Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2011
ISBN 9781442403543
424 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 04
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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The war with Valentine is finally over, and everyone should be living peacefully, right? This peace doesn’t last very long when someone starts murdering Shadowhunters who used to be in the Circle. But this time Simon can’t help because his mother finds out that he is a vampire. And not only that, someone wants his Daylighter powers so they can bring someone back from the dead. Will Simon be able to figure it out before it’s too late?

The plot is pretty so-so, however, you will learn some new information about Maia, Magnus, the Cain Mark, and some other goodies. So, I guess, with these new pieces of information that this book isn’t a total bust (like I thought it would be). And before you do what I did, and read Clockwork Angel, I’m going to tell you now, you do not need to read that book to get more information about the new characters in this book. It would be a total waste of time, seeing that it barely mentions any actions that happen in Clockwork Angel, just some of the characters. Also, I still feel that it would have been better if this series ended with the third book. However, this book has some good twists, so it was pretty enjoyable from that aspect.

Anyways, the character growth and descriptions in this book is much better than in the others. I even like how there are different points of views, besides just having Clary narrating it, like it was in the first three books. I also love the Magnus and Alec moments. :D I even like the new characters since it added some good twists to it. Also, there are some romantic scenes that build up to “almost” sex, so beware of that. Then ending it kind of all right – almost like a cliffhanger. I will wait to see how the author will make this new arc more interesting.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2010
ISBN 9781416975861
479 Pages

Series Information:

Infernal Devices Book 01
Prequel Series to the Mortal Instruments Series

Review/Rating:

1 out of 5

Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old girl, has always been normal. That is, until her brother sends for her from London, but when she arrives, she is kidnapped and imprisoned by the Dark Sisters. While under their “care”, she learns that she can shape-shift into other people. She is rescued by the Shadowhunders, and they protect her from the Magister, who desperately wants Tessa and her ability. However, is there more betrayal behind this than what meets the eye?

This series, the Infernal Devices, is the prequel series to the Mortal Instruments. However, I don’t think it really is necessary to read this before the Mortal Instruments. Why? Mostly because the plot and characters in this books are very similar to her Mortal Instruments series, so I fail to see how this is a “new” series. Yeah, sure, there are some new aspects like Tessa is less whiny and seems stronger than Clary, but it still reminded me of the other series, a lot.

Other than having a little bit better characters, the setting and style mad the book seem more boring and redundant compared to the other series. The descriptions were great, but there didn’t seem to be enough growth – it didn’t have enough oomph behind it. Not really a good series to start if you don’t like repeat stories or characters. Also, Magnus doesn’t have the same spark in this series, so I’m not really happy about that. :( The only reason why I would read the next book would be to see what Will talks to Magnus about.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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2nd Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781416914303
541 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 03
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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Valentine’s evil plans for the Clave, Shadowhunters, and Downworlders are almost complete. Only Clary can wake her mother up and join all the forces together as allies against Valentine and his plans.

Despite the fact that this book and series is pretty average for this type of genre, it wraps up pretty nicely in this book. The plot of the series becomes a little bit better and more detailed. So, it is not as boring as the first one, but you have to have patience to read the extra 100 pages. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^ Oh, spoiler, my favorite part is when Magnus and Alec kiss, and Maia goes, “Do we have to do that, too?”

Anyways, there are going to be more books in this series, and I think I would like this series more if it would have just ended where it did. :( Though, I would like to see more character growths in Jace and Clary in the future upcoming books in this series.

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

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2nd Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9781416914297
453 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 02
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Clary Fray wants nothing more than to return her normal uneventful life. Not only does she need to deal with her newly found brother, Jace, and her mother in a deep coma, she has to deal with the mystery behind the deaths of Downworlder children. The only person who could be behind this is her father, a rouge Shadowhunter named Valentine. Will she be able to solve this mystery without losing the ones she loves?

As with the last book, it reminds me a great deal of other books, manga, anime, and shows. For this type of genre, this book has an average plot. The only really good parts are the growth and descriptions. Also, the characters are pretty much average, and you’ll be able to find them (their personalities) anywhere, especially in shoujo manga. This book basically reminds me of a shoujo manga, but without the illustrations.

Another thing I kind of liked was how Simon finally speaks up towards the ending. He doesn’t seem like a spineless jellyfish where Clary’s concerned, which is pretty good growth for him. I also like the Alec and Magnus moments. Yaoi~♥ Shush, I know some people won’t like that, but I don’t mind. The only thing I really wish for is for the author to make Clary less whiny.

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

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2nd Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 9781416914280
485 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 01
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray has always thought herself as “normal”. However, when she starts seeing things, like demons and Shadowhunters, her mother is suddenly kidnapped. But what would demons want with a human family? Everyone wants to know, including the Shadowhunters.

