Friday, July 22, 2011

Review for City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instrument #4) by Cassandra Clare

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

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.


I finished CoFA in record time. I definitely have mixed feelings about this book. For starts, I was nervous when I found out that Simon was going to be the main protagonist in the next three books. Simon was sort of an annoying pest (especially in City of Angels) who interfered with Clare and Jace (my ultimate preference). To be honest, when I re-read the first three Mortal Instruemtns books, I skip over his parts. Well no more! I really like Simon in this book. He seems to have matured a lot. I definitely see huge character growth from him.

I feel like City of Fallen Angels was different then the previous books. It was more dark, intense and EMOTIONAL. I had no idea what was going to happen throughout and the ending was a total cliffy. A bad cliffy.

Jace and Clary's scenes were very intense in this novel. When I say tense...I mean freaking knifes involves and craziness. I started this book thinking that I would get to see Jace and Clary playing boyfriend/girlfriend for a while before the craziness started. I knew something was going to happen to disrupt their relationship but I wasn't expecting it to start on page one.

4/5 stars!

I originally posted this review in April 2011, on

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