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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

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Clary is back in New York and life is good: she's training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood.
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Paperback, 424 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Walker Books
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Lyndsey
Right after I finished this book, I had a bit of an accident. I was running with a pair of lightsabers when I tripped and fell and accidentally sliced the entire book to shreds!! Maybe it's not a good idea to run with lightsabers...



City of Fallen Angels is amazing - Oh wait, that was weird, my keyboard cut me off. This is some sort of conspiracy isn't it? Like the way that certain unnamed sites sometimes don't like to publish non-glowing reviews. I never write those. *angelic smile* Oh, did that
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
full video review / discussion can be found here: https://youtu.be/DH542vupm0g

(3.5)

I enjoyed this, but it just didn't wow me. I also think it struggled finding it's footing after an epic book like city of glass, but I do realize that I should consider this last portion of the series to be it's own trilogy, since that's what Cassandra Clare originally had in mind. I'm glad that I decided to re-read this before continuing on with the series, because I remembered basically nothing from this book a
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Vinaya
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As human society evolves, so do its methods of torture

Let me start off this review with a small confession. I liked The Mortal Instruments. Yes, it was cheesy, it was derivative, and it was an embarrassment to good literature everywhere, but it gave me a couple of afternoons’ worth of guilty pleasure, and I was satisfied. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and the triumph of true love, and I was happy to leave Jace and Clary to enjoy the fruits of their labour in happily-ever-after land.

But then.
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Lola  Reviewer
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I realized something, while being completely immersed in this sequel: I’ve been a bad bad reader, in the past, toward this series. Not only because I’ve postponed reading this book (in my defence, I really had to finish Clockwork Angel first so I can actually know who ‘Camille’ is) but also for another reason entirely.

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I didn’t care. I didn’t care enough about the characters before, Alec & Magnus excluded. I didn’t even try to. I mean, I liked them enough but… Alec & Magnus were the ones
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Kiki
Mar 15, 2011 Kiki rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Shadowhunters
Recommended to Kiki by: Downworlders
Okay, let me level with you. Just to put this review into perspective, I'd like to make it common knowledge that I gave all three of the books in the Mortal Instruments five feckin' stars. I loved them. I was not blind to their flaws, and they are not literary masterpieces, but they were far too much fun for me to care about what was wrong with them. For the first time in so long I was able to just sit back and not cringe or roll my eyes or make any backhanded comments about the pathetic charact ...more
Penny

The plot of City of Fallen Angels by pennenickel

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Official review (posted April 14, 2011):

An Open Letter to Cassandra Clare:

Dear Ms Clare,

You're not Joss Whedon. You'll never be Joss Whedon and/or J.K. Rowling, so do yourself (and everyone else) a favor: stop trying.

Yours Truly,
Someone Who Deserves Their Money Back (A.K.A. Everyone Who Bought a Copy of City of Fallen Angels)

P.S. What were you thinking?

P.P.S. No seriously, what were you thinking when you decided to revive this series? Were yo
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Candace
The fourth book in the series, 'City of Fallen Angels' was a bit of a disappointment for me. That isn't to say it wasn't enjoyable though. I liked it, but it wasn't as great as the earlier books, in my opinion. It was lukewarm for me, at best.

While the third book seemed to leave off on a promising note, this book quickly rained on my parade. Just when I thought that they were making progress in their war against "evil", everything goes and gets messed up again. The guys, in particular, were grat
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Steph Sinclair

Wow, there's four days of my life spent reading this book that I'll never get back. And it normally doesn't take me that long, but I had to self motivate myself with promises of chocolate ("If you just read one more page..."), just to get through it.

I usually don't give too many books only 1 star. In fact there is only one book I can think of that angered me this much and that was The Vampire Diaries: The Return. I only got 50 pages deep into it before I flung it across the room. So I am very pr
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Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
I love the green UK edition of this book. I just love all the UK editions of these books!

I have enjoyed this book more than the first three. I like how we get to see more into Simon's vampire world and what he is now. He's like totally bad to the bone, but not in a dude way because he's still Simon the nerd we love. But, in a can't touch this kinda way. If you have read the book or read the book you will know what I mean.



