City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels

eBook - 2011
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As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, [2011]
Edition: 1st edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9781442403567
Characteristics: 1 online resource (424 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Mar 19, 2021

Book #4

Jan 10, 2021

I can't even start with the right word, Amazing! this series has come so far and to be nearly done is sad but i know there are more series of the Shadow World to explore by Cassandra Clare.

Old fave!

JCLSallyT Mar 31, 2020

This was probably the worst book out of the whole series. Although still entertaining, the book took a break from excitement and action and was full of personal struggles with the main characters. Simon's struggles with being a vampire, Clary's insecurity with her confusing relationship with Jace, Jace's nightmares, Simon's two girlfriends...drama drama drama.

Dec 26, 2019

mortal instruments 4

Oct 17, 2019

I went into this book fully expecting to not like it. There's something about Clare's universe that keeps me coming back, despite the hardcore teenage angst. Speaking of which, there's a lot of it in the fourth installment of the Shadowhunter novels. The first two thirds of the novel felt aimless and I wasn't sure where the plot was going or had any clue where it would end up. Clare has conjured up another reason for Clary and Jace to not be together (which is ridiculously frustrating to the point of maddening) and this combined with Simon brooding and attempting to pretend he's not a vampire takes up the majority of the first half of the book. Jocelyn is awake and attempts to be involved in the story, but is about as interesting as she was when she was in her coma. That being said, there's a few good things here. The introduction of Jordan had me intrigued, especially with his checkered past and his involvment with Mea. Camille also plays a part, which harkens back to The Infernal Devices (that and the mention of Will Herondale, of course). Magnus and Alec are finally together, and we see a bit of them towards the end. All the pieces of the puzzle, which seem unconnected, all come together in the last 100 pages. It ties together nicely with the events of City of Glass, and Clary's choices come back to haunt her. All in all, it was more entertaining than I expected despite the frustrating angst, and I am interested to see what happens next.

Aug 29, 2019

Absolutely dreadful with many plot holes.
Jace was a different character, a super annoying and whinny teen in this installment.
I normally steer away from young adult fiction but the first 3 books weren’t bad. This one had all the horrible trappings of bad romance novels.
The plot is primarily built on miss understanding between Clary and Jace and idiotic selfish behavior masked as self sacrifice. Frankly their proclamation of undying love are maddening. These two have hardly spent any time together to really know each other, yet they think that they are so in love for all of eternity when they are merely infatuated with each other. Yet at every turn Clary is so sure that Jace is dumping her leading to the most idiotic decision to leave Jace alone when she/they all knew he was compromised (just to setup for the cliff hanger and the next book). A super week plot!

Aug 07, 2018

I love this series, but the relationship between Jace and Clary changes within every book. My sister told me that she found a post somewhere that said: what do you think of this relationship? And the answer was “depends on which book you’re talking about”

Apr 22, 2018

The book has an interesting premise but a rather boring plot up until the very end, when things pick up. Unfortunately, that's just about the only good thing about this installment. While I read the first three books rather quickly and in quick succession, this book took me several months just to garner enough motivation to pick it up. The unnecessary character drama brings down the whole story, as much of it could have been done at a faster pace. Also, the writing seems lazier as I found many grammatical and spelling errors, as well as awkward punctuation or lack thereof.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 20, 2017

While books two and three made me happy by moving away from the typical teenage love triangle, by this, book four, I had to ask myself "can these people ever catch a break?" What should have been central to the story: Simon adjusting to his new life, his powers, what people want from him and why, were just backstory to Jace and Clary dealing with something else keeping them apart.

The whole "balance" thing felt pulled out of thin air to explain the inexplicable and the ending was so annoying I don't know that I want to read the next one. Maybe this series would have been better left as a trio if Clare isn't willing to shift the focus to the natural questions of Simon's powers and adjustments, and instead has to invent ever more unlikely enemies for her main couple. The more I think on it, the more directions this book could have gone. How are all the beings getting along on the council? How will the romances between beings usher in a new age, and will the more traditional beings allow it?

Spoiler here: How did Lilith know to show up at the right time and place? Just too many coincidences for me. My suspension of disbelief has been suspended.

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Jul 02, 2015

“Or maybe it's just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

Dec 30, 2014

Alec: "Simon has the Mark of Cain. Lilith can't harm him."
Isabelle: "So what do you think she wants him for, then? So she'll have someone to pick up her dry-cleaning during the day?"

angiem99 Mar 29, 2014

"My will and desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars."

