REREAD Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare


City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 424

Source: Barnes and Noble

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. 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.

5 out of 5 stars


I always forget where one book ends and the other begins, so it’s nice to take some time to reread these books.

I originally read them so fast, and back to back that I would have a hard time differentiating the books from each other. But man oh man I forgot how much happens in this book!

This whole review will be spoilers pretty much, so if you haven’t read the series don’t read this lol.

I forgot how much I love Jace before reading this. He was kind of annoying, but now we’re getting into his past and why he’s torturing himself and IT’S SO GOOD. I think it was such a great plot point to have Jace tied to Sebastian, and I forgot how creepy the last scene is. You see Jace losing ALL control over everything and it’s tearing him apart. Gotta love Cassandra Clare for ripping apart your favorite characters !!

Simon and Isabelle. YESSS. I also forgot how much I love this relationship. This is just the beginning but I’m waiting for one of the sexy scenes in… I think City of Lost Souls. Yes. I love this relationship. It’s so funny because they’re so different from each other, but I think that’s why it works so well. Simon is just clueless about girls and doesn’t see how much Izzy loves him.

Magnus and Alec. Fav couple from anything ever lol. I love seeing the start of this relationship again, too! Alec is so jealous of Will Herondale, and it’s just so funny to actually know who he is this time around. I believe the first time I read this series I read all of The Mortal Instruments books before reading The Infernal Devices, and am just now realizing I should have originally read them in publication order. There are just so many little things that make so much more sense now!

I think the best scene from this book was when Simon stepped in front of Lillith so she would die instead of her attacking Clary. It was just so powerful and showed how much he loves both Clary and Jace. I just love it.

I am so excited to read Clockwork Prince after this!

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Cliffhangers


The book is leading up to the perfect moment, but you realize there are only a few pages left and that there can’t possibly be a resolution to the problem in that short amount of time. You start to panic, then you read the end. Cliffhanger endings are quite possibly the cruelest thing an author can do to you. Especially when you know the next book doesn’t come out until the following year. You just have to ‘ugh’ sometimes when these moments happen, quite honestly. Cliffhangers are the best way to end a really good book because they keep people wanting more and more of the story, so well done authors, but they suck for the readers. What happens next? He/She did not just do that! How can that be the end?! One of my favorite *cruel* endings to a book was City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare. I finished this book on a bus to a marching band competition. Wow. No one knew what I was talking about, but I freaked out. I was so mad! How the heck could that be the ending to the book?! I had to get home to read the next one AS. SOON. AS. POSSIBLE. Those are the applause moments to the authors, though. If I ever do get to become an author I will be horrible with the endings! I would want everything to end on a happy note because I wouldn’t want to leave my fans stranded on the island of the unknown, but I don’t know, that’s just my take on things. But then you have people like Cassandra Clare who only kind of answer your questions on Twitter. They answer them all so cryptically as to not give anything away, then you just get angry about it all over again. #mylife. But really, as much as I hate *HATE* cliffhangers, they are a really great way to end a book. They make you have questions about things and people and events. That’s how a book should end. If there is a series. And the questions get resolved at the beginning *key word: beginning* of the next book. Just putting that out there. ;)

What are your takes on cliffhangers? What book held your favorite cliffhanger? *WITHOUT SPOILERS* :)

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Review: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 725

Source: Bookstore

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The Los Angeles Institute is attacked by Sebastian and the Endarkened Shadowhunters. Julian Blackthorn, his siblings, and Emma Carstairs escape unharmed to Idris. The father of the Blackthorns gets Turned by Sebastian, and the eldest Blackthorn, Helen, ends up taking care of her younger siblings until an uncle from London can come take care of them. Clary sees Emma Carstairs crying and upset and tries to comfort her in a big sisterly way and Clary doesn’t know what to do with herself because Jace has heavenly fire living in his veins; therefore there is little touching and a miniscule amount of kissing. Big battles happen between the Shadowhunters and the Endarkened warriors, and the crew find themselves brought to an alternate dimension that resembles Hell. Demons live in this hellish pit, but the real reason Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon are there? The Downworlders they love have been taken from them and held hostage. Magnus from Alec, Raphael from Simon, and Luke and Jocelyn from Clary. Simon doesn’t love Raphael, but he has a big connection to him. How will they get out of this demon realm? Do they ever find Magnus, Jocelyn, Luke, and Raphael? What happens to Sebastian? Oh. My. Gosh. This series was so so good. This book was so beautifully written. How Cassandra Clare has woven all these little twists and tidbits of information into the story legitimately baffles me. I don’t get how so many things can be put together to create such an amazing series. I am so grateful to have found these books and to have read them. I cannot wait to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books alone with whatever she will write in the future.

