REVIEW: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: 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. Everywhere he turns, someone wants him on their side—along with the power of the curse that’s wrecking his life. And they’re willing to do anything to get what they want. Not to mention that he’s dating two beautiful, dangerous girls—neither of whom knows about the other one.

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.

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. The stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

Review: I finally have a new favorite author and favorite series. Why is it that the series I avoid for awhile are the ones I end up loving the most? I did the same thing with Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver / Wolves of Mercy Falls Series and with Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games series, both of which have awesome characters and plot lines.

If you know me, then you’ll know that Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver has been at the top of my best book ever list for about a year now. Since then I’ve tried to find a book / author combo that could bump it from that spot. I carried Shiver around in my purse for way too long, and even had it signed by my favorite boy band because it was the only thing I had for writing on.

This being said, Cassandra Clare is my new favorite. She’s successfully bumped Maggie from that top spot. (I still love your books Maggie)

What did it for me was that this is the fourth book in six book series and I haven’t read the first three books, but I fell into the storyline, into the characters and the storyline. I felt like it was a cross between Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Gossip Girl. That’s the best way to describe the book and it comes off so realistic it could be or should be made into television.

It was also the third person perspective. Many books fail with switching back and forth between POV of different characters and I liked how this book is very much like Gossip Girl in the sense that we follow Simon, Clary, Jace, Magnus, and Isabelle through the book and we get to see so many angles of the story. That appealed to me, and it was because it flowed so well. I can appreciate a well written book.

The other thing is, there were enough flashbacks and liners for me to get caught up on the previous books. I wasn’t always wondering about things, because most of the time they were explained. I do have this urge to read the first three books, they are next on my TBR list.

The number one thing I liked about this book was the sexy situations. The second thing was the love story and the character’s philosophies about love. Third was how well she blends warlocks, vampires, faeries, angels and werewolves into a book. It’s not everyday you see a series that tackles all of those groups.

I give this one more than 5 out of 5.


Comments ( 3 )

  • ohio_is4_lovers says:

    Cassie Clare herself sent me here. Welcome to the Shadowhunter fandom :)..<br /><br />Once you&#39;re finished reading The Mortal Instruments series, I recommend reading Clockwork Angel also by Cassandra Clare. You&#39;ll LOVE it.<br /><br />-Jordan (

  • Larissa says:

    I LOVED City of Fallen Angels! the ending had me tearing my hair out though!!! (My relationship with cliff-hangers is a love/hate one)

  • RhiannonPaille says:

    You know what? I can see where she&#39;s going with it, being a writer myself I know that you need to set the stage perfectly for where the story is going to go. Cassandra has masterfully crafted this experience, the plot is pretty much flawless. Considering its complications and how it&#39;s like 6 – 8 different people&#39;s stories all converging into one. Seriously, I bow down to her genius.

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