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Trust is dangerous, and to love is to destroy. Plunge into the fourth installment in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

Topics: Series, New York City, Urban, Adventurous, Futuristic, Vampires, Demons, Angels, Supernatural Powers, Friendship, War, and Multiple Perspectives

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    i so love this book!more
    Love it so freaking much more
    its the best evermore
    I LOVE THIS SERIES AND I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE TV SHOW!!!!more
    Talk about good if you what to read a great adventure and love story filled booked this is the book and serious for youmore
    Talk about good if you what to read a great adventure and love story filled booked this is the book and serious for youmore
    I HATE CLIFF-HANGERS! This book went so quickly, mostly because I couldn't put it down. And I loved every page! more
    This book started out slow for me. I don't know if that is because it has been nearly a year since I read City of Glass so it took me a bit to get back into it, or if it really was a slow beginning.

    By the middle of the book though, I was really into it again and the ending blew me away. I hate that I have to wait months for book five to be released!more
    To make a long story short, I believe Cassandra Clare should have stopped with the third book. This fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, feels like an afterthought. Perhaps more like residue from the first three books. Essentially the plot didn’t pick up until about 75-80% into the book, and even then it still focuses on the same old hoopla of the “love” of Jace and Danger-prone Clary. I’m honestly getting tired of reading about their whirlwind romance, and I’ve learned to just skip through those constant descriptive parts. I can say that I did enjoy the fact that Simon plays a stronger role in the series, as he learns how to make better use of his new found powers. In this book we are also introduced to several other new characters, such as Kyle and Maureen, of whom I suppose will play bigger parts in the next books in the series. In all I found the book full of air, albeit with stratus clouds of quick action scenes. I wasn’t in favor for the slow plot development (if you want to call it a development) and I’m not totally convinced I should seek out any future TMI books. I felt very content when I thought that the third book, City of Glass, was the end. I will, with great enthusiasm, be in search for The Infernal Devices series, as I hear those are great books.

    First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.’” (3)
    Last Line: “We are one” (424)

    Quotes:
    “‘Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, 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.’” (77)

    “‘You left me,’ he said. ‘You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me.’ He spoke matter-of-factly. It had been a long time.” (259)

    “You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no ‘till death do us part’ for those who never die.” (377)more
    I recently started reading this series and have heard tons of accolades from library patrons and friends, I am also a person who feels the need to finish a series once I start. So I read books 1-3 and there is no way i can just quit.

    The series in general intrigues me, I like the blending of fantasy characters. It reminds me of a Sookie Stackhouse world, where the point is: if one group of magical creatures or beings exist then the other definitely does! So the books overall have that going for them.

    The dichotomy of magical beings is well done in this book, and somthing I really appreciated. The idea of balance, light and dark, angel and demon.

    The continuation of Simon's storyline was also interesting, on multiple occassions I felt like I needed to research biblical happenings and people, curious about how much of the book was based in biblical truths.

    Overall this was a decent continuation of the mortal instument series, to me it had a really interesting twist at the end, though I am not sure how much longer I am willing to wait for a conclusion. If you like paranormal, fantasy and romance this is a worthwhile series, it gives you a touch of everything from angels,demons and faeries to warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. As well as of course-Shadowhunters. The other nice twist to this book for me was the inclusion of more about the mythos surrounding the various paranormals or downworlders. Looking forward to the next book in this series as well as the series prequel!more
    Couldn't stop while you were ahead, huh? All I can say is that this book was so slow that eventually, the only thing I could do was give up and skim. This is one of those series that should have stopped at book 3!more
    Things I liked:

    1. It's like a TMI spin-off featuring Simon (who has fast become one of my favorite characters in the series).

    2. Isabelle/Simon. hohohohoh way to go, Clare, pairing off the two remaining characters without a partner, but oh well, you did it well, and this is my favorite ship so far.

    3. Clary is slowly becoming a take-control over girl, and not merely the damsel in distress. Quick thinking about ruining Jace's rune, but that wasn't enough. With a character like Clary, though, it's a big improvement

    Things I didn't like:
    1. Jace and Clary's love story has become even more angst-ridden. I liked the incest-related angst, but seriously, I could slap Jace for looking for more excuses to be unhappy.

    2. Seriously, after the fight ended with Lilith, why oh why did they just leave Jace alone with Sebastian???? You would think that after all they've been through (the Valentine episode and the more recent episode with Lilith), they'd be more paranoid, and effin make sure Sebastian was secured, if they can't kill him. But, no, they left Jace, who's still pretty unstable, alone with Sebastian. It's like watching the girl in a slasher film walk around the house in the dark, knowing there's a killer around there somewhere. Sheesh.

    This was a pretty enjoyable read, mostly because of the Simon parts. But I think making a book after the trilogy ended was unnecessary. Yes, I really think it was unnecessary. I liked the trilogy but enough is enough.more
    Although I was fairly happy with the ending to book three, I am also totally okay with her continuing the series. Book four was, to me, totally consistent with the quality of the series up to this point. This is one of those series I have a love/hate relationship with; sometimes I want to stop reading and sometimes I am completely, shamefully drawn into all of the melodrama.

