Friday, January 20, 2012

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
Pages: 424.
Source: Gift.
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.

The Infernal Devices series has been great company, and Will and Tessa and Jem have certainly kept me occupied and entertained but JACE AND CLARY AND SIMON ARE BACK. SQUEEEEE. I have missed them dearly and I'm so happy that they make an epic comeback in City of Fallen Angels with all of that sexual tension, adorable geekiness, witty banter and kickass fight scenes that I loved so much in the previous three books.

First, I want to take a moment to reflect on how awesome it was that Cassandra gave Simon his own voice and a much, much bigger role in the series. I absolutely LOVE him. Probably my favorite character in the series and my adoration for him only grew stronger after this book. Even when's he coping with being a powerful vampire and losing his mother and old life, his sarcastic, hilarious personality never falters. Plus, it's such a breath of fresh air because at times, as much as I love them, Jace and Clary were hardcore debbie downers and Simon's snark would always put a smile back on my face.

But speaking of Jace and Clary ... *swoon* How I love them so. The balance between sweetness and steaminess was perfect and didn't put a cheesy taste in my mouth. I was a bit frustrated at the interruption of my favorite couple thanks to a few stupid villains, but I'd be lying if I said I expected them to go an entire book without someone trying to tear them apart.

I will admit that this isn't my favorite in the series. It kind of felt like a filler book, just a way to build up to City of Lost Souls, but even if it is, it's a really, really great filler. In true Mortal Instruments fashion, the action is epic, the romance is steamy and sexy and amazing, the characters are entertaining and the revelations and villains are so unexpected that I nearly threw my book across the room in protest.

Overall, I absolutely loved City of Fallen Angels. This addition to the Mortal Instruments series was long overdue, but certainly worth the wait. If you're a fan of the series and you haven't read this yet, (somebody kick me for waiting this long!) definitely pick this up soon!

Other reviews for City of Fallen Angels:
Chick Loves Lit.
The Reader Bee.
The Reading Date.
Bookish Novelties.


  1. I enjoyed this book too! Though it wasn't really good or anything, it was definitely a great 'filler book'. I can't wait for Fallen Angels!

  2. I enjoyed this book but I found it a little disappointing compared to the other three books in the series. So much angst. haha. Great review!

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  4. City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.