Paperback, 439 Pages
YA/ Paranormal Fantasy
By: Cassandra Clare
“Hearts are breakable,” Isabelle said. “And I think even when you heal, you’re never what you were before”.”
City of Bones ★★★ 1/2
City of Ashes ★★ 1/2
City of Glass ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Angel ★★★ 1/2
Clockwork Prince ★★★ 3/4
Clockwork Princess ★★★★ 1/2
City of Fallen Angels ★★
As you can see from my ratings of the Shadow-hunter novels so far, City of Fallen Angel is my least favorite! It was City of Ashes up to this point but now CoFA steals the crown. I knew I was not gonna be a fan of this book when my friends who I trust also gave it low ratings, I was not sure how much the story needed an expansion. I was never the biggest fan of Simon, and I can’t stand Jace and Clary so this was an amalgamation of everything I don’t like about the series! I have kept reading this second trilogy for a long time but I decided that I want to read Dark Artifices so I needed to finish this one.
The story focuses on Simon, his two love interests and the mysterious people trying to kill him. There are also people from the circle dying and someone is trying to wreck local havoc among all those paranormal entities.
I am following Cassandra’s suggested reading order so I already read TID and loved it. I think the characters there were much more lovable and tolerable. So getting back to this world was a bit of a shock after that.
“Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”
I think the characters were the selling point in Cassie’s books for me but this book was a mess when it comes to characterization. Jace is annoying is hell and I don’t understand his cockiness, he is 16 years old and has no experience in life and there is no point in pretending to be such a cool guy, the problem is that he is this high and mighty guy in one chapter and the next chapter, he thinks he is worthless and expendable. I also thought he and Clary sorted things out in the last books but it feels again that he wants it to be a relationship with “incest”.
Clary is not a very likable character either and she’s just one of those YA female protagonist with all the annoying traits. Simon is more tolerable but he definitely was better in the previous books. Isabelle is sassy and I like that, I feel like she is happy with herself and I appreciate that. Alec who is one of my favorites was pity in this one and I don’t understand how he was so serious with his arguments with Magnus!
The world-building does not get much expanded in this one but it is not a problem because the world overall is good ad clear. The plot is slow and predictable and I don’t like how the book ended just because I am not a fan of that trope. I know the book was written literally a decade ago and it is for younger readers, but I still felt it was less good that it is predecessors!
“The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.”
Summary: The weakest book in the series so far, the plot is predictable and the characters growth was in the opposite direction. The world and prose were good to be fair and I finished the book in just a bit more than 24 hours. I felt this was like an obstacle preventing me from continuing the series and I am happy that I can finally continue with the series and the rest of the books which I hope will be better!