Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy > Paranormal
Synopsis: 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.
Would I recommend? Yes, this series is perfect for people who like paranormal and action.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
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I had been putting off reading this book for the longest time. I thought that everything was wrapped up very nicely in the third book of the Mortal Instruments, and I felt no desire or drive to continue reading it. I didn’t feel the need to find out more. I thought everything was wrapped up so nicely that reading the fourth book would just put me off the series as a whole.
Now, I just recently jumped on the Cassandra Clare bandwagon. I’ve been reading her series in the order of release- that is, some books of the Mortal Instruments, then Clockwork Angel, then this one etc. I especially liked Clockwork Angel, and I was hesitant to read Clockwork Prince without having read this one. So, with extreme hesitation and low expectations, I started reading.
And you know what? It was good. Perhaps the best of the series. Why? Because there was barely any angst there. The secondary characters got so much more time, and they were developed more and I really appreciated that, because I always thought the strength of this series lay in the secondary characters rather than Jace and Clary. The plot was very fast-paced and there wasn’t any filler action there. And Clare’s writing is really growing on me. She might not be the next literary genius, but this woman can write some addictive content.
Like I said, the plot was very fast-paced. I had a lot of fun reading this book, and I flew through it in a couple of days. We focus a lot more on Simon in this novel, his experiences as a vampire, his relationships with the other people around him. We are introduced to a new conflict, and I quite like this conflict. Valentine, as a villain, never particularly appealed to me- there was too much angst involved, but that was tremendously improved in this installment.
I haven’t read a vampire book for a very long time, which is perhaps one of the reasons why I liked this book so much. I like vampires. I think they’re awesome, but they were overused in YA for a long time after Twilight. The vampires in this series aren’t particularly unique, but they’re… vampires. I’ll leave it at that. Reading about their inner-workings and how Simon was dealing with his vampirism and bloodlust in much more detail was a delight.
I won’t focus much on the characters we’ve been seeing throughout the series, such as Isabelle or Simon, but I’ll try to talk about the new characters introduced in this book, as well as some of the old ones that didn’t get enough love previously.
One of the characters introduced is Kyle, who is the new lead=singer of Simon’s band. I think Kyle’s an awesome character. He has a certain sense of mystery to him, and his backstory was interesting to read about. I really hope that we get to see more of him in the next two books, because he has a lot of potential.
Maia was a very meh character for me in the previous books. I didn’t think she was necessary to the overarching plot of the books, nor was I invested in her storyline. I was much more invested in her in this book. I liked seeing her interact with Simon, and her later interactions with… other characters (avoiding spoiling it for you, sorry!) Again, I’d like to see more development in the last two books.