I love books like this, however, it doesn’t really have that many things that make it special or different from all the other books. The author seems to borrow a lot of aspects from other things, with only a very little originality. Also, the dialogue doesn’t seem to be very realistic from the point of teenagers. The author uses a lot of works that I don’t think most teenagers would know. Anyways, the book seems kind of slow and boring because the author describes almost every event and character in detail, but I kind of like that. :)

Also, I don’t really like how she put so many anime and manga things in the book since it just makes it seem like a fanfiction than an actually story. :( Plus, you can see many manga character stereotypes in this book — like how Jace seems to be like, personality wise, characters in most of the manga I read (bad boy). The other characters seem to match a certain stereotype as well: the bad boy, the nerd, and the annoying, whiny girl. The only characters I really liked were Magnus and Alec, however, some readers might them or the book because they are gay characters. But that just makes me like them even more, since I love reading yaoi manga. ;)

Overall, the book is pretty average, so read at your own risk. I’m still going to read the rest of the series, as long as my library has them, because once I start a series, I really can’t stop myself from reading the rest.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

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Review: City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9781416914303
541 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 03
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Clary Fray is very close to waking her mother up from her magically induced coma, all she has to do is travel to the Glass City and find the missing key to waking her up. However, traveling to the Glass City is easier said than done since going to the city without permission against the Law and is punishable by death. Not to mention, Jace doesn’t even want Clary to go to the ancient Shadowhunter home. So, when an incident happens, Simon is taken to the Glass City along with Jace and the Lightwoods, but he is imprisoned later for being a vampire who can walk in sunlight. However, when Clary arrives in the Glass City, she finds out more about her family’s past. While she is in the Glass City, she finds an ally in Sebastian, a Shadowhunter, after Jace abandons her. Then Valentine makes his presence known in the Glass City, and he gives all of the Shadowhunters a choice: surrender and serve him or be killed. Time is running out for Shadowhunters and Downworlders, will they all be able to work together to save themselves? Will Clary’s powers be enough to help save them all?

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

Like City of Bones and City of Ashes, this book is also extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are very well done and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like. Though, I don’t like how the page numbers jumped by about 100 pages. Zzzzz…

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than other books, the character’s personalities are kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I still find Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Though, I’m kind of happy with Simon’s development in both this book and City of Ashes. :) Also, I’m happy with the development between Magnus and Alec. :D

In this book, the plot of the series becomes a little bit better and more detailed. So, it is not as boring as the first one, but you have to have patience to read the extra 100 pages. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^ Oh, spoiler, my favorite part is when Magnus and Alec kiss, and Maia goes, “Do we have to do that, too?”

I liked the ending of this book and series (?). However, when I looked on her website, there is another book to this series called City of Fallen Angels. Also, there is a prequel series called The Infernal Devices, though they are not published yet. I just hope that City of Fallen Angels won’t ruin the ending of this book.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9781416914297
453 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 02
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Clary Fray is suddenly thrown into the world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders, and no matter how much she might wish for it, she can never go back to her normal life. With her mother still in a magically induced coma, Clary is left trying to find a way to wake her up. Though, the only way she can think of is the track down her father, a rogue Shadowhunter. However, new problems arise when someone is murdering Downwordlers. Who is behind the killings? Is it her father, Valentine? If he is, what is he trying to do with the blood of those children? Also, what will happen to Jace when the Inquisitor zeros in on him and accuses him of helping his father, Valentine?

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

Like City of Bones, this book is extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are well written and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like.

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than other books, the character’s personalities are still kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I still found Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Though, I’m kind of happy with Simon’s development towards the end of the book, instead of just waiting for the stupid girl, Clary. :)

In this book, the plot of the series becomes a little bit better. So, it is not as boring as the first one. Also, you start seeing more of a relationship between Magnus and Alec. To those of you who don’t approve of boy x boy relationships, I don’t care. ^^

Anyways, the ending is kind of unexpected, but I read the other books in this series already. So, don’t freak at the ending parts — the author kind of switches it in the other books. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Book Information:

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published in 2007
ISBN 9781416914280
485 Pages

Series Information:

Mortal Instruments Book 01
Sequel Series to the Infernal Devices Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Clary Fray has always thought she was an ordinary girl, however, she finds out that her family is far from ordinary. At the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she sees some people murdering a boy, but then, the boy’s body disappears. With no evidence to show the police, she is left confused and thinking that what she saw was just her imagination. Then, after her mother gets kidnapped, she meets the murderers again – but this time they tell her about the secret world of the Shadowhunters, warriors who are dedicated to hunting demons on earth. Why does she have this Sight? Why did demons kidnap her mother? And, why is she strangely attracted to this world? Clary wants to know this, and so do the Shadowhunters…

Okay, another supernatural book, but this one that I don’t really like that much. For the genre, this book has pretty much every kind known to me, so I just picked “Supernatural” and picked the subcategories that the book mentioned.

City of Bones is extremely slow moving, which is good in the way of details of events, but bad if you want to read in a day. As I mentioned just now, the details in this book are well written and there are a lot. The author of this books seems to value that the reader needs to know details of events, as well as what the characters look like. Most books I have read do not leave enough of an impression of how the characters look like.

Although the descriptions of the characters are a little better than most books, the character’s personalities are kind of stereotypical. Though, having stereotypes for characters are frequent in most books, not just this one. However, I found Clary’s personality extremely annoying. She is very weak and spoiled, which kind of reminds me of most people who I know. :| Also, the plot is okay, but it could have been a little bit better.

Anyways, the ending is kind of unexpected, but I read the other books in this series already. So, don’t freak at the ending parts — the author kind of switches it in the other books. ;)

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

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