Book Review: City of Fallen Angels – Cassandra Clare

*book four. takes a deep breath*


Name: City of Fallen Angels
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published April 5, 2011)


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.

Book Cover Comments

Isabelle is HAWT on this cover.

Once again


The Actual Review

I’ve heard some of my friends saying that City of Fallen Angels was kind of an extra book with some unnecessary factors.


I actually really loved this book and didn’t find it extra or unnecessary. Though I must say the ending felt a bit rushed and probably too much of a Deus ex Machina, but I support the Deus ex Machina because it makes the book fun, cliche, and just great.

A lot of the focus of this book is actually put on Simon, and I’m really glad to see Simon trying to get used to being a vampire and having newfound powers (thanks to Clary from City of Glass). The fact that everyone wants him and how Simon chooses was intriguing in the sense that, Cassandra’s captivating writing allows me to step into the World and try to choose my own. Along with rumors and whispers of the other characters of the characters in the book that might relate to Simon, it really helps build the mystery around characters, the truth, secrets behind the naked eye, ultimately leading to a “what the hell is this ending.

We finally get to see another side of Jace other than his usual closed-in/in-front-of-Clary self. Jace interacting with Simon and Simon’s friends was probably the funniest thing in the book. But Jace never disappoints me in terms of his own struggles to find his belonging within his relationships, and despite this overly long push-and-pull relationship with Clary, (I’ve gotten sick of a push-and-pull relationship in this other series that I’ve read) there was just something about it that really captivated me (not to mention this hot hot hot scene)

I love how Cassandra actually manages to put in an epic event in each book we’ve read so far, and this one was quite epic as well. Though there are many parts where I would scream DO THIS or UGH CHARACTER USE THIS THING or DANG YOU CHARACTER, the ending plot was really fun to read, exciting and very dark. DARK. The epic event in this one closely relates to this character that did a lot of damage to the plot in the previous book. Oh and I must mention, we get more DEMON fun this time.

And just to drop the bomb on everything, we end the story with a wonderful cliffhanger that left my jaw hanging and ranting to my friend ;)

City of Fallen Angels is a compelling start to the second half of the Mortal Instruments: for every rise, there is a fall.


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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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