REVIEW: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4)

City of Fallen Angels
(The Mortal Instruments, #4)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: April 5, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Romance, Paranormal
My Rating:


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.

The stakes are higher than ever in the #1 New York Times bestselling fourth installment of the Mortal Instruments series.


While I did enjoy the first three books, this fourth installment seems to have gone wrong. It suddenly went downhill and I can sense it all throughout the book. It suddenly made me miss the things that happened in City of Bones, Ashes, and Glass.

I didn’t like the plot. It’s slow-paced and although it became better on the final chapters, still, there was nothing really exciting. Also, it’s very apparent how Ms. Cassandra Clare succeeded in putting the characters through emotional torture. It’s no longer fun.

Now, with the characters…

Jace, my Jace, c’mon, what happened? I love Jace but what the heck went wrong with this snarky, strong-willed character? He’s acting like a total coward guy who keeps avoiding Clary as though what he is going through is too much to handle. I don’t understand why he’s acting like he’s the one who’s the most vulnerable here. C’mon, act like a man, Jace! His situation and the way he handles things, to be honest, don’t break my heart. It annoys me to no end.

The only thing that makes this book quite interesting is Simon, my love. 🙂 I guess he’s the only character who made such a remarkable development here. Everyone were dull and a bit smudged.

Overall, the book is not a good sequel for me, however, I am still so determined to read its next book and finish the series and hoping that it will make me happy. 🙂

My Rating for this Book: 2 Stars


4 thoughts on “REVIEW: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

  1. I have to agree, but I just learned from my little research that this was supposed to be a comic series about Simon, but then CC changed her mind and made it the fourth installment, I guess that’s why it was pretty slow and Jace and Clary were just decorations because it focused more on Simon. It took me a while to finish this book tho, now I cant wait to start City of Lost Souls.


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