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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: New York City, Series, Vampires, Demons, Supernatural Powers, Parallel Dimensions, and Adventurous

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on Apr 5, 2011
ISBN: 9781442403567
List price: $9.99
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clary and jace ❤❤ love these two anf the things they must face to stay together read more
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** spoiler alert ** I'm kind of getting sick of this "everybody lives" thing. read more
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I was so excited about this book. Majorly excited. I love the series. I love Cassandra Clare's writing. Ok, scratch that because I loathed her book Clockwork Angel. I wasn't sure how things were going to go with the novel but was looking forward to reading more about Clary and Jace...especially Jace LOL.

I bought the book in mobi format and started reading it yesterday. I didn't pay attention to far I had got into it but just kept waiting for something to happen and I guess was expecting the novel to be as dazzling and suspenseful as the rest. Instead it was very much relationship orientated (which isn't a bad thing)but lacked little else. There just seemed no substance and the ending, well it was bad. I actually had to turn the last remainding pages to work out if there was more. I mean, ending it there? Yes, it is probably an indication that there is another in the works but it just left it hanging and the book lacked the same lustre the other three had.

Very disappointing, although it has made me want to read the rest again. Would I read a fifth one? Probably, just to see what happens next. Sadly, this novel had a plot that was barely held together and was an end to no means. Too many questions were left unanswered.read more
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I was sincerely and utterly excited to be sent this book, which I had pre-ordered about 3-4 months in advance. The first three novels were stunning, well written and captivating, and I was so excited to learn that she was extending the series to six novels. However, I was rather disappointed when I read this book. I know that many of Cassandra's fans will be furious with me for saying this, and I am rather upset as well, but this book fell flat to me. City of Fallen Angels is centered mainly around Simon, which is refreshing and different. However, now that the conflict with Valentine has been resolved, all of the problems presented within this addition seem like filler. While reading this plot, I had to fight to get through it because it was much harder to get into the story than in the other three installations. By the last two or three chapters, it had gotten better, but I prefer to read a book for the whole story, not the final chapters. As I have already said, this book just feels like filler. The writing style was much harder to feel connected to than in the other novels. The first three seemed to plunge you right into the action, this felt as if it were being retold several times. Clary's character grated on my nerves a bit; she is supposed to be the heroine, but she sits around sulking about how her life is so hard while everyone else is out risking their own without a complaint.I mean no offense to Cassandra or any of her fans, for I am a fan as well and this series is definitely my favorite, but I feel that she could have left the ending as it was in the third novel.read more
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I've read some reviews on Goodreads, and it seems like people either love this book or loathe it. I'm somewhere in between, but I learn toward loving it. I read the first three so quickly. Her writing does that to me - I cannot put the darn book down, I find myself reading ahead and have to force myself to stick to the current line I'm on.After I picked this book up from the library, though, I had to read a summary on the first three because I honestly could remember very little of what happened. Valentine wanted to kill Downworlders, Simon became a vampire who could walk in daylight, Jace and Clary thought they were siblings or fa while, they took Valentine out in the end. . .did anything else happen? Yes, apparently, quite a lot, and I actually had to call my 13 year old sister to ask her, 'Wait, who are Jace's parents again??'Anyways, as predicted, I read this book in a few sittings. Just like when I was fourteen and I was so friggin excited when she'd update Draco Veritas and I'd soak up those words as quickly as I could (though I later learned the words weren't all hers lol), I couldn't put this book down. Well, I did a few times because I had to sleep or go to an appointment, but you get the idea.The book picks up six weeks after City of Glass. Clary's mom and Luke are getting married. Simon is trying to adjust to vampire life, being made offers and also being attacked by strange men. Clary and Jace are training and kind of happy, but not really. Strange things are happening, though - someone is killing Shadowhunters, and someone else is messing with human babies. The crew does their individual research, and they find out that it's all connected by a darker evil than they could have imagined. Yeah, I never said I was really good at writing blurbs, okay?Is it perfect? No. Are Clary and Jace melodramatic? Yes. Does some of the dialogue make me cringe? Yes. Regardless, I thought there were some very intriguing ideas here, and I liked how the plot played out. Plus Simon makes this book very awesome. I love seeing more of him, and even though he was getting a little whiny towards, I think he's finally getting it together by the end. I think at times Clare tries to chase after too many subplots (do I care about Alec and Magnus? No, actually, I don't. And I care about Maia and Jordan only a little bit more). I think if she went deeper into just a few characters, it'd be better.Some people thought the plot moved slowly and had too much dialogue, but I thought it was a reasonable pace. Not everything can go a million miles a minute, and I thought it was a lot more like "real life" even with the demon babies and pillars of salt and everything.I'll be watching for the next installment, and Clockwork Prince (and I liked her little nod to that world!). Who knows? I might even go read the first three again. It'll probably be like reading them for the first time since it went straight through me last time.Sidenote: I don't really like this cover. Clary's eyes look weird. And is that supposed to be Simon? What's with the arrows??Second sidenote I forgot to add: I like Clary. She doesn't wait around for people to save her, but she's also not invincible. Yes, she mopes over Jace, but it doesn't inhibit her from everything. She was probably more preoccupied with Jace in this book than others (although I could be wrong considering I hardly remember the others). I still like her.read more
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I was extremely excited to return to the Shadowhunter world and catch up with the likes of Jace, Clary, Isabelle, Simon and more. Unfortunately, I didn't feel as invested in this novel as I did the others. The others I had no desire to put down and when I did, I picked them right back up when I could. With City of Fallen Angels, I felt no rush to get it read. At some points I felt like I was just reading it to read it. Maybe I just picked it up at a bad time, who knows.Clary is finally learning the art of being a Shadowhunter and takes it upon herself sometimes to try and solve a problem using her skills. Jace is as tortured as ever. There always seems to be something crazy occurring in his life, which leads to issues between Clary and himself. Their relationship is strained in this novel. We find out a little more personally about Isabelle and why she acts the way she does. Simon finds himself caught between feuding vampires. Our characters come across someone they never thought possible as well as someone they thought they would never see again.City of Fallen Angels is packed with action, romance, danger and adventure. Our beloved characters find their way in and out of trouble, once again. I look forward to seeing what occurs to our characters in City of Lost Souls, after the intriguing ending Cassandra left us with.read more
