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City of Fallen Angels

(The Mortal Instruments #4)

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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. ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 424 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's, Margaret K. McElderry 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
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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 rated it it was ok
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

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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
Mar 10, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Someone who wants to loose brain cells
Recommended to Steph by: A friend, who should run and cower under their bed from my fury

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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Melanie
1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★

“Why is it, little Shadowhunter, that your angels are so cold and without mercy? Why do they break that which will not obey them?”

Okay, I’m going to start this review off by saying that I am reading this for the first time in 2018. I know this is almost a decade old. And I know so many of my friends hold this series close to their hearts and have a lot of nostalgia for it. But friends, this was a damn mess.
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf 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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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 City of Bones ★★★★☆
#2 City of Ashes ★★★☆☆
#3 City of Glass ★★★★☆
#4 City of Fallen Angels ★★★★★
#5 City of Lost Souls ★★★★★
#6 City of Heavenly Fire

You know how, sometimes, you pick up a series that’s already popular, and everyone tells you, “Book ___ is the best!” and “Book ___ is the worst!”, and so you set up these weird sorts of expectations in your subconscious, and then you go into the one that everyone tells you is the “worst” and you’re like… “holy crap, this book is amazing”?

No? Just me
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aidanadia
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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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Bgurl (don't h8 me cuz I'm honestful)
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Angst, Snark, & Hawt Guys
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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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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Caitlin
Oct 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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Chelsea Humphrey
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
One down, two more Mortal Instruments to go.

*Shout out to the Loudoun County library for carrying the kindle version so I don't have to lug around these honking big hardcovers. You're the real hero here.

Haleema
Sep 30, 2010 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No.
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John Egbert
Apr 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody.
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 rated it liked it
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
Feb 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it
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, dude... I do not care to sit through this contrived angst fest.

Bu
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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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Brigid ✩
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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Jeff
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Honestly....was this book even necessary in the whole series?
Idk...somehow I felt like nothing important to the whole plot happened in this book 0_0
Vivianne
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Hearts are breakable, and I think even when you heal, you're never what you were before".


Actual rating 4,25 stars!

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Once again a really awesome book in the Shadowhunter chronicles. The characters are just amazing and super lovable. I can tell the growth they made. The plot was super quick and full of mystery and action. The only thing I was a bit annoyed by was the romance in this book. AHHH I look forward to reading the other books in this series so much.

Note: Listened to the audiobook.

City
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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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"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)
“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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