City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My thoughts:

Do not read this review if you don’t want to know the guts of this. This review is not an easy one to write, and it does contain spoilers.

I don’t know what to think of this book. A part of me needs to know the rest of this story because I am attached to the characters, but to be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with Cassandra Clare’s latest published creation.

I really loved The Mortal Instruments trilogy, and to be honest, was surprised to discover that she had extended out this series beyond the trilogy.

I most definitely did not feel that the stakes were ‘higher than ever’ as I was led to believe. In fact, I felt that Cassandra Clare was pushing the boundaries a bit with the cliff hanger at the end. The cliff hanger did not encourage me to immediately have the urge to pick up the next book in the series, or wait for it with bated breath. No… instead I felt let down, ripped off, and I’m not sure I like the direction that the writer is taking this series in.

Clary’s entire world revolves around Jace, and I felt that after the first trilogy that just perhaps she might have found herself a little, as she finally ‘knew’ who she was. This book continued the whole obsessive love theme with Jace, and I started to feel even more perplexed that this character could not just have her own personality, or life, or even happiness without Jace being there. The first trilogy ended with Clary being a strong character, with extraordinary powers at her disposal. The fourth book could have seriously utilised this part of the storyline, but I felt she was weak and spineless.

Jace, who is my favourite character out of this series turns into a blubbering mess, so much so, that he often loses the opportunity for the witty smartass one liners that made him so desirable in the first trilogy. He is moodier than ever in this book, and then at the end of the book, when everything is revealed – well – you will have to read it to really understand exactly how pissed off I am at Cassandra Clare for writing that. (No, he didn’t die.)

I wanted to read more of Simon, and his daylighter powers, and the fact that he is cursed. I did not want to read about him being trapped in this bizarre love triangle. Those relationships do not advance this story in the slightest, and they are more irritating than amusing. The fact that this amazing vampire dude is cheating on both women just pisses me off, and turns me against a character that I have previously loved.

Don’t even get me started on some of her writing in this book, either.

I have just discovered how I feel about this book: I am upset. Cassandra Clare took a perfectly good trilogy, added to it, and has right royally screwed up my view of the characters. I don’t actually like them anymore. She went too far. The characters are excellent in the first trilogy… in this one… well, I’m not happy about it in the slightest. She should have left it alone, but she didn’t. I want to say that she probably saw the success of The Mortal Instruments trilogy, and felt that it was a brilliant money making venture… and it is. I also loved book of the first of the Infernal Devices trilogy of hers as well. But with City of Fallen Angels, she has let me down. Big time.

I finished reading this book weeks ago, and I couldn’t quite bring myself to writing this review because when I finished reading the book, I really didn’t know how I felt. Only now have I come to realise how disappointed I am with the fourth book. The more I think about this book, the more I think that it deserves 2 star rating. Yes, chances are high that I will read the rest of the series (only because the first trilogy was so good), and that I want to know what happens with the characters. I have invested time and energy following these characters. I won’t be rushing to read the books, and a part of me doesn’t want Cassandra Clare to screw up my world view of her characters any more than what she already has.

I have been a diehard fan of her work since she released City of Ashes. But after reading this book I have decided that I am not going to review another book of Cassandra Clare’s until I have something positive to say about her writing, or her book.

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About Leigh K. Hunt

Leigh K. Hunt considers herself a dreamer. She disappears into worlds created within her head, and every now and then she’ll re-enter the real world for a little while before delving back in again. Leigh writes for the love of writing, the creation of new worlds, and creating new characters that she eventually considers as her ‘internal friends’. Leigh has written a number of unpublished novels, and some short fiction. Leigh supports her passion for writing by working in the world of New Zealand Treaty Settlements. At home, she is based on the Kapiti Coast, in the lovely world of marriage and the motherhood of a baby girl, and a lonely oversized tomcat. For further information about Leigh, her writing, books, and writing advice - visit her website: http://leighkhunt.weebly.com
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