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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.read more
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I read an interview where Cassie explained why she wrote a fourth book for TMI series, since it was supposed to be a trilogy, and basically she wrote it because some company wanted her to write a story for a graphic novel based on a character of the series, and the whole thing was going to happen after the events that took place in City of Glass, naturally she was all happy and excited with the idea and started working on it, until the company went bankrupt and she was left with the story and no graphic novel (which was Simon-based, btw). She couldn't just send all that work to the garbage bin, so she came up with a new set of 3 books to add to the series, and even changed the original end of City of Glass because of it (Glass wasn't printed and on sale yet). These new books would also link TMI series with The Infernal Devices series, so it was supposed to be awesomeness in the form of paper an ink. MY VEREDICT: it isn't. At least not this one, for I suffered through the whole book, really, IT BORED ME TO TEARS! If I had the heart for it, I would give it one star, but some soft spot in my heart stops me from doing it.I guess this book will appeal to Simon fans, because he's probably the main character in it, but I couldn't care less about him, so.And I have to say, I'm so, so tired of Jace and Clary's constant dramas...really...enough is enough. (o_O)read more
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As far as I had known when I first heard of this series, it was supposed to end as a trilogy. With this in mind, I began this book with some trepidation that it would simply feel like an afterthought add-on due to the popularity of the series. However, I was pleased to discover that it did, in fact, work into the series nicely.I really enjoyed reading more of Simon's POV and this was really my reason for giving this book a shot. Even though the vamp thing has been so overdone lately, I enjoyed this take on it. Overall I thought the book moved along well, I never got bored with it, and it did a good job of including characters we were familiar with along with those we never met before.As with other young adult series entries, my main complaint is the ending. I won't say I was quite as angry about it as I might have been if my son hadn't gotten to the end of the book before me and was able to forewarn me about the cliffie.I did not feel that this is at all a stand alone book and would certainly not recommend it as a starting point, although I would urge those who enjoyed the first three books to pick this one up as well. I certainly found it to be worth my while.read more
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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!read more
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I was just a little disappointed in this book even though it was a pretty good read. The action was suprisingly slow, and chemistery was a little off. I did like that Simon was a bigger part this time. Naturally, if you haven't read the other books, you will not know what is going on in this one. Over all, if you have been following this series, you will enjoy this book too..read more
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My Summary: It's been six weeks since the war in Idris, and Clary's life has just begun to return to normal - well, as normal as it can get, seeing as her soon-to-be step-father is a werewolf and she and her friends are demon-hunters. But Clary's happy with the way things are: she and Jace are finally able to be together, and everything seems right with the world...But things are far from okay - Simon's being sent mysterious messages and attacked by mysterious figures in hoods; Jace is pulling away and acting strangely; Shadowhunters are being killed and left in places to make it seem like the work of Downworlders... They thought it was all over when Valentine was killed, but it's only just begun.My Thoughts: My first attempt at writing a review for this book ended with a a few dozen curse words amidst a whole bunch of gibberish like ihhnk,sndfkl;dsjfphjsdgfdosjsdjfsd, so I took a few hours to calm down and read the dictionary, and now I'm ready to write a review that makes sense (I hope).Firstly, I absolutely ADORE Cassandra Clare's writing style! It's always smooth and flawless and sarcastic and funny and just plain beautiful. And it seems to just get more and more polished with each and every book! Secondly, (and this is where the swearing started last time), this book was so incredibly amazing! When I first heard that Cassie was continuing the story, I kinda went, "what else could she do with it? The bad guy's dead!" but of course I never should have doubted her! Cassie took the teeny tiny loose ends from City of Glass and created a suspenseful, mind-boggling read that I can't seem to get out of my head. I especially loved the development of Simon and the introduction of Kyle! Simon was always one of my favourite characters and I loved getting to see how he adapted to life as a vampire (along with dating two girls who were more than capable of ripping him to shreds)!Final Thoughts: I don't know if there's much more I can say to make you want to read this amazing book. What are you waiting for? Seriously. I don't care if you haven't even read the first 3 books in the series; go to the bookstore and get all 4! I promise you won't ever regret it.read more
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Simon faces the reality of truly being a vampire despite his Daylighter abilities; Alek and Magnus wrangle with the implications of love and immortality; and Clary fights to free Jace from the clutches of a demon who trapped his soul after his death and rebirth. The cliffhanger ending suggests a fifth installment in this "trilogy."read more
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To say that I was dying to read this book would be an understatement. I was so so excited for this book to release. Cassandra Clare's writing keeps you enthralled in the world she has created. This book as so many twists (Which Clare is known for) that keep you wanting more. The ending left me feeling many emotions: anger, sadness, etc. May 2012 will not come quick enough after reading City of Fallen Angels!read more
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Teenage angst in spade. Clary still loves Jace, who's growing more distant daily. Is he preparing to break up with her, or is something more sinister going on? Simon is facing the bitter reality of bearing the Mark of Cain - and being a vampire. Alec and Magnus are still in love, but when one partner's immortal, happily ever after is a tricky thing. Oh, and someone is slaughtering Shadowhunters and leaving them about the city... Silly me, I expected this to be the concluding volume of the series, but Clare isn't done tormenting her characters with the possibility of peace and love only to wrest it bloodily away from them. Plots, subplots, drama and intrigue... it's all quite maddeningly addictive.read more
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Someone needs to tell Cassandra Clare to stop, just stop trying to sell books by using her successful Immortal series. The Immortal series was a great read and the last book left the reader an ending with a few questions, but those could be accepted. However, Clare decided that she needed to write three more books, more money?, and is taking the story for three more books, City of Fallen Angels being the first of the three. Someone is killing the inner circle of Shadowhunters and blaming the Downworlders. So the usual characters, Shadowhunters and Werewolves do the usually investigating and fighting. Jace and Clary are finally, together, but then they are not together and it is so exhausting. Yes, tension is good in a story, but this has turned into a tension headache. The story of Simon, friend of Clary, and Vampire with the mark of Cain, as in Cain who killed his brother Able in the Bible, is much more interesting. I enjoyed that part of the book, but for the rest of it, simply familiar characters with none of the strength of the first three books. I will pass along the first three books as enjoyable books to read, but I not be spending my money, nor will I suggest that others spend their money on any of the next three.read more