    Most of all, let me say how much I do not care about Clary and Jace. They suffer from the overdramatic, overly mushy, want-to-be-together-but-can't thing that has made so many main couples exceedingly obnoxious. Other prime examples from the fantasy world are Buffy/Angel and Max/Liz (from Roswell). As with both of those television shows, I do really enjoy the supporting cast. Any section of the book that followed Simon, Alec or Isabelle, I was much more likely to appreciate.

    Still, I did not like the way she paired everyone off toward the end of the book. Which is not to say the pairings are all doing well, but they are all definitely heading in an obvious direction. That just felt a bit too quick. Everyone was more forgiving than seems particularly likely. Plus, I didn't like that Simon never had to choose between the two girls; the choice was sort of made for him and he just rolled with it. Am I supposed to ship a relationship when he never really seemed to care for one more than the other?

    All in all, another calorie-ridden, guilty pleasure. I know the next book will be just as agonizing and annoying as the others, but I also know that I will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it.more
    I'm not sure how coherent this review will be, but I'll do my best. In no particular order, here are the things I liked about this book:

    -Luke and Jocelyn. I enjoy seeing them get their (more or less) happily-ever-after, plus it's always nice to see adults in functioning relationships in YA.

    -We're out of Idris. I do like some fantasy, but for some reason I just didn't like it when everybody was Idris in the last book, possibly because everyone's descriptions of it feel too fantastic and gorgeous to be real. We're back to our urban setting with this one.

    -Clary is finally training as a Shadowhunter. FINALLY.

    That being said, some of the things that bothered me about this book include:

    -The constant angst between Clary and Jace. I'm getting really sick of this star-crossed lovers business. It's at the point where I can barely remember what it is they have in common, since all they do is angst, angst, angst.

    -Simon. WTF? He became a cheating dirtbag in this one. And yes, if not all the parties involved are aware of the situation, that constitutes cheating.

    -The Magnus/Jace dynamic here was kind of depressing. Alec clearly loves Magnus, but Magnus seems to be holding back, presumably he's older than dirt and has had hundreds of lovers before. Based on what we saw in this book, I'm not convinced that Alec shouldn't leave Magnus and find someone else, but we'll see.

    -The lack of development in non-romantic relationships. I'd LOVE to see more of an Isabelle/Clary friendship going, but all we got in this book was a brief discussion about birth control. Not really what I was envisioning.

    -I think the number of POVs is increasing as the series goes. Clare has always liked her third-person limited POV, but this was the first time I found myself struggling to keep all the storylines straight.

    Overall, the action in this book isn't bad, but the Clary/Jace dynamic is definitely starting to feel stale here. I'm on the fence about whether or not I'll continue the series.more
    Liked the book, although it was slow to get into it. It got better once it hit its stride. Looking forward more to Clockwork Prince than the next MI book.more
    First of All ****SPOILER ALERT**** (i might get carried away unintentionally)...

    Ok so for the most part i really liked this book. Most of the main characters on it have a very interesting and welcome growth (Isabel comes to mind). I was so into it, and then the last chapter came. OH MY GOD!!! I was so frustrated... ARGH!!!!!!!!!! I really hated that last chapter; I mean, I get it, this book is #4 out of 6 now. I get that the book needs a new plot line that can be taken through a span of three books (much like the Valentine plot) but seriously can we cut Jace a break its like the poor kids has gone through the hero's journey and got stuck in hell with no way to come out. UGH!!!

    ****HEAVY SPOILERS AFTER THIS LINE****(City of Fallen Angels and Clockwork Angel)****
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    There was another part of the books i did not liked; i get the whole mark of Cain. I actually loved the detailed description of how the whole sevenfold works; i did not liked that it was used to finish Lilith. Maybe is because of her whole significance, who she was and what she did, but i was expecting more out of her end. That scene reminded me a lot of the scene on Clockwork Angel were Will kills the she-demon on the abandoned house. I expected a full blown action scene there, that showed the skills of the shadowhunters then she was dead (the demon was on an impenetrable circle that apparently not even fire could get through, yet the chandelier killed her, please!!). And i definitely expected a full blown action scene on this particular moment (Lilith's death) that showed both Jace's and Simon's skills and prowess.

