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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  226,225 ratings  ·  13,509 reviews
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....more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 424 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Children's, Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Right after I finished this book, I had a bit of an accident. I was running with a pair of lightsabers when I tripped and fell and accidentally sliced the entire book to shreds!! Maybe it's not a good idea to run with lightsabers...

City of Fallen Angels is amazing - Oh wait, that was weird, my keyboard cut me off. This is some sort of conspiracy isn't it? Like the way that certain unnamed sites sometimes don't like to publish non-glowing reviews. I never write those. *angelic smile* Oh, did that...more
As human society evolves, so do its methods of torture

Let me start off this review with a small confession. I liked The Mortal Instruments. Yes, it was cheesy, it was derivative, and it was an embarrassment to good literature everywhere, but it gave me a couple of afternoons’ worth of guilty pleasure, and I was satisfied. I enjoyed the fast-paced action and the triumph of true love, and I was happy to leave Jace and Clary to enjoy the fruits of their labour in happily-ever-after land.

But then....more
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Official review (posted April 14, 2011):

An Open Letter to Cassandra Clare:

Dear Ms Clare,

You're not Joss Whedon. You'll never be Joss Whedon and/or J.K. Rowling, so do yourself (and everyone else) a favor: stop trying.

Yours Truly,
Someone Who Deserves Their Money Back (A.K.A. Everyone Who Bought a Copy of City of Fallen Angels)

P.S. What were you thinking?

P.P.S. No seriously, what were you thinking when you decided to revive this series? Were yo
Sep 15, 2013 Kira rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shadowhunters
Recommended to Kira by: Downworlders
Okay, let me level with you. Just to put this review into perspective, I'd like to make it common knowledge that I gave all three of the books in the Mortal Instruments five feckin' stars. I loved them. I was not blind to their flaws, and they are not literary masterpieces, but they were far too much fun for me to care about what was wrong with them. For the first time in so long I was able to just sit back and not cringe or roll my eyes or make any backhanded comments about the pathetic charact...more
Steph Sinclair

Wow, there's four days of my life spent reading this book that I'll never get back. And it normally doesn't take me that long, but I had to self motivate myself with promises of chocolate ("If you just read one more page..."), just to get through it.

I usually don't give too many books only 1 star. In fact there is only one book I can think of that angered me this much and that was The Vampire Diaries: The Return. I only got 50 pages deep into it before I flung it across the room. So I am very pr...more
Cassandra Clare really should have let sleeping dogs lie.

“City of Fallen Angels” is yet another book in the Young Adult category that lacks the “element of surprise.” The fact that this book was even written despite formerly having established that ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series to be a trilogy is evidence enough that Clare was tempted by her successes within the urban fantasy genre, and decided to continue.

The fact that Clare continued the story is not my problem; it is the mann...more
Seriously Clare? Serious-freakin'-ly?

1.) Why does everyone have to fall in love? Or in most cases--get angry with each other, fight and then fall in love again.

2.) I'm so sick of sulking Jace. No--I'm so flippin' sick of Jace and Clary. All they do is mope, make-out, mope again and profess their love for each other. Talk about beating a dead horse. Plus it's boring.

3). Honestly, the ending didn't shock me. Sorry.

4.) Is it me, or did the editing suck?

5.) What's up with all the blood? I mean, like...more
Ciara's Part Gangster-Bookworm Part Gangster-Bookworm
I watched Cassie Clare read this to some kids in France on youtube, the parts she read werent even connected to the plot, it was just about 2 pages worth of rising action, and i already have it marked down onnmy calander. This was the first book i ever read in third person and i didnt think i was going to like it. I read the first 3 pages of City of Bones and i was hooked. After that i couldnt wait for City of Ashes or Glass. After City of Glass i didnt think she would write any more because i t...more
John Egbert
Dear CC,
What is wrong with you?

