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The Mortal Instruments 4: City of Fallen Angels Paperback – 7 Apr 2011


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (7 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406328677
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406328677
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cassandra Clare lives in Brooklyn. She has worked as an entertainment journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, has published several short stories and is the author of the popular internet parody The Very Secret Diaries.

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"Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from The Mortal instruments series." (Cassandra Clare on City of Fallen Angels." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Love, blood, betrayal and revenge – the stakes are higher than ever in the fourth book in the bestselling Mortal Instruments sequence.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE on 30 April 2011
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It's 6 weeks after CITY OF GLASS and Clary's training to be a Shadowhunter, she and Jace are finally going out and her mother is getting married to Luke. But then Jace begins pulling away from her and actively avoiding her. Confused and hurt she turns to her best friend Simon, but he has problems of his own. Camille, the true leader of the New York vampires has returned and wants to use Simon's mark of Cain to help her gain control back from Raphael, he's double-dating Isabelle and Maia and random people are trying to kill him.

Soon Clary, Jace and Simon discover that Clary's actions in CITY OF GLASS have set in motion a horrific chain of events that threaten everything and everyone she loves.

Cassandra Clare's follow-up to the successful MORTAL INSTRUMENTS TRILOGY ties together unresolved plot strands from CITY OF GLASS with elements from THE CLOCKWORK ANGEL (the first her Victorian era prequel trilogy). It's an ambitious book with a large cast and a lot to pack in, but the story (for the most part) cracks on at a fast pace and I liked the way Clare interwove elements from the other books (which you need to read to get the most out of this) but there were some clunky moments of exposition, which deadened the pace.

My problem with the series has always been Jace, who I found too arrogant to care about. Here he's more vulnerable as he's forced to confront his feelings for Clary and his fear of losing her, although the device used to convey this is hackneyed and I never believed in his refusal to explain to her what's happening (or her refusal to press him on it, instead assuming the worst).
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I'll try not to give away any big spoilers here, but given that this is the fourth book in the series it would be impossible to describe it without mentioning previous events!

I was a little surprised by how much I loved the original trilogy. I avoided it like the plague for a long time simply because there was a testimonial from Stephenie Meyer on the front cover- given that she wrote Twilight, my least favourite books in the entire world, I doubted that we would agree on what made a good YA series. But after seeing the film, my interest was piqued and I gave in- and thank god, because I fell in love with the Shadowhunters! Three books in, and a lot has happened to Clary, Jace and the rest. The question is, where do we go from there? Beginning a new story arc in a series is a tricky business- often, events take a turn for the ridiculous, pre-existing concepts or events are hastily retconned to make way for new ones and character development goes out of the window. Not so in City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series.

At the beginning of the book, everything seems rosy. Clary and Jace have finally gotten together, Simon is exploring his inner Casanova and Jocelyn and Luke are planning their wedding. Needless to say, though, the harmony doesn't last long. Jace begins to avoid Clary, and Simon finds himself extremely in demand, but not from his girlfriends...

I was thrilled to see Simon take a more prominent role in this book. I've always thought him an interesting character who was a little wasted simply mooning after Clary, so it was good to see him dating other people. It doesn't take long before girls are the last thing on his mind, though...
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I had mixed reactions to this book, firstly, i love Clare's writing style, it just flows really well when switching points of view. My favorite parts for me are the sections from Simon's point of view. I love Simon's character, i found his relationships more interesting than Jace and Clary's relationship.

However i didnt like how Clary and Jace had a good relationship at start then Bam, Jace started avoiding Clary. i don't understand why Jace couldn't tell Clary that he was having bad dreams. I get that because of his upbringing that he would have psychological issues but the events from the last books show that he is not like valentine so why does he keep insisting he is like him.

I liked Alec from previous books, i liked his whole sexuality plot and coming to terms with it, but i hated him in this book, all he did in this book was whine about Magnus having previous relationships,and acting jealous every time someone talked to him.

I loved the ending, i did not see the fact that Simon would use the mark of Cain that way to kill Lilith and i love the twist about Sebastian and Jace.

Overall i did like this book better than the other three
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By Lilly Heart on 30 Oct. 2014
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NO WAY! Cassandra Claire can't leave me like this, it's not right!

I have so many emotions in me that I can't breathe. Have and Clary are now together, something is wrong with Jace and he needs the silent brothers help. Cleary's mother is taking phone call' s from a nurse and there are babies that are dying and on top of that Simon has the attention of someone and with the mark of Cain on his head he finds out what it really can do.
And also, his roommate is a werewolf.

I loved the banter in this book and the way Jace has to protect Simon. It's such a great book.

The ending? The ending is left on a clifhanger. And what a clifhanger it is. OMG can this series get any better :-)
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