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I ahh, think that I....I don’t know.... I literally just finished this book and I’m at a loss of words to describe it. Was it brilliant? Yes! Was it fantastic? Yes! Was it worth the wait? Yes, yes, yes....lord yes! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book an entire lifetime. Yes, that may seem weird, but that’s how I feel. There have been waits for books that I thought would kill me-Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice being a big one- but none like this. I was happy and satisfied when City of Glass ended, but learning that Clare decided to write more books was just the icing on the cake. It’s been a while between books, but this was more or less everything I expected and more! It was different and yet completely the same. There’s no way to pretend that the characters haven’t changed--that they’re not different and that everything that went into the storyline and plot of the first 3 books hasn’t changed. That chapter of the series is over and a new dawn has emerged (yes, cheesy, I know, but sue me). The characters were still the amazing, incredible people that stole my heart throughout the first 3 books and being with them again was a lot like coming home from a long trip. I must say---I thought Jordan was an awesome inclusion! I always thought Maia’s ex was a real jerk, but he’s nothing like I thought or expected and I love that. I will admit that I did miss seeing more of Clary and Jace. They’re still my fave everything of this series, fave characters, fave couple, but I still loved the book regardless. It was so strange getting such an in-depth look into Simon and following him the most. Obviously the books have always changed POV’s, jumping back and forth, but it’s always been fixed mostly on Clary, whereas this time it was more Simon than anything else. And yet... I didn’t have a problem with that. I love Simon--always have--and even though I never wanted him to be the one Clary ended up with, I still wanted the best for him. He’s still the same great Simon he’s always been, but he’s slightly different too. I think he’s got a long way to go and there’s a lot of growth that I think will happen to him. I can’t wait to see though... It’s odd, when the last book ended, if anyone had asked me, I’d have been one of the few people who actually said they wanted Maia to be with Simon, but after this book it’s plain to see that Izzy is the one that for him! Perhaps I’m late to the party, but it always seemed to me that she was a bit much for him and (even though I love her, heart and soul) I didn’t believe she was right for him. I honestly thought that Maia and he would have made a better couple, but after this book I’ll never think that way again. Perhaps it was Jordan coming into the storyline and seeing how he and Maia were/are, but I finally looked and realised that Simon and Isabelle really have something. There’s so much more to Izzy than we’ve seen and I think that Simon may actually break through her defences and worm his way into her heart if she lets him! Oh, and it goes without saying that I want Maia and Jordan back together too. Hello? Weren’t they just perfect together? The issues they have and Maia wanting to rip him to shreds aside. I was sad to see so many issues for Clary and Jace in this book, but I can’t say I was surprised either. I knew Cassandra Clare wouldn’t just let them be. It seems like they’ve been through so much, but of course it’s not the end for them, no sir-ee. There are more problems facing them and new struggles, but I don’t doubt for a second that they can get through it.....somehow. That’s not to say that I didn’t love every single moment they were together, because I did. I absolutely did! The moments between Clary and Jace were electric. Every time they’re together, every kiss, every time they touch, things just sizzle. I’ve loved a lot of book couples over time, but none compared to them. They’re like no other. You can’t deny that they’re made for one another, you can’t miss the chemistry they have. It’s truly impossible not to see and feel. They just go together so well, they both make each other better. Jace makes Clary stronger, and she’s his whole world. She means he world to him and it makes me giggly inside (Yeah, yeah, yeah....I went there =D) This book was perfectly paced and the ending was a heart-stopping roller coaster ride. So much happened and I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to see how Simon, Jace and Clary would get out of things. I couldn’t believe that Lilith was trying to bring Sebastian back. There’s no one who deserves to stay dead more than him...well, perhaps expect Valentine. The ending of this book was jaw dropping. I. Could. Not. Believe. It! Still can’t, if I’m honest here. I cannot believe that Sebastian is alive again and what he’s done to Jace. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s heart-breaking, it’s everything I didn’t want, but at the same time I CANNOT wait to see what’s going to happen next. The next book is going to be a showstopper--I can so tell—and I can’t wait to see what happens now. Can Clary and everyone else manage to free Jace from Sebastian? Can they defeat Sebastian? Just what does this mean now? God! I NEEEEEED the next book, like stat! Seriously, this series is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next instalment! Bring on the awesome!read more
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I tried. I tried so hard to finish this book, but, for the life of me, I just couldn't. While writing this review, I realised something: I've never given a book 1 star before. This is a first, and what a shame it happens to be a book from a series that started off so well.I enjoyed the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series, and it's a shame Clare didn't stop there. I held on as long as I could, but this book was doing my head in. What happened to the characters I came to know and love from the first three books? These clones in City of Fallen Angels lacked personality. Like Simon's current existence, these characters were living but were not alive. It was almost as if Clare removed their souls and left the empty shells behind.This book lacked purpose. I can easily through it out and have no regrets because it left no impression on me whatsoever. It hurts me to give any book a 1 star but the fact that it's a book I was looking forward to just left me heartbroken. It was almost as if City Of Fallen Angels was written by someone else. This can't be the same Cassandra Clare who wrote the first three books.I could go in depth and point out the hurt this book has inflicted upon me, but I won't because of my loyalty to the first three books. I will not be continuing with the series for the mere fact that it has lost its spark and its significance.read more
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I wasn't bored reading this, doesn't mean it was all that great either. And honestly speaking, I wonder now what I found so compelling in the first books in the series. Its either that or I'm getting weary of this.read more
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Shifting from a Clary focus to being more balanced between her and Simon, this entry starts a new trilogy of Shadowhunter books where they deal with life in a world restored. The new big bad is named Lilith. For those of you up on your apocryphal Judeo-Christian lore, yes, it's that Lilith, first wife of Adam. She's a demon. She's evil. The kids have to stop her.Like a lot of YA books, this reads faster than it looks like it will because of large font and big margins. Enjoyable, but details won't stick with you.read more
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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.read more
