City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
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.
I, like everyone else who is a fan of the series, could not wait until this book came out. I was counting down the days and hoping Cassie Clare would deliver. Boy, did she ever! I was not disappointed, AT ALL.
First things first, now that Clary and Jace can truly be boyfriend/girlfriend, I was more at ease. Obviously their relationship didn't make me feel sick to my stomach anymore (heh heh). They are as close as ever and things are going great for them. Jace is even helping train Clary how to be a Shadowhunter. However, soon Jace starts to pull away from Clary, leaving her wonder what is going on and why he is behaving that way. Does he still love her? Does he still want her?
Remember a few sentences ago how I said "finally Jace and Clary can be together?" Yeah. Of course Cassie Clare has to go and bring some sort of tension between Jace and Clary. *growls* I will say this (I do not want to give away any spoilers), the Jace/Clary scenes of the book gave me goosebumps...goosebumps people!
Simon is feeling lost. His mother found out that he is a vampire and kicked him out of his house. He is 'dating' two girls, who don't know that he is dating the other, and it seems as though someone is out to kill him. He has many choices to make, but does not want to leave this life behind. I really liked Simon in this book. His character seems a bit more sure of himself. He still adores Clary, but is no longer in love with her, which is refreshing. He is trying to figure out who he is and what he has become. I love that Simon is a strong character who is not whiny or annoying.
The new villan is the book is truly terrifying. When I finally got to the part where I learned who the villain was, I shuddered, literally. Ms. Clare is brilliant at bringing nightmares to life. Goodness, I do not know how she does it!
I want to discuss more, but I can't because I don't want to give away any spoilers! If you love the other 3 books in the Mortal Instruments Series, I have no doubt that you will love this one as well. If you haven't picked it up already, go out and get it now. I give it a VERY strong 4.5/5 stars! And now I have to wait another 13 months for City of Lost Souls to come out. Oh the agony!
The fourth book in particular, "City of Fallen Angels," really shows how brilliant of a writer Cassandra Clare is. She essentially had the chance to end the series as a trilogy. The third book, City of Glass, ended so completely and with all questions answered that she could have gracefully walked away to move on with other projects. Clare had created such a complete world, however, that she could just keep on going with a whole new cast of villains and plot lines to antagonize our favorite Shadowhunters.
This really reminds me of J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowling in that they created such solid and tangible worlds that they probably could have kept writing adventures based in them for the rest of eternity. They quit while they were ahead, however, and chose when the right time was to bow out. I can honestly say that I hope that time doesn’t come anytime soon for Clare. I’m certain she has more Shadowhunter tricks up her sleeve.
I enjoyed the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series, and it's a shame Clare didn't stop there. I held on as long as I could, but this book was doing my head in. What happened to the characters I came to know and love from the first three books? These clones in City of Fallen Angels lacked personality. Like Simon's current existence, these characters were living but were not alive. It was almost as if Clare removed their souls and left the empty shells behind.
This book lacked purpose. I can easily through it out and have no regrets because it left no impression on me whatsoever. It hurts me to give any book a 1 star but the fact that it's a book I was looking forward to just left me heartbroken. It was almost as if City Of Fallen Angels was written by someone else. This can't be the same Cassandra Clare who wrote the first three books.
I could go in depth and point out the hurt this book has inflicted upon me, but I won't because of my loyalty to the first three books. I will not be continuing with the series for the mere fact that it has lost its spark and its significance.
I am glad that Cassie Clare decided to extend The Mortal Instruments. You might be asking me why I feel that way. Originally I thought the Mortal Instruments series was an okay series; the idea was original, but not so much the plot. But oh my gosh, City of Fallen Angels surpassed its prequels.
The plot became so much more complex with this new installment in the series. Cassie’s writing style has improved, I think, and the surprises she throws you every which way will throw you off guard, beyond a doubt. You’ll be dying to know who the new villain is (or do you already know the villain?), and finally when you find out, you’re left with that cliffhanger ending that will leave you itching to get your hands on City of Lost Souls, the sequel.
I definitely liked the characters in City of Fallen Angels more too. Clary is no longer that Mary Sue (ugh, I hate those perfect girls); Jace has been teaching her how to be a Shadowhunter, so now she knows how to kick butt! Or, well, sort of. But runes are still her calling, you know. Jace is still, well, Jace. The epitome of a bad boy that stays sweet to those he loves. And Simon! Ah, I used to hate Simon–he was really annoying back in the first few books–but now Simon has cooled his sarcasm (slightly) AND he might be dating two girls. Poor guy, too shy to tell which of them he’s going out with.
And the romance! I love Clary and Jace together; now that they know the truth about their heritage, they don’t have to worry about that pesky problem of incest … And Simon’s relationship with Isabelle and Maia is also really cute (though he’s bound to get in trouble). I’m not on either team, really, though I get the feeling that Simon might end up with Isabelle. Hmm.
There were some new characters too! I’d always liked Camille in the Infernal Devices series (Cassie’s prequel series to The Mortal Instruments), though she scares me sometimes, being a vamp and all. I was pretty cool with Jordan too, though at first his backstory made me hate him.
City of Fallen Angels is a delightful installment of the Mortal Instruments series, full of more twists and turns than can ever be imagined. I applaud you, Cassandra Clare.
Source: Hardcover borrowed from library
I think that the relationship between Jace and Clary, either has to stop, or they have to stop worrying about things and get together. I think I would go with the first option. Their relationship has slowly gotten worse, all overdramatic and awkward. Clary has always been in love with Jace, but he is always on and off, which is kinda confusing me. They have also gotten to the point of we-want-to-be-together-but-can't. I hate that. Its all weird and I don't really understand why they can;t either end it, or stay together with no problems. I am getting fed up with it.
I feel that the highlights of the book followed Alec, Isabelle and Simon. I thought it was funny with Simon and his two girly-friends. I still love you Alec!!! (I thought he was the best by far)!
I think that this wasn't the best one, but it was okay. If you loved the first three, and you want more, then this is worth reading.
Most of all, let me say how much I do not care about Clary and Jace. They suffer from the overdramatic, overly mushy, want-to-be-together-but-can't thing that has made so many main couples exceedingly obnoxious. Other prime examples from the fantasy world are Buffy/Angel and Max/Liz (from Roswell). As with both of those television shows, I do really enjoy the supporting cast. Any section of the book that followed Simon, Alec or Isabelle, I was much more likely to appreciate.
Still, I did not like the way she paired everyone off toward the end of the book. Which is not to say the pairings are all doing well, but they are all definitely heading in an obvious direction. That just felt a bit too quick. Everyone was more forgiving than seems particularly likely. Plus, I didn't like that Simon never had to choose between the two girls; the choice was sort of made for him and he just rolled with it. Am I supposed to ship a relationship when he never really seemed to care for one more than the other?
All in all, another calorie-ridden, guilty pleasure. I know the next book will be just as agonizing and annoying as the others, but I also know that I will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it.
I thought it was super smart at the end that Cassandra made Jace go evil, waking up Seb. I cannot wait for the next one, it is just to long of a wait. Come quicker, plz!!!!!
Admittedly, we do get a few hot scenes with Jace and Clary, but as usual, nothing is easy for them. The mark of cain has made life much more difficult for Simon, and so has BOTH of his budding romances.
I'm yearning for happiness and good thing for my characters, so I can't wait for the next ones.