Oct 30, 2011

"As long as everyone's wearing their own pants."
"I see I have come in on a fascinating moment in the conversation."

Oct 30, 2011

"Do you have a lot of other profound thoughts like that? Blood is blood? A toaster is a toaster? A Gelatinous Cube is a Gelatinous Cube?"
- Simon

Oct 30, 2011

"Jordan slammed the coatrack down on the ground and sighed. "if you were a vampire, this would have been a lot more useful."

"yes," said Jace. "or, you know, just someone with a lot of coats."

Oct 30, 2011

"We can buy you one of those books they have for little kids 'Timmy Has Two Dads'. Except I don't think they have one called 'Timmy Has Two Dads and One of Them Was Evil'. That part you're just going to have to work through on your own."
- Simon

Oct 30, 2011

"Oh, good. You're starting to talk about yourself in the third person. That's not a sign of impending megalomania or anything."
- Simon to Raphael

Oct 30, 2011

"Hey," said Jace. who was sitting on an overturned speaker, looking at his cellphone, "do you want to see a photo of Alec and Magnus in Berlin?"
"Not really," said Simon.
"Magnus is wearing lederhosen."
"And yet, still no."

Oct 30, 2011

"You and your name-dropping. 'I knew Michael'. 'I knew Sammael'. 'The angel Gabriel did my hair'. It's like I'm with the Band with biblical figures."

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Jul 20, 2015

Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart?

Who will betray everything they ever believed in?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.

Jul 26, 2011

just finished the book, and haven't decided whether I hated it or loved it. I'm giving it 3 stars because I was hooked, and that counts for something.
I read the first chapter on Cassandra Clare's site, and the second chapter at the back of 'City of Glass'. They were easily the best chapters of the book. I didn't enjoy the scenes after that-Clary's dialogue was choppy, very out-of character. She shifted back into the Clary we know and love from the first few books somewhere in the middle of the story. I also disliked the Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde thing Jace has going on, I swear at the end of one chapter he's telling Clary he loves her and at the beginning of the next he's avoiding her. I was looking forward to the Clary-Jace scenes, but 60% of them involved Clary whining about him not returning his calls and Jace repeatedly trying to convince her that he loves her, but can't be near her. Why can't this couple be left alone? I assumed at the end of the last book that they'd uncover some dark secret of their past, why Clary was the 'wrong person' to fall in love with. Maybe they will in one of the next two books but their relationship was mainly Jace and Clary pining after one another from a distance. Oh, and their final scenes in this book were so sickeningly 'been there, done that'. I used to love Jace's character, because his snarkiness and dark sense of humor made for some interesting dialogue. I figured with Valentine dead he wouldn't be whining about how he was a monster, and didn't deserve Clary etc. But of course Clare found a way to incorporate that into this book, too. The ending frustrating me immensely, I won't spoil it but I wish dead characters would stay dead.
I like Simon but I'm not sure his character is strong enough to keep a book going. Guess we'll see in the next books. I will still be looking forward to reading them.

Jun 24, 2011

This book was a complicated jumble of events with no clear plot. It mostly just follows Simon around as her tries to figure out his life is a vampire. However, Clary is thrown in every once and a while. The problem is that almost every scene with Clary serves no purpose. She angsts, then she makes out with Jace, then she worries he's going to leave her, then she prepares for her mother's wedding....then she angsts about Jace leaving her. Honestly, this book may have been the shortest of the series so far, but it could have been a lot shorter if Clary had been cut out. Also, there are murders of unimportant extras thrown in to the book to create mystery and tension. These murders have no impact on the characters, and are uninteresting to read about. They have to do with a convoluted plot involving dead babies, character who should be dead, and a pretty boring villain who is only there because Cassandra Clare decided she needed a Valentine replacement. ---See my full review here:

May 03, 2011

I have waited so long to continue the story of Clary, Jace, Simon et al and I was not disappointed (*spoiler* .. until the last chapter!). Will Clary & Jace ever be able to be happily ever after? Cassandra Clare seems to love to torture her readers, lol. I liked that Jace be-friended Simon, and the intro of new character, Kyle / Jordan. I did go to bed sad because of the ending.. I love the way Cassie writes, but I find her Twitter account really annoying - there are too many spoilers. If she spent less time tweeting and more time writing, maybe it would make me happy (:


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