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What is there to say about City of Fallen Angels? Well, for starters its got a lot to live up to. Cassandra Clare's previous Mortal Instruments novels were only awesome and filled with so much page-flipping adventure goodness. It's a tough act to follow, especially since CoFA wasn't in the original plan.This time, the war is over and Clary is ready to get back to her normal life in New York with everything going her way. Not only is she training to be a Shadowhunter, but she's got an awesome boyfriend named Jace. But, of course, it can't be perfect (then we couldn't have another book now, could we?). A second war is brewing, one that could possibly be even more dangerous than the first.Just as fans have come to expect from Clare, CoFA offers more excellent romance, supernatural action and plenty of great adventure. In fact, I think that Clare's writing is even better here than ever before, and she does a great job of bringing in new characters while still allowing well-known ones to continue to grow and change, rather than stagnating or getting dull for readers.In fact, I was very impressed by CoFA. I had been afraid that it wouldn't have been able to hold up to the other books in the series, but all my fears were unfounded. CoFA doesn't disappoint.read more
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Book 4 of a trilogy -- a trilogy that has a companion trilogy, "The Infernal Devices," with pretty much the same types of characters, but set in Steampunk London.In Book 4, Jace and Clary, our star-crossed teen couple, simper at each other when he's not being worrisomely distant, to protect her from his evil dreams. Happily, much of the focus has shifted from the tiresome Shadowhunter lovebirds to Simon the Jewish Vegan Vampire Nerd, who finds himself much more attractive to girls now that he's undead.Much as I loved the first three "Mortal Instruments," this one is akin to that worn T-shirt in an overstuffed drawer, familiar but fraying and filling space that could be given to something new. An extremely talented and imaginative young writer, Clare shouldn't reduce herself to mending and wearing the same old thing.read more
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First of all I’m going to come out and say that it seems like I’ve been waiting years for this book to come out, and yet it has only been one year (a totally acceptable amount of time to wait for an in-series book!) – this is the power and curse of Cassandra Clare’s (CC) plots, the woman pulls you in and sets your heart racing for hundreds of pages (or in this case hours of audio time) and then BAM! she’s gone for a year. Of course, for CC connoisseurs, there is the Infernal Devices series of books, that act as prequels to these Mortal Instruments books, to make time pass by ever so slightly less slowly. City of Fallen Angels (CoFA) is the fourth instalment of the Mortal Instruments series. 1, 2, and 3 were, respectively, City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass and are definitely worth reading before diving right in at number 4! I listened to the audiobook and was totally transported – it’s split between Clary’s voice (or Molly C. Quinn’s!) and Simon’s (or Ed Westwick’s, whose Englishness inbetween dialogue added a level of “Oh, you’re just reading this to me, then?” to the whole thing). Molly and Ed were great, Molly’s different voices for dialogue were particularly excellent and, as I mentioned, if you had an English parent read to you then you might be like me and always feel that English people who read aloud are reading specifically for your benefit!Voice-work covered, it was 5/5 stuff.The plot is, as you might expect if you’ve dipped your toe into CC’s fictional waters before, fast-paced, dramatic, and character-driven. These people are, on the whole, movers and doers more than thinkers. Saying that, it’s difficult to deny that there’s pining and angst worthy of the most tell-all teen diary in this story – these almost-adults are so brilliantly imagined, each one with peculiarities (hair swishes, expressions, messenger bags, high heels, issues) that make them easy to imagine and even easier to feel like you know them. The core characters remain Clary, Simon, Jace, and Isabelle – with Alex, Maya, and the parental types also making repeated, key appearances. Personally I felt there wasn’t enough Magnus Bane action happening, but I live in hope of his return. Recommendation: I’m not going to give any plot away, but I think that this was the best of the Mortal Instruments series to date. The characters are maturing and I like that. I’m loving the new characters (one is, I truly hope, going to cheerfully plague the now-familiar characters with mischief galore!), but I do hope to see more of my favourite warlock in book five (if not, there’s always hope for him in the Infernal Devices series!). Downsides? There was some repetition that gets a bit grating in audio – how much time has passed since the last book? Oh, six weeks – no kidding. … Wait, how much time was that? Oh, ok. Ditto with the location of one of the main peripheral characters. I get it. There’s also a fair bit of dialogue repetition (so-and-so remembers when such-and-such said this), but it is generally at moments when it would be useful to remember (if you had forgotten). Rating: 5/5 (even with the repetition, I’m gagging for book 5!)read more
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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!read more
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O. M. G. This book. Is so. AMAZING. Cassandra Clare continues to bring on all the action, drama, violence, and yes, romance, that she always has, making you inhale the pages. There were so many twists and turns, surprises and betrayals.....I don't even know where to begin to describe this marvelous book.Summary:With Valentine dead, things should be clearing up for the future. But with Simon's Mark of Cain, there are multiple predators that seek his power, his blood. And as Shadowhunters, past-Circle members, at that, are killed off, Clary stumbles upon multiple clues that lead her to some things that may best be kept hidden. Alec and Magnus are at a road block in their relationship, and Jace is haunted and torchered every night with dreams that may be more than just things you wake up from.Comments:I am such a book nerd. The day this came out, I had my mother bring it to me at school, just so I could have it in my hands as soon as possible. And I had reason to have felt that way. This book is so enticing, so magical and surprising, bewildering, frightening, shocking, so, beautiful, that you literally want to start rereading it after you finish it. If you haven't read this series yet, there is something seriously wrong with you. I am currently Googling when the next comes out. May 2012. Not soon enough.read more
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Okay, I'm giving it 5 stars because it's Cassandra Clare and I love how she writes. She's a very elegant writer and one of my favorites so I have to give it 5 stars.That said, here's what I think. I finished CoFA and felt frustrated (yup, no big news there, everyone else felt the same). I believe in elegant endings and this was not an elegant ending. Furthermore, I don't believe Cassandra Clare needs to finish a book with a cliffhanger. People will buy her next book anyway. All she has to do is put her name on it, and people will buy it.Clary has grown up some, which was nice to see. Simon was the star of the book, and I enjoyed reading him. Alec and Magnus were stellar. Isabelle was unconvincing, I thought, in her sudden change of heart toward Simon. Kyle/Jordan was sweet and concentrated. Jace annoyed the heck outta me. There were only a few times when he sounded like his old self, like very expensive champagne that goes right up to your head. I din't like the whinny, the tortured, the evasive and, especially not, the evil Jace. There's only so long you can drag on thier (his and Clary's) story; they need to be together. After a certain point the so-called tension between them, that comes with keeping them apart, stops being attractive and shifts toward annoying. But, like I said, it's Cassandra Clare, so I'm going to keep buying her books because I can't help myself.read more
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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.read more
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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.read more
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clary and jace ❤❤ love these two anf the things they must face to stay together
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** spoiler alert ** I'm kind of getting sick of this "everybody lives" thing.
