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Monday, August 1, 2011

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Fallen Angels
Series: The Mortal Instruments Book 4
Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: 1st May 2011

My Rating: 4/5

Clary is back in New York and life is good: she's training to be a Shadowhunter and is finally able to call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price. When Jace inexplicably begins to pull away from her, Clary is forced to acknowledge that she herself has set in motion a chain of events that could lead to the loss of everything she loves. Even Jace.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever...

In a Nutshell:
I loved the exciting new storyline and characters and the development of Simon's character but I'm not all that happy about the ending. Bring on City of Lost Souls!

My Review:
I loved books one to three of The Mortal Instruments but after almost two years since City of Glass was released, I had forgotten why I loved the series so much and doubted my desire to pick up City of Fallen Angels. I bet this happens to alot of people. Yes? Now that I have finally read it, I can’t believe I ever doubted that COFA would measure up to its predecessors.

City of Fallen Angels is very exciting and suspenseful. It focuses a lot more on Simon and his troubles with being a powerful Daylighter, and his dating troubles; he’s dating both Maya and Isabelle! I really like how his character has evolved throughout the books and he finally discovers just what the Mark of Cain can do. We also meet newcomer Kyle who has joined Simon’s band, but he comes with a past, unbeknown to his new band mates.

Clary and Jace's relationship is strained with some unexpected complications which annoyed me to no end. Why can’t they ever just have one moment of happily-ever-after?! There are however some smoking-hot scenes between them (who remembers the pre-release teaser set in an alleyway…?), to keep us all happy.

After all the action, mystery and excitement of the first three books came to an end with City of Glass, COFA presents new problems for our favourite Shadowhunters. There is a mysterious new player in town and someone is killing Shadowhunters and leaving them in Downworlder territory in an attempt to start a massive feud between the two groups. And it seems Simon may be right in the middle of it!

While I was completely hooked the entire way through the book, I wasn’t very happy with the ending of COFA, not so much because it’s a bit cliff-hangery but because of the direction Cassandra Clare is going to take book five. I understand there has to be conflict and that everything has to go to hell…again… for the storylines to progress and to keep it interesting but (excuse the cryptic-ness) did it have to be that?! That said though, I can’t wait to get my hands on City of Lost Souls in January 2012 and see what will happen to Clary, Jace, Simon, Maya, Isabelle, Kyle, Magnus and Alec; hopefully someone will get their happily-ever-after!

Thankyou to Walker Books Australia for this review copy.


  1. Hi Jess! Like you I loved the first three books, but this one seriously annoyed me for so many reasons. I actually didn't mind the end so much and I'll keep reading the series, mostly from curiosity. And you're so right, those kissing scenes are HOT! :-)

  2. Haha. Love the review. This one defintely wasnt my favourite in the series. I did love it still, good charfter development. And i know what you mean about the ending. I am a little iffy about it, and curious as to see where the story is going to be taken in the next books. Love this series :)


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