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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

"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 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."

To make a long story short, I believe Cassandra Clare should have stopped with the third book. This fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, feels like an afterthought. Perhaps more like residue from the first three books. Essentially the plot didn’t pick up until about 75-80% into the book, and even then it still focuses on the same old hoopla of the “love” of Jace and Danger-prone Clary. I’m honestly getting tired of reading about their whirlwind romance, and I’ve learned to just skip through those constant descriptive parts. I can say that I did enjoy the fact that Simon plays a stronger role in the series, as he learns how to make better use of his new found powers. In this book we are also introduced to several other new characters, such as Kyle and Maureen, of whom I suppose will play bigger parts in the next books in the series. In all I found the book full of air, albeit with stratus clouds of quick action scenes. I wasn’t in favor for the slow plot development (if you want to call it a development) and I’m not totally convinced I should seek out any future TMI books. I felt very content when I thought that the third book, City of Glass, was the end. I will, with great enthusiasm, be in search for The Infernal Devices series, as I hear those are great books.

First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.’” (3)
Last Line: “We are one” (424)

“‘Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, forever and tragically parted, but I’m not worried about that either. Some things,’ Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, ‘are just too unlikely to dwell upon.’” (77)

“‘You left me,’ he said. ‘You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me.’ He spoke matter-of-factly. It had been a long time.” (259)

“You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no ‘till death do us part’ for those who never die.” (377)

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Hardcover1st Edition424 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
1442403543 (ISBN13: 9781442403543)

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