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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 (471 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,924 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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City Of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series. It is about a sixteen year old Shadowhunter called Clary Fray. Now back in New York, Simon is being followed by strange hooded people, who exploded in to salt when they try to attack him, due to the Mark of Cain he has on his forehead. Jace is having strange dreams about making out with Clary and then killing her, which scares him enough to avoid her, making Clary think he doesn't want her anymore. Clary is now training to be a shadowhunter and Luke and Jocelyn are busy preparing their wedding. Jocelyn and Clary go to the hospital to see a dead baby that has been experiment on like Sebastian had been, with demon blood. Clary tracks the baby's blanket to a church, which simon has also been told to go to or they will slit his girlfriends throat, at the church Clary finds lots of the strange hooded people and a demon who she defeats. Jace gets processed by Lillith and kidnaps Clary, taking her to the rooftop of a tall building. Simon has also been lead to this rooftop by Maureen a girl who has always been his biggest fan, who he accidental drank from, and who has now been turned into a vampire by the hooded people. Isabelle and Alec (shadowhunters), Maia and Jordan (werewolves) are inside the same high rise building, fighting their way through the torrents of hooded people after finding the many dead bodies of demon baby experiments. Clary and Simon are faced with Lillith up on the roof she has got Sebastian's body suspended in a coffin full of liquid, and try's forcing Simon to feed on him and then feed him his blood to bring him back to life, by getting possessed Jace to hurt Clary.
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I had to make myself close the kindle and hide it under my pillow to stop myself from reading it all day long. Would be a great book to take on holiday when you have all day to read it. I've read all the previous books in a fairly short space of time, not reading as closely as I could have done and I will re-read them sometime, I enjoyed them so much.

Things I liked:-
- Great, well written dialogue between the characters. There is humorous stuff, very well done, which I find is rare. There are lovely romantic scenes between the couples in love, many of which I read twice because they were so sweet.
- The story just keeps on going, lots of action, but taking time out to develop characters, it's well-paced. There were a few twists I didn't see coming, it keeps you wanting to know what's going to happen next.
- Characters are well-drawn, to an extent, and they're mostly likeable. They're mainly brave, strong, loving - the best of human nature.
- I liked all the quotes and references to literature, and the bits of foreign languages. It's educational, which is a good thing in a book for teens, and it gives the book depth.
- Also liked the references to popular culture, it helped build up the character's personalities.
- Like the fact that the heroine has freckles, as a fellow freckled person

Didn't like:-
- Throughout the books, lots of the major story developments are signposted. There are so many hints that something is going to happen I found myself wishing that it would just happen already. It got really annoying that you knew something and the characters didn't for soooo long before they eventually find out.
- So, there weren't many plot developments that I didn't guess would happen.
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