    All in all i liked the book and i will definitely read the next one. I'm just hopping that the light at the end Jace's tunnel (and Clari's for that matter) is closer than i dread to imaging.more
    I continue to be bored senseless by Clary and Jace. It's not their fault I realise. They can't help the author not being very good and clearly falling back on her fanfiction roots.This book and I presume the rest of the series are at that point when you realise a narrative has continued past the point where it was originally meant to concluded. The whole Jace is having nightmares thing is such a nothing plot but as with the rest of this entire series the saving grace is the life and times of Simon. A daywalker vampire with the Mark of Cain is a very interesting premise and I've reached the point where I find myself skimming through the Clary portions of the story to the next time Simon shows up. To my surprise I'm enjoying the new Isabelle/Simon thing though the whole two timing thing at the start was amazingly contrived.Overall I'm hoping Simon continues to grow as a primary protagonist though I still wish the Mortal Instruments series had ended as a trilogy and Simon had gotten his own spin-off series. Clary and Jase keep getting dragged back into a story that doesn't really want them any more but I suppose some people just life utterly predictable and pedestrian 'epic' romances regardless of how boring it actually is.more
    Even though I am in love with this series I did not like this book in particular. It takes awhile to get into and I felt like the story didn't really start until half way through. I almost didn't want to finish it. I think the story was a little confusing and weak in the beginning. Luckily it turned out ok though.more
    I have totally lost interest in the stories and characters. Really if you write a trilogy, there should not be a fourth book!more
    **WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass**The Mortal War is over, but does that mean everyone is safe? Clary is excited because she can finally train to become a Shadowhunter, even though her mother wishes otherwise. Her mother is busy preparing for her upcoming wedding to the man she’s loved for a long time. Things start happening in New York. Shadowhunters are being murdered. This is causing tension between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders. Not only does Clary have that to deal with, but Simon is suddenly homeless because his mother found out about him being a vampire. He moves in with a guy named Kyle, who, unbeknownst to Simon, is also a downworlder and has his own history. Simon is also dating two girls at the same time, two dangerous girls. Which one is he going to take to the wedding? Simon doesn’t see this as a big deal, but Clary knows better.Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend after all this time. (Well, three books.) He is helping to train her as a Shadowhunter. Now Jace is having nightmares, only they are causing him to do things. Now he is pulling away from Clary because he doesn’t want to hurt her. This causes Clary pain because she doesn’t know why he is avoiding her, so she investigates. Will Jace and Clary finally be together? What is happening and why are the Shadowhunters being killed?It is no secret that I am a fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing. I first read The Infernal Devices series and now and The Mortal Instruments series. As I have said in previous reviews of these series. I like that they deal with the same thing, only in different time periods. In City of Fallen Angels, I had high hopes for Clary and Jace. I really wanted them to be together. After all the business with the Mortal War, them being siblings, Jace being part demon…it really seemed like things were finally working in their favor, except for that little incident with the Angel Raziel at the lake at the end of City of Glass.I like that you get to see more of Simon in these books. He has always been a good friend to Clary and now that he is a vampire, he is allowed to be more present in her world. He is the “Daylighter” because he can go out during the day. This has caused him to be able to continue his life, but also has caused some contention with the other downworlders. The other vampires don’t want to associate with him, yet because of the Mark of Cain that he has on him, they cannot kill him. Jace, Jace, Jace. He is the guy that one minute, you love him and the next you don’t. It’s obvious that he really cares for Clary, but he has a funny way of showing it sometimes. It seems like all the bad stuff happens to him.Having already read City of Lost Souls before this review was written, I must say that Clare does not disappoint in keeping me interested in this series. I am eagerly anticipating the release of City of Heavenly Fire, which is rumored to be in March 2014.more
    For some reason, my review got deleted and I can't remember my exact words anymore although I do remember being pissed off at the end. I guess now, I'll just say it was a good story and leave it like that but no.. despite that, I found myself rather tortured after reaching the ends of the book. I would've argued beforehand when someone said that this was an instrument of torture but now, I won't beg to differ. But as to my reasoning, It might be different. See, I loved the story. But cliffhangers kill me! I hate them, they can just jump off a cliff! Har har, sorry for my lame attempt on humor. The book, too, was depressing. Cassandra Clare seems to have a knack for luring Jace to the dark side all the time, if he wasn't depressed in this book, he was being controlled, like "c'mon, we miss the old sarcastic Jace already Cassandra, give him back!" but no. The ending just shattered all of that. Now I have to wait for a month or so for City of Lost Souls and a year for City of Heavenly Angels. So, yes, this book is an instrument of torture. Other than that, In Cassandra Clare fashion, a little bit of romance, lots of twists and turns, some steamy scenes and a big shocker, well you have City of Fallen Angels.more
    A good addition to the series though perhaps bringing back a character that is unnecessary and rather annoying to see return. This doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a pretty good book though not quite following the same tense, action filled formula of the prior books. If you don’t like a lot of dialogue in your stories this book might not satisfy you but overall it should be decently pleasing to any fan of the first three books.more