I suppose it isn't really fair. After all, I did come into this book expecting to dislike it. I did have warnings that it was bad, and I did plan on heeding them. But, alas, I succumbed to the anxiety and curiosity that lurked in the back of my mind when I glanced at the pdf on my desktop.

And then it began.

Between the contrived Jace/Clary angst("OMG, joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" "No, but joo will leaves me!" "I will neva leaves joo!" and repeat),...more
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Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
GAAHHHHH! *Lets out a scream that lasts for about ten minutes*

Okay. Well. I'm not sure where to begin.

I guess I'm a bit torn on this one. Don't get me wrong. I loved it. It was epic. As good as the first three? No, but still great.

My main problem with it was, this was originally going to be a trilogy. And although a lot was left open-ended at the end of the third book, it still felt like a happy ending. The main villain was dead (and the other villain was probably dead), most of the romantic iss...more
COFAteasers (provided by Cassandra Clare here)

These are the teasers that I have Twittered so far starting January of this year. You can also find a list of the chapter titles for COFA and what they mean here. And you can even find wallpapers of the teasers here.

December Teaser:
December teaser for City of Fallen Angels. This is the LAST TEASER. Jace and Clary, midbook.
The alley and the music all fell away, and there was nothing but her...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Jul 13, 2011 Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Cassandra Clare's & the TMI series

There is something about Cassie's writing that lures me into each of her books and leaves me wanting more. I can't get enough of her fascinating, intriguing world building and her addicting characters. You know the characters whom you just can't seem to read enough about? City of Fallen Angels is full of pleasant and shocking twists and turns with some of my beloved characters, and with other previously mentioned TMI series characters. Cassie has a talent for making me invest so mu...more
Oh boy.

I first picked up CoB on a whim many many moons ago, not really knowing the author's history or the background of the book at all, and I recall when first reading it going: "Hey, this reads like fanfiction. Pretty good fanfiction, but fanfiction nontheless." Then I looked the author up online and went:

"Oh my."

But because they were fun breezy reads I continued with the rest of the series, excusing the more eye-rolly moments because she kept up a good pace.

One thing I will give Clare credi...more
Rinoa Heartilly

I swear I don't know why. It's like it's calling me.

But hey, maybe it's good for a laugh? You know, when I stopped piercing my eyes out of course.


Also, for clarification purposes, I refer to Jace as ZOMBIE, because he technically is one (being dead alive and all).

Actual review (major spoilers ahead obviously):

Simon [on Facebook] : UGH, being a teenage vampire and having two hot girlfriends is soooo HARD! I think I'm now gonna write dark poetry while listening t...more
I really don't get why there's gonna be a fourth book ; not that I don't wanna read more about Clary & Jace & the babies they'll make in the future ;) it just seems like there's no point, unless Sebastian is gonna raise from the grave and try to take over the world again like his father . . . boy i hope not. I love that he is dead. D E A D . :D I really liked Sebastian in the beginning but then I started to sense that he was fake and he was acting retarded & makinq no...more
Kat O'Keeffe
I was a little apprehensive going into this book because I'd heard some people saying it was their least favorite in the series, but I ended up really enjoying it! It wasn't as AWESOME as City of Glass, but I loved getting back into this world and seeing what Jace, Clary, Simon, and the rest of the gang were up to after the events of CoG. I love the direction the story is taking, and as usual, the humor and action were FANTASTIC! My only complaint is that I found some of the relationship drama a...more
Cassandra has been posting snippets from the book every month. So for those of you that didn't know she was doing that or haven't read them. Here they all are. Comment/speculate away! I own nothing, all these are copyright to Cassandra Clare.

Starting next spring, she'll start posting snippets from Clockwork Prince.


December Teaser:
December teaser for City of Fallen Angels. This is the LAST TEASER. Jace and Clary, midbook.
The alley and t...more

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 s...more
Diabolical dialog between Sensible Myself and Masochistic Me:

Myself: What happens when an author is twisting, hacking, slashing, violating, torturing, abusing and then raping the plot line, just to have 400 pages of meaningless text and an outcome screaming "more to come".
Me: This book.

