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City of Fallen Angels. by Cassandra Clare (Mortal Instruments) [Paperback]

Cassandra Clare
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Only" a Beginning. May 29 2011
By Ashes
Written without spoilers.
With the Mortal Instruments trilogy all wrapped up Clare decides to expand the series and bring back all our favourite characters. I was originally hesitant, I enjoyed all of the first books but wasn't sure what else she could possibly to bring to the table. Was I disappointed? No, but I do have a bone to pick with Clare.

Clare's books are books I enjoy to read and this installment was no different, however my main problem with it is there isn't a lot of pay off. There's no satisfaction when you reach the end. In a book that is part of a series I expect it to accomplish two things, it needs to have wide story arcs that expand across the whole series, but it also needs mini-episodes, arcs that are resolved in the book itself. Otherwise an installment doesn't feel like a book in its own right, but just a fragment of a larger work. That's what Fallen Angels felt like to me, it doesn't stand on its own.

Understandable maybe, after finishing City of Glass everything was wrapped up so neatly that Clare is now forced to open some more doors. And does she ever! There are a ton of loose ends and question marks all over almost every young characters life.

A final qualm, the main conflict which we find towards the end of the book, which really sets up the rest of the series felt recycled. I still think it will work, just I felt a little disappointment when I realized "Oh, this is how she's going with it".

An enjoyable read overall, I just wish we'd had at least a couple minor resolutions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! April 10 2011
By Tynga's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Our merry gang of teenagers is now back in New York city after the crazy Idris events and are trying to go on with their lives. Alec and Magnus on a lovers trip, Clary training to become a Shadowhunter, Simon and Isabelle dating while he tries do deal with vampirism and his new mark, but Jace, on his part, is having a hard time. He is plagued by nightmares in which he is hurting Clary. Top that with his family heritage and his grief over Max and we are light years away from a good time. There's no time for dwelling though, Shadowhunters are found dead, someone is trying to kill Simon and a very powerful vampire is in town. Could there be a new Nemesis to defeat? Can they win this time? And what will be the price?

Oh. My. Freaking. God. This is textually what I said aloud after reading the last word of City of Fallen Angels. Can we frame Cassandra Clare for massive murder attempt? Because this, my friends, is a KILLER cliffhanger. WOW.

Ok now that it's out of the way, let me tell you how amazing City of Fallen Angels is. What hit me the most in this installment is that every character seemed to be reestablishing their identity. They are trying to find their basis after everything that happened and it opens to a lot of vulnerability from all of them. I feel like I know the characters in a much more profound way now than I did before, and it's amazing.

When Cassandra was talking about CoFA she said this book was a lot more about Simon. And while he does have a much bigger part and his struggles are super interesting, Jace stole the show for me. Not because he was his cocky flamboyant self but quite the opposite. His pain and vulnerability was sometimes hard to bare. I just wanted to give him a hug and never let him go. His misery was heart-shattering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ummmmm.... Speechless. April 5 2011
By Avery Greaves TOP 500 REVIEWER
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When I first opened my package this afternoon and held the book in my hands my first thought was "It's so small!" and I was kinda disappointed because less book= less Jace for me to love (I'd say that it is a good 1/4 shorter than "City of Glass" is). But then I had to remind myself, "Hey Avery... 'Member that time that you thought that this series, your most favourite book series in the entire world and the book series that pretty much defines your life was going to be three books and now it is six book? Yeah, you remember that? So you CANNOT COMPLAIN THAT IT IS SHORT BECAUSE YOU WERE ONLY ORIGINALLY GOING TO GET THREE BOOKS. YOU GOT AN EXTRA THREE BOOKS SO JUST GET READING IT ALREADY!" So yes...

I don't think that I have ever experienced such an emotional roller coaster than I did while reading this book. On one page I could be laughing my butt off at snarky comments from equally snarky characters and the next page my heart could be stomped upon so hard that nothing, not even an iratze, could heal said heart.

Upon finishing this book I have come to realize how flat the characters truly were in the earlier books and it sounds kinda dumb when I say it, because I wouldn't have in a million years considered them to be flat- but compared to this book? Yep, totally flat. Why I say that is because in this book each character's personalities shined and flourished like they never have before. Each and every character has grown enormously and characters that in the earlier books I felt only "meh" towards? Well, I feel head over heels for them in this book (ie. Alec and Izzy) and the characters that I previously loved? Jace, Clary, Simon, Magnus? Well I fell even harder for them (which I didn't think was possible).

As for the Jace front?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it!
Love love love!
Published 2 months ago by Jackie Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Teen book
Read the series to this point and enjoyed it. Can see it being enjoyed by young adults.
It is a light read with good plot for anyone with an open mind and some imagination
Published 10 months ago by Gwen Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Again, great book, kept me guessing, as in all of her books in this series. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes reading this type of genre.
Published 11 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me on the edge of my seat!
Absolutely love Cassandra Clare and this book is amazing! Her writing just keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat and when you turn to the last page you always want more! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amanda Rafuse
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book, awesome author, awseome collection
love this collection, can't wait for the new book out in march...this book is great for all ages..the author really knows how to put a story line together..
Published 12 months ago by sarah armstrong
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite series
Thank God this one focuses on Simon - he's been the only really likable character throughout the series. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars book
This whole series is better then the Twilight series which I hated... There is a lot of action and some romance in it and different characters . Read more
Published 15 months ago by Claudia
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome story!
This story brings a lot of conflicting emotion in the reader making us want to read the last book of the serie to see if it's gonna get better or worse. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amayelle22
4.0 out of 5 stars Cost becoming an issue!
This is a great series of books. However, the next one, City of Lost Souls, has been out for over a year and still costs $18.99. I will not pay that for an ebook! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Katsusbo
4.0 out of 5 stars Guess it's not a trilogy
I preferred the characters over the story of the fourth "Mortal Instruments" book; after a long interval, it was good seeing everybody again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Chris
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