Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spoiler-Free Review of "City of Fallen Angels" by Cassie Clare

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)From Goodreads: "City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.”

When I first opened my package this afternoon and held the book in my hands my first thought was "It's so small!" and I was kinda disappointed because less book= less Jace for me to love (I'd say that it is a good 1/4 shorter than "City of Glass" is- but don't quote me on that, I am too lazy to check the page numbers). But then I had to remind myself, "Hey Avery... 'Member that time that you thought that this series, your most favourite book series in the entire world and the book series that pretty much defines your life, was going to be three books and now it is six book? Yeah, you remember that? So you CANNOT COMPLAIN THAT IT IS SHORT BECAUSE YOU WERE ONLY ORIGINALLY GOING TO GET THREE BOOKS. YOU GOT AN EXTRA THREE BOOKS SO JUST GET READING IT ALREADY!" So yes...

I don't think that I have ever experienced such an emotional roller coaster than I did while reading this book. On one page I could be laughing my butt off at snarky comments from equally snarky characters and the next page my heart could be stomped upon so hard that nothing, not even an iratze, could heal said stomped upon heart.

Upon finishing this book I have come to realize how flat the characters truly were in the earlier books and it sounds kinda dumb when I say it, because I wouldn't have in a million years considered them to be flat- but compared to this book? Yep, totally flat. Why I say that is because in this book each character's personalities shined and flourished like they never have before. Each and every character has grown enormously and characters that in the earlier books I felt only "meh" towards? Well, I feel head over heels for them in this book (ie. Alec and Izzy) and the characters that I previously loved? Jace, Clary, Simon, Magnus? Well I fell even harder for them (which I didn't think was possible).

As for the Jace front? Well, it is obvious that he loved Clary in the earlier books, but I never fully understood to what extent he did. I didn't fully grasp exactly how much she meant to him until last week (or around then) when Cassie posted the scene from "City of Ashes" when Jace, Clary, and the gang go to see the Seelie Court in Jace's POV (READ IT HERE, IT IS AMAZING). And in this book? Well it is totally obvious how much he truly cares for her this book. 

Though this book give us the lovey-dovey-ness that we all expected, it is by far the most action packed and darkest book of the series, and as mentioned, one page you will be laughing, the next you will be bawling your eyes out and hyperventilating. I don't think that anyone will be disappointed by this book.

Rating: 4/5

PS. Dear Cassie Clare, you are somewhat evil. You give us a major cliff-hanger ending and now we have to wait for pretty much forever for "City of Lost Souls". Thanks. A. Lot. ;)



  1. Yay Yay Yay Yay! I cannot wait! Even though it's a little shorter than the other installments, it sounds like it more than makes up for it with the characters. I have mine on order and I'm dying for it to come! Thanks for this spoiler free review, I was hoping it was going to be as good as the first 3!

  2. Gah, can't believe you've finished this already! I'll be lucky if I can get this read at all this month. But YAY! As if I could be any more excited to read this book before I read this review, but now... can't wait!

  3. OMG it sounds amazing! I cant wait to read it! Awesome review! =)

  4. I finished this at 2 am last night (this morning...hehe). And I have to say that I agree with everything this post is saying. Lovely review. <3

  5. great review!I enjoyed the iron queen way more than the first two books, if it weren't for this book I don't think i would have been interested in the iron prince... I think meghan did a whole 180 which I am so glad about, it was about time she grew a pair.. i seriously couldn't stand her in the iron daughter.. I am glad you enjoyed this series, it's definitely good!

  6. ooops lol that comment was for your iron queen review I was not paying attention lol, I guess that's what happens when you are reading blogs while you are in class...

    i didn't read your spoiler free review of CoFA because i am still waiting on my copy to arrive from B&N, im happy you enjoyed it so I know I will enjoy it..... i did read it ends in a cliff hanger damn that cassandra clare!!!!! lol..

    it will feel like forever until the next book comes out... I can't wait to see that cover

  7. Wow, you got this review up fast! I don't think I've seen any other reviews for this yet. I haven't read this series yet (shame!), but it looks really good. I gotta get caught up before the next one comes out!

  8. Oh, I've been reading the trilogy and just finished them. LOVED THEM!!! Sorry had a moment. But I had to rush out to buy this one. I just have to read a few books before I get into it. :) This will be my goal to work towards. :) Thanks for the great review. Now I have to be strong. :)

  9. @Stephanie, I totally dropped everything yesterday (including my big essay due tomorrow) so that I could finish it... It was worth it... ;)

  10. Sounds like it is a hit. :)

    THANKS for the review and comments.

    I am stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.




Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!

Though I appreciate awards I have decided to make my blog an "award-free zone". Unfortunately I do not have the time to hold up my end of award-giving. But again, I appreciate you thinking of me!

Copyright © 2010 - Avery's Book Nook - is proudly powered by Blogger.

Blog background and header is property of Avery's Book Nook- any violators will be eaten by a hobgoblin.