Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels (#4) | Book Talk

Hello everyone!
Today I am writing a book talk about the next book in the mortal instruments series! I reviewed the previous book, City of Glass, last week, which is linked, so go check that out! I finished this about an hour ago, so everything is fresh in my mind and I'm read to rant! I know that my book talks are always so long, so I'll just get on with it! Please don't read this if you haven't read it, I'd hate for you to be spoiled!!

*WARNING - This is book 4 so is jam packed with spoilers for the others!*

City of Fallen Angels  ★ ★ ★ ★

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.

I didn't give this book as many stars as City of Glass, because I personally enjoyed the COG better. I also think that this book is more of a set up for the next two, whilst COG was the finale of the first two!

I think I will just jump straight into all of my favourite parts and thought about this book!

This novel begins from Simon's point of view, and I feel that he gets a lot more 'air-time' in this book, he's more of a key character of to the plot, and has a lot more involvement. I personally, like everyone, love Simon. He is such a fun and witty character, and really adds to the series!

So before the start of this book, Clary has decided that she wants to become a Shadowhunter. A fully trained, bad-ass of a Shadowhunter. However, she's a little late to the party. Yes, she has always been a shadowhunter by blood, and will always be one, but she hasn't lived like these people for her entire life. That's why I really enjoyed that she was getting trained to fight, and not just being able to, like protagonists in other books. She wants to know ho1 to protect herself, and I really like that!

However, Simon just wants to go back to a life as normal as possible, you know, despite being a vampire. He even joins up with his band again. When Kyle walked in - and I know this sound like I'm making it up - but I knew exactly who he was! Well, saying that, at first, and this is really weird, I thought he was Sebastian - that he had somehow disguised how he looked, like they can in the TV show. But then when he said his name was Kyle, it rang a bell, and I immediately thought that he was Maia's ex, who I couldn't remember the name of, so I figured it must have been Kyle. After Simon has moved in, and Jace told Simon that he was living with a werewolf, that's when I knew exactly, and had to pat myself on the back.

So Clary and Jace have made up (again, god what is wrong with these people?!), and are making out. When Jace goes to unclasp her bra, he decides to ruin the moment by cutting Clary's arm open with a knife! Talk about killing the mood haha. But, I hate to admit, that this was good news. It made Jace have no choice but to share what was going on with Clary, and for them to finally get him some help... but, 'help' isn't really what he got in the end.

The shopping scene - I thought it was hilarious. I love how Cassandra can write these intense fight scenes and battles, and just as easily switch, and write an everyday scene that seems so normal for us, but not so much to them. I think it also gave more background to the world and characters, because when do you ever see them go to town to do the food shopping? Never! One of my favourite parts during the shopping scene, when two girls stagger up to Jace, and the conversation afterwards:
“So what was that all about?"
"I think," Jace said, "that she asked if she could touch my mango."
"She said that?"
Jace shrugged. "Yeah, then she gave me her number.”

Cassandra Clare has a way to her writing that I just really love! How, even though the characters may be avoiding each other, they both find trouble, but everything still connects. Simon and the mark of Cain. Clary and the Church of Talto. Jocelyn and the dead baby. They were in different places, with different people, but it all tied together. 

The ending of this book was so jam-packed with action! I really enjoyed learning about Lilith, and how she was Adams first wife, before God cast her out and replaced her with Eve. Lilith was killed by Simon jumping in the way of her whip, which was aimed at Clary. And bearing the mark of Cain, Lilith was killed. I liked it, but I thought it all happened too fast. She's the mother of all demons, you would think she would have died in a more brutal and slow way. I know that that makes me sound like a right pessimist, aha, it just didn't sit very well with me.

I had a very bad feeling at the end. I knew that when Clary left something was going to happen. Yes, okay I may have thought Jace was going to jump of the building and kill himself - but, kudos to me for thinking something bad would happen, even if I was completely wrong. And, well, it did. To say the least. I honestly just wish with my whole heart that Sebastian could just die, and stay dead! Like, come on man. 

I honestly don't have any idea what will happen in the next book! Obviously, they will discover that Jace is no longer Jace. I don't know how the whole merge thing works, if Jace's soul goes into Sebastian, or if they each take a part of one another, but I'm excited either way!

That's all for today, I will be back soon with another review! Until next time,

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