I loved the new character, Kyle/Jordon. He's cool and I like him a lot. I
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aidanadia
SPOILER ALERT
Cassandra Clare really should have let sleeping dogs lie.

“City of Fallen Angels” is yet another book in the Young Adult category that lacks the “element of surprise.” The fact that this book was even written despite formerly having established that ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series to be a trilogy is evidence enough that Clare was tempted by her successes within the urban fantasy genre, and decided to continue.

The fact that Clare continued the story is not my problem; it is the mann
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Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
3 Everybody hurts Stars

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This one wasn't as good for me as the others. Jace and Clary had a ton of drama going on and where pretty much apart the whole book. Which I didn't like. They can't catch a break to save their lives. Simon was dating two girls at the same time and I didn't like that. Simon was sweet the last 3 books now in this book he does douchebag things like dating two girls. That is not like Simon! Alec and Magnus had a big fight over Magnus's past and the fact that he will
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Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
TOP 5 ANGSTY ISSUES IN City of Fallen Angels.

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SHOW OF HANDS: How many of you took a ginormous break after reading City of Glass (TMI #3)? *Raises Hand* How many of you put off reading City of Fallen Angels (TMI #4) because you couldn’t remember all of the messed up shite our favorite Shadowhunters and their friends have been dealing with? *Raises Hand* Well, good news, Peeps! I've got The Top 5 Angsty Issues in City of Fallen Angels right here, listed from least to most angstalicious. Enjoy!

#5.
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Caitlin
Oct 02, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Seriously Clare? Serious-freakin'-ly?

1.) Why does everyone have to fall in love? Or in most cases--get angry with each other, fight and then fall in love again.

2.) I'm so sick of sulking Jace. No--I'm so flippin' sick of Jace and Clary. All they do is mope, make-out, mope again and profess their love for each other. Talk about beating a dead horse. Plus it's boring.

3). Honestly, the ending didn't shock me. Sorry.

4.) Is it me, or did the editing suck?

5.) What's up with all the blood? I mean, like
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John Egbert
Dear CC,
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What is wrong with you?

I suppose it isn't really fair. After all, I did come into this book expecting to dislike it. I did have warnings that it was bad, and I did plan on heeding them. But, alas, I succumbed to the anxiety and curiosity that lurked in the back of my mind when I glanced at the pdf on my desktop.

And then it began.

Between the contrived Jace/Clary angst("OMG, joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" "No, but joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" and repeat),
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P
Mar 17, 2014 P rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
“Hearts are breakable," Isabelle said. "And I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".”




After Valentine was down in the previous book, Sebastian is ready to takeover his father's tasks. CoFA is completely cruel and cunning, but the way CC treated our beloved characters isn't what I like. She gave them their HEA and ripped it away in the first half of this book I wanted to sob for hours for every single thing between the chapters. I didn't like it at all. I wanted to throw
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Ciara's Part Gangster-Bookworm Part Gangster-Bookworm
I watched Cassie Clare read this to some kids in France on youtube, the parts she read werent even connected to the plot, it was just about 2 pages worth of rising action, and i already have it marked down onnmy calander. This was the first book i ever read in third person and i didnt think i was going to like it. I read the first 3 pages of City of Bones and i was hooked. After that i couldnt wait for City of Ashes or Glass. After City of Glass i didnt think she would write any more because i t ...more
Daylighter
For those who haven't read it:


The “alleyway kiss” from Jace’s perspective.
Jace will never forget the look on Clary’s face after he says it. Shock at first, blanching into pain.

He has hurt her before. Never because he wanted to, though he has lashed out in his own blindness—like the time she walked in on him kissing Aline and he said every awful thing he could think of, as if the words themselves might have the power to make her disappear, to send her back where she was safe.

He has always cared m
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Lucy
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Cait • A Page with a View
"You villains and your creepy eugenics programs are starting to bore me." Me too, man.

So this book is definitely my least favorite of the series so far. The first 250 pages dragged along with Jace avoiding Clary, only to swoop in at random times to kiss her and then insist he's a horrible person. I wasn't even 100% clear on what trite reason he thought had to leave her for. Like just go somewhere offscreen and make up your mind, man... I do not care to sit through this contrived angst fest. But
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAAHHHHH! *Lets out a scream that lasts for about ten minutes*

Okay. Well. I'm not sure where to begin.

