Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

Welcome Readers to Week Three of My Mortal Instruments Month of April reading challenge! With the count down to City of Lost Souls just 1 week away, and I am more excited than I was 4 weeks ago! =)

For those of you who are not aware, the aim of this reading challenge is to connect with other bloggers who have either already read and love the series or are (like me) just now reading this series for the first time. I want to link up reviews and get in discussions about this interesting series!

Reading Calendar

April 10th City of Bones (Book #1)
April 17th City of Ashes (Book #2)
April 24th City of Glass (Book #3)
May 1st City of Fallen Angels (Book #4)

Here is my review of City of Fallen Angels.

Title/Author:  City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
(The Mortal Instruments #4)

Genre:  Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

Published:  April 5th, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Hardcover, 425 pages

How I Got This Book:  Checked it out from the library

Why I Picked It Up?:  Well, as the first three were supposed to be it in terms of The Mortal Instruments Trilogy, so I was interested to see where Cassandra Clare would go from the conclusive City of Glass.

Book Jacket Blurb:  “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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

My Review of the Work:

In regards to this fourth installment of what was supposed to be a trilogy, I really had no expectations for City of Fallen Angels.  After such a great conclusion to the series in City of Glass, I was interested to see where Cassandra Clare was going to take the story.  And I must tell you, I am absolutely in LOVE with this novel!

Oh goodness, what an interesting and intriguing new plot!  Full of Vampires and Devil worshippers!  No but really…this novel gets pretty dark and twisty.  But I think that is the beauty of it.  Our favorite characters are having to fight the dark and twisty forces of the Shadowhunter world as well as the dark and twisty forces of their own minds!  It is pretty intense!

In City of Fallen Angels, Simon gets promoted to a main storyline character–he is no longer Clary’s sidekick!  As almost half of the novel focuses on him, it is a definite departure from how the first three novels were focused, but I was really pleased with this change.  To see Simon step up as a character and start living up to his Vampire-ness is a real treat.  Cassandra Clare spends a great portion of this novel really delving in to Simon character development, both as a teenage boy and as a Daylighter Vampire.  I’m not gonna lie, Simon was getting pretty annoying toward the end of book three.  But now he finally adds something tremendous to the intriguing plotline!

Another character who develops a lot more throughout this novel is the wonderfully attractive Jace.  Because this novel takes place two months after the events of the first three novels (which all take place within a matter of weeks), we now gain knowledge of the inner workings of Jace’s head–the psychological effects of being Valentine’s son, killing Sebastian, and given a second life have taken a toll on him.  He is having nightmares, but are these just nightmares?  Or are they evidence of dark powers at work?  What I really appreciated about Jace is his realistic thoughts and actions, especially with regards to his relationship with Clary.  Jace pulling away is a very realistic and natural thing for this novel, and the emotions that come from this avoidance–anger and general gloominess–

We also get some more Alec and Magnus (who are not in this novel as much because they are traveling around Europe–this is the one downside!) and Maia, and we are also introduced to a couple of new characters that are familiar to us already.  These newbies add an interesting dynamic to the cast, and I really enjoyed seeing them become incorporated into the greater plan for the rest of this series!

I must say–if you stopped after book three and never picked up book four–you should definitely give this novel a read!  It completely passed all expectations I had, and I even liked this one better than City of Glass.  It’s intriguing, it’s sexy, it’s addicting!  It’s City of Fallen Angels, and you should give it a chance!  It is well worth it!
My Bookshelf Rating:

A Top Shelf Book!

I went in to this novel having no expectations, and I ended this novel in amazement!  I was absolutely enthralled by this novel!  Such an interesting new storyline with a lot more character development, especially with Jace, Simon, and Magnus Bane!  An intriguing and dark plot ensues, and i am so looking forward for City of Lost Souls in a week! =)

Do you have any questions for discussion?  Leave them in my comments and we can chat!

Love and Moose Tracks,


3 thoughts on “Book Review: City of Fallen Angels

  1. Laura Ashlee says:

    You know, I had a really hard time getting into this series, and I think after reading other people's reviews that I need to blame it on the fact that I listened to the audiobooks. They're not the best, but I really think they skewed the way I felt about the books. Maybe I'll read the next one in print.

  2. Jennifer @ A Librarians Library says:

    That might be it. I read these SO fast, but if I had listened to them on audio (at a slower pace) I probably wouldn't have liked them as much. I would definitely say read the next one (and maybe re-read book 4 before that) to see if that changes things for you. I think part of the excitement for me was the quick pace of the plot, and that was probably not present in the audio. So I would definitely give it a try!

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