Thursday, April 14, 2011

{Book Review} City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels
The Mortal Instruments #4
Format: Hardcover Exclusive Copy From B&N
Pages: 424 Hardcover
Published: April 5, 2011
ng: 3.5 Birds

Review may not be entirely spoiler free - read at own risk.

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

I finished COFA last night and forced myself to sleep on it before writing the review. I think, sadly I may have the unpopular opinion here....COFA was NOT what I thought it would be.

First things first, and this is little, but it must be mentioned....did Cassie Clare get word of the day toilet paper while writing/editing COFA? I ask because sprinkled about in the book are words I see so infrequently (more like, if ever) in YA Lit, I had to look them up..... For instance:

"...her mother would be incensed, but nothing else seemed to be working" p.305


Yes, it means "very angry" but I think that CC may have gone a bit overboard with the addition of huge words no teenager in the right mind would know. I love a good wordsmith, but she wasn't aiming these words at her target audience.

Next, we were promised a wedding in this book, were we not? It was in fact one of the only things that Cassandra noted right off the bat that we would have....and yet - there wasn't one. There was a party to celebrate the day before the wedding, but NO wedding...??? This irked me, I was looking forward to it. And I do not like being told something's there when it's not. I didn't hear if it was removed in the end, it could have been....but still let a reader know!

On the very top of my my list of complaints about COFA (my God I can't not believe I even had one....let alone several....) Jace was a big fat whiney baby the WHOLE book. His normal, cocky, comeback slinging self came out now and again and when it did I relished in the snarkiness, but mostly he just was a Danny Downer. And shush it up about the "traumatic experiance" from City of Glass and all that...everyone left the end of City of Glass with baggage..he didn't need to be THIS obnoixioulsy sissyfied....I think Clary should have lent him a dress to be honest.

I clawed my way through 3 books into all hours of the night risking paper cuts and sleep deprivation to get only a mere paragraph of a happy Clary and Jace at the very, very end. Then I wait...and I wait...and I wait some freaking more....for COFA to come out only to have them in the same depressing mind set as they were BEFORE through the whole book. WHAT!?

I was really let down. I can only hope that in the next books Cassie Clare has run out of horrible, relationship ruining situations to put them in, because I'm fairly certain I'm not alone in the thought that these two need to be, not just together but happy a little too. Not only that but I needed a serious pick me up after reading the book - honestly Jace was that depressing through out.

I don't know, gah, I feel terrible after writing this because MI is one of my favorite series. I still got my same humor and banter from the other characters. But the book was mostly revolving around Simon, and I'm a Jace girl (you know in Breaking Dawn when the POV changed to Jake and you're all like...nooooo! Even though you liked him too....yeah. I had that moment - yes I just gave a twilight

I have handfuls of great quotes I want to make into t-shirts but in the end, this is my least favorite of the MI books and I only like it slightly better then Clockwork Angel from her Infernal Devices series, which I really didn't get into at all....I think that the MI series should have just been 3 books, maybe ending a little differently of course OR that COFA shold have been longer because now I'm sensing things being drug out for the simple fact we will now buy anything Cassie Clare writes...and just so you know...right now i have no desire for the next in the sereis. I will not be freaking out to get it like I was COFA.

I am going to hang my head in shame at my, at least completely honest review.



  1. This was a really interesting review to read; the only negative one I've seen so I'm going to play Devil's Advocate (Please don't take it personally)

    The vocabulary: I think it's important that people have as wide a range of vocab as possible. I think; within stories it's often easy to work out what a word means by the context it's placed in. I would often pick up words when I was a kid that I could never define but I could use properly in a sentence. I get that this might alienate certain member of the audience but I personally think it's a good thing.

    Whiny Jace: I think it was good to see a more vulnerable side to Jace. Obviously a lot of it was the result of circumstances beyond his control (not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't read it) and part of it was down to Valentine's philosophy about Love which was forced on Jace-that's not easy to forget.

    I agree it would've been nice to see them happy properly, but tbh I find that get's a little boring. As long as they end up happy at the very end I love a bit of angst in the mean time. Plus Cassie is always saying on twitter how much she likes to torture her characters and I think it does improve the plot so long as it's not taken too far.

    Anyway, that's just my opinion! I'm not saying your points are invalid; they're actually very very valid points (I'd forgotten the bit about the wedding) just thought I'd offer my take =]

    I really hope you enjoy CoLS more; it's awful when a book you're really anticipating is disappointing

  2. "Jace was a big fat whiney baby the WHOLE book." My feelings EXACTLY. This is by far my least favorite of her books. I also disagree with the whole Kyle/Maia deal. The last thing teenagers need is to think that physical abuse is ok for any reason.

    There were some great one-liners for sure and I enjoyed the relationship between Jace and Simon, they cracked me up several times. It wasn't awful, but I have a hard time saying it was more than just ok.

  3. Thank you ! I love when people play Devils Advocate! And you have very good points! I was just really let down in general.

    The vocab thing, you are right about getting new words out there... but don't go over your target audiences many teenagers do you know that will take the time to look up something they don't know? This also may mean I send too much time reading

    She can torture her characters, it makes for fun in most cases.. and I didn't want them to be happily ever after in this book - you know there's 2 books left but it was just too much depression, too much vunarability, too much acting like a

    And really the "issue" with him was not even resolved at the end in a little way..(I hate writing cryptically so that I don't give things away....) but you know the thing they needed to do to HIM was never done so I don't know...blah. I'm disappointed and afraid this will carry through all the books now since it wasn't get what I'm trying to say with out saying it? LOL

    I will read the next book, I just won't be preordering or waiting in line for it. :0(

  4. @Lauren - That is an excellent point about Maia and Kyle! I didn't even think about it. Sure this is a fantasy book but still uncontrollable werewolf tendencies is not an excuse to beat up a g/f and then expect her to forgive you!

    Thank you for that! Awesome point!

  5. Seriously all over GR I have repeated over and over. but OMFG! I thought I would like the book, but no. I hated Jace, I mean that is not Jace. ugh. I couldn't stand the Jace/Clary parts. I surprisingly enjoyed the Simon stuff, who knew? and OMG! I love Kyle, total shocker who he was. but loves him!

    OMG. Alec and Magnus! Not enough screen time. I WANT MORE! But anyway a bunch of stuff in this book was werid and it drives me crazy that I didn't like this book b/c I adore TMI, and I wodner why others gave it 5 stars. To me it was funny when reading I was like 5 stars, then read more, okaiexz 4 stars, okaiexz then again, OMG 3 stars....LOL

    I don't wanna say this but what happend in COG and the stuff with Jace it seems like she came up with the stuff in COFA on the fly, trying to figure out a way to use it to fit into COFA. And to me you can tell. I was like ugh. and I still am. not the best book.

    I was like I wish she ended with book 3, but I want to give the next one a chance and I hope to god it is better. I need to so bad to be at the level of the first 3 books.

  6. Thank you for posting this! I am a huge MI fan as well, so I wanted the honest truth when it came to CoFA. A lot of fans would still say that the book is great just because it's part of the series. So glad you put the honest truth and I know we all percieve books differently, but I've heard these things from my friend who is a HUGE Cassie Clare fan, so I knew something was up with CoFA. THank you so much for this review! I'm going to read CoFA still, but at least I can brace myself when I do! :)

  7. I am so sorry that you did not enjoy the forth book. But I still want to read it. I have started reading my first book. I loved it.

    I think I have to finish the series soon. So I can get what you said above


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