City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels

Book rating: 05 Paperback Mortal Instruments (Quality)

By (author) Cassandra Clare

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  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 448 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 36mm | 360g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1406330337
  • ISBN 13: 9781406330335
  • Sales rank: 578

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Love, blood, betrayal and revenge - the stakes are higher than ever in the fourth book in the bestselling "Mortal Instruments" sequence. 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 - most importantly of all - she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. Someone is murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. And 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. This title is supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign. 'The Mortal instruments series' has over one million books in print. It has been on "The New York Times" bestseller list for six months straight. The books have been translated into 19 languages and have also appeared on bestseller lists in Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries. The Infernal Devices is her second major series.

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By Whytnee shattuck 08 Apr 2013 5

I was missing Jace and Clary so much I had to pick this book up after it sitting on my shelf since Christmas. I had pledged to ready only author's I'd never read before in January, and after the month was over I had already moved past all my feels about the first three Mortal Instrument's books. Now I'm really glad I waited and could experience this lovely Shadowhunter world again. Revisiting a familiar fictional world is like coming home, comfortable and fabulous

I almost gave this book four stars. It really wasn't as good as the first three, mainly because it was so chaotic. I felt like I was reading the Simon show. I understand that there are more characters than just Jace and Clary, so I am probably biased, but I really did get bored with so much Simon drama.

The emotions Jace and Clary went through felt a bit forced, as if there really wasn't anything for Cassandra to create to cause issues with them so she just came up with whatever was easy. I didn't feel their 'troubles' were realistic, even though Shadowhunter's are fictional, the situation just wasn't as believable for that type of setting that it was in the previous books. I know it all tied in together in the end and made sense, I just felt like there could have been a better plot line for that particular section of the book.

I was intrigued by the bits of information we learned about some of the other characters, Magnus and Maia. Their pasts were discussed and elaborated on, but I felt like there could have been a little more information provided. I know that there is going to be a Bane Chronicles to give us the information on Magnus as well. I haven't read The Infernal Devices yet, so I don't know if he's in those.

The thing about Cassandra Clare's writing style is that it's so easy to read. It flows beautifully and you can speed through her books without feeling like you were cheated. Her writing always leaves me wanting more.

We also get a glimpse of what I like to call #TeamMalec. I always get a bit fangirl over any "Malec" information and again, I wanted more :)

Plot wise, it was all over the place. It felt like riding a roller coaster, there were so many twists and turns. New bad guys, or should I say bad girls, were introduced and a reappearance of a former menace within the last few pages left a cliff hanger so intense that I almost ran to my room and picked up the last book immediately. I had to contain myself because I want to read other books, but I really cannot wait to pick up the next one.

All in all this was a magnificent addition to the series.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, but again, I'm biased for anything Jace/Clary and #TeamMalec
Recommendation: I suggest you read this one immediately. If you've read the first three, then keep on trucking partner because this one will not disappoint. It's not the best of the series, but it's really not bad either.

By Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books) 06 Aug 2011 5

Another great installment in the Mortal Instruments series. It drew me right into the world of ShadowHunters and Downworlders and into the lives of some of my favorite characters.
Admittedly, we do get a few hot scenes with Jace and Clary, but as usual, nothing is easy for them. The mark of cain has made life much more difficult for Simon, and so has BOTH of his budding romances.
I'm yearning for happiness and good thing for my characters, so I can't wait for the next ones.

Review quote

"Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from The Mortal instruments series." (Cassandra Clare on City of Fallen Angels."