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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare || Book Review

WARNING: This review contains spoilers for the first three books of this series.


Title: City of Fallen Angels

( The Mortal Instruments #4 )

Author: Cassandra Clare

First published: 5. April 2011.

Edition: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Paperback, 480 pages

Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult | Paranormal


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.

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◄ 2 out of 5 stars ►

Before actually going into this review, I would like to say that I have reviewed the other books in this series and you can check out my reviews for them (if you are interested in more of my thoughts on them):

Where do I even start with this review. As you can see by my rating I didn’t enjoy this book all that much, especially compared to the last two in the series (which I gave both 4 stars). There were just too many things that bothered me in this book and it’s definitely my least favourite in the series so far. I could definitely see that this was where Cassandra Clare decided to expand her original trilogy. The story just wasn’t as strong as it was in the first three books.

In my last review I mentioned that I liked Jace more than I did in the first two books and that might be warming up to him. Well, I was wrong! I hated him sooo much in this book. Him and Clary that is. I just don’t like either of those characters, be it on their own or as a couple. I really wish they weren’t the main characters of this story, I just can’t stand them. There were so many instances in this book where I wanted to shake them.

The other characters in this series I like a lot. Especially Magnus and Alec, they are definitely my favourites. I also really like Izzy and Simon. Basically all the side characters are amazing and the two main ones bother me a ton. Simon was especially great in this book, particularly because we got to read from his point of view a lot.

The thing that bothered me the most in this book is the different conflicts. More specifically the motivation behind every single conflict in this book. What might that be? No communication. Literary NO ONE talked to each other about important things in this book. It frustrated me soooo much! Okay, I get that there can be some conflicts caused by characters not communicating but EVERY SINGLE ONE?! This book wouldn’t have a plot if the characters talked to each other. Plus their reasons for not talking to each other are ridiculous as well.

You can probably see my frustration with that part, as I did rant a bit. I do plan on finishing this series, especially since I have heard from people that the last two books in the series are really good (and that they didn’t like this one either).

Have you read City of Fallen Angels? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you very much for reading my review and I hope you have a wonderful day!


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