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Book Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Saturday, April 9, 2011
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Teen
Release Date: April 5, 2011
Hardcover: 424 pages
Source: Bought

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

My Opinion:

City of Fallen Angels was all I could talk about for the whole week before I got the book. The night before I had trouble sleeping from the anticipation to get it. When I finally got the book I guess all I could do was squeal and repeat, "OMG, OMG, OMG! I got it! OMG OMG!." My brother finally had to tell me to shut up and read it already. I can honestly say I'm glad he told me that because this book was (insert an awesome/cool word here)!!!

What I liked about City of Fallen Angels was that there were many POVs. (POV = Points of view) The books before were more focused on Clary and Jace but now there's some more of Simon in there. I got to know the characters way more and see them in a different way. There will be more from Simon's love triangle with Isabelle and Maia. A bit of Alec and Magnus drama is also thrown into it and Simon's little love triangle gets a surprising twist when a new character is introduced, Kyle.

Being the teenage fan girl that I am, I can say that the DSAS (Dirty Sexy Alley Scene) was even better in text. The first three books was when Jace and Clary's relationship developed and now they're finally a thing. I was really glad that Clary was still a strong character even through some hard relationship times. Sadly they do go through some issues that affected Jace's awesome attitude. I was reading a great review before I wrote this and thought the same thing about this statement, "He really just wasn’t his sarcastic, bad-ass self." from Christy @ The Reader Bee.

At first I wasn't sure how City of Fallen Angels would turn out since City of Glass had great ending but Cassie Clare did not disappoint in anyway! I was thinking there was no way someone could possibly fill in for Valentine, but I was wrong! Cassandra is killing me by ending it on such a cliff-hanger. Now I'm eagerly waiting for City of Lost Souls which is expected to be released May 2012.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5


  1. Awesome review!!! (I like yours SO much more than mine. lol!) I have to agree about DSAS... SO great! The cliff-hanger is killing me. I want to read the next book, like... NOW!!

    I'm glad you enjoyed it as well, and thanks for quoting me! :)

  2. Great review!!

    It was a most awesome read. Very hard to review without spoilers, I just wanted to shout to the world, but , I didn't. I have to read again to soak up those moments .


  3. I'm so going to get it soon, too! I would already have bought it, if I wasn't waiting for Cassandra Clare to come to Vancouver for signing. They make you buy a book there.. so, since it's the only one I don't have yet, I guess I will have to wait (no point it buying two I guess).
    I'm so excited about this book after reading your review! Can't wait :)

  4. Alright, your review totally makes me want this book now! (and glad to read that DSAS is even better in the book!)

    Great review :D


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