Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Book Review: CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)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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  1. Now that is interesting that although it drovbe you nuts you loved it. Sounds like it was well written and made you think? :O)

  2. You are braver than I. That one little ick twist was enough to keep me from reading past City of Bones.

    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.

  3. I agree with Angela, you are braver than me too. Icky element would have closed the book for me. No matter how good!

  4. 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!!!