Leslie's Review: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

cassandraclare Hardcover: 424 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: April 5, 2011
ISBN: 978-1442403543

Source of my copy: bought
Series: The Mortal Instruments #4
Synopsis (from Amazon)
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. 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. Not to mention that he's dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one. 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.
Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Leslie's Review:
As much as I loved Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series, I was pretty apprehensive when I heard that three more books will be added to the series. I was happy with the way things ended in City of Glass. I was scared this book will be a letdown and the series prolonged when it doesn't need to be. But I got curious and sort of excited because I did want to read more about Clary, Jace and all of the other characters and return to their world. So, I picked up City of Fallen Angels... and it turned out my earlier apprehension was unnecessary. Cassandra Clare has blown me away once again. Now, I am counting down to the release date of the next two books in the series.

City of Fallen Angels had all the old characters we know and love but we are also introduced to new characters. The plot was thrilling and it had the same I-can't-put-this-down quality that the first three books had. The whole time I was reading CoFA I was glued to the book and was speedily turning the pages. I loved how Ms. Clare focused on not just Clary as the narrator but also Jace and Simon. I liked how all three characters had their own dramas and problems but they all somehow overlapped each other throughout the book. For me, it was like piecing together a puzzle and figuring out how everything was interrelated which I really liked.

And, yes, let's talk Clary and Jace. **swoony sigh**

One of the things I was really looking forward to in CoFA (after reading book three, City of Glass) was about Jace and Clary's relationship. I wanted to see how they were and what will happen between them now that they could finally be together. Well, it was fantastic! My heart fluttered for the sweet ways Jace showed how much he loved and cared for Clary. Another thing I liked was towards the end, the other characters in the book were kind of pairing off and there were hints that there may be some couples in-the-making in the next two books. I am super excited to see how that will all play out.

I'm so glad I did read this book. Otherwise I would've missed out on this great addition to my all-time favorite series. I'm still a bit nervous about the fifth and sixth books because I don't want The Mortal Instruments series to be like the Vampire Diaries book series--which started really good but then it just got too long and dragged out. At the same time I'm excited to see where Ms. Clare will take the plot lines and the overall story arc--especially after the cliffhanger ending in this book. City of Fallen Angels is a must-read for all fans of the series--pick it up, you won't be disappointed. 4.5 out of 5 stars


  1. I love this series :) I'm super excited for the next one! Have you read Clockwork Angel yet? That series is reallyyy good too :)

  2. @anna: no, i haven't read clockwork angel yet. but i've heard great things about it and i'm planning on picking it up soon. :)

  3. I was apprehensive too - I loved the ending of CoG and was afraid three more books would ruin everything! But I loved CoFA and I'm really excited to see how things will play out as well! Great review!


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