City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare – Book Review

(Spoiler free since I took too long to write this)

cassandra_clare_city_of_fallen_angels_book_coverTITLE – City of Fallen Angels

AUTHOR – Cassandra Clare

SERIES – The Mortal Instruments (Book 4)

PUBLISHER- Simon & Schuster 

PUBLICATION DATE-  April 5, 2011

GENRE-  Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult.

FORMAT- UK Paperback  PAGE COUNT- 424

Possible (probable) spoilers for Books 1, 2 & 3.

Cover- These is definitely my least favourite cover from the series by far.I feel like these original covers for the series are nice when you look at them from afar but I think the closer you look at them closely and pay closer attention they don’t look as cool. I still like the idea of the city down below, and I’m ashamed to say that I only recently realised that the guy on book 3 cover was Sebastian and not Alec!


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



4.5 Stars.

So. Five-ish months after finishing this book I am finally getting around to writing my review at long last! The reason I didn’t write this sooner was because I read City of Fallen Angels when I was going through a sort of life slump, and I had no motivation when it came to reviewing and now in the new year this is the first chance I’m getting to write it. And since I am currently reading City of Lost Souls and intend to write a review on that I thought I ought to write this one first. So lets begin:

I really enjoyed this book more than I was expecting too. I’d heard somewhere that this was a sort of bridge book between City of Glass and City of Lost Souls, so I thought it’d be bland and boring. Instead I found it highly entertaining. I felt like we saw a kind of domesticated side to the Shadowhunters.

Simon was finally a more prominent character. I loved reading from his chapters and him dealing with being a vampire. It reminded me of the tumblr post about the 17 year old vampire newly turned who has no idea whats going on, which basically sums up Simon Lewis.

This book deserves a round of applause because it went over a hundred pages without Clary getting on my nerves!! I am kind of getting fed up of Clace and their problems. Something I wrote down in my notes is that these books would be half the size if Clary and Jace actually communicated to each other instead of making out and professing how they don’t think their good enough for one another. I am glad that we’re past the incest thing though, but I do prefer Malec!

Overall I enjoyed this, once again great plot. Something I feel like I say whenever I talk about a Shadowhunter novel is that the dialogue is always the best, all the characters interact with one another amazingly and even characters who don’t have many plot lines together have great chemistry.


“No. That’s Clary; shes’s my best friend.” Simon pocketed his phone. “And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one.”   

“So what was that all about?”
“I think,” Jace said, “that she asked if she could touch my mango.”
“She said that?”
Jace shrugged. “Yeah, then she gave me her number.”  

“Or maybe it’s just that beautiful things are so easily broken by the world.”

“Alec keeps sending me annoying photos. Lots of captions like Wish you were here, except not really.”

“Magnus sighed. “Alexander, I’ve been alive for hundreds of years. I’ve been with men, been with women – with faeries and warlocks and vampires, and even a djinn or two.” He looked sideways at Maryse, who looked mildly horrified. “Too much information?”  

“If we’re going to the Silent City, you might want to get dressed. I mean, I appreciate the bra-and-panties look, but I don’t know if the Silent Brothers will. There are only a few of the left, and I don’t want them to die of excitement.”  

“I can keep a perfectly good eye on Simon, thank you. He’s my neophyte Downworlder to mock and boss around, not yours.”  

“Max,” Jace said. “Max, I’m so sorry.”

“I’m not a man. I have no male pride for you to trick me with, and I am not interested in single combat. That is entirely a weakness of your sex, not mine. I am a woman. I will use any weapon and all weapons to get what I want.”  


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