Book Review: The Mortal Instruments #4: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Rating: StarStarStar

Synopsis:

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 love you, Clary. More than I ever— God. More than i probably should. You know that, don’t you?

i like this book, but i’m not jumping up and down about it. (yeah i know, boo!)

It is difficult to write a review for a book in a series that i love so much. Difficult because even though i liked this one, i have a nagging thought that the author is only stretching it for the sake of, you know, stretching it. Business? Profit? I dunno.

So this is my experience while reading the book:

After securing my copy the crazy way, i was giddy when i laid my hands on it. I don’t want to read it immediately. I want to savor the feel of the cover, the smell of printed paper. That’s how i was. I held the book with such reverence.

I’ve read the sneak peek on the net so i just skimmed the first chapter… Ok, that was a lie. I still read it line per line 😐 i wanted to start slow. Don’t expect too much, i said. So that’s what i did.

By the time i reached the second chapter, i picked up my reading pace a little. Why? Ah hell, Jace is on, thank you very much! My heart is building up its pumping, slowly but steadily. Man, i’m just starting out this book and i loved it already! I even thought then, i’m gonna rate this book a five!

I kept turning the pages. I couldn’t read any faster. I was getting impatient! My heart accelerates every freakin’ time Jace has a scene. Thump! Thump! Thump! There was this scene between him and Clary soaked in the rain, and i was gripping the book so hard. C’mon c’mon C’MON! Finally, things between them are starting to heat up!

At that point, there was no mistake in my mind that this what i expected the fourth book will be!

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Too bad, i judged it early.

halfway through the book, i realized where the story is going, and how it could end. CRAP. then and there, i lost my mojo to enjoy the book. WHY?

Well, the author plugged that this book will focus on Simon. It did, at first. But halfway through, it slowly spiraled into Jace. JACE? Again? I love him but, his story should’ve not overshadowed Simon’s. I mean, Simon’s the one in the book cover, right? 😦

Jace got the limelight in books 1-3. you might ask: if i love Jace, how come i am so pissed?!!

Because, BECAUSE while Jace is confident, conceited, and self-absorbed (all traits i looove about him), he is also doubtful, tortured, and unforgiving towards himself. And the latter negative vibes is greatly highlighted in this book. Jace is repeatedly doubtful (of Clary’s love for him), tortured (of memories of Valentine and his conflicting feelings between Valentine and his biological father), and unforgiving towards himself (things he might do to hurt Clary, Max’s death). It was annoying to the fact that Jace doesn’t appear to be as strong and dependable anymore as i thought he was before.

I wished the author could’ve given Jace a break. You know, like maybe he gets to enjoy first his newfound relationship with Clary, after finding out they are not related in book 3. THAT IS WHAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR SINCE BOOK 3 ENDED!

But no, the author decided to put Jace once more in the middle of it all. And where did that leave Simon? 😦

Oh well, i did enjoy parts of it.

Now for the GOOD times:

The story line was fluid. Consequences of Clary’s actions in book three was unravelling. New characters were introduced that are essential in building the story of secondary characters. Besides the fact that the author is too hard on Jace, this is an engaging read. The twists and turns woven by the author are solid, believable, and i must admit, mind blowing.

Clary:
she grew up. I loved that she is more mature than before, she speaks up (esp against Jace and her mom) and stands up for what she wants.

No. You can’t just keep grabbing at me every time you see me. It’s not a substitute for actually talking.

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J: The ritual is taken from the Song of Solomon. ‘Set me a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death.’
C: Ours is stronger than that.

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I could’ve asked for anything, and i asked for you. And i would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood whatever you want to call yourself. I don’t care. I love you and i will always love you, PRETENDING IT COULD BE ANY OTHER WAY IS JUST A WASTE OF TIME.

yeah. i can’t pretend either. haha!