    This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for about a year now. I read the first three original books at the start of 2010 and I loved them. But for some reason, it took me a while to get started on City of Fallen Angels. I think it was because I heard somewhere that this book is based entirely around Simon and honestly, I never was a huge fan of him. Until now. He wasn't one of my favourites in the series, I always found him annoying but he was so badass in this one! My opinion has definitely changed on him, thankfully. He doesn't bother me anymore. I actually really like him now. He was brave, strong, loyal, funny and an awesome friend to Clary.The book wasn't all based on Simon. Mainly Simon and Clary told the story from separate POVs but sometimes we would get to hear from Isabelle, Alec, Jace and Magnus too, which was awesome. A lot of books I have read lately aren't only told from one person's perspective, I really used to hate that but I'm actually beginning to enjoy it. It's pretty cool seeing the world from different character's minds.Cassandra Clare is a fabulous writer! She worded everything perfectly and you were never bored, not even for a second. As each chapter ended, there was a cliff-hanger, just making you want to continue reading. My eyes were glued to the pages from the very beginning, the book completely sucked me in. One thing I didn't like though was how long the chapters were. I think there's about thirty or forty pages in each, give or take. If I sit down, my mind set to just read one or two chapters, it's fine because usually they're not that long, but it did take a while to get through one, especially since it's a big book, unlike the first three. But apart from that, I really loved it. The Mortal Instruments are my favourite covers of all time .Each one of them is stunning! I love, love, LOVE the cover of City of Fallen Angels. Clary and Jace look so badass and the orange light underneath them is so pretty. Then at the very bottom, it shows a city which continues all the way over to the back cover. It's stunning! Ugh, I love it. This definitely was one of my favourite books in the series. It was amazing. The story held you captivated and you just wanted more and more. There was a huge cliff-hanger at the end so I'm really excited to read City of Lost Souls. I honestly wish I would have read this sooner. Kudos to Cassandra for this beautifully written book. And with that being said, it gets the incredible five-star rating!more
    As always, I couldn't put this book down! Just when I think the author can't surprise me anymore, she does again! If you loved the first three books, you will not be disappointed with this one!more
    In reading this story again, I realized how much a I missed in reading City of Fallen Angels the first time! I think I got so excited to figure out what was happening, I basically skimmed the last 80 pages, which was a detriment to me and my love of Cassandra Clare's writing. This book was unexpectedly wonderful and to be frank, crazy awesome. In this 4th installment of The Mortal Instruments series, we find ourselves in the aftermath of The Moral War. Without giving too much away, Clary is in the midst of training as a Shadowhunter and it seems that life is pretty much perfect. Especially when it comes to her relationship with her boyfriend, the lovely and witty Jace Lightwood. But, in typical Clare fashion, The Mortal Instruments crew gets a little shaken up and it turns out the The Mortal War was only a small problem for them to deal with when held against what's coming next...City of Fallen Angels introduces us to a new enemy, one worse than Valentine (if that is at all possible). I will obviously not be telling you who said villain is as it would completely ruin the story for you. But I did like this addition to the series. After City of Glass had ended, I was interested to see how the next story would unfold with our evil mastermind seemingly put to rest. I am loving how these books and The Infernal Devices are intermingling. We see our characters ancestors coming through into the story taking place in present day and I'm thinking that in City of Lost Souls we are going to see some more of that. I'm stoked. I also realized in reading this book that I do like The Infernal Devices books better. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed The Mortal Instruments or that I didn't like this particular book. It's just that I'm a huge sucker for historical fiction and steampunk themes and I have to say I'm more excited for Clockwork Princess to come out than any other book written by Cassandra Clare.We'll, I think that's enough rambling for one day! I am staring City of Lost Souls today, so be prepared for you last Cassandra Clare book review for a while! (Are you excited?)8 out of 10Happy Reading :)AllisonThis review brought to you by Allison at imabibliophobic.blogspot.commore
    Background: City of Fallen Angels picks up where the last book left off, really just Jace and Clary lovingly being back in NYC. All is well until their relationships starts falling apart and talk of Shadowhunter killings has the Clave concerned.Review: OK so, I really liked books 1-3, and I thought this was only a trilogy, so what on earth was the point of this book? I am pretty sure she could have gotten away with only writing the first 3, we could have ended with a 'happily ever after.' The City of Fallen Angels is a strange addition to this series, the first three where action-packed suspenseful books with love triangles thrown every which way. Book 4 is a lot of dialogue, I mean A LOT of dialogue, from Jace, Simon, Clary, even new people... it was talking galore. We didn't get action until chapter 16, if that and it was short and not as suspenseful as it could have been (my opinion). I feel like this was just another way for the author to milk an already successful series. I must say that the ending was pretty good, and I will be reading the next book(s) that come from the series, I just feel like this one was filler.more
    The Mortal Instruments is one of my all time favorite series, and I was so excited when I heard that Cassandra Clare was continuing it with City of Fallen Angels! I knew going into it that this book told mostly Simon's story, and since I love Simon, I was okay with that. Unfortunately, it just felt like something was missing from this installment. It wasn't that the writing wasn't good - it's Cassandra Clare, for Heaven's sake! Of course it was good! But the romance that was so well written in the first 3 books was missing in this one. I love the bromance between Simon and Jace, and their back and forth bickering is what made COFA so enjoyable! But Jace and Clary are having problems, Isabelle and Maia found out that Simon was two-timing them, so they're not speaking to him, and even Magnus and Alec are at odds! I missed the romance, but it was still a very quick and easy read for me. The pacing is good, the characters are the same characters we know and love, and the action is exciting! There is a HUGE cliffhanger, too! I won't tell you what, but let me tell you that I totally did not see it coming! Don't you love when that happens?! I gave this book 4 stars because while I felt something was missing, it was still a very good book, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out to find out what happens next! :Dmore
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    i so love this book!more
    Love it so freaking much more
    its the best evermore
    I LOVE THIS SERIES AND I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE TV SHOW!!!!more
    Talk about good if you what to read a great adventure and love story filled booked this is the book and serious for youmore
    Talk about good if you what to read a great adventure and love story filled booked this is the book and serious for youmore
    I HATE CLIFF-HANGERS! This book went so quickly, mostly because I couldn't put it down. And I loved every page! more
    This book started out slow for me. I don't know if that is because it has been nearly a year since I read City of Glass so it took me a bit to get back into it, or if it really was a slow beginning.