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great book
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I was so excited about this book. Majorly excited. I love the series. I love Cassandra Clare's writing. Ok, scratch that because I loathed her book Clockwork Angel. I wasn't sure how things were going to go with the novel but was looking forward to reading more about Clary and Jace...especially Jace LOL.

I bought the book in mobi format and started reading it yesterday. I didn't pay attention to far I had got into it but just kept waiting for something to happen and I guess was expecting the novel to be as dazzling and suspenseful as the rest. Instead it was very much relationship orientated (which isn't a bad thing)but lacked little else. There just seemed no substance and the ending, well it was bad. I actually had to turn the last remainding pages to work out if there was more. I mean, ending it there? Yes, it is probably an indication that there is another in the works but it just left it hanging and the book lacked the same lustre the other three had.

Very disappointing, although it has made me want to read the rest again. Would I read a fifth one? Probably, just to see what happens next. Sadly, this novel had a plot that was barely held together and was an end to no means. Too many questions were left unanswered.
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I was sincerely and utterly excited to be sent this book, which I had pre-ordered about 3-4 months in advance. The first three novels were stunning, well written and captivating, and I was so excited to learn that she was extending the series to six novels. However, I was rather disappointed when I read this book. I know that many of Cassandra's fans will be furious with me for saying this, and I am rather upset as well, but this book fell flat to me. City of Fallen Angels is centered mainly around Simon, which is refreshing and different. However, now that the conflict with Valentine has been resolved, all of the problems presented within this addition seem like filler. While reading this plot, I had to fight to get through it because it was much harder to get into the story than in the other three installations. By the last two or three chapters, it had gotten better, but I prefer to read a book for the whole story, not the final chapters. As I have already said, this book just feels like filler. The writing style was much harder to feel connected to than in the other novels. The first three seemed to plunge you right into the action, this felt as if it were being retold several times. Clary's character grated on my nerves a bit; she is supposed to be the heroine, but she sits around sulking about how her life is so hard while everyone else is out risking their own without a complaint.I mean no offense to Cassandra or any of her fans, for I am a fan as well and this series is definitely my favorite, but I feel that she could have left the ending as it was in the third novel.
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I've read some reviews on Goodreads, and it seems like people either love this book or loathe it. I'm somewhere in between, but I learn toward loving it. I read the first three so quickly. Her writing does that to me - I cannot put the darn book down, I find myself reading ahead and have to force myself to stick to the current line I'm on.After I picked this book up from the library, though, I had to read a summary on the first three because I honestly could remember very little of what happened. Valentine wanted to kill Downworlders, Simon became a vampire who could walk in daylight, Jace and Clary thought they were siblings or fa while, they took Valentine out in the end. . .did anything else happen? Yes, apparently, quite a lot, and I actually had to call my 13 year old sister to ask her, 'Wait, who are Jace's parents again??'Anyways, as predicted, I read this book in a few sittings. Just like when I was fourteen and I was so friggin excited when she'd update Draco Veritas and I'd soak up those words as quickly as I could (though I later learned the words weren't all hers lol), I couldn't put this book down. Well, I did a few times because I had to sleep or go to an appointment, but you get the idea.The book picks up six weeks after City of Glass. Clary's mom and Luke are getting married. Simon is trying to adjust to vampire life, being made offers and also being attacked by strange men. Clary and Jace are training and kind of happy, but not really. Strange things are happening, though - someone is killing Shadowhunters, and someone else is messing with human babies. The crew does their individual research, and they find out that it's all connected by a darker evil than they could have imagined. Yeah, I never said I was really good at writing blurbs, okay?Is it perfect? No. Are Clary and Jace melodramatic? Yes. Does some of the dialogue make me cringe? Yes. Regardless, I thought there were some very intriguing ideas here, and I liked how the plot played out. Plus Simon makes this book very awesome. I love seeing more of him, and even though he was getting a little whiny towards, I think he's finally getting it together by the end. I think at times Clare tries to chase after too many subplots (do I care about Alec and Magnus? No, actually, I don't. And I care about Maia and Jordan only a little bit more). I think if she went deeper into just a few characters, it'd be better.Some people thought the plot moved slowly and had too much dialogue, but I thought it was a reasonable pace. Not everything can go a million miles a minute, and I thought it was a lot more like "real life" even with the demon babies and pillars of salt and everything.I'll be watching for the next installment, and Clockwork Prince (and I liked her little nod to that world!). Who knows? I might even go read the first three again. It'll probably be like reading them for the first time since it went straight through me last time.Sidenote: I don't really like this cover. Clary's eyes look weird. And is that supposed to be Simon? What's with the arrows??Second sidenote I forgot to add: I like Clary. She doesn't wait around for people to save her, but she's also not invincible. Yes, she mopes over Jace, but it doesn't inhibit her from everything. She was probably more preoccupied with Jace in this book than others (although I could be wrong considering I hardly remember the others). I still like her.
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I was extremely excited to return to the Shadowhunter world and catch up with the likes of Jace, Clary, Isabelle, Simon and more. Unfortunately, I didn't feel as invested in this novel as I did the others. The others I had no desire to put down and when I did, I picked them right back up when I could. With City of Fallen Angels, I felt no rush to get it read. At some points I felt like I was just reading it to read it. Maybe I just picked it up at a bad time, who knows.Clary is finally learning the art of being a Shadowhunter and takes it upon herself sometimes to try and solve a problem using her skills. Jace is as tortured as ever. There always seems to be something crazy occurring in his life, which leads to issues between Clary and himself. Their relationship is strained in this novel. We find out a little more personally about Isabelle and why she acts the way she does. Simon finds himself caught between feuding vampires. Our characters come across someone they never thought possible as well as someone they thought they would never see again.City of Fallen Angels is packed with action, romance, danger and adventure. Our beloved characters find their way in and out of trouble, once again. I look forward to seeing what occurs to our characters in City of Lost Souls, after the intriguing ending Cassandra left us with.
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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.