Characters:

At the beginning I got overwhelmed with all the new characters, but towards the middle I had sorted most of them out. Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs are best friends, but I shipped them together so much. They would have been the cutest couple. I mean, they’re 12, but whatever. Isabelle and Simon are still my OTP. Magnus and Alec are perfect for each other, and Jace and Clary really are a great couple. Luke and Jocelyn are so happy together and it makes me really happy just reading about them. Oh my gosh. The couples in this series. They love each other so much, but for such different reasons. I really enjoyed being introduced to new characters, though. The Blackthorns are a really interesting family and I hope that they’re in the new series she’s writing.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Emma Carstairs because she just got introduced to the story. I really love that she is best friends with Jules, it reminded me of Clary and Simon. I have always wished I had a bunch of siblings, and it would kind of be like that if I was Emma because she’s always with the Blackthorn family. I think it would be fun to be just starting Shadowhunter training. Although, being Isabelle would be totally amazing. Isabelle is 100% BA and she loves Simon with all her heart, but she doesn’t want to admit it. By the end of the book she knows how she wants everyone to react to her and Simon, so I thinks she is more willing to be public about her relationship. Her vulnerability is really apparent in this book compared to the others. I am so glad to have read these books :)

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

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In Conclusion: Finish/Catch Up on Series


This month the theme for the #AYearAThon was finish/catch up on series. Naturally I believed I could read all the rest of the Mortal Instruments books before City of Heavenly Fire came out, but I didn’t. I finished City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I just finished City of Fallen Angels and I will read the last two this month. I cannot wait to start City of Heavenly Fire! Oh my lord. AND TFIOS IS THIS WEEK! WHAT.

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Review: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare


City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 424

Source: Bookstore

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. 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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clary is madly in love with Jace, even more so than she was, but Jace is completely ignoring her. She doesn’t know why, but he’s just acting weird and distant towards her. Simon is in a tough place stuck on two beautiful girls at once. He tries to deny the fact that he’s a vampire by skipping meals of blood, then gets put into a horrible life changing situation. Maia finds an old friend. Alec is bothered by how old Magnus is. Jocelyn and Luke are finally getting married. Everything seems in order until a certain vampire gets creepy blackmail messages. Is anyone safe? What’s going on with Jace? Why is he ignoring Clary? Some new answers are revealed to past problems, but some new problems are faced. This is honestly one of my least favorites in the Mortal Instruments series. I love Jace as a character and this book is more centered around Clary and Simon rather than Jace. A lot of the humor was lost with the less of Jace in the story. I still love this book, but it got really slow because I knew what was going to happen. I cannot wait to read City of Heavenly Fire, though!

Characters:

Again, Jace is my favorite, but I honestly loved Isabelle in this one. She showed a vulnerability she hadn’t showed before. She’s finally admitted that she’s in love. That’s a huge deal for her. She was raised always knowing that giving y0our heart away was a foolish thing to do. She believed that hearts are too easily broken, but her shell was finally cracked and it was much easier to relate to her because of it.

Who Would I Be?:

Obviously I would choose Isabelle. I just said above all the reasons I loved her and related to her. Again though, I loved her vulnerability in this book and I loved how brave she was with everything. She’s always brave, but she had a different feel to her this time. The story focused more on her than on just Jace and Clary and you realized that she isn’t just a beautiful girl who doesn’t want to fall in love.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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#FridayReads (11)


SUMMER IS HERE! The reason I’ve been MIA is because I don’t have my school computer anymore! I am using my mom’s laptop at the moment and decided to use this as my first summer post. You would think that I would be super happy because I have more time on my hands to read, yes? Well, I do have more time, but I’ve been hanging out with friends instead of reading. I am behind so many books on my Goodreads goal, but I guess that is okay. Anyway, I am still reading City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare. The reason I’m reading this super slow is because I’ve already read it. I didn’t read it too long ago either. It’s still a very good book, but right now it’s boring for me. I know what’s going to happen and I just want to read City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare. I OWN THE NEW BOOK! I bought it. I knew I was going to, but I COULDN’T RESIST! It’s a beautiful book and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the final book. That is all for now, I will be blogging as much as I can… And reading as much as I can. :)

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (17)


This week I’m reading City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I will try and finish it soon to start City of Fallen Angles (The Moral Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare and then City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare before the LAST ONE COMES OUT! Oh my gosh. I’m so pumped. 12 DAYS. ONLY 12. I can’t wait. Right now I’m at the part in City of Glass where the demon towers in Alicante aren’t working and there is a war beginning to form and it’s epic. I love this part and this is my favorite book out of the whole series. I love City of Lost Souls, (I’ve read them all) but this one is my favorite. *SPOILERS* Okay, you’ve been warned. If you haven’t read the first three or more do not read this part. Simon is a vampire and he’s locked down in jail in Alicante and Jace and Isabelle are bringing him blood because the new Inquisitor threatened to leave him to die if he doesn’t tell a lie to the Clave. He’s not going to tell the made up story beacause the Lightwoods are his friends, well, Clary’s friends, and that would hurt Clary. Simon loves Clary so he can’t do that, obviously. So, he’s staying down in jail with this weird guy in the cell next to his and he’s trying to stay alive, but right now there is a war going on and he can’t get out. *SPOILERS DONE* Like, what? This is unacceptable. Anyway, I love this book and can’t wait to read the others again.

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