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City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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About the Author
Cassandra Clare made her fiction debut with The Mortal Instruments series, which has been on many bestseller lists. Cassandra lives in an old Victorian house in western Massachusetts with her fiancé, their cats, and lots and lots of books. Visit her website at CassandraClare.com. Learn more about The Mortal Instruments series at MortalInstruments.com. Learn about her new trilogy The Infernal Devices at TheInfernalDevices.com.
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I like where the story picks up. It does in a way of joy and then Jace starts to pull back and we know why, but no one else does. So most of the rest of the book is trying to find out when Jace is going to finally let it all out.
The book definitely takes a turn at the end. You have a feeling you kind of know why things are happening, but in the end it definitely wasn't what I thought. There is some parts that are connected to it, but not in ways I had imagined.
Clare leaves it off in a way that you pretty much HAVE to pick up the next book. I need to know what happens and I already know after the 5th book I am going to be really upset having to wait for the final book to come out in 2014. I might even re-read the series before it comes out just so I can jump right into the last one.
I love how the characters continue to become a part of you and grow not only has an individual but as a group of not only friends but becoming a family as well. I don't want to say much more than that without ruining the book for you all.
It wasn't my favorite out of the series, I definitely enjoyed it and I still give it 5 stars, but I think book 3 is still my favorite. I still felt like the series could have ended there and I loved the happy ending that it gave in more ways than one. I am still hoping for that happy ending with the end of the series.
This book definitely leaves you with a feeling of dread of what is going to happen at the end of it. I pretty much just set the book down and stared up and wanted to yell no, but knew I would scare my dog if I did, so I did the next best thing. I got up, went to my bookshelf, grabbed book 5, then walked in here to write this for you all :)
I know this isn't the best review, I am horrible at writing reviews on series and trying not to give spoilers for you all. I just hope you see my sincerity that I loved this book and I love the series. So many said it wasn't good after the 3rd book and that had me scared, but for me I still love the series, and I hope that remains the case after book 5 and 6.
I really enjoyed City of Fallen Angels, it focuses a lot on Simon which I liked. I wasn't fond of Simon in the first two books, I found him annoying and a bit unreasonable-making Clary feel bad for feelings she doesn't have, ect. However, he really started to grow on me and I like that we get to narrow in on his story in this book. Simon is a minor character that has an interesting back story, and I feel as if he is the most human of the bunch and in a sense, the most relatable.
With that said, just because this book is prepping us for a bigger battle yet to come, I still feel as if it is still action packed and fun to read. We get a lot of lives being interwoven together, and Cassandra Clare really takes her readers into a very dark place. Drilling us into the mindset of these characters to reveal their darkest secrets, ones that they cannot even admit to one another.
This book is definitely the darkest one so far in my opinion. Some of the events that happened are pretty grotesque, and it definitely gave me the spooks-not something you would want to read before bed.
I cannot wait to read City of Lost Souls! The new characters introduced in this book are excellent, and I cannot wait to learn more about them and see what they have to offer to the series. It's just crazy how after everything that happened in the last book, you would think that everything would be all dandy for a while but no...Cassandra C. doesn't do pleasant-so be prepared to be thrust back into this marvelous, shadowhunter world! Trust me, you won't want to leave it
Clary and Jace are finally together and it's wonderful to see them all couple-ly.Simon is having a huge dating problem which I find both funny and sad.Luke and Jocelyn are planning there wedding.Plus Shadowhunters are showing up dead in different downworlder territories.Who is killing them and why?Plus Jace is acting a little weird and someone is trying to kill or kidnap Simon.Also a new member has joined Simon's band named Kyle.Who is he and why does he want to join Simon's band?Lots of new questions and surprises will keep you reading.
I loved that some of the characters from the Infernal Devices showed up.Cassandra Clare is wonderful at connecting her series together without it feeling forced or giving away what happens in the other books.
Now for why I gave it 4 stars and not 5 stars.This is my least favorite book in the series and of her's period.It just doesn't have the feel or wit of the first three and even book 5.This book has a very depressing and sad feel to it.I know it's after the war and everyone is dealing with the revelations of the last book but I love Cassandra Clare's humor and it is seemed very lacking in this book.All the characters seem to be unhappy or fighting with each other or both.It's not that I didn't really like it but it's just not up to the standards of her other books.
4 out of 5
this review can be found on my blog thereadingrebel.wordpress.com