Audiobook review: City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instrument, Book 4), Cassandra Clare

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By: Cassandra Clare

Listening Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins

Published:  April 5th 2011

Narrated By: 

Molly C. Quinn

Ed Westwick

Rating: one-star


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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.


What can I really say about the City of Fallen Angels. Well it was pretty much the same old same old.

Clary still hasn’t really displayed her all mighty shadowhunting skills enough for me to actually be impressed with her. She seemed to only be able to display it when other reminded her of this great gift she was born with. I hate to name call but our heroine doesn’t seems to be much of a heroine.

It was rough read although I did enjoy the new narrator it is Ed Westwick  (Chuck Bass from Gossip Girls). There were actually  two narrators. We also had  Molly C. Quinn and as always I found she perfected our whiney Clary.  They both seemed o of read an equal amount. But I did find myself enjoying the reading from Westwick. He voice was as smooth as butter.

I’m just not enjoying  the series or maybe it’s just the character Clary alone who just gets underneath my nails. I noticed that  I also found myself looking more forward to Simons side of the story even though it probably wasn’t supposed to be the main storyline. The main storyline was supposed to be about how the Shadowhunters were being set up  and how they cracked the case why opened. I was thrilled with this aspect. It seemed to be a bit repetitive and villain just seemed to be over used.

The storyline between Jace and Clary wasn’t exactly a romance. I guess was more of a third time’s a charm type a deal. That’s right they are once again working on their relationship while trying to save a mythical race. I’m actually  quite tired of the romance. I just don’t get it. I don’t get the whole back-and-forth. Does he like me? No, he doesn’t like me? What’s going on with him and why is he so moody? Clary seems to be very single-minded, even when talking to Simon about his issue, somehow she would manage to turn it back to her. Given the circumstances that was going on I just didn’t understand why she still solely focused on Jace.

Overall this was  a failure for me with the exception of the narrators who did a fantastic job.

With that said I have officially called it quits with this series. I don’t plan on approaching book 5 or 6. Sorry. Not sorry.


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