City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels

Book - 2011
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As mysterious murders threaten the new peace between Shadowhunters and Downworlders, only Simon, the Daylighter vampire, can help bring both groups together.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781481455992
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Characteristics: 424 p. ; 24 cm

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PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 20, 2017

While books two and three made me happy by moving away from the typical teenage love triangle, by this, book four, I had to ask myself "can these people ever catch a break?" What should have been central to the story: Simon adjusting to his new life, his powers, what people want from him and why, were just backstory to Jace and Clary dealing with something else keeping them apart.

The whole "balance" thing felt pulled out of thin air to explain the inexplicable and the ending was so annoying I don't know that I want to read the next one. Maybe this series would have been better left as a trio if Clare isn't willing to shift the focus to the natural questions of Simon's powers and adjustments, and instead has to invent ever more unlikely enemies for her main couple. The more I think on it, the more directions this book could have gone. How are all the beings getting along on the council? How will the romances between beings usher in a new age, and will the more traditional beings allow it?

Spoiler here: How did Lilith know to show up at the right time and place? Just too many coincidences for me. My suspension of disbelief has been suspended.

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blue_falcon_1285
Dec 03, 2016

This book is awsome!!!From the very first book I fell in love.Pretty soon I was like I have to find the next book I just have too!!!!!I would recommend this book to anyone!!!!

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NikkiHessami
Aug 19, 2016

This book was great I never knew a book series can have so many plot twists but that's what keeps the readers attention. I really like how this book isn't in the perspective of only 1 person .

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_thisisnotnina_
Aug 03, 2016

i think this is one of the most amazing books i have ever read. cassandra clare is an amazing writer

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 30, 2016

I became very frustrated with this book, not because it was written poorly or anything was wrong with the interest, but because it was too emotionally overwhelming! Have you ever read a book where you feel so deeply for the characters, and then feel burdened when they face burdens? Well, this book had this affect on me. I could not believe that after "City of Glass," the plot could get even more captivating. Readers should mentally prepare themselves for another roller-coaster ride of adventure and suspense. I would definitely recommend this book (and series) to those who believe in fantasy. 5/5 - @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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MicaelaMuldoon
Jan 07, 2016

Too angsty, and low-stakes compared to its marvelous predecessors.

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kimh454
Jul 11, 2015

I loved it.

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green_wolf_411
Dec 20, 2014

Honestly, this is one of my favorites. The continuing of the series after City Of Glass wasn't really necessary, but this particular book was good. The cliffhanger at the end made me so MAD. But City of Lost Souls is just ugh.

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tink05
Aug 02, 2014

The ending of the book was really good but honestly I feel the majority of this book was kind of pointless. She could have easily fit the key details into either the previous book or the next.

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julietteferrars
Jul 08, 2014

it was alright… i liked the other books better though.

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May 04, 2015

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Nov 26, 2013

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urbanwillow
Oct 07, 2012

urbanwillow thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 12 and 99

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Hannah03
Sep 16, 2012

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Jul 08, 2012

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Faith1119
Jul 02, 2015

“Or maybe it's just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

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green_wolf_411
Dec 30, 2014

Alec: "Simon has the Mark of Cain. Lilith can't harm him."
Isabelle: "So what do you think she wants him for, then? So she'll have someone to pick up her dry-cleaning during the day?"

angiem99 Mar 29, 2014

"My will and desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars."

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"As long as everyone's wearing their own pants."
"I see I have come in on a fascinating moment in the conversation."

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"Do you have a lot of other profound thoughts like that? Blood is blood? A toaster is a toaster? A Gelatinous Cube is a Gelatinous Cube?"
- Simon

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"Jordan slammed the coatrack down on the ground and sighed. "if you were a vampire, this would have been a lot more useful."

"yes," said Jace. "or, you know, just someone with a lot of coats."