I guess I'm a bit torn on this one. Don't get me wrong. I loved it. It was epic. As good as the first three? No, but still great.

My main problem with it was, this was originally going to be a trilogy. And although a lot was left open-ended at the end of the third book, it still felt like a happy ending. The main villain was dead (and the other villain was probably dead), most of the romantic iss
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Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
After reading The Infernal Devices, I didn't think the last half of The Mortal Instruments would live up to the expectations that the prequels set, and this book proved me right. At least just in this case. City of Fallen Angels is by far my least favorite book in this series.

This book was just filled with stupid relationship drama. Relationship drama between no other than Clary and Jace. No surprise there! Relationship drama between Simon, Isabelle, and Maia. Relationship drama between Ma
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Kat O'Keeffe
Aug 16, 2013 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little apprehensive going into this book because I'd heard some people saying it was their least favorite in the series, but I ended up really enjoying it! It wasn't as AWESOME as City of Glass, but I loved getting back into this world and seeing what Jace, Clary, Simon, and the rest of the gang were up to after the events of CoG. I love the direction the story is taking, and as usual, the humor and action were FANTASTIC! My only complaint is that I found some of the relationship drama a ...more
Victoria Hansen
Mar 13, 2016 Victoria Hansen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
'"And then there was you. You changed everything I believed in. You know that line from Dante that I quoted to you in the park? 'L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle'?"

Her lips curled a little at the sides as she looked up at him. "I still don't speak Italian."

"It's a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso - Dante's Paradise. 'My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.' Dante was trying to explain faith, I think, as an overpowering love, and
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Katrina Passick Lumsden
Did Cassandra Clare mix up manuscripts and put the wrong characters in this book? I know it's far-fetched, but I'm trying to understand how else a bunch of funny, intriguing characters could turn into such whiny bores.

Jace is brooding and unfunny, Clary is pissy and unfunny, Simon is depressed and unfunny, Isabelle is....just sort of there (oh, and unfunny), Alec is...wait, Alec isn't there for most of it. But when he is, he's immature and unfunny. Even Magnus is unfunny. Magnus!

Let's try and
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Rinoa Heartilly
Pre-reading:

I swear I don't know why. It's like it's calling me.

But hey, maybe it's good for a laugh? You know, when I stopped piercing my eyes out of course.

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Also, for clarification purposes, I refer to Jace as ZOMBIE, because he technically is one (being dead alive and all).

Actual review (major spoilers ahead obviously):

Simon [on Facebook] : UGH, being a teenage vampire and having two hot girlfriends is soooo HARD! I think I'm now gonna write dark poetry while listening
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Dec 01, 2010 Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Cassandra Clare's & the TMI series
*SPOILER FREE*

There is something about Cassie's writing that lures me into each of her books and leaves me wanting more. I can't get enough of her fascinating, intriguing world building and her addicting characters. You know the characters whom you just can't seem to read enough about? City of Fallen Angels is full of pleasant and shocking twists and turns with some of my beloved characters, and with other previously mentioned TMI series characters. Cassie has a talent for making me invest so mu
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Jasmine
4 STARS! ★★★★

This isn't really a review because honestly, I'm barely coherent at this point.

So this is me as I read the last page


And then 5 minutes later


Followed by some yelling and venting of feels to Feifei and questioning my life decisions (thanks for listening babe ♥)


Giving it a 4-stars still because it wasn't as awesome as the 3rd book and also mostly because this one felt a little dragged out at times. But this is probably due to having it build-up into a new story arc for the next 2 books
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Katie
Apr 24, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy.

I first picked up CoB on a whim many many moons ago, not really knowing the author's history or the background of the book at all, and I recall when first reading it going: "Hey, this reads like fanfiction. Pretty good fanfiction, but fanfiction nontheless." Then I looked the author up online and went:

"Oh my."

But because they were fun breezy reads I continued with the rest of the series, excusing the more eye-rolly moments because she kept up a good pace.

One thing I will give Clare credi
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"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 trilo
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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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“You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."
Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?"
"It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically."
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”
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“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.”
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