Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra ClareCity of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
The Mortal Instruments #4
Release Date: April 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought – Hardcover

Pages: 485
Rating: 5 stars2

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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 who used to be in Valentine’s Circle, 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. At the same time he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls – neither of whom knows about the other one.

When Jace begins to pull away from Clary without explaining why, she 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. Goodreads

My Review: Okay, so this wasn’t my favorite of the four. The first half of the book was kind of disappointing for me. I found it boring at times and nothing was really going on. After the first half, it did pick up and get A LOT better which is why I rated it 5/5! When there’s only like 5 pages left, you’d think the story would leave off with a good note…. Nope… Not in this book it’s not!!

If I had to rate the books from favorite to least favorite out of these 4, I think it’d be something like this:

Favorite: City of Glass then City of Ashes with City of Bones and City of Fallen Angels tied.

So let’s just go ahead and get out the things that I didn’t like about it first.

1. Obviously the fact that the first half was kind of slow, it was interesting, but it just didn’t hold my attention for very long. I did like to see more of Simon’s point of view and how he’s dealing with being a vampire and everything.


2. Alec.. I love him to death, but honestly, he was starting to get on my nerves. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Alec, but I felt that he was whining and not acting his age because Magnus has dated other people. Obviously with Magnus being so old, he’s dated quite a few people.. Alec (to me) just didn’t seem to let that go and would not focus on just Magnus and himself. He was too worried about who Magnus has dated in the past. He thankfully let Magnus talk to him and they got everything sorted out and Alec now knows that Magnus does not want to go anywhere without him.

Sebastian.. Johnathan… whoever he is… WHAT?! HE’S BACK!? Great… Awesome..

I’m still trying to process exactly what happened during this whole last scene with Sebastian/Johnathan and Jace. I still am quite confused really about what just happened. I’m guessing Sebastian/Johnathan is alive but is connected to Jace? As in Sebastian can’t move but takes over Jace’s body? I’m not sure… I’m hoping that’s not it!

Clary and Jace in this book…. :) I fan-girled a little let’s just leave it at that!

Isabelle’s character developed a lot in this book. Clare described more about why Isabelle is why she is and how much she’s developed since City of Bones. Simon and Isabelle are starting to grow on me. :) Same goes with Maia and Jordan.

There was nothing in this book that didn’t have me smiling or having some sort of emotion towards it! I absolutely love Clare’s writing and she’s excellent at painting pictures in your head! What makes Clare different from alot of authors I’ve read, is that she does not focus on just one character, she focuses on all the main characters.

Can’t wait to read City of Lost Souls!


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