    By the middle of the book though, I was really into it again and the ending blew me away. I hate that I have to wait months for book five to be released!more
    To make a long story short, I believe Cassandra Clare should have stopped with the third book. This fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series, feels like an afterthought. Perhaps more like residue from the first three books. Essentially the plot didn’t pick up until about 75-80% into the book, and even then it still focuses on the same old hoopla of the “love” of Jace and Danger-prone Clary. I’m honestly getting tired of reading about their whirlwind romance, and I’ve learned to just skip through those constant descriptive parts. I can say that I did enjoy the fact that Simon plays a stronger role in the series, as he learns how to make better use of his new found powers. In this book we are also introduced to several other new characters, such as Kyle and Maureen, of whom I suppose will play bigger parts in the next books in the series. In all I found the book full of air, albeit with stratus clouds of quick action scenes. I wasn’t in favor for the slow plot development (if you want to call it a development) and I’m not totally convinced I should seek out any future TMI books. I felt very content when I thought that the third book, City of Glass, was the end. I will, with great enthusiasm, be in search for The Infernal Devices series, as I hear those are great books.

    First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.’” (3)
    Last Line: “We are one” (424)

    Quotes:
    “‘Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other side, 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.’” (77)

    “‘You left me,’ he said. ‘You made a pet out of me, and then you left me. If love were food, I would have starved on the bones you gave me.’ He spoke matter-of-factly. It had been a long time.” (259)

    “You never told me. Never warned me it would be like this, that I would wake up one day and realize that I was going somewhere you couldn’t follow. That we are essentially not the same. There’s no ‘till death do us part’ for those who never die.” (377)more
    I recently started reading this series and have heard tons of accolades from library patrons and friends, I am also a person who feels the need to finish a series once I start. So I read books 1-3 and there is no way i can just quit.

    The series in general intrigues me, I like the blending of fantasy characters. It reminds me of a Sookie Stackhouse world, where the point is: if one group of magical creatures or beings exist then the other definitely does! So the books overall have that going for them.

    The dichotomy of magical beings is well done in this book, and somthing I really appreciated. The idea of balance, light and dark, angel and demon.

    The continuation of Simon's storyline was also interesting, on multiple occassions I felt like I needed to research biblical happenings and people, curious about how much of the book was based in biblical truths.

    Overall this was a decent continuation of the mortal instument series, to me it had a really interesting twist at the end, though I am not sure how much longer I am willing to wait for a conclusion. If you like paranormal, fantasy and romance this is a worthwhile series, it gives you a touch of everything from angels,demons and faeries to warlocks, vampires, and werewolves. As well as of course-Shadowhunters. The other nice twist to this book for me was the inclusion of more about the mythos surrounding the various paranormals or downworlders. Looking forward to the next book in this series as well as the series prequel!more
    Couldn't stop while you were ahead, huh? All I can say is that this book was so slow that eventually, the only thing I could do was give up and skim. This is one of those series that should have stopped at book 3!more
    Things I liked:

    1. It's like a TMI spin-off featuring Simon (who has fast become one of my favorite characters in the series).

    2. Isabelle/Simon. hohohohoh way to go, Clare, pairing off the two remaining characters without a partner, but oh well, you did it well, and this is my favorite ship so far.

    3. Clary is slowly becoming a take-control over girl, and not merely the damsel in distress. Quick thinking about ruining Jace's rune, but that wasn't enough. With a character like Clary, though, it's a big improvement

    Things I didn't like:
    1. Jace and Clary's love story has become even more angst-ridden. I liked the incest-related angst, but seriously, I could slap Jace for looking for more excuses to be unhappy.

    2. Seriously, after the fight ended with Lilith, why oh why did they just leave Jace alone with Sebastian???? You would think that after all they've been through (the Valentine episode and the more recent episode with Lilith), they'd be more paranoid, and effin make sure Sebastian was secured, if they can't kill him. But, no, they left Jace, who's still pretty unstable, alone with Sebastian. It's like watching the girl in a slasher film walk around the house in the dark, knowing there's a killer around there somewhere. Sheesh.

    This was a pretty enjoyable read, mostly because of the Simon parts. But I think making a book after the trilogy ended was unnecessary. Yes, I really think it was unnecessary. I liked the trilogy but enough is enough.more
    Although I was fairly happy with the ending to book three, I am also totally okay with her continuing the series. Book four was, to me, totally consistent with the quality of the series up to this point. This is one of those series I have a love/hate relationship with; sometimes I want to stop reading and sometimes I am completely, shamefully drawn into all of the melodrama.

