| BOOK REVIEW | CITY OF FALLING ANGELS BY CASSANDRA CLARE

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City Of Fallen Angels
Author : Cassandra Clare
Series : The Mortal Instruments
Genres : Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication : 2011 by Walker Books

This is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. If you haven’t read the previous book, this reviw will spoil you.

Goodreads’ synopsis : Simon, Daylighter vampire teen is protected by the Mark of Cain, a pillar of fire from Heaven blazes attackers into salt, but an enemy gets at him through his first love Clary, who must face consequences, and maybe lose Jace. A Greater Demon infects nights of her Shadowhunter beloved for control, and sends grey-garbed minions for Simon himself.

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I found the first two third of the books too scattered. It lacked a “common” plot. Let me explain. Everyone is having their own problems.
– Jace with his odd nightmares
– Clary with Jace’s behavior
– Simon is dealing with some serious stuff AND his two girlfriends
– Jocelyn is kind of living her worse nightmare
– Alec with him being well… mortal.

You’re the first Shadowhunter I’ve ever met.”
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown

The two first thirds were full of drama, and were lacking true action.
The common plot is only revealed in the last third.
That’s probably why it’s my least favorite of the series. It lacks the awesome plots I was used to, and the action packed scenes for the majority part of this book.

I didn’t like Clary during the first two parts of this book. She was whiny and drowning in her self-pity, which made her selfish. She didn’t care much about Simon. She was too stuck in her own problems.

But there are things that I liked, too !
I really enjoyed this new version of Simon. He is more badass, more mature and his relationship with Isabelle was something I liked to read about.
Maia is getting more important in this book. I like her character. She’s been through a lot and that made her tough. But it’s also a shield. Deep inside, she needs to know that someone is taking care of her.
Kyle is also another interesting character.
In this book, Alec is another one to become more mature. His relationship has helped him to grow into the person he is supposed to be.

Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before

The plot was interesting, in the last part. I think it’s a great story to pursue this series, which was destined to be a trilogy.

4 stars

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About the author

Cassandra clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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