City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, #4)

by Cassandra Clare

3.86 of 5 stars 50 ratings • 10 reviews • 78 shelved
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City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, #4)

by Cassandra Clare

3.86 of 5 stars 50 ratings • 10 reviews • 78 shelved
As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.
  • ISBN10 1442403543
  • ISBN13 9781442403543
  • Publish Date 5 April 2011 (first published 28 March 2011)
  • Publish Status Unknown
  • Publish Country US
  • Imprint Simon & Schuster
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 424
  • Language English

Reviews

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Carpe Libra 3 of 5 stars
Jammer genoeg was Stad van Gevallen Engelen niet het denderende gevolg waar ik op hoopte. Daarvoor maakte het iets teveel gebruik van dezelfde elementen. Het was wel weer heerlijk om samen avonturen te beleven met Jace en de rest en ik kijk dan ook uit naar Stad van Verloren Zielen. Het einde heeft me namelijk best wel nieuwsgierig gemaakt naar hoe dit verder zal gaan!

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Kim Deister 5 of 5 stars
City of Fallen Angels Each time I read a book in this series, it is my new favorite.  And here I am, with a new favorite!  
 
The Mortal War is over and life should be exciting and full of possibilities.  But life is never that easy, is it?  Despite the fact that Shadowhunters and Downworlders came together to battle Valentine, there are centuries of age-old hate and distrust to overcome in the aftermat.  The Clave is changing, adapting and evolving.  And there are those that will play on the distrust to advance their own causes.
 
I wondered how this book was going to continue the stoy line of the first three novels in an exciting way.  The Mortal War was at the center of those books and it ended at the conclusion of the third book.  So what would come next that would keep the story progressing?  I shouldn't have worried!  The mystery and intrigue didn't end with the War.  The twists and turns have amped up in this book and so has the frustration level.  Just when you think things are going to finally fall into place for Jace and Clary...!
 
I love the man-fecta of Jace, Jordan, and Simon.  The dynamics going on there are fantastic and there is more of that fantastically snarky banter between them.  I like the bromance weirdly brewing between Jace and Simon, too, a bromance that Jace would like to continue to deny.  The characters are so wonderful in these books, even those you love to hate!

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I thought this book was going to be an okay book but I was so wrong. It is a great read. There is suspense in it and it leaves you on edge wanting more and more.

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Chelsea 4 of 5 stars
I’m having a hard time thinking about what to write for this book. I had a lot of mixed emotions about this one but hopefully my review will help those who aren’t sure if they want to read this book.

I was really nervous nervous going into this book because you could tell the third one was meant to be the last. It ended really nicely and I was a little confused because the fourth one was already out. So at the start I was very skeptical.

I did enjoy reading this book. I still believe that Cassandra Clare should stop writing this series immediately. It doesn’t need anymore. Obviously after this book there is another though, so those reading it already know this. But enough of that! The plot was still pretty good. Not as good as the first ones, but good. It didn’t impress me as much because it felt kind of expected. Something will happen and you won’t be surprised because you saw it coming. It was still a good book but not as good as the first three for sure. I’m kind of glad this book happened because it was nice too see some things that weren’t tied up like how Simon was adjusting as a vampire and the whole Maia/Isabelle thing he has going on.

Some characters I really enjoyed seeing again. Like I said before, seeing Simon adjust was nice and there was a lot more Maia and Isabelle in this one. I liked that this book developed their characters. The Clary/Jace situation was a little annoying because you never really know what’s going on with them. I’m getting really frustrated with them.

Generally this was a pretty good book but not as good as the first three. I do recommend anyone that has read the other ones to continue with the series. It didn’t go in the best direction but it didn’t completely suck.

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Jyc 3 of 5 stars
★★★ // reading this at night really gave me the creeps. i especially love the mythology behind it. ruined by the romance i just no longer care for.

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Amber 1 of 5 stars
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

*Warning – this review contains spoilers from the previous books in the series. I don’t suggest reading this review unless you’ve read the other books. Of course, if you enjoy spoilers then go right ahead! This review is also kind of a rant. I apologise in advance.*

Like what seems like everyone else in the YA blogoverse, I was so frikkin’ excited to read this book. I thought the TMI series was over with City of Glass, and yet I was craving more Jace and Clary, and Magnus Bane!

City of Fallen Angels picks up a short six weeks after City of Glass ended. The first chapter – which you may well have read online – is told from Simon’s point of view. That’s right, a whole chapter dedicated to one POV! Unheard of in this series, right? Until now at least.

