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City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  316,633 Ratings  ·  16,551 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
Jesse (JesseTheReader)
full video review / discussion can be found here:


I enjoyed this, but it just didn't wow me. I also think it struggled finding it's footing after an epic book like city of glass, but I do realize that I should consider this last portion of the series to be it's own trilogy, since that's what Cassandra Clare originally had in mind. I'm glad that I decided to re-read this before continuing on with the series, because I remembered basically nothing from this book a
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.
Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
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Lola  Reviewer

I realized something, while being completely immersed in this sequel: I’ve been a bad bad reader, in the past, toward this series. Not only because I’ve postponed reading this book (in my defence, I really had to finish Clockwork Angel first so I can actually know who ‘Camille’ is) but also for another reason entirely.


I didn’t care. I didn’t care enough about the characters before, Alec & Magnus excluded. I didn’t even try to. I mean, I liked them enough but… Alec & Magnus were the ones

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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 Kiki rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Shadowhunters
Recommended to Kiki 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
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
Apr 16, 2016 Bangadybangz rated it really liked it
Well what is there to say? I enjoyed it every bit as much as any earlier installment of TMI. I loved being back in this world and I want MORE! (thankfully there is still a LOT more ahead of me XD)

One thing that doesn't really make sense to me though, and maybe you guys can explain it, is how exactly Lilith was able to bring back Sebastian because Clary brought Jace back from the dead. Like I understand that Clary doing that upset the balance between life and death or whatever, but it seems like
Apr 12, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was ok
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
John Egbert
Sep 14, 2011 John Egbert rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Nobody.
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),
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
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Mikee Andrea Quiambao
After reading The Infernal Devices, I didn't think the last half of The Mortal Instruments would live up to the expectations that the prequels set, and this book proved me right. At least just in this case. City of Fallen Angels is by far my least favorite book in this series.

This book was just filled with stupid relationship drama. Relationship drama between no other than Clary and Jace. No surprise there! Relationship drama between Simon, Isabelle, and Maia. Relationship drama between Ma
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
Mar 12, 2016 tigerofbooks rated it it was amazing

Hello everyone! so today I want to talk about the fourth book of TMI as you probably noticed. If you have read my previous reviews of this magnificent series, then you should know how much I love these books. I feel that the plot in general that we've seen since the City of Bones has a huge connection with the singular characters. All this time of anguish and pain that I had with the relationship between Jace and Clary (something that I enjoyed as well) was finally over thanks to City
Kat O'Keeffe
Apr 27, 2014 Kat O'Keeffe rated it really liked it
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
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

This isn't really a review because honestly, I'm barely coherent at this point.

So this is me as I read the last page

And then 5 minutes later

Followed by some yelling and venting of feels to Feifei and questioning my life decisions (thanks for listening babe )

Giving it a 4-stars still because it wasn't as awesome as the 3rd book and also mostly because this one felt a little dragged out at times. But this is probably due to having it build-up into a new story arc for the next 2 books to p
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Jul 13, 2011 Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2016 grace rated it it was amazing
I remember the first time I read this, I found it to be a bit boring. However I still loved it. Reading it for the second time was even better. I really love Simon and I'm glad that most of this book was told from his perspective. I love all the characters in this book series for the purpose they serve.
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
Apr 29, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it
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
Colleen Houck
Loved getting back into the world of Jace and Clary. Really liked reading Simon's POV here. His character has grown so much in the series. He's quickly becoming my favorite. Still creeped out by the brethren who live in the cemetery.
Sep 22, 2015 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
Una cuarta parte buenísima. Tiene un ritmo genial, me ha atrapado por completo y OH DIOS ESE PLOT TWIST AL FINAL ME HA MATAO'.
La saga va a mejor
Sep 14, 2011 Stamyr rated it really liked it
Shelves: good-reads
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
Mar 16, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
I know most people say that this is their least favorite in the last three TMI books but I personally really enjoyed it. This definitely felt like a setup book and some of it was predictable (mostly because of some vague spoilers I was aware of) but there were quite a few unique plot elements that I didn't see coming.

I think Simon's story line was my favorite and I'm glad that he was one of the main POVs. Although Shadowhunters is a terrible show, I pictured Alberto Rosende as Simon (because le
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
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Hello Goodreadsers. Here's my official bio:

"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
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Other Books in the Series

The Mortal Instruments (6 books)
  • City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
  • City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
  • City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, #3)
  • City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5)
  • City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6)

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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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