excuse the negativity if that's what you're feeling because that was not my intention at all. This review came out somewhat oddly and not the way I wanted!

What did you think of this book?
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