Saturday, April 9, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels
(The Mortal Instruments #4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Teen
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9781442403543

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“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.”  -Goodreads

My review:

I loved ‘The Mortal Instrument’ series. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite YA series. The first three books were full of awesomeness. I was ecstatic when I heard there would be a fourth book, even though I think City of Glass was the perfect ending for the trilogy.

I read City of Fallen Angels in just a few days time. Although I was trying to read slowly so I could savor it, I still managed to fly through the book. I just had to know what was going on, and what would happen next. I’m glad that Cassie Clare didn’t spend half of the book explaining what happened in the past three books.

Most of City Of Fallen Angels is from Simon’s viewpoint. I’ve always liked him, and in this book we really learned so much more about him. He’s not really the 'nerdy' guy that he was in the previous books, and I enjoyed seeing him grow in his character. He was probably the best part of the book for me.

Then there is Jace, the poor tortured soul. I thought things would be so much better for him and Clary this time around, but it wasn’t so. Jace just didn’t seem like himself to me in this book. Of course, I understand why, but still… He really just wasn’t his sarcastic, bad-ass self. Clary is still in the process of finding learning about her abilities and becoming a shadow hunter.

The other supporting characters are back, and a few are better than ever. Maia and Isabelle are in the book a lot, and I really liked them both, especially Isabelle. We see a softer side of her in City of Fallen Angels, and I really liked it. Magnus and Alec weren’t in the book as much as I hoped they would be, but I enjoyed what parts of them we did see. (I love Magnus!) We see quite a few more characters from the previous books as well… Jocelyn, Luke, Maryse. We are even introduced to a new character, Jordan Kyle, who is an important part of Maia’s past. I like him!

Cassandra Clare’s writing style is absolutely fabulous as always. It drew me in, and kept me interested throughout the whole book. I loved the storyline, even if I wasn’t too thrilled with the cliffhanger ending. I’m looking forward to seeing where she goes with the next two books in the series, City of Lost Souls and City of Heavenly Fire.
City of Fallen Angels Book Trailer

Have you read this book yet? What did you think of it? Leave a comment with a link to your review so I can check it out.  Happy Reading!

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  1. I have this too, but must finish other books. Eek! I am glad it is good though.

  2. Wow- you read this fast! I am still waiting for mine to come in the post! Glad you liked it- I really to read this now.

  3. I really need to get on with this series. So far I've only read the first book. Sounds great and I really enjoyed reading your review. Glad you enjoyed it. That trailer is awesome!

  4. Loved this book and glad you enjoyed it too! Agreed with the Jace comment "He really just wasn’t his sarcastic, bad-ass self". I quoted you in my review :) and Kyle is starting to grow on me too.

  5. I loved this book and it makes my day when I get to snuggle down after such a long wait and devour her story within a day ( I do try to slow it down..but..very hard)
    All I can say is imagine if Cassandra Clare had chosen a different occupation in life....scarey thought.

    Great review!!


  6. I bought Wings... and 3 days later it was free on my Nook... Right?

    Check out my IMM post!

  7. WHAT!!! WHAT! Jace is not his sarcastic badd ass self? Say it isn't so!!!! Omg now I'm panicking he is one of the big reasons why I adore this series. He cannot change on me *breaths* GAH!

  8. I can't wait to read this!!

    Angie @

  9. so glad it lived up to the early buzz. great review! i can't wait to read this book :)

  10. So glad you enjoyed it! I've still yet to read it unfortunately, but I've heard good things. Thanks for the review - I can't wait to get started (though I feel so bad about Jace - poor boy, give him a break! :P)

  11. I'm blaming this review (I mean that as a compliment) for my recent order of this book, which makes no sense since I still have to read the first three books :-)

    Glad you enjoyed it!


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