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I read an interview where Cassie explained why she wrote a fourth book for TMI series, since it was supposed to be a trilogy, and basically she wrote it because some company wanted her to write a story for a graphic novel based on a character of the series, and the whole thing was going to happen after the events that took place in City of Glass, naturally she was all happy and excited with the idea and started working on it, until the company went bankrupt and she was left with the story and no graphic novel (which was Simon-based, btw). She couldn't just send all that work to the garbage bin, so she came up with a new set of 3 books to add to the series, and even changed the original end of City of Glass because of it (Glass wasn't printed and on sale yet). These new books would also link TMI series with The Infernal Devices series, so it was supposed to be awesomeness in the form of paper an ink. MY VEREDICT: it isn't. At least not this one, for I suffered through the whole book, really, IT BORED ME TO TEARS! If I had the heart for it, I would give it one star, but some soft spot in my heart stops me from doing it.I guess this book will appeal to Simon fans, because he's probably the main character in it, but I couldn't care less about him, so.And I have to say, I'm so, so tired of Jace and Clary's constant dramas...really...enough is enough. (o_O)
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As far as I had known when I first heard of this series, it was supposed to end as a trilogy. With this in mind, I began this book with some trepidation that it would simply feel like an afterthought add-on due to the popularity of the series. However, I was pleased to discover that it did, in fact, work into the series nicely.I really enjoyed reading more of Simon's POV and this was really my reason for giving this book a shot. Even though the vamp thing has been so overdone lately, I enjoyed this take on it. Overall I thought the book moved along well, I never got bored with it, and it did a good job of including characters we were familiar with along with those we never met before.As with other young adult series entries, my main complaint is the ending. I won't say I was quite as angry about it as I might have been if my son hadn't gotten to the end of the book before me and was able to forewarn me about the cliffie.I did not feel that this is at all a stand alone book and would certainly not recommend it as a starting point, although I would urge those who enjoyed the first three books to pick this one up as well. I certainly found it to be worth my while.
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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!
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I was just a little disappointed in this book even though it was a pretty good read. The action was suprisingly slow, and chemistery was a little off. I did like that Simon was a bigger part this time. Naturally, if you haven't read the other books, you will not know what is going on in this one. Over all, if you have been following this series, you will enjoy this book too..
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My Summary: It's been six weeks since the war in Idris, and Clary's life has just begun to return to normal - well, as normal as it can get, seeing as her soon-to-be step-father is a werewolf and she and her friends are demon-hunters. But Clary's happy with the way things are: she and Jace are finally able to be together, and everything seems right with the world...But things are far from okay - Simon's being sent mysterious messages and attacked by mysterious figures in hoods; Jace is pulling away and acting strangely; Shadowhunters are being killed and left in places to make it seem like the work of Downworlders... They thought it was all over when Valentine was killed, but it's only just begun.My Thoughts: My first attempt at writing a review for this book ended with a a few dozen curse words amidst a whole bunch of gibberish like ihhnk,sndfkl;dsjfphjsdgfdosjsdjfsd, so I took a few hours to calm down and read the dictionary, and now I'm ready to write a review that makes sense (I hope).Firstly, I absolutely ADORE Cassandra Clare's writing style! It's always smooth and flawless and sarcastic and funny and just plain beautiful. And it seems to just get more and more polished with each and every book! Secondly, (and this is where the swearing started last time), this book was so incredibly amazing! When I first heard that Cassie was continuing the story, I kinda went, "what else could she do with it? The bad guy's dead!" but of course I never should have doubted her! Cassie took the teeny tiny loose ends from City of Glass and created a suspenseful, mind-boggling read that I can't seem to get out of my head. I especially loved the development of Simon and the introduction of Kyle! Simon was always one of my favourite characters and I loved getting to see how he adapted to life as a vampire (along with dating two girls who were more than capable of ripping him to shreds)!Final Thoughts: I don't know if there's much more I can say to make you want to read this amazing book. What are you waiting for? Seriously. I don't care if you haven't even read the first 3 books in the series; go to the bookstore and get all 4! I promise you won't ever regret it.
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Simon faces the reality of truly being a vampire despite his Daylighter abilities; Alek and Magnus wrangle with the implications of love and immortality; and Clary fights to free Jace from the clutches of a demon who trapped his soul after his death and rebirth. The cliffhanger ending suggests a fifth installment in this "trilogy."
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To say that I was dying to read this book would be an understatement. I was so so excited for this book to release. Cassandra Clare's writing keeps you enthralled in the world she has created. This book as so many twists (Which Clare is known for) that keep you wanting more. The ending left me feeling many emotions: anger, sadness, etc. May 2012 will not come quick enough after reading City of Fallen Angels!
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Teenage angst in spade. Clary still loves Jace, who's growing more distant daily. Is he preparing to break up with her, or is something more sinister going on? Simon is facing the bitter reality of bearing the Mark of Cain - and being a vampire. Alec and Magnus are still in love, but when one partner's immortal, happily ever after is a tricky thing. Oh, and someone is slaughtering Shadowhunters and leaving them about the city... Silly me, I expected this to be the concluding volume of the series, but Clare isn't done tormenting her characters with the possibility of peace and love only to wrest it bloodily away from them. Plots, subplots, drama and intrigue... it's all quite maddeningly addictive.
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Someone needs to tell Cassandra Clare to stop, just stop trying to sell books by using her successful Immortal series. The Immortal series was a great read and the last book left the reader an ending with a few questions, but those could be accepted. However, Clare decided that she needed to write three more books, more money?, and is taking the story for three more books, City of Fallen Angels being the first of the three. Someone is killing the inner circle of Shadowhunters and blaming the Downworlders. So the usual characters, Shadowhunters and Werewolves do the usually investigating and fighting. Jace and Clary are finally, together, but then they are not together and it is so exhausting. Yes, tension is good in a story, but this has turned into a tension headache. The story of Simon, friend of Clary, and Vampire with the mark of Cain, as in Cain who killed his brother Able in the Bible, is much more interesting. I enjoyed that part of the book, but for the rest of it, simply familiar characters with none of the strength of the first three books. I will pass along the first three books as enjoyable books to read, but I not be spending my money, nor will I suggest that others spend their money on any of the next three.
