May 17, 2011

{Review} City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

GENRE: YA Urban Fantasy
THEME: Magic, Vampires, Angels, Demons
AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare's Blog

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

I have to say I’m a huge fan of the first three books, the story just captivated me and the world that Cassandra Clare created was beautifully written. I felt the ending of the third was perfect and I was satisfied with the resolve of the series. So when I heard about a fourth possibly more books that were going to be written I was a little surprised.

I love the characters of this series they have such depth and emotion to them and I enjoyed the angst between Clary and Jace. But this time around I felt that Jace disappointed me a lot… his character still had his charming arrogance but I was actually hating him in this book. I was upset to actually hate a character I was fond of in the first three books. He was childish, rude, and the decision he made were pointless and frustrating.

Thank goodness Clary was still herself and didn’t take the crud that Jace was randomly throwing at her for not so bright of reasons. She was just as great as ever! Simon was fantastic and really had a rough time in this one, I enjoyed his story line and the path that he’s heading in, plus his relationships really got interesting.

Also I love the Magnus and Alec storyline, those to I just want to hug every moment and I really felt for Alec with his fears about Magnus’ past. It was great to get to know more about his history and the interesting character that was introduced in this book, his connection to her.

I love Cassandra Clare’s world and characters but I felt lost and that this book just didn’t fit in to my love for the first three. The plot didn’t grab my attention this time around,  it almost felt rushed. I even took a break from reading it because of my frustration, but I didn’t want to give up. It’s so hard for me to be negative about a series that I love but I really felt this way. I was pulling for this book and was extremely excited to read it and I hope the next book will boost me back up to how I felt in the third. There were wonderful high points that I love and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for the next one.

This is a Young Adult novel suited for any age. Fans of Richelle Meads Vampire Academy Series and Becca Fitzpatrickk’s Hush Hush Series will enjoy this.

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1 comment:

  1. Really interesting review, I always like reading people's differing opinions. I felt Jace's behaviour was in-line with his character as a result of what Valentine taught him about love but I can see how people would find it annoying.
    totally get what you said about the plot tho-I didn't find it quite as gripping as the previous three. LOVED Alec and Magnus tho!