April 11, 2011

Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (@cassieclare @simonteen)

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Date: April 05, 2011
ISBN13: 9781442403543
ISBN: 1442403543
BINC: 3220196
Hardcover: 432 pages

City of Fallen Angels

Who will fall in love, and who will find their relationship torn apart?
Who will betray everything they ever believed in?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.
In the heart-pounding fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series, the stakes are higher than ever.

Okay, brace yourself because this is going to be a long review...

I am a huge, and I mean HUGE Cassandra Clare fan and love every single thing about The Mortal Instruments. You can only imagine my excitement when City of Fallen Angels was finally released. In fact, I drove around all the local stores and local bookstores the day before, hoping that someone made a mistake and put it out early. No such luck.

Now on to my review...

Cassandra Clare has done it again. I was pulled right into the book and it was almost like I was watching everything from the sidelines. Her way of writing is just wonderful. She had me at the edge of my seat holding my breath turning pages. In the first three books the story is told pretty much from Clary's point of view. In City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra switched it up a bit and let me tell you, I wish she would have done this with the first couple of books. It was so nice finally getting inside the heads of the other characters. I am a big fan of Magnus and Alec, so getting to read about their emotions and struggles was just a plus for me. I love them as a couple and wish they would get their own series. Or at least a novella lol.

Anyway, Jace and Clary are finally together and every time they kissed or held each other I got tons of butterflies. They are more in love with each other than ever. I was a little upset with the ending of City of Glass because I felt that after everything that happened between Jace and Clary, the ending just didn't feel complete. So finally getting exactly what I envisioned for Jace and Clary made me very excited and fall in love with them all over again. It's pretty sad how in love I am with a fictional character LOL.

Now on to Simon...

Simon to me was the annoying little brother who no matter how many fights, or how many times you hurt each other, would always be there for you. I wasn't very big on Simon, but I loved all the bickering back and forth between him and Jace. In City of Fallen Angels Simon's character definitely grows and he just isn't the same. He has matured a lot more and it sort of made me sad everything he went through all because of what he is and his mark. Feeling alone because of it and that he really can't trust anyone. He's a Vampire with a heart, that's what I say.

The relationship between Simon, Isabelle and Maia was hilarious. Simon was a little player without even trying to be. I really liked the way things worked out for all three of them though. In the end, everyone fell right into place where they were suppose to be.

City of Fallen Angels is yet another masterpiece by Cassandra Clare. You meet new characters and even get a taste of some of the characters from her Inferno Devices series. It does not lack action, suspense or mystery. And I don't think anyone can top Cassandra when it comes to twist and surprises. The last couple of chapters were a huge shock for me and I did not see the story heading in that direction at all. This has to be one of my all time favorite YA series! I cannot wait for the movie!

5 out of 5 Stars!


  1. Fantastic review!

    And I agree about everything with Simon. I actually kinda sorta fell in love with him in this book, lmao. It's just so nice to get to know him better :)

  2. I agree with the twist and surprises. Cassie really master that part. And the characters, they all grow. Jace suffer so much in this book, I want to give him a hug. ^__^


  3. Blackplume, I agree with you. Jace suffered a lot more :-( My poor baby!!!!

  4. It is great to see some growth in Simon in this book. I wasn't a big fan of him either (most of the times he just annoyed me a bit) but it is good to see that there is some room for improvement. I especially liked the Jace angst in this book and the banter between Jace in Simon was hilarious!!!

  5. I havent read it yet, so reading this was a slight spoiler!! But it just makes me want to read it that much more!!! I can not wait!!! I love Cassasndra Clare!!! Her books rock my socks and both of her series are on my favorite shelve. :)

  6. YAY for another reader who loved CoFA! I finished it in 5 hours on the day it released and went through Jace withdrawals afterwards.
    (Okay, so it wasn't actually that bad...)

    I also adore Malec, and am glad we finally got to see a different side of Simon.

    Is it September yet? I need some more of Will to keep me occupied until CoLS!

  7. I love this series and this book! I love Simon in this one. I can't wait for CoLS!

  8. I have read the first three books and love them. I have this book, but have not read it yet. It sounds like it will be just as good as the rest.

    Thanks for the review!

  9. Great review, I love the book (the series and Cassandra Clare) as much as you do.


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