Thursday, May 15, 2014

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (Review)

  Series: Mortal Instruments #4
Genre: Fantasy
Book Length: 424 pages
Publication Date: April 5th, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Format: Hardcover
 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.

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 Wow, the end is finally coming. The time when I picked up this book, City of Fallen Angels, marked the beginning of the end of this series. We are truly coming to it, with only 2 1/2 weeks until the release of City of Heavenly Fire. I can't believe that we are so close I finish City of Fallen Angels, and I will be buddy-reading City of Lost Souls tomorrow.

I don't think I have to say that I LOVED this. While it may not be my least favorite it the series, which my current one is City of Ashes, I still loved this book.The main thing that I loved was just diving back in the world with Clary, and Simon, and Jace, and everyone else. Personally, I like the TMI series a little more than the TID, probably because it's more plot driven but I don't know, and so I just loved going back to New York in 2007 with the gang.

Now, I'd like to talk about the characters. We didn't get too many new characters introduced, only 2 or 3 I believe, Camille and Kyle and Brother Zachariah. I don't have too much of an opinion on Camille because I just don't care for her too much personally, but I have to say that I like her enough. And Kyle, or Jordan, I liked but I didn't care for. I don't know why it is, but I just don't care for the werewolf characters as much as I think I should. But my favorite one of them was Brother Zachariah. Unless you have read the TID series, you won't understand, but if you have you know that it is my husband Jem Carstairs and I just loved him and I was kind of fangirling when we did get to see him.

As for character development over the past 7 weeks after the event in City of Glass, we get a lot of it. But since I have to do some complaining about a certain character with the last name of Fray, I will only describe it in a few words.
Malec: Going nuts traveling the world, and then dragged to the Institide and Alec acting like a b*tch.
Sizzy/Jaia (Jordan/Maia): Relationship problems much?
Clace: He tries to be away from the girl since he is having problems, but they can't stop themselves since they are like magnets to each other.

Ok, now that the tomfoolery is over, I must do a little bit of ranting about Miss Clary Fray.

I do admit she was a little tiny bit badass when she was actually in the fights, and she did wake Jace up from the control from Lilith I was like 'you go girl!'. But there were a lot of times, in which I was so frustrated with her. For example, when she saw the address for the Chruch, she is all like 'Well, I do have weapons and I want to go there and it's not too far, I'm going there', and also later when the controlled-Jace was running her with I believe the Sleep Now rune, she is all like 'I feel like there is something wrong with this, but it's Jace and I'm sure he knows what he's doing', I literally, and I am not kidding, threw the book across the room in utter frustration with her. I'm like 'CLARY, YOU ARE SUCH AN IDIOT, JUST, YOU FRUSTRATE ME SO MUCH'!, or something like that.

Aside from my frustration towards Clary, that was really the only thing I disliked about this book. Sure, it was slow at times, but I did still enjoy it.Another thing that I loved was that we set up for the next trilogy in this book, and we end up on a lottle (little/lot) bit of a cliffhanger at the end of the book. I was like 'By the Angel...'

So, I gave City of Fallen Angels a 4.5/5 stars, but I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. I loved going back into this world and starting the second half of the series with a new plot, but I was frustrated a little bit with the characters, mainly Clary (what a surprise), but overall, I loved this book and I will jumping into City of Lost Souls soon after that intense cliffhanger.


  1. Hey great review! I totally agree with Clary being annoying (Ugh, she should just do what she is told, ONCE), and I also don't really care about the Werewolves characters.. I wouldn't mind if they died (I feel like Clare wanted us to love Maia and Jordan as much as the other main characters, but it just doesn't work for me... ) anyway, great review. :)

    1. Thanks! And I personally have a feeling Clary will do a bunch of stupid things in City of Lost Souls. God Clary...