City of Fallen Angels

City of Fallen Angels
(Mortal Instruments #4)
by Cassandra Clare
read by Ed Westwick & Molly C. Quinn
Published 2011 by Simon & Schuster Audio
12 hours, 39 minutes. Unabridged.
Rating: 4/5

A mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever.

Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics.

Once again, I had hard time figuring out how much I liked this book. It was entertaining. These books always are. Still, I can’t help that feeling that I’m not getting everything I want out of them. At any rate, they interest me enough to follow the story, and I think they’ll make terrific movies.

I liked Simon’s role in all this. Honestly, until now I’ve looked at Simon as a supporting character, not a central one. In fact, it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish who is supporting and who is central in this series. It seems like many of them trade the spotlight. But there’s no doubt that Simon grabs hold of it for a nice chunk of this book. With this closer look at Simon and his personal story, I found I really like him.

Clary and Jace, on the other hand, play their normal roles. They are forever tied into any central plot of this series. I’m not complaining. I understand. The two of them are really the focus. Well, Clary is, and wherever she goes, Jace follows after. The two of them continued to have either the most intriguing scenes together or the most annoying ones. Jace has found more to brood about. It’s worthy of major brooding time, but let’s be realistic about relationships. They get rocky when you’re forever pushing the other person away. Clary, for the most part, sits idly by and never asks questions about Jace’s bad moods. This is where their relationship is an enigma to me. They’re supposed to be so in love, yet they never talk about their problems. They act as if they’re practically strangers sometimes. I’m glad Clary finally has the guts to bring this up. It’s been bothering me for the past three books. If there are problems, the obvious solution would be to talk about them. Relationship 101, people.

I guess most of my wariness of saying “This book is AMAZING! OMG! Read it now!” mainly stems from my annoyance that Clary and Jace can’t seem to get it together. There are, of course, other small things. For instance, my general dislike of Isabel isn’t helping. Don’t ask me why. I have no clue. I just don’t like her. Putting those things aside, this series is really entertaining, and this installment doesn’t disappoint in that respect. The plot has some interesting, and kind of gross, twists that any reader will enjoy. Of course, there’s some kick ass demon hunting. If you read Clockwork Angel, Camille makes an appearance and I’m sure it’s not the last we’ve seen of her. Still, there’s not enough of my favorite character, Magnus. Oh, how I love Magnus Bane!

I know this review is already pretty long, but it would not be complete if I didn’t discuss the performance of the voice actors. In short, it was okay. It could have been really great, but Molly C. Quinn squashed that possibility. It’s obvious her approach is more of reading, rather than acting. She even stumbled over a couple of words, which infuriates me when I’m listening to audio. Ed Westwick, however, did a terrific job. He not only has a sexy English accent (as well as ruggedly sexy looks. Yum!) he also does great voices for each of the characters. I really liked his voice for Simon. It was perfect. I found myself enjoying his performance enough that I suffered through Quinn’s.

Source: Emmet O’Neal Library. Mountain Brook, AL.
Author’s website: http://www.cassandraclare.com/
Purchase this book: Simon & Schuster | Book Depository | IndieBound | Audible

Read my reviews of previous books in this series:
City of Bones | City of Ashes | City of Glass

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  1. I am a big fan of this series, but I will say that Jace in this one was really annoying at times. Like you said, he couldn't get it together and for someone who "loves" Clary he sure pushed her away and hurt their relationship. I also liked how Simon became so important…Magnus is my favorite character too. I really can't wait to see who they cast as him in the movie!

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