    Most of all, let me say how much I do not care about Clary and Jace. They suffer from the overdramatic, overly mushy, want-to-be-together-but-can't thing that has made so many main couples exceedingly obnoxious. Other prime examples from the fantasy world are Buffy/Angel and Max/Liz (from Roswell). As with both of those television shows, I do really enjoy the supporting cast. Any section of the book that followed Simon, Alec or Isabelle, I was much more likely to appreciate.

    Still, I did not like the way she paired everyone off toward the end of the book. Which is not to say the pairings are all doing well, but they are all definitely heading in an obvious direction. That just felt a bit too quick. Everyone was more forgiving than seems particularly likely. Plus, I didn't like that Simon never had to choose between the two girls; the choice was sort of made for him and he just rolled with it. Am I supposed to ship a relationship when he never really seemed to care for one more than the other?

    All in all, another calorie-ridden, guilty pleasure. I know the next book will be just as agonizing and annoying as the others, but I also know that I will be reading it as soon as I can get my hands on it.more
    I'm not sure how coherent this review will be, but I'll do my best. In no particular order, here are the things I liked about this book:

    -Luke and Jocelyn. I enjoy seeing them get their (more or less) happily-ever-after, plus it's always nice to see adults in functioning relationships in YA.

    -We're out of Idris. I do like some fantasy, but for some reason I just didn't like it when everybody was Idris in the last book, possibly because everyone's descriptions of it feel too fantastic and gorgeous to be real. We're back to our urban setting with this one.

    -Clary is finally training as a Shadowhunter. FINALLY.

    That being said, some of the things that bothered me about this book include:

    -The constant angst between Clary and Jace. I'm getting really sick of this star-crossed lovers business. It's at the point where I can barely remember what it is they have in common, since all they do is angst, angst, angst.

    -Simon. WTF? He became a cheating dirtbag in this one. And yes, if not all the parties involved are aware of the situation, that constitutes cheating.

    -The Magnus/Jace dynamic here was kind of depressing. Alec clearly loves Magnus, but Magnus seems to be holding back, presumably he's older than dirt and has had hundreds of lovers before. Based on what we saw in this book, I'm not convinced that Alec shouldn't leave Magnus and find someone else, but we'll see.

    -The lack of development in non-romantic relationships. I'd LOVE to see more of an Isabelle/Clary friendship going, but all we got in this book was a brief discussion about birth control. Not really what I was envisioning.

    -I think the number of POVs is increasing as the series goes. Clare has always liked her third-person limited POV, but this was the first time I found myself struggling to keep all the storylines straight.

    Overall, the action in this book isn't bad, but the Clary/Jace dynamic is definitely starting to feel stale here. I'm on the fence about whether or not I'll continue the series.more
    Liked the book, although it was slow to get into it. It got better once it hit its stride. Looking forward more to Clockwork Prince than the next MI book.more
    First of All ****SPOILER ALERT**** (i might get carried away unintentionally)...

    Ok so for the most part i really liked this book. Most of the main characters on it have a very interesting and welcome growth (Isabel comes to mind). I was so into it, and then the last chapter came. OH MY GOD!!! I was so frustrated... ARGH!!!!!!!!!! I really hated that last chapter; I mean, I get it, this book is #4 out of 6 now. I get that the book needs a new plot line that can be taken through a span of three books (much like the Valentine plot) but seriously can we cut Jace a break its like the poor kids has gone through the hero's journey and got stuck in hell with no way to come out. UGH!!!

    ****HEAVY SPOILERS AFTER THIS LINE****(City of Fallen Angels and Clockwork Angel)****
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    There was another part of the books i did not liked; i get the whole mark of Cain. I actually loved the detailed description of how the whole sevenfold works; i did not liked that it was used to finish Lilith. Maybe is because of her whole significance, who she was and what she did, but i was expecting more out of her end. That scene reminded me a lot of the scene on Clockwork Angel were Will kills the she-demon on the abandoned house. I expected a full blown action scene there, that showed the skills of the shadowhunters then she was dead (the demon was on an impenetrable circle that apparently not even fire could get through, yet the chandelier killed her, please!!). And i definitely expected a full blown action scene on this particular moment (Lilith's death) that showed both Jace's and Simon's skills and prowess.

