City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardback
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication Date: 4.5.2011
The Mortal War is over, Clary Fray is back home in New York, ecited about all the possiblities before her. She's training to beome a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love her life, Downworldsers and Shadowhutners are all 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 Cirecle, 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side along with the power of the curse that's 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 iont the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: She herself haas 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.

*Warning: This post is NOT spoiler-free! I tried to do it without spoilers, but I couldn't adequately review it. It also contains spoilers if you have not read other books in the series.*

This review is very hard to write. I am such a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments series, it's not even funny. I plowed through the first three books after they each came out, on edge and wondering how the heck everything could possibly work out...but I knew it had to. It HAD to. By the end of City of Glass, I felt like I had gone through something epic, and lived to tell the tale. The ending was perfect (even if a little sad), and I felt like it just couldn't get better.

And then it was announced that there would be another book; actually, three more books. I wasn't sure how I felt at first, but I did become excited. I mean, hello! More Jace! More shadowhunter action! That's what I wanted, right? Apparently not.

My problems with City of Fallen Angels falls into three categories: Jace & Clary, Simon, and the ending.

Jace and Clary have definitely had their share of relationship problems. I actually liked that about the first three books, because of the added tension, and how it made them seem like real people. But by the end of the third book, I thought they would be past all that. I thought they would be okay, and that this book would focus on other problems. No so. The drama starts anew in this book, and quickly becomes tiring.

Simon didn't bother me too much. In fact, I loved that this book had more focus on him. His chapters were like daylight to the dreary soap opera that has become Clary and Jace, and redeemed a lot of the book for me. My only qualm with him is that his super sarcastic attitude and funny remarks were missing. That's like classic Simon! Instead, his character was like a vampiric version of a sulking Jace...who already has a leading role, himself.

Lastly, the ending. Oh, what can I say about this? I understand the need; cliffhangers are great ways to keep up anticipation for the next book. But my question is: why that ending? I won't spoil this part, but all I can say is that if I didn't trust Cassandra Clare to bring it all around full-circle, I would be a lot more upset. I'm still cringing, though, at the thought of the drama that will ensue in the next book because of this.

Now, before it sounds like I hated the book, I need to put it out there that I didn't. Clare's trademark writing still pulled me deep into the story, and kept me at the edge of my seat. She remains a genius at plot and seems to understand human nature really well. That shows especially well in her characterization of Isabelle--who was her same amazing self, by the way, and who we get to have a deeper look of. Also very notable: the make-out scenes are smokin' hot!

Bottom line: Despite what I didn't like about City of Fallen Angels, it still advanced the story to an interesting place, and I will for sure be reading the next one. And while it wasn't my favorite book in the series, I have no doubt that with all of the action, tense emotions, and the high-stakes plot, it will be an exciting and satisfying read for many TMI fans.

Read this if:
...you believe that love conquers all, you have a propensity for danger, and you're a master puzzle-solver.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{A few swear words (most notably religious names), and some steamy make out scenes.}


  1. I, too, disliked the cliffhanger ending. I have a theory that she wrote the entire trilogy and needed to find a place to slice it, and that was the best she could do (this is based on large part on the fact that the book was fairly short, too). If that turns out to be the case, then I will be happy. If that's not... I'll be very disgruntled.

  2. Thanks so much for your honest review; these always tend to be the BEST ones! I have yet to read COFA, but I've read enough things about it from other blogs that I feel as if I have read it... But you know something, your review tends to make the best sense. I read other reviews whom also touch a bit on the "dreary soap opera that has become Clary and Jace" (haha! loved your choice of words), but you laid it out best! Keep up the good work :)

    ps. your blog is SUPER cute! love the whole "fever meter" theme you have going on! I'll be on the lookout for your future reviews!

  3. Gina: That would make a lot of sense. Too bad we have to wait a year to find out! I'm torn between wanting to know more, and wanting to know less; I want to go back to when I thought Clary and Jace were going to be fine!
    Thanks for visiting!

    Diana: Thanks for your comment! I'm so glad you like my blog. :) ...and especially glad you like this review!

  4. I am obssesd with this series with all my being <3, but even if i did enjoy the book and well i just love how Clare writes and discribes everything, I the Jace and Clary problem bothered me a lot -__- I mean they had 3 books devoted to their problems and well now they are making more problems..?
    I still love the book and series, but o well :P

  5. Maria: I totally agree! I am pretty much done with their problems. I loved Simon's relationship problems, though. Lol.


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