Monday, December 2, 2013

Book Review: City of Fallen Angels (the Mortal Instruments #4) (no spoilers)

Book: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication: April 5th 2011
Source: Local Library
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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 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 they're willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls - neither of whom knows about the other one.

 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 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

My Thoughts:
City of Fallen Angels really turns the Mortal Instruments series in a different direction. I have to admit this has so far been my least favorite novel of the series.

The main problem I had with City of Fallen Angels is Simon. I don't like Simon very much as a character so I have to admit I really struggled to get into this book. I lost some respect for Simon in this book to because he is dating two girls, Isabelle and Mia.   I just don't think that was right. Mia's character was really developed in this novel. Of course I'm always interested in Clary and Jace's love story. Although their love story continues to be complex. Their happy ending will come at a price.  Alec and Magnus's love story continues to stay interesting. Simon's roommate Kyle was also an interesting addition to this story.

I was disappointed with how little Clary was involved in this novel. I love her being our main character, but in this novel she was more in the background.

Compared to City of Glass City of Fallen Angels was quite slow. It didn't really pick up until the last few chapters of the book. What really got this book to four stars for me was the fact that there was enough action to keep me interested in the book. I never totally hated it. The ending was another key factor. Compared to the City of Glass ending this one was not as intense, but it was a cliff hanger for sure. It will lead to a lot of action in the next book in the series City of Lost Souls. I hope to have less Simon and more Clary and Jace in the next novel.



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