Review: City of Fallen Angels

fallen angelsTitle: City of Fallen Angels
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: April 5, 2011Pages: 424

First Line: “‘Just coffee, please.'”

“Someone is murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side – along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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.” – from the book jacket

My thoughts: To be honest, I think Clare could have ended the series at the end of the third book, and it would have been a good ending. Instead, she had to think up a way to continue to keep Jace and Clary from finally being able to be together. Really there were a lot of other plot lines to pursue and she had enough material to allow them to be together and still have a story, but she chose to make their relationship complicated again and keep them apart. It’s past the point of interesting and just frustrating. And because it seems the book was concentrating mostly on that plot, there didn’t seem to be much going on overall that was of interest. I’m tired of Jace and Clary’s doomed love affair, but nothing else seemed to be happening. I’m not ready to give up on the series, but I found this book to be pretty disappointing.

My Ratings:
Writing: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Subject: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Kept me interested: 2/5
Overall rating: 2/5

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