Myself: What happens, when you read such kind of book?
Me: I wish I didn't.

Myself: Were you expecting this shit, when you picked up the book?
Me: Yes, I did.

Myself: Why, the fuck, did you read it then?
Me: I wanted...more
Katrina Passick Lumsden
Did Cassandra Clare mix up manuscripts and put the wrong characters in this book? I know it's far-fetched, but I'm trying to understand how else a bunch of funny, intriguing characters could turn into such whiny bores.

Jace is brooding and unfunny, Clary is pissy and unfunny, Simon is depressed and unfunny, Isabelle is....just sort of there (oh, and unfunny), Alec is...wait, Alec isn't there for most of it. But when he is, he's immature and unfunny. Even Magnus is unfunny. Magnus!

Let's try and...more
Not exactly sure why there will be another book, since Mortal Instruments was originally a trilogy, and the ending was really good in City of Glass.
But to be honest, I'm not complaining.
These books are quite good. Although I have to say that the big font used in them seems kind of childish. Maybe that's just me.
Hopefully this one will deliver what all the fans hope for.
Just to be clear--
That means JACE:)

Thought I'd just add something about the cover:
I like that they decided to switc...more
Apr 09, 2011 Cory rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sad,Bored, People
Recommended to Cory by: My Own Fool Self
This is all I have to say.


Have you ever had something happen that made you second guess your judgment?

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It’s kind of like that bad dream we have all had where you are transported back to high school and are walking down the hallways. When suddenly you look down at yourself and realize that you never got dressed for school, and are naked but for a pair of old socks …. AND you can’t remember your locker combination. - That is how City of Fallen Angels made me feel.

I have not read any of the Moral Instruments se...more
Jan 04, 2010 Chloe marked it as to-read
City of Fallen Angels takes place after the events of City of Glass. It shifts its focus from Jace and Clary to Clary’s best friend, Simon, and how he adjusts to life as a vampire. From the press release: “Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time...more
The more you try to crush your true nature, the more it will control you. Be what you are. No one who really loves you will stop.

Explosive Continuation to the Mortal Instruments Series!! I loved it!!

Wow!! I knew after finishing City of Glass over two years ago that I was not ready for this journey to end. Not one bit! There was so much more adventure and struggle to be had, and Cassandra Clare proved me right! What an awesome addition to the Mortal Instruments series that’s managed to hook me r...more
Yue [Wonder of living]
Dude. So I totally spazzed out when I wrote this, it seems... O_O No wonder people think I'm creepy... Heehee. I decided not to delete this, since I think it's funny.:P Full review is on the bottom people!

Oh my goodness goddess.

I can't believe it! Another Mortal Instruments?! :D

That,my friends, is going to truly be epical. (Epical is a word. ...Okay, maybe not. >_>) Haha, I even gave it five stars... It's too difficult to resist! XD

Shimmering yaaaays! (idk what that's supposed to mean. Al...more
Rachel Hartman
I'm not able to conjure up the violent hatred of some of my GR friends who've reviewed this book, but I think that's because I've only read the first book of this series. I've heard Jace and Clary had a nice resolution at the end of book three before being gratuitously pulled apart again here, but I didn't experience it and I'm not irked about it.

I will say Jace is not as vibrant here as he was in book 1. I kind of liked him there; I thought he even showed a bit of complexity in being so arrogan...more
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"Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilo...more
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“You're just worried they'll hire a male instructor and he'll be hotter than you."
Jace's eyebrows went up. "Hotter than me?"
"It could happen," Clary said, "You know, theoretically."
"Theoretically the planet could suddenly crack in half, leaving me on one side and you on the other, forever and tragically parted, but I'm not worried about that either. Some things," Jace said, with his customary crooked smile, "are just too unlikely to dwell upon.”
“You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met."
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”
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