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City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 5, 2011
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I just want to say I was highly anticipating this book, I read all the sneak peeks on the site, all the bonus chapters, everything. And they all made me even more excited to read it. I feel a little bit cheated, it was like the best bits in the book were taken and became the 'sneak peaks'... and what I assumed would be emotionally-charged scenes ended up being a very small portion of it.
I'll try to keep spoilers out of this review.
I read the first chapter on Cassandra Clare's site, and the second chapter at the back of 'City of Glass'. They were easily the best chapters of the book. I didn't enjoy the scenes after that-Clary's dialogue was choppy, very out- of character. She shifted back into the Clary we know and love from the first few books somewhere in the middle of the story. I also disliked the Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde thing Jace has going on, I swear at the end of one chapter he's telling Clary he loves her and at the beginning of the next he's avoiding her. I was looking forward to the Clary-Jace scenes, but 60% of them involved Clary whining about him not returning his calls and Jace repeatedly trying to convince her that he loves her, but can't be near her. Why can't this couple be left alone? I assumed at the end of the last book that they'd uncover some dark secret of their past, why Clary was the 'wrong person' to fall in love with. Maybe they will in one of the next two books but their relationship was mainly Jace and Clary pining after one another from a distance. Oh, and their final scenes in this book were so sickeningly 'been there, done that'.Read more ›
Simon being made into the main character was a mistake. He doesn't have a strong enough personality to carry a book. He has no drive, and no real goals except for his constant whining about being a vampire. I was even more annoyed with him because of his continual immoral and irresponsible behavior in this book. He kept causing himself trouble by being inconsiderate and stupid. I also thought that he could have been used more as some sort of fighting character. He's practically invincible, and yet he never really fights in the book. He stands there while others try to hurt him and fail.
Jace had his moments. Fans love Jace because of his rude sarcastic exterior hiding a decent, angst filled, brooding guy. But at the end of City of Glass, he got his happy ending, and therefore had no more reason to be angst filled or guilty. Claire quickly tries to remedy this by attempting to bring back Jace's self-loathing and perception of unworthiness, but it feels forced and poorly motivated. It's not until late in the book that Jace's reasons for being filled with guilt and shame seem reasonable, but by then I was too annoyed by his earlier ridiculous guilt to feel better about it.
The end of the book was the best part in my opinion. The action was decent, and the resolution well set up. But overall I was dissapointed by City of Fallen Angels. I had to force myself to finish this book, and I haven't had to force myself with anything else of Claire's so far.
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I have to say that the first three in the series are enjoyable. The best one out of the original trilogy is "City of Glass. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Audrey Hagar
My 17 yr old daughter and i are reading this series for the fifth time! We absolutely love it! Can't wait to read the next book. # awake all night!Published 12 days ago by Kindle Customer
There seem to be a lot of people that really, really loved this book and a lot of people that really, really hated this book - I'm just going to sit on the fence and say I liked it... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Linda Barnett
LOVED ALL, MORTAL INSTRUMENT BOOKS. GREATEST SERIES, COULDN'T PUT THEM DOWN........Published 14 days ago by cb
Omg what another great book by Cassandra Clare. I couldn't put this one down. Also what a dramatic ending. You will love this book series. Read morePublished 14 days ago by MacKenzie
There's really not a lot I can review about this book without spoiling the first three! So here goes an attempt. Read morePublished 17 days ago by tracey fifer
So, first off, not quite sure why this is considered Book 4 of The Mortal Instruments, not unless it was simply to make perfectly clear that it has the same cast of characters. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Trish (I read too much!)