City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments 4) – Cassandra Clare


So The Mortal Instruments. I’m sure you’ve read them all, and if you haven’t, you should get around to it before the TV show releases this January. I have a feeling it’s going to be a massive hit considering how much the huge fan base is looking forward to it, but tthat’s what people thought about the movie too, so who really knows? Did anyone see the castings? I think on the most part they did a great job capturing the charecters looks, and I’m really excited to see them.

But we’re not here to talk about TV. We’re here to talk about books.

If you haven’t seen my review for part 1 of The Mortal Instruments series, check it out here .

Summary (Goodreads): 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, 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. 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.

I’m giving this book ten stars, because I thought it was SO much better than part 1 of the series. My first surprise was seeing Camille after reading Clockwork Angel, and since The Infernal Devices is my preferred Shadowhunters novel I was very excited to see her there. But it was more than just The Infernal Devices connection. The world was as amazing as always but the charecters changed too. I don’t want to spoil anything in this section, so I’m going to leave it at that. But I enjoyed reading this much more than I enjoyed reading part 1 of the series, so if the first part wasn’t your favorite for some reason give the series another chance, or at least check out The Infernal Devices. You might like it better.

This series is reccomended to all YA Urban Fantasy fans, so all fans of Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. If you liked action packed urban fantasy with hilarious, witty charecters, romance and fantastic world building, give it a chance, if you haven’t already.

Spoiler review (warning, this spoils the first part of the series and Clockwork Angel):

So, Simon.

He’s different.

I’m not even talking good and bad here it was just . . . unexpected. I expected a dramatic and hilarious love triangle, but I dind’t expect him to pick up two girlfriends. Okay. I mean I don’t like what he did, at all, but it’s hard to stay mad at a guy like Simon. He’s so innocent, and he truly didn’t mean to hurt anybody, but at the same time he should know when to mention he has another girlfriend. Especially if that girlfriend is his other girlfriend’s friend. Seriously, Simon.

When he ran away from home I was really upset. I don’t like his mom very much anymore, but at the end of the book he decided to go back home so I have hope there. When he left I was so sure he was going to summon Camille, it’s what I probbaly would have done. But did anyone else notice he broke his swear to Camille I don’t even know how many times. Doesn’t that swear mean something to the vampires, or did Simon not really mean it? As soon as Kile walked into the picture I knew something was up with him, because I doubted Cassandra Clare would actually introduce a new Mundane for Simon to live with but have this huge secret at the same time. What surprised me was Simon wasn’t at all suspicious when he started talking about that apartment in Manhatten. I mean, what runaway teenagers has an empty two bedroom apartment in Manhatten lying around? But I loved the Jordan/Kile twist. I have to admit, I didn’t see it coming. But now I ship him and Maya, and I still ship Isabel and Simon. They’re all so cute.

Speaking of teness, Alec and Magnus are a great couple. Throughout the entire book Alec is freaking out about Macugnus leaving him, while Magnus is making is pretty clear that all he wants is him. I loved how freaked out Alec was when he thought Magnus and Will Harondale had a thing. Unless there’s a huge plot twist coming up in Clockwork Prince, Will seems pretty straight to me. But I do want to know what Camille was talking about. Alec keeps asking if Will is dead, but I noticed that no one ever confirmed that assuption, so I’m hoping Will is immortal because Cassandra Clare cannot take him from me. He’s aweosme. I like him even more than I like the self-tortured Jace, whose self torture is actually really annoying me right now. I mean, Clary loves you, you love her. Man up and tell her you’re afraid to kill her already! We all know you’re not going to.

But that ending though. Wow. I’m really excited to find out what happens next, but at the same time I’m thinking not again. I don’t want Jace controlled by Lilith or Sabastien/Jonathen. I want him to be happy with Clary. Is that so impossible, Jace? Can’t you be happy with Clary? Can’t you?

What did you think?


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