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text 2017-07-27 12:29
27th July 2017
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. 


Cassandra Clare


Before Cassandra Clare (born July 27, 1973) wrote the bestselling Mortal Instruments series, she gained popularity for her fan fiction: The Draco Trilogy, based on Harry Potter, and The Very Secret Diaries, based on The Lord of the Rings.

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review 2017-02-01 00:00
City of Fallen Angels
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare Honestly, Clary, Simon and Jace have just been getting less likeable as the book has gone on, quite the opposite of what is supposed to happen with character growth. Add to that that the story wasn't as interesting as the first books in the series, and I was quite let down. The first two and a half books dealt with legends and folk-tales, but now that the angels are interacting with the humans every other month, the inaccurate angelology is bothering me. What was with the stupid claim that Adam had a first wife who wouldn't obey him? If Eve couldn't even obey God to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, how can Cassandra Clare expect us to believe that Eve would obey Adam? The story of Genesis is interpretable as a parable, but I honestly don't know how it could be interpreted the way it was in this book. I will probably finish this series because I enjoyed the first two books so much, and I will probably give to new series a try since everyone on booktube seems to be raving about it, but if I don't start to leave these books feeling satisfied, then I will probably stop forcing myself to read them. Even via audiobook, this book felt long.
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review 2016-11-27 00:00
City of Fallen Angels
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare Meeeeh :/

I am not a huge TMI fan anyway, but I somehow got sucked into the first three books. I read the first, didn't really like it. Re-read it and liked it more, so I read the second. I liked it ok, so when I found the whole series on sale, I went ahead and bought them. Now I kind of wish I hadn't. TID was definitely better (although I really didn't like the first book) and I feel like this series should have never been picked back up for more books after the third.

The third book tied everything up nicely. It had a satisfying ending, and I think I would have liked the whole story better if it had just stopped there. But no, more books were written and now I'm stuck with them because I'm too stubborn to abandon the series completely because I own them (and have no one to give them away to).

I feel like everything moved backwards in this book. Simon was more...I'm not sure. Immature, maybe? He annoyed me for sure, which was a little weird because I loved Simon in the first three books, I think. Although I felt bad for him at times, what with the Mark of Cain (why is that so popular these days, anyway) and being a Daylighter and all that. But I feel like he redeemed himself just a little at the end, especially when he threw himself in front of Clary and ended up taking out Lilith by being struck by her whip instead. But, he pissed me off with the dating Maia and Izy thing. Not because he was dating both, but because he didn't tell either of them. Just...Ugh. He annoyed me throughout most of the book.

I am kind of having Twilight flashbacks iwth this series, because I like all these characters that aren't the main characters (Magnus, Alec, Isabelle, Luke, Maia, etc.), and the main characters just kind of irritate me and bore me. I can be fine with a difficult relationship and the people involved having to go through a lot, but this is hitting Anita Blake levels of ridiculous (not the same thing, but almost the same level of groaning and literal headdesking happening as I read).

Before I even picked this up, I knew Johnathan/Sebastian was making a comeback, without even seeing any spoilers about it. I just had a feeling after the third book. Lilith showing up was a little surprising, but not in a good way for me. I feel like it was kind of a cliche or something, honestly. I get it, but I felt like I'd read and heard almost the exact same things about her from other forms of media many times before, and it was boring.

Basically, I'm just so annoyed by this series, and I wish it had ended as a trilogy. But, the books are entertaining(ish) and quick reads, so I'm still probably going to finish the series. If I didn't own them, and I hadn't challenged myself to start finishing all these series I've started but haven't finished yet, I don't know if I would bother. Actually, I'm about 90% sure I wouldn't, if I had stuck to checking these out from the library.
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review 2016-08-15 09:12
City Of Fallen Angels (T.M.I. #4) by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

It was just okay for me. I gave it a 3/5 because although it wasn't my favorite and I kept wondering: "When will this be over?" (Even with the audio), I didn't "hate" it. I am in no huge hurry to go on right now, but if I happen to see the other two books at a great deal next time I'm able to book shop, I will pick them up and/or I will get them when I feel I'm ready but I'd still need a good deal. ;)


Also, I listened to it more than I actually read. It took me some time to get used to the male narrator, and it seems I found I became truly bored when he did his reading but I like the girl a bit more. Her voice could be a bit much sometimes, but she did a good job. :)

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text 2016-08-15 02:28
Reading progress update: I've read 369 out of 435 pages.
City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

I've been forgetting to update my progress here! But, with the issues I had getting on here tonight, it almost didn't get updated tonight either. Every other site I get on fairly easily. But, oh well, I'm here now. This book is good, but not great. Seems like another filler to me. Although I had wondered what had happened to a character or two...I'm beginning to wonder if these last few books were really necessary. I guess I'll see as I go on to the last books in this series.

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