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I ahh, think that I....I don’t know.... I literally just finished this book and I’m at a loss of words to describe it. Was it brilliant? Yes! Was it fantastic? Yes! Was it worth the wait? Yes, yes, yes....lord yes! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book an entire lifetime. Yes, that may seem weird, but that’s how I feel. There have been waits for books that I thought would kill me-Richelle Mead's Last Sacrifice being a big one- but none like this. I was happy and satisfied when City of Glass ended, but learning that Clare decided to write more books was just the icing on the cake. It’s been a while between books, but this was more or less everything I expected and more! It was different and yet completely the same. There’s no way to pretend that the characters haven’t changed--that they’re not different and that everything that went into the storyline and plot of the first 3 books hasn’t changed. That chapter of the series is over and a new dawn has emerged (yes, cheesy, I know, but sue me). The characters were still the amazing, incredible people that stole my heart throughout the first 3 books and being with them again was a lot like coming home from a long trip. I must say---I thought Jordan was an awesome inclusion! I always thought Maia’s ex was a real jerk, but he’s nothing like I thought or expected and I love that. I will admit that I did miss seeing more of Clary and Jace. They’re still my fave everything of this series, fave characters, fave couple, but I still loved the book regardless. It was so strange getting such an in-depth look into Simon and following him the most. Obviously the books have always changed POV’s, jumping back and forth, but it’s always been fixed mostly on Clary, whereas this time it was more Simon than anything else. And yet... I didn’t have a problem with that. I love Simon--always have--and even though I never wanted him to be the one Clary ended up with, I still wanted the best for him. He’s still the same great Simon he’s always been, but he’s slightly different too. I think he’s got a long way to go and there’s a lot of growth that I think will happen to him. I can’t wait to see though... It’s odd, when the last book ended, if anyone had asked me, I’d have been one of the few people who actually said they wanted Maia to be with Simon, but after this book it’s plain to see that Izzy is the one that for him! Perhaps I’m late to the party, but it always seemed to me that she was a bit much for him and (even though I love her, heart and soul) I didn’t believe she was right for him. I honestly thought that Maia and he would have made a better couple, but after this book I’ll never think that way again. Perhaps it was Jordan coming into the storyline and seeing how he and Maia were/are, but I finally looked and realised that Simon and Isabelle really have something. There’s so much more to Izzy than we’ve seen and I think that Simon may actually break through her defences and worm his way into her heart if she lets him! Oh, and it goes without saying that I want Maia and Jordan back together too. Hello? Weren’t they just perfect together? The issues they have and Maia wanting to rip him to shreds aside. I was sad to see so many issues for Clary and Jace in this book, but I can’t say I was surprised either. I knew Cassandra Clare wouldn’t just let them be. It seems like they’ve been through so much, but of course it’s not the end for them, no sir-ee. There are more problems facing them and new struggles, but I don’t doubt for a second that they can get through it.....somehow. That’s not to say that I didn’t love every single moment they were together, because I did. I absolutely did! The moments between Clary and Jace were electric. Every time they’re together, every kiss, every time they touch, things just sizzle. I’ve loved a lot of book couples over time, but none compared to them. They’re like no other. You can’t deny that they’re made for one another, you can’t miss the chemistry they have. It’s truly impossible not to see and feel. They just go together so well, they both make each other better. Jace makes Clary stronger, and she’s his whole world. She means he world to him and it makes me giggly inside (Yeah, yeah, yeah....I went there =D) This book was perfectly paced and the ending was a heart-stopping roller coaster ride. So much happened and I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to see how Simon, Jace and Clary would get out of things. I couldn’t believe that Lilith was trying to bring Sebastian back. There’s no one who deserves to stay dead more than him...well, perhaps expect Valentine. The ending of this book was jaw dropping. I. Could. Not. Believe. It! Still can’t, if I’m honest here. I cannot believe that Sebastian is alive again and what he’s done to Jace. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s heart-breaking, it’s everything I didn’t want, but at the same time I CANNOT wait to see what’s going to happen next. The next book is going to be a showstopper--I can so tell—and I can’t wait to see what happens now. Can Clary and everyone else manage to free Jace from Sebastian? Can they defeat Sebastian? Just what does this mean now? God! I NEEEEEED the next book, like stat! Seriously, this series is just brilliant and I can’t wait for the next instalment! Bring on the awesome!
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I tried. I tried so hard to finish this book, but, for the life of me, I just couldn't. While writing this review, I realised something: I've never given a book 1 star before. This is a first, and what a shame it happens to be a book from a series that started off so well.I enjoyed the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series, and it's a shame Clare didn't stop there. I held on as long as I could, but this book was doing my head in. What happened to the characters I came to know and love from the first three books? These clones in City of Fallen Angels lacked personality. Like Simon's current existence, these characters were living but were not alive. It was almost as if Clare removed their souls and left the empty shells behind.This book lacked purpose. I can easily through it out and have no regrets because it left no impression on me whatsoever. It hurts me to give any book a 1 star but the fact that it's a book I was looking forward to just left me heartbroken. It was almost as if City Of Fallen Angels was written by someone else. This can't be the same Cassandra Clare who wrote the first three books.I could go in depth and point out the hurt this book has inflicted upon me, but I won't because of my loyalty to the first three books. I will not be continuing with the series for the mere fact that it has lost its spark and its significance.
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I wasn't bored reading this, doesn't mean it was all that great either. And honestly speaking, I wonder now what I found so compelling in the first books in the series. Its either that or I'm getting weary of this.
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Shifting from a Clary focus to being more balanced between her and Simon, this entry starts a new trilogy of Shadowhunter books where they deal with life in a world restored. The new big bad is named Lilith. For those of you up on your apocryphal Judeo-Christian lore, yes, it's that Lilith, first wife of Adam. She's a demon. She's evil. The kids have to stop her.Like a lot of YA books, this reads faster than it looks like it will because of large font and big margins. Enjoyable, but details won't stick with you.
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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.
