Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

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City of Fallen Angels City of Fallen Angels by
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Published by , in 2011
Genres: , ,
Pages: 424

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.

My Review:

Have you ever had one of those books where everyone loves it and you want to too but you just can’t? I mean, it’s not that I didn’t like the book, I did. I just don’t have a very strong opinion about it either way. I’ve been feeling a little burnt out recently so it may be my fault. No matter what the problem is it’s making it extremely difficult to write a review. 

Unfortunately, for me, I felt like this was a filler book. This often happens when a series is extended past its original intention (wasn’t TMI supposed to be only 3 books long?) It certainly wasn’t on par with Clockwork Angel, my favorite of hers. Then again even Cassie Clare’s worst book would be better than many authors’ best books, so what am I complaining about, right?

All that said, there were some things I really liked about this book. It focused a lot on Simon, who has always been my favorite character. (Jace is too angsty and Clary is too drama-y for me.) I thought that the story did move forward, plot-wise which was the intention, though I don’t feel the characters grew as much as they could have.

I guess the bottom line is that this one is essential to the story line so please do read it if you’re into the series. I just didn’t find it quite as good as the rest.

Book Review: City of Glass

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City of Glass City of Glass by
Series: The Mortal Instruments #3
Published by in 2009
Genres: , ,
Pages: 541

To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.
As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?

My Review:

Wow! What an epic way to end an amazing series! As I read the first two before I started blogging, I’m going to use this as more of a review of the whole series,  mostly so I don’t spoil too badly (despite their hype on the blogosphere, many people IRL have yet to read these – a majority of my friends included!)

One of the things I really loved about this series is the way Clare mixes her fantasy genres. I mean, obviously this is a paranormal series, but it combines different genres of paranormal into a world that makes sense. She explains how all the paranormals came to be in the world, which I love, and then expects them to work together (which they don’t always, but such is the way of things, isn’t it?). Eventually they work it out though and she finally fixes all the things that just struck me as wrong in the end. (Actually, that’s the wrong way to put it. It’s not that there was anything wrong with her writing, it’s just there are a few things that she sets up to be “wrong” and she finally tells us how they can actually not be wrong… and I’m making it worse, aren’t I? Just go read it!)

Another thing I love about the series is how vivid Clare’s writing is when it comes to personality. When I read a book, I don’t much care what the characters look like. In fact, most likely I’ll have skipped over the character description without realizing it and fabricated the character’s looks in my head based on their personality. Before the first Harry Potter film came out I could have sworn Malfoy had black hair. Not even kidding. Character description just isn’t that important to the story for me (except when it is, of course. Nobody could miss that Harry’s eyes are Emerald Green). Clare gives the characters such vivid personalities that I not only had pictures of them in my head, I was casting them for a possible film. I see books that way anyways, and I’m always very excited when one of the most vivid ones ends up becoming a film! I’m so excited for this one, and while I’m a little sad they didn’t get Molly Quinn for Clary, I’m still holding out hope for Darren Criss as Magnus (OMG yes please!)

That’s probably it for me before the weekend (birthday tomorrow, Jury Friday, Opera Sat. night EEP! I’m too busy!) Thank you all for sticking with me through this dry spell. I promise to make it worth your while as soon as I can – keep an eye out!

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