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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I NEED A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR A WHILE…(please don’t mind my overreactive emotions, it’s the hormones,lol)

OKAY. I HAVE so many things to say and so many stuff in my BRAIN right now about this book BUT right now I WANNA CRY. LITERALLY. I’M having a WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME right now. I’m in DENIAL stage. I just have this one question though “WHY?”-about the ending.

anyway I’ll just have to start from the start.

When I ordered my copy of COFA and finally was able to retrieve it at exactly 11 am of its release date April 5, 2011, I was SO EXCITED to read and finish it, BUT at the same time I wanna savor each word,sentence,chapter, because it won’t be for another year that I can read the next one (which is the City of Lost Souls). *deep breathing* Since I have already read the first chapter from the sneak peak, and have read the second chapter (though I didn’t know it was the second chapter) from the bonus from City of Glass, I kinda skimmed through the FIRST TWO CHAPTERs.

In my ebook copy, you can bookmark and comment on anything you wanna quote on, and I have tons, here are some of the best ones:

“Even if you haven’t had the exclusivity conversation, they’re still going to be mad if they find out you’re dating someone they know and you haven’t mentioned it. It’s a dating rule.”

“Well, how am I supposed to know that rule?”

“Everyone knows that rule.”

“I thought you were supposed to be on my side.”

“I am on your side!”

–simon and Clary’s conversation

LOL. just LOL.

here’s another one

“they think they’re better than everyone else.”(this is Kyle speaking)

“No,” said Jace. “I think I’m better than everyone else. An opinion that has been backed up with ample evidence.”

Kyle looked at Simon. “Does he always talk like this?”


-hahah. YES he does. welcome to our world! haha

“Well, I guess I’ll see you around. You’re the first Shadowhunter I’ve ever met.”

“That’s too bad,”said Jace, “since all the ones you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”

-in my own dialect I’ll say “ikaw na jud na Jace” (*translation* that’s so you, only you can say that)

“Dudes do not follow other dudes in the bathroom”-Jordan

-really true, right? haha

“You and your name-dropping,”he said. “‘I knew Michael.’ ‘I knew Sammael.’ ‘The angel Gabriel did my hair.’ It’s like “I’m with the Band” with biblical figures.”

“And I would do it again. I love you, Jace Wayland-Herondale-Lightwood-whatever you want to call yourself. I don’t care. I love you and I will always love you, and pretending it could be any other ways is just a waste of time.”

I thought this was such a great line, not expecting it from Clary,ahaha, but wait till you hear this!

“It’s a bit of the very last verse from Paradiso- Dante’s Paradise. ‘My will and my desire were turned by love, the love that moves the sun and the other stars.’ Dante was trying to explain faith, I thnk, as an overpowering love, and maybe it’s blasphemous, but that’s how I think of the way that I love you. You came into my life and suddenly I had one truth to hold on to- that I loved you, and you loved me.”

Jace, I really love ur lines. you say it perfectly!

“The kind of love that can burn down the world or raise it up in glory.”

you kinda wish you had that. I have.


Now, what do I think, WHAT DO I THINK about the book? I have..a LOT of thoughts.

I absolutely love it!-even if the ending was frustrating BUT the whole book was AMAZING..went HIGH!!! It was so beautifully written and carefully crafted. Cassandra Clare did it again! The storyline was planned well, and everything fell into place at the right times…The action scenes were unlike any other-books,I meant. It was like I was the one fighting, and I was there.. The love stories and parts were so hyped! Lots of making out happening, I can’t breathe! Lots of love stories unfold. So many NEW stories, and facts about the Shadowhunter world learned..The past was touched every now and then. It’s like I was lost and was now found, and back in the arms of my Shadowhunter friends, that’s what I feel.

Have I mentioned that what I like about Clare’s writing is that she takes you back to the past scenes countless of times, to make YOU remember of WHAT happened and WHEN it happened. It’s always “Remember when I told you” “Remember this, that”–I was like “lagi! naremember ko nah!”(*alright already! i remembered it!), then I realized it was actually nice she did it so you have some back up and the conversation at the moment is truly sensible.

I also have to comment about Jace’s line “I don’t even know how to try to deserve that” (regarding Clary’s love). I was like sooo angry with Jace, like this conversation is so neverending, I’m running out of patience with him. If I were Clary, if I just didn’t love him so much I would’ve left him out of frustration. This is my view about deserving issues: that’s the difficult thing about some people, why do you have to weigh in things whether you deserve them or not, because, frankly, no one deserves anything, but it’s given to us. tama si clary, faith jud.-Clary’s right, it’s all about having faith.

I also have to say that I have a VERY weird paradoxical ironic untoward feeling toward JACE. All throughout the book I’ve started saying “Oh not this again”, then”Yes! he’s back”, “I love his sarcasm!”, “I love you Jace”, “Jace is so very gorgeous!”, “Jace, I hate you”, “You’re so stupid!”, most important of all “Why JACE?”.

Why does it have to be always JACE? I mean, Can’t you see he is already a very REMORSEFUL character? If you add up problems again, I swear, “by the angel” he’ll be admitted to the nearest mental institution. SERIOUSLY. If I were him, I probably would have.

Anyway, back to the book. The characters, all past and NEW characters were so developed ( I feel so close to all of them:)), I am so PROUD OF ALL of them, especially CLARY. She’s grown so much! (: And Jace, gosh, I don’t wanna talk about him right now, I’ve said too much about him already, LOL. SIMON! omg! they said this next trilogy was mainly on SIMON and I thought it was really ALL about him, but we still get to hear from other characters..AND, i’m so proud of Simon! I love him!

I just have to say this. I remember that throughout reading it, I always stopped because I want to savor everything, then I do other stuff because I’m not ready to move on yet, then I read again, slowly, and slowly… Many guesses came to my mind about where the story was going. I was in denial all of the time, going back and forth to the ideas conjuring in my brain,.In the end, no matter HOW I try, WHY DO I HAVE TO BE RIGHT IN ALMOST EVERY ending? i hate it.

so, in this very long review, I’m sorry it was TOO long, I have a lot of pent up emotions stucked and clogged on me, so I just have to release them. SO, anyway, in SUMMARY. The books is GREAT! really GREAT! LOVED IT! THE ENDING GOT TO ME SO HARD, AND I KEPT READING ONE PART OVER AND OVER AGAIN JUST TO VERIFY IT’S THERE. I CRIED OUT OF FRUSTRATION, DENIAL, DISSATISFACTION about the last sentence of the book. Especially when I turned the next page and I was so terrified with what I saw, because I saw “ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS” and no other. I scanned the next pages just to see if there are no MISPLACED pages.-that’s how IN DENIAL I was.


I have to go WEEP now. !(:

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