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What is there to say about City of Fallen Angels? Well, for starters its got a lot to live up to. Cassandra Clare's previous Mortal Instruments novels were only awesome and filled with so much page-flipping adventure goodness. It's a tough act to follow, especially since CoFA wasn't in the original plan.This time, the war is over and Clary is ready to get back to her normal life in New York with everything going her way. Not only is she training to be a Shadowhunter, but she's got an awesome boyfriend named Jace. But, of course, it can't be perfect (then we couldn't have another book now, could we?). A second war is brewing, one that could possibly be even more dangerous than the first.Just as fans have come to expect from Clare, CoFA offers more excellent romance, supernatural action and plenty of great adventure. In fact, I think that Clare's writing is even better here than ever before, and she does a great job of bringing in new characters while still allowing well-known ones to continue to grow and change, rather than stagnating or getting dull for readers.In fact, I was very impressed by CoFA. I had been afraid that it wouldn't have been able to hold up to the other books in the series, but all my fears were unfounded. CoFA doesn't disappoint.
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Book 4 of a trilogy -- a trilogy that has a companion trilogy, "The Infernal Devices," with pretty much the same types of characters, but set in Steampunk London.In Book 4, Jace and Clary, our star-crossed teen couple, simper at each other when he's not being worrisomely distant, to protect her from his evil dreams. Happily, much of the focus has shifted from the tiresome Shadowhunter lovebirds to Simon the Jewish Vegan Vampire Nerd, who finds himself much more attractive to girls now that he's undead.Much as I loved the first three "Mortal Instruments," this one is akin to that worn T-shirt in an overstuffed drawer, familiar but fraying and filling space that could be given to something new. An extremely talented and imaginative young writer, Clare shouldn't reduce herself to mending and wearing the same old thing.
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First of all I’m going to come out and say that it seems like I’ve been waiting years for this book to come out, and yet it has only been one year (a totally acceptable amount of time to wait for an in-series book!) – this is the power and curse of Cassandra Clare’s (CC) plots, the woman pulls you in and sets your heart racing for hundreds of pages (or in this case hours of audio time) and then BAM! she’s gone for a year. Of course, for CC connoisseurs, there is the Infernal Devices series of books, that act as prequels to these Mortal Instruments books, to make time pass by ever so slightly less slowly. City of Fallen Angels (CoFA) is the fourth instalment of the Mortal Instruments series. 1, 2, and 3 were, respectively, City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass and are definitely worth reading before diving right in at number 4! I listened to the audiobook and was totally transported – it’s split between Clary’s voice (or Molly C. Quinn’s!) and Simon’s (or Ed Westwick’s, whose Englishness inbetween dialogue added a level of “Oh, you’re just reading this to me, then?” to the whole thing). Molly and Ed were great, Molly’s different voices for dialogue were particularly excellent and, as I mentioned, if you had an English parent read to you then you might be like me and always feel that English people who read aloud are reading specifically for your benefit!Voice-work covered, it was 5/5 stuff.The plot is, as you might expect if you’ve dipped your toe into CC’s fictional waters before, fast-paced, dramatic, and character-driven. These people are, on the whole, movers and doers more than thinkers. Saying that, it’s difficult to deny that there’s pining and angst worthy of the most tell-all teen diary in this story – these almost-adults are so brilliantly imagined, each one with peculiarities (hair swishes, expressions, messenger bags, high heels, issues) that make them easy to imagine and even easier to feel like you know them. The core characters remain Clary, Simon, Jace, and Isabelle – with Alex, Maya, and the parental types also making repeated, key appearances. Personally I felt there wasn’t enough Magnus Bane action happening, but I live in hope of his return. Recommendation: I’m not going to give any plot away, but I think that this was the best of the Mortal Instruments series to date. The characters are maturing and I like that. I’m loving the new characters (one is, I truly hope, going to cheerfully plague the now-familiar characters with mischief galore!), but I do hope to see more of my favourite warlock in book five (if not, there’s always hope for him in the Infernal Devices series!). Downsides? There was some repetition that gets a bit grating in audio – how much time has passed since the last book? Oh, six weeks – no kidding. … Wait, how much time was that? Oh, ok. Ditto with the location of one of the main peripheral characters. I get it. There’s also a fair bit of dialogue repetition (so-and-so remembers when such-and-such said this), but it is generally at moments when it would be useful to remember (if you had forgotten). Rating: 5/5 (even with the repetition, I’m gagging for book 5!)
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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!
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O. M. G. This book. Is so. AMAZING. Cassandra Clare continues to bring on all the action, drama, violence, and yes, romance, that she always has, making you inhale the pages. There were so many twists and turns, surprises and betrayals.....I don't even know where to begin to describe this marvelous book.Summary:With Valentine dead, things should be clearing up for the future. But with Simon's Mark of Cain, there are multiple predators that seek his power, his blood. And as Shadowhunters, past-Circle members, at that, are killed off, Clary stumbles upon multiple clues that lead her to some things that may best be kept hidden. Alec and Magnus are at a road block in their relationship, and Jace is haunted and torchered every night with dreams that may be more than just things you wake up from.Comments:I am such a book nerd. The day this came out, I had my mother bring it to me at school, just so I could have it in my hands as soon as possible. And I had reason to have felt that way. This book is so enticing, so magical and surprising, bewildering, frightening, shocking, so, beautiful, that you literally want to start rereading it after you finish it. If you haven't read this series yet, there is something seriously wrong with you. I am currently Googling when the next comes out. May 2012. Not soon enough.
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Okay, I'm giving it 5 stars because it's Cassandra Clare and I love how she writes. She's a very elegant writer and one of my favorites so I have to give it 5 stars.That said, here's what I think. I finished CoFA and felt frustrated (yup, no big news there, everyone else felt the same). I believe in elegant endings and this was not an elegant ending. Furthermore, I don't believe Cassandra Clare needs to finish a book with a cliffhanger. People will buy her next book anyway. All she has to do is put her name on it, and people will buy it.Clary has grown up some, which was nice to see. Simon was the star of the book, and I enjoyed reading him. Alec and Magnus were stellar. Isabelle was unconvincing, I thought, in her sudden change of heart toward Simon. Kyle/Jordan was sweet and concentrated. Jace annoyed the heck outta me. There were only a few times when he sounded like his old self, like very expensive champagne that goes right up to your head. I din't like the whinny, the tortured, the evasive and, especially not, the evil Jace. There's only so long you can drag on thier (his and Clary's) story; they need to be together. After a certain point the so-called tension between them, that comes with keeping them apart, stops being attractive and shifts toward annoying. But, like I said, it's Cassandra Clare, so I'm going to keep buying her books because I can't help myself.
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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.
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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.
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