City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Wasn't this supposed to be a trilogy? And yet, here is book four - - well - - five if you count Clockwork Angel (a prequel).
I love series, but I get frustrated when the books are promoted as a trilogy and then out comes book four - - "Just kidding!" says the publisher!
And frankly, after book one, I wasn't sure I wanted to keep reading the series (because of a certain plot element that makes me squeemish - - I wouldn't want to spoil it for you) ... but Clare is such a good writer and the plot was so interesting, I had to finish the "trilogy." And, luckily that icky plot element was resolved for me in book three - - which I KNEW it would be, but I still didn't want to read about it.
So, I figured, BRING ON BOOK 4 (City of Fallen Angels). Previous icky plot element resolved, I can just read and enjoy, right?! WELL ... right! Except for four things that reduced it from five stars to four stars:
1) Silly cliff hanger ending - - - really? I was gonna read the next one anyway. You didn't have to torture me at the end.
2) Darker elements in this book - - - really? I never "knew" Adam (of biblical Adam and Eve fame) had a first wife ... my whole image of him is so shattered now (kidding, just kidding, I get that this is a fictional book!)
3) Writing elements. Supposedly, there are "rules" - - at least that's what I've been told. Clare breaks a few, and the repetitive ones drove me nutso.
4) Plotline was pretty predictable. No amazing twists or turns.
And yet, I love the series.
And, one final note, I was concerned that I might not understand some things in this book, because I had not read CLOCKWORK ANGEL (the prequel to this series) but it was no problem.
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Now that is interesting that although it drovbe you nuts you loved it. Sounds like it was well written and made you think? :O)ReplyDelete
You are braver than I. That one little ick twist was enough to keep me from reading past City of Bones.ReplyDelete
Not that it wasn't a good book. It was. Ironically, I guessed the twist a number of times while I read, but told myself "no," the author would go there.
I was so wrong.
I agree with Angela, you are braver than me too. Icky element would have closed the book for me. No matter how good!ReplyDelete
I love this book so much that I couldn't put this book down. The series itself is so amazing and addicting. I can't for the fifth mortal instruments book to come out soon!!!ReplyDelete