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"We can buy you one of those books they have for little kids 'Timmy Has Two Dads'. Except I don't think they have one called 'Timmy Has Two Dads and One of Them Was Evil'. That part you're just going to have to work through on your own."
- Simon

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"Oh, good. You're starting to talk about yourself in the third person. That's not a sign of impending megalomania or anything."
- Simon to Raphael

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"Hey," said Jace. who was sitting on an overturned speaker, looking at his cellphone, "do you want to see a photo of Alec and Magnus in Berlin?"
"Not really," said Simon.
"Magnus is wearing lederhosen."
"And yet, still no."

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bluebelle11
Oct 30, 2011

"You and your name-dropping. 'I knew Michael'. 'I knew Sammael'. 'The angel Gabriel did my hair'. It's like I'm with the Band with biblical figures."

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Faith1119
Jul 20, 2015

Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart?

Who will betray everything they ever believed in?
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.

In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.

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Mahala
Jul 26, 2011

just finished the book, and haven't decided whether I hated it or loved it. I'm giving it 3 stars because I was hooked, and that counts for something.
I read the first chapter on Cassandra Clare's site, and the second chapter at the back of 'City of Glass'. They were easily the best chapters of the book. I didn't enjoy the scenes after that-Clary's dialogue was choppy, very out-of character. She shifted back into the Clary we know and love from the first few books somewhere in the middle of the story. I also disliked the Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde thing Jace has going on, I swear at the end of one chapter he's telling Clary he loves her and at the beginning of the next he's avoiding her. I was looking forward to the Clary-Jace scenes, but 60% of them involved Clary whining about him not returning his calls and Jace repeatedly trying to convince her that he loves her, but can't be near her. Why can't this couple be left alone? I assumed at the end of the last book that they'd uncover some dark secret of their past, why Clary was the 'wrong person' to fall in love with. Maybe they will in one of the next two books but their relationship was mainly Jace and Clary pining after one another from a distance. Oh, and their final scenes in this book were so sickeningly 'been there, done that'. I used to love Jace's character, because his snarkiness and dark sense of humor made for some interesting dialogue. I figured with Valentine dead he wouldn't be whining about how he was a monster, and didn't deserve Clary etc. But of course Clare found a way to incorporate that into this book, too. The ending frustrating me immensely, I won't spoil it but I wish dead characters would stay dead.
I like Simon but I'm not sure his character is strong enough to keep a book going. Guess we'll see in the next books. I will still be looking forward to reading them.

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juliabrillinger
Jun 24, 2011

This book was a complicated jumble of events with no clear plot. It mostly just follows Simon around as her tries to figure out his life is a vampire. However, Clary is thrown in every once and a while. The problem is that almost every scene with Clary serves no purpose. She angsts, then she makes out with Jace, then she worries he's going to leave her, then she prepares for her mother's wedding....then she angsts about Jace leaving her. Honestly, this book may have been the shortest of the series so far, but it could have been a lot shorter if Clary had been cut out. Also, there are murders of unimportant extras thrown in to the book to create mystery and tension. These murders have no impact on the characters, and are uninteresting to read about. They have to do with a convoluted plot involving dead babies, character who should be dead, and a pretty boring villain who is only there because Cassandra Clare decided she needed a Valentine replacement. ---See my full review here: http://throughthebookvine.blogspot.com/2011/04/city-of-fallen-angels.html

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seraphic
May 03, 2011

I have waited so long to continue the story of Clary, Jace, Simon et al and I was not disappointed (*spoiler* .. until the last chapter!). Will Clary & Jace ever be able to be happily ever after? Cassandra Clare seems to love to torture her readers, lol. I liked that Jace be-friended Simon, and the intro of new character, Kyle / Jordan. I did go to bed sad because of the ending.. I love the way Cassie writes, but I find her Twitter account really annoying - there are too many spoilers. If she spent less time tweeting and more time writing, maybe it would make me happy (:

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Mahala
Jul 26, 2011

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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