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 slicedRight 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 angelic smile make me look like Jace? He's such a pretty, shiny angel. *sigh*
As I was saying... This book is amazingly unnecessary. I'm sorry, Fangirls. Please don't eat me.
Here is a general rundown. No specific twists are revealed just vaguely referenced, so possible spoilers:
(view spoiler)[ Part One Ch 1-2: Simon talks to people. Jace and Clary talk to each other and kiss. Ch 3-5: Simon talks to new guy. Jace and Clary talk to each other. Ch 6-8: Clary talks to people. Simon and Jace talk about Clary. Ch 9: Jace, Clary and Simon ALL make out...oops, I mean, Jace and Clary make out. Simon bites, ummmm, talks to girls and has relationship issues.
Part Two Ch 10-11: New guy is revealed. Dun, dun, dun. Blah, blah. An attack!! Wonder woman saves the day. (Wow, something actually happened.... for two seconds) Vampire chat. Ch 12-13: People talk about the Vampire chat. Jace and Clary do stuff. Ch 14-15: Jace has issues. Chatty, chatty, chatty. Ch 16-17: Jace goes emo. Weird stuff is revealed. Ch 18-19: Clary believes in Jace. Things happen. Ch 20: Chatting again. Lovey dovey stuff. But wait - someone is alive! (Luke Skywalker scream - everyone join in with their best squeaky voice) NOOOOOOOOOOO! (hide spoiler)]
I have NEVER given out a one star rating before. NEVER! So trust me, I don't take this lightly at all and I don't enjoy being negative. Making light of a bad situation is just something I try to do. However, I don't like disliking things and I never try to be flat out hateful about anything. To love everything would be great, but that's just not realistic.
Don't just write me off as a hater and leave it at that. I actually really liked the original series.
Let me explain - While knowing nothing of Clare's plagiarism or the controversy surrounding the books, the need for something similar to Buffy overwhelmed me, leading to the discovery of the urban fantasy genre. My first experience with this genre was The Mortal Instruments which had just released the third book. Out of pure desperation, the fact that it was a derivative was not even almost a deterrent. Clare told a fast-paced and action filled YA suspense, which was exactly what I needed at the time.
The first three Mortal Instruments had this addictive quality that made you need to read more, which led me to read this one. So while I still hold true to my original feelings of the first books and have a sick yet fond place in my heart for them, I truly feel that this particular series should have ended where City of Glass left us.
It saddens me to think that I may have contributed to the mass production of unnecessary sequels. Or to Clare's dragon horde of GOLD. Oh well, she's rolling in it, already. What exactly she deserves to be rolling in... I'll leave up to interpretation. (view spoiler)[This is a joke. No speculation is actually necessary. She's rolling in money. Okay? Are you happy?! You better be. (hide spoiler)]
Regardless of how much she has made, it is respectable for anyone to make bookoos of cash doing what they love. As long as they aren't hurting or taking advantage of anyone, there's no problem with it. Although, sometimes large companies can take advantage of small time authors or even gullible readers, so it's a good thing that I got this from my library and didn't pay any of my own money (however, my library surely made a contribution).
It's too bad lesser-known books and their authors don't get the opportunities and the recognition that some of these more mainstream novels do. But that isn't how the industry works right now. Hype sells. Controversy sells.
Fellow girl-power groupies: don't kill me. I liked Jace in the original books. But I soon realized how destructive this small adoration can become.
Now, Fangirl mobbing is truly my greatest fear. So I don't want to piss anyone off, but Jace is prick. A hot one, yes, and I readily admit to secret desires of being pursued by a "bad boy". But seriously? Calm yourselves. He's fictional.
By the way that girls talk about him, you would think that his saliva is made of awesomesauce.
Or that his face is made of The Ark of the Covenant. Don't look directly at him! Your skin might melt off.
I wanted to like this and wanted my Jace crush to transfer over to this book. I swear I did. And maybe I was prepared to not like it because of a few certain friend reviews *cough* JillianHellionMajaVinaya *cough* But I tried. Really. Enjoying this just wasn't in my power.
Objectivity is something we should all strive for with every read. Even after hearing bad things about a specific book, one can still have an open mind. When reviewing, we aren't trying to prove anyone right or wrong, we are just giving our own impressions about the book.
Sometimes when an avid reader reads a mega-hyped book such as this, we can take on a similar persona to that of Bill and Ted. They are all about the excellent adventure. First and foremost with YA fantasy - we, mostly, want to be entertained. All the better if we learn something or absorb a good message while doing it, but the entertainment part is essential.
Why I didn't like this book
Not funny. At the time, I thought there was quite a bit of good humor in the originals. This one: nada. Or maybe I've just outgrown it. The corners of my mouth never even lifted. In fact, a scowl probably made an appearance or two....or twenty. This book is to "funny" what vampires are to "real". (Hint: They aren't)
Not entertaining. Every few pages I felt the need to go for a spin in my car with my head hanging out the window just to stay awake. The suspense, the tension, the action - everything I liked about the originals was gone. I'd say this book is about 1% action, 99% chatting. I may have entertained myself about this book, but this book did NOT entertain me. Not for one second.
Not new. This was a rehash of every conversation Jace and Clary and Simon had in the first books that took up an ENTIRE book. Clary, I love you but I can't because I think I'm evil. Jace, you're so emo. Simon, you're my best friend. This is a repeat. A rerun. And not even a funny rerun. It's like that sucky episode of Friends with Alec Baldwin in it that no one cares to remember.
Not inspiring. Unlike most of my favorite books, there wasn't anything to take away from this book. If we are not going to be entertained then shouldn't we at least learn something or feel like we derived some deeper meaning from the book?
Both Ender's Game and The Hunger Games had serious messages about war. The Giver teaches us that human emotion is essential to our lives. What did City of Fallen Angels teach us? SERIOUS SPOILER AHEAD. DONT CLICK UNLESS YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW. (view spoiler)[That it is okay to be a prick because you've been possessed by a demon? (hide spoiler)] Maybe there was some deeper message and I just didn't see it because I was so bored. If so, I apologize for my oversight.
Let's end on a high note, shall we? So I'll leave you with this:
Even if I don't particularly like a book, I can usually find something good about having spent my time on it. This one was much more difficult to find that "good part", but I still managed to.
So despite not laughing once as a result of a joke in the book, I found myself, alone, laughing hysterically in my room about how horribly pointless this book was or about random crap that I find funny, usually involving Jace and Clary. Somehow, I managed to amuse myself.
Seriously. Dumb stuff dances through my head like a frisky stallion does through a meadow full of unicorns. I wonder if Jace is part unicorn, because unicorns are made of awesomesauce and rainbows..... I bet Jace is made of rainbows. Or at least, Clary seems to think so - Just wait until she figures out that he has NO pots of gold.
And before I go find something awesome to read, I have something to ask you:
Question: Quick! Both Jace and Clary are drowning. You can only save one. What should you do? Answer: (view spoiler)[LET THEM BOTH DROWN AND READ A DIFFERENT BOOK!! (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more