Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels

Series: The Mortal Instruments, #4
Author: Cassandra Clare
Reading Level and Genre(s): YA PNR UF
Features: Angels, demons, werewolves, vampires
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: April 5, 2011
Source: Purchased
City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.     
     Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.
You have no idea how excited I was for this book. I finished City of Glass in the spring of 2009 and I felt like I would blow up if I didn't have more of Jace and Clary and Isabelle and Simon and Alec and Magnus. And more Jace. Sadly, though, that was a very long time ago. Enough time for my personal book hype to fade away. So of course I was excited when this book arrived at my doorstep. But not as excited as I would've been if it was one year ago. 

I suppose I was, at most, satisfied with this book. I just wasn't as into it. I'm pretty sure that if I had re-read the first three The Mortal Instruments novels like I promised myself I would (Hey, life got in the way, okay?) then I would've like it a lot more. I had so much trouble rating this book when I finished it. I didn't want to give it less than a four because it's, well, part of the TMI series. (And there's Jace!) But going by the Goodreads rating system, a four is "I really liked it," which isn't very true in my case. But it's not a 3.5 So then... a 3.75? Maybe it was because I was sleep-deprived while reading this, or maybe it had been too long since City of Glass, but I didn't read this one with much feeling.

Moving on... Simon's story made me sad. Yeah. That's really all I can say. I was never a huge fan of him. I just saw him as the good best friend that had been harboring a crush for years and years. Sure, that was sweet, but I figured that if you like a girl that long, you either make a move, or just give up and move on. I didn't really get how he was totally okay with going out with two girls, though. Is that what society has turned into? You have to discuss "exclusively dating" or it's absolutely okay to be going out with other people? I thought this would be considered cheating. I did feel bad for him. I mean, he's going to end up living forever and ever, after all of the people he loves dies... like Magnus said, it's just "going to be the two of us" afterwards. And I feel bad. He didn't ask for this life.

I was, as usual, a huge fan of Isabelle. I love that girl. She's tough and snarky. But she has a heart, too. I prefer her much more to Jessamine in Clockwork Angel, just saying. She has some of the best lines in the book, and I can't wait to see more of her. She was kind of, well, a b with an itch (if my memory doesn't fail me) in the first couple of books, so I really enjoyed her in this one.

Clary was... Clary. Typical her. I'm not a huge fan of her, either. I always thought of her as an okay character. She's lucky she gets Jace... but I just don't like her personality. I found her too helpless. I'm hoping she grows a bit more in future books. In the end she kind of made me want to throw the book at the wall. She was basically setting herself up to be killed...

And Jace. Ohhhh, Jace. He will always have a special place in my heart. Still swoon-worthy, as always. I almost want to say that he's the only reason I enjoyed this book so much. Good thing there's so much of him. I loved his point of view the most. He always made things interesting. In this book, you see so much more behind that sarcastic, confident shell of his and he's in so much more torment. Of course, it's because of Clary. You'd think those two could finally get together, but nooooo. Apparently not. Makes me want to stab myself. 

All in all, this was another good installment of The Mortal Instruments and I will continue with the series till its end. Not as great as the previous three, but definitely enjoyable. I still think this entire series is a must read for everybody, so hopefully I will find the time to re-read all the books and give this one another chance.

Favorite/Teaser Quotes/Excerpts:
"You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met."
"That’s too bad," said Jace, "since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown."

"White for Shadowhunters is the color of funerals," Luke explained. "But for mundanes, Jace, it’s the color of weddings. Brides wear white to symbolize their purity."
"I thought Jocelyn said her dress wasn’t white," Simon said.
"Well," said Jace, "I suppose that ship has sailed."
Luke choked on his coffee.

"What's this?"
"That's a mango." Simon stared at Jace. Sometimes it really is like Shadowhunters were from an alien planet.
"I don't think I've seen one of those that wasn't already cut up," Jace mused. "I like mangoes."
Simon grabbed the mango and tossed it into the cart. "Great. What else do you like?"
Jace pondered for a moment. "Tomato soup," he said finally. 

"If we're going to the Silent City, you might want to get dressed. I mean, I appreciate the bra-and-panties look, but I don't know if the Silent Brothers will. There are only a few of the left, and I don't want them to die of excitement."

"I was just wondering if you were armed. You want anything? Dagger, maybe?" He opened his own suit jacket just a bit, and Simon saw something long an metallic glinting against the inside lining.
"No wonder you and Jace like each other so much. You're both crazy walking arsenals."

"It means that love is the most powerful force in the world. That love can do anything."
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