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Just Call Me Angel, Of the Mornin’

A review of City of Fallen Angels, a Mortal Instruments book by Cassandra Clare, which left Jenny wanting more (and not in a good way).

Just Call Me Angel, Of the Mornin’

BOOK REPORT for City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments Book 4) by Cassandra Clare

Cover Story: Half-Heads
BFF Charm: Yay
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Easy Peasy
Bonus Factors: Mysterious Loner Dude, Duckie, Bonus Jonas
Relationship Status: I Wish I Could Quit You

Cover Story: Half-Heads

Hey, look! It's two incomplete heads! WHAT is up with Clary's eyes? At least these books' covers all follow a similar format. It's just a shame it's THAT format.

The Deal:

If you haven't read the first three books in the series, SPOILERS ahead!

La-di-da, we rejoin our heroes back in New York, where Simon is getting used to being a vampire and Clary and Jace are presumably in relationship bliss. Of course, all is not well with our young Shadowhunters, as Jace finds it difficult to communicate with Clary (or anyone else), and strange folk are after Simon...

And I guess that's all I can say, not for spoilerish reasons, but because that's kind of all that happens in this book. But more on that later.

BFF Charm: Yay

So I handed round my charm to all the characters during my read of the first three books, and reading this one didn't make me want to ask for them back. Clary is still smart, and Simon has only gotten better. My main issue was with Jace. While I still swoon at the memory of Jace from the first three books, the Jace in this one felt flat to me, although part of that had to do with who I now picture for him, as you'll see below.

Swoonworthy Scale: 5

This book has so much potential for swoon!!!! I mean, the angels are doin' it, doin' it -- 9 on a scale of 1-10 -- kind of swoon. But it just... didn't. Maybe this is due in part to the two years that have lapsed since the release of the previous book. Maybe it has to do with the fact that after EVERYTHING Clary and Jace had fought through to be together, and how their love had felt like intensity in ten cities in the previous books, that I just couldn't buy their sudden distance. Or the fact that they hadn't even progressed to the heavy petting portion of their relationship. And maybe it's because throughout their struggles in this book, I couldn't find it in myself to care.

That said, Simon got some swoony action that brought one nice moment near the end. Magnus and Alec are also due the credit for the score being as high as it is. Want more of them!!!!

Talky Talk: Easy Peasy

Cassandra Clare's writing style is devourable, and that's just what I did with the first three books. But like I said earlier, not a whole lot happens in this book. Like, you could read the last few pages and kind of not have missed anything. And that gave me a sad. Then SO much happened in those last few pages, leaving the book with one mother of a cliffie, that the whole book felt like one big tease. And nobody likes a tease. Nobody.

Bonus Factor: Mysterious Loner Dude

Jace Wayland is still an MLD, heart and soul. And while that may have been the root of his relationship problems, it's what made me fall in love with him in the first place.

Bonus Factor: Duckie

Just as Jace is the MLD, Simon is the quintessential Duckie, (it's like Cassandra Clare wrote these books with our book report structure in mind!) it was nice in this book to have him as a more central figure. Where I sometimes found myself annoyed with him in the earlier books, he was the redeeming point for this one.

Bonus Factor: Bonus Jonas

Once again, Magnus Bane was my favorite character. As I mentioned above, his relationship with Alec has more swoon in it than all of the other couples combined.

Casting Call:

So these movies are already in the works, and the two leads have been cast, and I couldn't be happier with their choice for Clary:

Lily Collins as Clary

She's so pretty! And maybe her dad will do some type of awesome 80's style ballads for the movie! However, that is where my happiness ends:

Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Wayland

Don't get me wrong. I think JCB is a fine actor. With a beautiful voice. In fact, I can't look at him without bursting out in "I feel you, Johanna" in my mind. But is he handsome? Sexy? Manly? Does he look like a warrior? Someone hardened by pain? No. No he doesn't. This may have played no small part in my inability to find Jace sexy in this book, because picturing that face on Jace just... didn't work. Especially when, for so long, I was promised this:

Alex Pettyfer as Jace Wayland

He may be a crazy asshat. (Or as my husband said when I asked the name of the guy from I Am Number Four, "Um, D-Bag?") You might be sick of seeing him in YA adaptations. But you could slit your throat on that jawline, and he could catch your panties on fire with a stare.

I'll stand by my casting choices for most of the other characters, (click the link above to check them out!) but I have one change to make. I had originally cast Ewan McGregor as my Magnus, and while he could do just about anything and leave me singing his praises, I've since come to recognize a better choice:

Noel Fielding as Magnus Bane

Never has there been a man with such perfect contradictions living with themselves in symbiosis:

•  A face that by rights should have too much going on to be attractive, yet is ridiculously so

•  He manages to have a sweet goofiness about him at the same time as being dead sexy

•  He is simultaneously incredibly masculine and feminine.

In other words: Noel Fielding is the perfect Magnus Bane

Relationship Status: I Wish I Could Quit You

I had an awesome summer fling a couple of years ago with the first three books, so when this one showed up this summer, I couldn't help driving by where it was staying, hoping to get a glimpse of it. But then we DID get together, and I found myself... disappointed. I wasn't even looking for anything serious with this book, but I felt like it jerked me around all summer, and then right before it left, it said something that ensured I'd be back for more... against my better judgement.

Jenny Bird's photo About the Author: Jenny grew up on a steady diet of Piers Anthony, Isaac Asimov and Star Wars novels. She has now expanded her tastes to include television, movies, and YA fiction.
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