Saturday, April 7, 2012

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: The Mortal Instruments Book 4: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count: 424 pages
Publish Date: April 5, 2011
Book Type: Library Hardcover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN: 9781442403543
Picture from Amazon
From Goodreads: The Mortal War is over, and 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 important of all—Clary can finally call Jace her boyfriend. 
But nothing comes without a price. 
Someone is murdering the 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 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 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. 
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.
My Review: I love how all of the covers in this series have the same look and feel. It always bothers me if a series doesn’t go together.
I started this book last year when it first came out, but I just couldn’t get into it. Back to the library it went. When I was at the library a couple weeks ago, it caught my eye again. I enjoyed it much more this time and it was a pleasant break from reading school books (if you can’t tell from my previous reviews--womp womp). 
I really grew to love Simon in this one. I feel like we got to be in his head a bit more than  the previous books and that was nice. It was also fun to see the evolution of his relationships. I also loved the interactions between Simon and Jace. They’re an unlikely pairing, but it is nice to see. I have a feeling Simon will be helping Jace through his problems that were hinted to at the end of the book. Would be totally fun to read.
Poor Jace and Clary. They can’t seem to catch a break, can they? Cassie always seems to throw a wrench in their relationship, huh? I suppose it wouldn’t be The Mortal Instruments series without that, but I just want it to work out for those two crazy kids.
I always love Cassie’s world building. The moment I start reading one of her books, I can picture the world with no problem. I love that because sometimes it had be hard to imagine a fantasy world. Thanks, Cassie! 
You can check out my reviews of City of Bones and City of Ashes. (I still need to review City of Glass. Hm. I’m not sure why I haven’t). 
Which Mortal Instruments book has been your favorite so far? Or do you prefer The Infernal Devices? I can never decide!


  1. I ADORED the first three in this series, but also had a hard time getting into this one and after about 20 pages set it aside. Hmm, maybe I should give it another go? Seemed to work for you!

    1. Definitely. I only made it 14 pages before returning it last year (before the due date nonetheless). This time, I finished it in about 5 days, which with the way I have been reading lately is really good! I hope if you give it another shot it works out better this time. :) Let me know how it goes!


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