Review: City of Fallen Angels

July 31, 2012 Review 3 ★★★★

Review: City of Fallen Angels
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 432
Release Date: April 5th 2011
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Genres: City & Town Life, Fantasy & Magic, Lifestyles, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult
Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).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, 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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 originally only picked this up out of pure curiosity, reviews on it were definitely scattered and I had wanted nothing to do with novels that added unnecessary sequels. I decided to suck it up and just read it. The first three books were great, in my opinion, so this one had to have some redeeming qualities-they were written by the same author so some things had to be the same.  My thoughts for the novel are all over the place, so to help better organize them I just sorted this review into two sections.
The end. Before you get the wrong idea, I mean this in a good way. The last hundred pages or so flew by because of the suspenseful climax and cliffhanger ending. Especially ten pages until the end, everything is winding down and seems like a happy ending and then you are surprised when nothing is in fact what is seems. Loved it. The action was written amazingly in these last scenes too.
Something that some people hated I actually really enjoyed was the many POVs. Seeing the story and what problems other characters are having in the background was interesting to me. When I’m reading something I always wonder, “Wow, I wonder what (secondary character) thinks in this situation.” Enjoy the comfort (or annoyance) of always knowing in COFA. And I do mean always.
Simon. A good chunk of the book was in his perspective and I didn’t like that at first. But he really grew on me and I ended up liking him a whole lot more than I did previously. Although it was probably because he found two new girls instead of whining over Clary like a sad puppy.
Jace. It seemed like almost everything I liked about Jace in the first few novels was gone. He was totally a different character. Sure, the guy was possessed (not really a spoiler, somewhat tells you on the back) but not even when he wasn’t possessed did he act like himself. Some of his humor was there, but he had maybe three funny lines in the entire novel.
Alec. I love Alec and Magnus together but in COFA all they seemed to do is fight and argue over mortality and Magnus’s past. Alec, the guy has been around for hundreds or years, you think you’re the only guy-or girl-he’s been with? Sigh.
Clary. Clary lost a lot of her kick-assiness (making up works here but you get it) she used to have. Now she can’t even seem to defend herself.
Rating Report
Overall: 4

3 Responses to “Review: City of Fallen Angels”

  1. Lucie

    I agree with you but it still is a great one. After reading “City of Fallen Angels” I’ve switched to the “Infernal Devices” series and I admit that I prefer the duo Tessa and Will. But I can’t wait to start “City of lost Souls” this afternoon…


    • Alise

      This review is so old, but no, I read book 2. That’s up to you, I know there is a lot of drama that will break them apart, new characters, etc. If you are getting tired with the series, I would stop. Have you tried Clockwork Angel? loved those.

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