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City of Fallen Angels (edition 2011)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:City of Fallen Angels
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Walker (2011), Paperback, 432 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:****
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City of Fallen Angels fails the same way that many YA sequels fail. The "perfect" couple, the main focus of the book, can't stop their petty arguments. Clary and Jace are equally unreasonable. Jace runs away and refuses to speak with Clary because he's dreamed that he hurts her. Clary, after possibly five minutes of not hearing from Jace, decides that he must hate her and is probably planning to break up with her. They meet in an alley. They make out. The cycle repeats itself. I can't even count the number of similar situations I've read recently. Why is this a thing? It's not interesting. It doesn't make me want to keep reading. It's boring.

The slightly more interesting parts, the ones featuring Simon, quickly get boring as well. You see, Simon, the nerdy guy who couldn't even get a girl to look at him, now has TWO GIRLFRIENDS because of his "vampire mojo." (And yes, that is a direct quote.) It's presented as this sort of funny situation, where his friends all tell him to choose a girl, but he. just. can't. Of course the girls find out, because where would the drama be if they didn't, but then there's a demon and everything and it isn't really brought up again.

Even Magnus and Alec have petty relationship drama. Camille, a centuries-old vampire, comes back to town and apparently has a bit of a history with our dear Magnus. Alec, upon putting two and two together, realizes that his immortal boyfriend has been with other guys (and girls) before him. He demands to know how many other people Magnus has been with over the last thousand years. Ten? Fifty? ONE HUNDRED? TWO HUNDRED?!?!!? Thankfully, Magnus gets out of answering this one, because come on, would you really want to know the answer to that question?

The only interesting addition to the book, Kyle/Jordan, conveniently appears just before Simon "comes out" to his mom and has to move out. Of course, Kyle has some drama as well... with Maia. Oh yes, he's the jerk that turned her into a werewolf. But don't worry. He's actually a really great guy and that whole thing was a total misunderstanding.

This book has no real plot. The characters from the previous books are shells of their former selves and just kind of flail around, simultaneously fawning over each other and fighting with each other. The new characters start out somewhat interesting, then get pulled into the boring, petty world that Ms. Clare has created in this installment. The actual Shadowhunter aspect of the previous books is nearly lost, with few actual fights and even fewer enemies. I found it difficult to pay attention to the story, let alone care about what happened to these kids. I was thoroughly disappointed, and if I hadn't already paid for City of Lost Souls, I'd likely give up and leave the rest of the series unread. ( )
  Sara.Newhouse | Feb 11, 2016 |
I think it was great and the ending was a sort of surprise something I really didn't expect but one thing that's certain is Cassandra Clare is an excellent writer. ( )
  Shazarah | Feb 6, 2016 |
Wow what a wonderful read. I feared that the story would be not as involving as the first three, it was supposed to be the end of the series. C.C. wrote a perfect extension of the story picking up right where City of Glass left off. She has a great talent, dragging us into her world and holding us there, happily.
Somebody is killing Shadowhunters, ones that were associated with Valentine's circle, and they are dumping the bodies in "others" areas all over NY. Clary and Jace are still working on their relationship. Her mother and Luke are getting married. Simon is dating/juggling two girls at the same time. An an ancient nasty come to town bringing a horrifying chaos besides the dead Shadowhunters. There are new characters and some old ones that step up into the story.
One of my favorites is Isabelle Lightwood. (Fashion model, meets Buffy) She’s beautiful, strong, smart, and deadly while dressed in the best of fashion. She is independent and self respecting. I love her snarky attitude, she just throws it out there.
Simon, poor Simon, is there anything that can go right for him ? He is beaten down at every turn of the page. His new vamp status has him a previous vegetarian hungering for blood. His love life is even a mess. He has two hot girls, that don't know about each other. His Mark of Cain a new adventure for the vamp. Oh, and it just keeps getting harder for him.
A new 'hero" character inters, Jordan Kyle, he has a dark secret that he tries to recover from. He is there to protect Simon and ends up befriending him and Jace.
Awesome book, get the tissues out.
Warning: Huge cliffhanger ending.
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  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Good addition to the series. Clary has to deal with the consequences of her impulsive decisions from City of Glass. Her actions have forever changed both Jace and Simon and there may not be a way back. Another cliff-hanger ending. ( )
  keindi | Jan 23, 2016 |
So much for it being a trilogy....I didn't enjoy this as much as the first three. ( )
  AmieB7 | Jan 21, 2016 |
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There are sicknesses that walk in darkness; and there are exterminating angels, that fly wrapt up in the curtains of immateriality and an uncommunicating nature; whom we cannot see, but feel their force, and sink under their sword. -Jeremy Taylor, "A Funeral Sermon"
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For Josh, Sommes-nous les deaux livres d'un meme ouvrage?
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"Just coffee, please."
The waitress raised her penciled eyebrows. "You don't want anything to eat?" she asked. Her accent was thick, her attitude disappointed.
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From the jacket: The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She's training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend.

But nothing comes without a price.

Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary 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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

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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.

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