    All in all i liked the book and i will definitely read the next one. I'm just hopping that the light at the end Jace's tunnel (and Clari's for that matter) is closer than i dread to imaging.more
    I continue to be bored senseless by Clary and Jace. It's not their fault I realise. They can't help the author not being very good and clearly falling back on her fanfiction roots.This book and I presume the rest of the series are at that point when you realise a narrative has continued past the point where it was originally meant to concluded. The whole Jace is having nightmares thing is such a nothing plot but as with the rest of this entire series the saving grace is the life and times of Simon. A daywalker vampire with the Mark of Cain is a very interesting premise and I've reached the point where I find myself skimming through the Clary portions of the story to the next time Simon shows up. To my surprise I'm enjoying the new Isabelle/Simon thing though the whole two timing thing at the start was amazingly contrived.Overall I'm hoping Simon continues to grow as a primary protagonist though I still wish the Mortal Instruments series had ended as a trilogy and Simon had gotten his own spin-off series. Clary and Jase keep getting dragged back into a story that doesn't really want them any more but I suppose some people just life utterly predictable and pedestrian 'epic' romances regardless of how boring it actually is.more
    Even though I am in love with this series I did not like this book in particular. It takes awhile to get into and I felt like the story didn't really start until half way through. I almost didn't want to finish it. I think the story was a little confusing and weak in the beginning. Luckily it turned out ok though.more
    I have totally lost interest in the stories and characters. Really if you write a trilogy, there should not be a fourth book!more
    **WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass**The Mortal War is over, but does that mean everyone is safe? Clary is excited because she can finally train to become a Shadowhunter, even though her mother wishes otherwise. Her mother is busy preparing for her upcoming wedding to the man she’s loved for a long time. Things start happening in New York. Shadowhunters are being murdered. This is causing tension between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders. Not only does Clary have that to deal with, but Simon is suddenly homeless because his mother found out about him being a vampire. He moves in with a guy named Kyle, who, unbeknownst to Simon, is also a downworlder and has his own history. Simon is also dating two girls at the same time, two dangerous girls. Which one is he going to take to the wedding? Simon doesn’t see this as a big deal, but Clary knows better.Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend after all this time. (Well, three books.) He is helping to train her as a Shadowhunter. Now Jace is having nightmares, only they are causing him to do things. Now he is pulling away from Clary because he doesn’t want to hurt her. This causes Clary pain because she doesn’t know why he is avoiding her, so she investigates. Will Jace and Clary finally be together? What is happening and why are the Shadowhunters being killed?It is no secret that I am a fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing. I first read The Infernal Devices series and now and The Mortal Instruments series. As I have said in previous reviews of these series. I like that they deal with the same thing, only in different time periods. In City of Fallen Angels, I had high hopes for Clary and Jace. I really wanted them to be together. After all the business with the Mortal War, them being siblings, Jace being part demon…it really seemed like things were finally working in their favor, except for that little incident with the Angel Raziel at the lake at the end of City of Glass.I like that you get to see more of Simon in these books. He has always been a good friend to Clary and now that he is a vampire, he is allowed to be more present in her world. He is the “Daylighter” because he can go out during the day. This has caused him to be able to continue his life, but also has caused some contention with the other downworlders. The other vampires don’t want to associate with him, yet because of the Mark of Cain that he has on him, they cannot kill him. Jace, Jace, Jace. He is the guy that one minute, you love him and the next you don’t. It’s obvious that he really cares for Clary, but he has a funny way of showing it sometimes. It seems like all the bad stuff happens to him.Having already read City of Lost Souls before this review was written, I must say that Clare does not disappoint in keeping me interested in this series. I am eagerly anticipating the release of City of Heavenly Fire, which is rumored to be in March 2014.more
    For some reason, my review got deleted and I can't remember my exact words anymore although I do remember being pissed off at the end. I guess now, I'll just say it was a good story and leave it like that but no.. despite that, I found myself rather tortured after reaching the ends of the book. I would've argued beforehand when someone said that this was an instrument of torture but now, I won't beg to differ. But as to my reasoning, It might be different. See, I loved the story. But cliffhangers kill me! I hate them, they can just jump off a cliff! Har har, sorry for my lame attempt on humor. The book, too, was depressing. Cassandra Clare seems to have a knack for luring Jace to the dark side all the time, if he wasn't depressed in this book, he was being controlled, like "c'mon, we miss the old sarcastic Jace already Cassandra, give him back!" but no. The ending just shattered all of that. Now I have to wait for a month or so for City of Lost Souls and a year for City of Heavenly Angels. So, yes, this book is an instrument of torture. Other than that, In Cassandra Clare fashion, a little bit of romance, lots of twists and turns, some steamy scenes and a big shocker, well you have City of Fallen Angels.more
    A good addition to the series though perhaps bringing back a character that is unnecessary and rather annoying to see return. This doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s a pretty good book though not quite following the same tense, action filled formula of the prior books. If you don’t like a lot of dialogue in your stories this book might not satisfy you but overall it should be decently pleasing to any fan of the first three books.more