Although there’s this scene at the end when i want to punch her and screamed at her STUPID! IDIOT! MORON! She still doesn’t listen to Jace. Still doesn’t trust that he can take care of himself. Also, the author could’ve put Clary into more action scenes (and she actually winning them). This is book 4 already! She should be able to defend herself for goodness sake.

Jace:
Still hot as ever! And confident. The best shadowhunter this world has seen, says a Greater Demon. Damn right he is!

I love him when he’s being conceited. And being funny.

“Aren’t they supposed to be hiring someone else to train me full-time anyway?”
“Yes,” he said, getting up and pulling her to her feet along with him,“ and I’m worried that if you get into the habit of making out with your instructors, you’ll wind up making out with him, too.”
“ Don’t be sexist. They could find me a female instructor.”
“In that case you have my permission to make out with her, as long as I can watch.”

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“You’re just worried they’ll hire a male instructor and he’ll be hotter than you.”
Jace’s eyebrows went up. “Hotter than me?”
“It could happen,” Clary said, “You know, theoretically.”
“Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, 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.”

Haha!

But i super love him when he’s being honest. And sweet. And vulnerable.

Sometimes i dream you’re gone. I keep wondering when you’ll figure out how much better you could do without me.

Aaawww. The author really has a way with words.

Isabelle: one badass chick! I worship her now.

‘That new lead singer they have is hot. Is he single? I’d like to ride him around town like a bad, bad pony—‘

*lol*

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But I watch my brothers give their hearts away and I think, Don’t you know? Hearts are breakable. And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before.

Simon: i’m still unsure if Simon stood out from all the characters. He seems weak even now when bears the mark of Cain. He’s still funny though. And so little scenes from his love life! But i think it has potential. I’m looking forward to that.

“No. That’s Clary; shes’s my best friend.” Simon pocketed his phone. “And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one.”

Ultimate high:

The make-out sessions of Clary and Jace, of course! I went craaazy with the rain scene! Gosh, get a room! No, wait. I wanna see this, so just stay in the alley! I swear i was palpitating while reading that. Hot hot hot!

Fave scenes:

1 When Clary and Jace were out in the park. This is Jace at his best throughout this book. honest, open, sweet.

2 When Clary and Jace are making out in one of the Institute rooms – no it didn’t lead to sex (although i was tearing my hair out while thinking that is where they are going). It did lead to something else, alright! and I didn’t expect that. It was like cold water pouring down my head after the steamy scene i just read. uh, HARSH!

3 When Simon faced off with the greater demon. This is the only time that i saw Simon as the character the author wanted him to be. And i’m so glad he had the opportunity to kill the greater demon or else there’s no more book 5 and 6 coz they’ll all be dead.

The verdict:

Despite my disappointments, it is a good read (if you haven’t read the first 3 books). But i’m getting the feeling that the author is setting Clary and Jace up as starcrossed lovers. And i’m so NOT a big fan of that.

I also love the story of Cain the author conjured, and the passages from the bible are so refreshing! The book of Genesis has never been this trivial. 😉

I’m not so keen on book 5. I think i can wait a year for it.

You love each other – anyone can see that, looking at you – that kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.

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.:maria:.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Mortal Instruments #4: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

  1. I’ll have to agree about your analysis of Jace. I was definitely disappointed over the fact that he seemed to be so… weak, I guess is the best word, in this book. I wanted him to be that same Jace we met in the last three books that just reached out and grabbed what he wanted! It felt like Clare took him two steps back in this novel. I was slowly beginning to realize he sounded like a certain sparkly, angst-ridden vampire of another series. It makes me really hope he changes in the next two books!

    Thanks so much for the excellent review! I love how you sprinkled quotes throughout the post, especially when you mentioned how much Clary grew up and matured here. (: Love it!

    • Susan, thank you! Jace almost lost half of his personality that i so loved about him. Cassandra Clare has really a way with words, thus the quotes 🙂 cheers to the Mortal Instruments series!

  2. Pingback: Book Review: The Mortal Instruments #5: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare « reading is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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