During the first few chapters, the reader really gets a feel for how much the world – and the characters - has changed. First off, Simon is now dating both Isabelle and Maia. Yeah, I felt the same way. What the hell, Simon? I lost a bit of respect for him there, to be honest.

The main plot is that a series of Shadowhunters have been killed, and this in itself sounded very similar to the plot of City of Ashes. I did enjoy the storyline, but it wasn’t until the last few chapters of the book that it picked up and I started loving it.

SLIGHT SPOILER
One plot point, however, was one that I hated and that I wish had never been included. I won’t say when or why, but Isabelle and Alec end up killing humans. This is so out of character for them, and for all Shadowhunters, because they’re meant to protect humans. And worst of all, Isabelle and Alec DIDN’T CARE?! It didn’t affect them at all.
SPOILERS OVER

Also, I must point out something about Izzy and Alec. As you know, their brother was killed in City of Glass – a mere six weeks ago – and yet the only person who seems to be showing any emotion about this is Maryse. I can’t remember one instance in which Izzy or Alec think about Max, let alone grieve him. This part almost killed me, because I know for a fact that if my brother or sister had died, I would NOT have dealt their death in six weeks. Probably not even in six months.

Jace is also having a few problems that I will not go into, but I’ll just say that it was very frustrating to say the least. His relationship with Clary is still as complicated as ever, and that got on my nerves. Why can’t they just be happy? Must the woes of their relationship be dragged through another three books? It’s not necessary. I’d rather see them as a happy couple – which you don’t see very often in YA!

Clary, who was once a brilliant protagonist, didn’t have much to do in this book. And it wasn’t until the ending that she actually reminded me of the old Clary from the first half of the series.


I loved that there were some references and mentions from Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices series)! I got so excited, I almost jumped around and happy danced whenever Will was mentioned!

Like I said, the ending is probably one of the only parts of this book that reminded me of the first half of the series. And yet, even this was lacking somewhat. There is a HUGE cliffhanger ending, so if you don’t like cliffhangers then I don’t suggest reading this book until the next book is out. But then again, you’d have to wait a whole year.

Overall, whilst I did enjoy City of Fallen Angels, it didn’t feel like The Mortal Instruments to me. So many things had changed, and the characters seemed to have completely lost their personality traits. Even the writing seemed very rushed, with lots of commas thrown in everywhere. I did enjoy this book, but nowhere near as much as the others. I kind of wish that Cassandra Clare had just left the trilogy as it was – a trilogy.

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Linda 4 of 5 stars
YAY finally it's here!!

OK, I loved, loved, loved the story, all the way to the final few chapters. Jace's dreams being invaded with images of killing Clary, and how he dealt with it was heartbreaking. Kyle / Jordan being there to look out for Simon, but also to try to re-connect with Maia was awesome.

Clary and Iz going alone to the church (and Clary actually going inside alone) was, as usual, a little stupid, but at least they ended up getting the devil, and some information about what was going on.

However, the fact that nobody was sharing all of the information made things a lot more complicated than they needed to be.

I loved how Clary took charge when Jace finally came clean with her about his dreams, and that she figured out that it truly wasn't Jace dreaming. However, I don't understand how it is that he wasn't better protected while with the silent brothers. And being re-born (or risen from the death) having the implication that he wasn't protected anymore, should have told them that this was really urgent, couldn't they have made a portal to the iron sisters and just gotten the things that needed to be done done straight away?

It really got to me that Jace was blaming himself for being under Lilith's influence (and really, Lilith??) and what really got to me was that everybody left Jace alone on the roof, with half a ritual having been done already. I can understand that Clary felt the need to go downstairs, to check on her mom, and make sure she didn't come upstairs to see Jonathan. However, the other shadowhunters should have immediately gone upstairs to see if there was something more to be done. I don't get why they needed all those explanations down in the lobby, and that's where the one star off comes from. It really is contrived, and a forced plot imo. Jace and Jonathan are now blood bonded, and if one dies, the other will die. It is really stupid and I hate what will probably come in the next books.

However, I really shouldn't be surprised, the main couple not being together is apparantly what is cool to read about, but I don't agree. I want Jace and Clary to be able to work through their problems, but now, Jace will likely only feel more guilty that he wasn't able to come out of the spell, even if he tried.

So, although I really loved most of the book, that last part just made me angry, and not feel good about what I read before that.