    This book has been sitting on my TBR pile for about a year now. I read the first three original books at the start of 2010 and I loved them. But for some reason, it took me a while to get started on City of Fallen Angels. I think it was because I heard somewhere that this book is based entirely around Simon and honestly, I never was a huge fan of him. Until now. He wasn't one of my favourites in the series, I always found him annoying but he was so badass in this one! My opinion has definitely changed on him, thankfully. He doesn't bother me anymore. I actually really like him now. He was brave, strong, loyal, funny and an awesome friend to Clary.The book wasn't all based on Simon. Mainly Simon and Clary told the story from separate POVs but sometimes we would get to hear from Isabelle, Alec, Jace and Magnus too, which was awesome. A lot of books I have read lately aren't only told from one person's perspective, I really used to hate that but I'm actually beginning to enjoy it. It's pretty cool seeing the world from different character's minds.Cassandra Clare is a fabulous writer! She worded everything perfectly and you were never bored, not even for a second. As each chapter ended, there was a cliff-hanger, just making you want to continue reading. My eyes were glued to the pages from the very beginning, the book completely sucked me in. One thing I didn't like though was how long the chapters were. I think there's about thirty or forty pages in each, give or take. If I sit down, my mind set to just read one or two chapters, it's fine because usually they're not that long, but it did take a while to get through one, especially since it's a big book, unlike the first three. But apart from that, I really loved it. The Mortal Instruments are my favourite covers of all time .Each one of them is stunning! I love, love, LOVE the cover of City of Fallen Angels. Clary and Jace look so badass and the orange light underneath them is so pretty. Then at the very bottom, it shows a city which continues all the way over to the back cover. It's stunning! Ugh, I love it. This definitely was one of my favourite books in the series. It was amazing. The story held you captivated and you just wanted more and more. There was a huge cliff-hanger at the end so I'm really excited to read City of Lost Souls. I honestly wish I would have read this sooner. Kudos to Cassandra for this beautifully written book. And with that being said, it gets the incredible five-star rating!more
    As always, I couldn't put this book down! Just when I think the author can't surprise me anymore, she does again! If you loved the first three books, you will not be disappointed with this one!more
    In reading this story again, I realized how much a I missed in reading City of Fallen Angels the first time! I think I got so excited to figure out what was happening, I basically skimmed the last 80 pages, which was a detriment to me and my love of Cassandra Clare's writing. This book was unexpectedly wonderful and to be frank, crazy awesome. In this 4th installment of The Mortal Instruments series, we find ourselves in the aftermath of The Moral War. Without giving too much away, Clary is in the midst of training as a Shadowhunter and it seems that life is pretty much perfect. Especially when it comes to her relationship with her boyfriend, the lovely and witty Jace Lightwood. But, in typical Clare fashion, The Mortal Instruments crew gets a little shaken up and it turns out the The Mortal War was only a small problem for them to deal with when held against what's coming next...City of Fallen Angels introduces us to a new enemy, one worse than Valentine (if that is at all possible). I will obviously not be telling you who said villain is as it would completely ruin the story for you. But I did like this addition to the series. After City of Glass had ended, I was interested to see how the next story would unfold with our evil mastermind seemingly put to rest. I am loving how these books and The Infernal Devices are intermingling. We see our characters ancestors coming through into the story taking place in present day and I'm thinking that in City of Lost Souls we are going to see some more of that. I'm stoked. I also realized in reading this book that I do like The Infernal Devices books better. That's not to say that I haven't enjoyed The Mortal Instruments or that I didn't like this particular book. It's just that I'm a huge sucker for historical fiction and steampunk themes and I have to say I'm more excited for Clockwork Princess to come out than any other book written by Cassandra Clare.We'll, I think that's enough rambling for one day! I am staring City of Lost Souls today, so be prepared for you last Cassandra Clare book review for a while! (Are you excited?)8 out of 10Happy Reading :)AllisonThis review brought to you by Allison at imabibliophobic.blogspot.commore
    Background: City of Fallen Angels picks up where the last book left off, really just Jace and Clary lovingly being back in NYC. All is well until their relationships starts falling apart and talk of Shadowhunter killings has the Clave concerned.Review: OK so, I really liked books 1-3, and I thought this was only a trilogy, so what on earth was the point of this book? I am pretty sure she could have gotten away with only writing the first 3, we could have ended with a 'happily ever after.' The City of Fallen Angels is a strange addition to this series, the first three where action-packed suspenseful books with love triangles thrown every which way. Book 4 is a lot of dialogue, I mean A LOT of dialogue, from Jace, Simon, Clary, even new people... it was talking galore. We didn't get action until chapter 16, if that and it was short and not as suspenseful as it could have been (my opinion). I feel like this was just another way for the author to milk an already successful series. I must say that the ending was pretty good, and I will be reading the next book(s) that come from the series, I just feel like this one was filler.more
    The Mortal Instruments is one of my all time favorite series, and I was so excited when I heard that Cassandra Clare was continuing it with City of Fallen Angels! I knew going into it that this book told mostly Simon's story, and since I love Simon, I was okay with that. Unfortunately, it just felt like something was missing from this installment. It wasn't that the writing wasn't good - it's Cassandra Clare, for Heaven's sake! Of course it was good! But the romance that was so well written in the first 3 books was missing in this one. I love the bromance between Simon and Jace, and their back and forth bickering is what made COFA so enjoyable! But Jace and Clary are having problems, Isabelle and Maia found out that Simon was two-timing them, so they're not speaking to him, and even Magnus and Alec are at odds! I missed the romance, but it was still a very quick and easy read for me. The pacing is good, the characters are the same characters we know and love, and the action is exciting! There is a HUGE cliffhanger, too! I won't tell you what, but let me tell you that I totally did not see it coming! Don't you love when that happens?! I gave this book 4 stars because while I felt something was missing, it was still a very good book, and I will be waiting impatiently for the next book to come out to find out what happens next! :Dmore
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