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Literary Friday: City of Fallen Angels

Friday, April 15, 2011


This week I read City of Fallen Angels by Casandra Clare.  It is the fourth installment in The Mortal Instruments series, which is the best young adult series out there.  I am also a fan of her other series, The Infernal Devices. You can read my review of the first book in that series entitled Clockwork Angel here.

If you have not read the series yet, please quit reading this post and go out and either buy it or check it out from the library.  Although I will not post any spoilers about the fourth book, I am afraid that this post might contain some spoilers for the series.  Please be forewarned! Also, in my opinion, it would benefit you to read Clockwork Angel before reading City of Fallen Angels.

The action in City Of Fallen Angels begins about six weeks after the end of City of Glass. Clary Fray has returned to New York City to begin formal training as a Shadowhunter at the New York Institute. She is semi-famous now with Downworlders as she averted an all-out war in Idris. Her mother, Jocelyn, is planning her wedding to Luke, and is cautiously accepting Clary's relationship with her boyfriend, Jace.  Simon is having a more difficult time at home as his mother is suspicious of his behavior.  Plus, Simon is dating two pretty girls, Maia and Isabelle.  I think he is enjoying his newfound sexy-vampire persona a bit too much: neither girl knows that Simon is dating the other. Simon has become a player!

Clary should be on top of the world with all the good happening in her life, but she is not. Jace begins acting a bit distant toward Clary, and she cannot understand why.  Plus, Shadowhunters are turning-up dead all over New York in very suspicious areas meant to incriminate different Downworlder groups.  A new character enters the mix as well.  His name is Kyle, and he has a personal interest in Maia and Simon.

I must admit that I loved Book Four in this series; I could not put it down!  The antagonist is the most frighteningly evil being I have ever seen and makes Valentine look downright lovable.  I also liked the tie-in with Infernal Devices, as this series is the prequel to Mortal Instruments. Simon is truly developing as a character, and I hope that the next installment will have an even stronger Simon storyline.  Unlike some readers, I loved Jocelyn in this book.  So many young adult books portray the adults as either incompetent idiots or completely absent.  I think Joceyln is a great mom who only wants what's best for her daughter.

I am not sure I like where the Clary/Jace storyline is going.  I think they are a great couple, and I hope Jace is strengthened from the events in this book. There are so many cliffhangers at the end of this book: major cliffhangers.  I have so many questions about what happened, especially concerning Camille.  I think that some questions will be answered in Clockwork Prince (I hope).

I do not think this series is appropriate for younger teens unless they are very mature.  My oldest daughter Shanley loves Cassandra Clare's books, and I do, too.  Clare is a gifted urban fantasy writer, so if you enjoy the genre, you will love her writing.

Don't forget about our What We're Reading Linky Party on April 20th! Bonnie will be hosting this month.

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Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Ricki ths sounds so fascinating and I haven't read any of these yet!!

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  2. You are so very sweet to come over and leave the comments on my blog. I must confess, I am not a big reader, I don't dislike it, I just don't take the time. You probably won't like what I did yesterday, but I will tell you before I post it. I went to a local store and bought 17 hard back books. Yep, to decorate with! They are only $1.00 a piece there. Oh my friend is about to have a fit becuase she is an avid reader. Have a great week-end!

  3. Sounds like a good read, Ricki....Christine

  4. I don't know how you do it, find time to paint, raise a family and keep us all up to date on great reads! xxx tami

  5. This sounds like a great read, I have never heard of it before, will have to keep my eyes open:)

  6. JIll, you are a reading queen, this looks good, you read such interesting, diverse literature, there was actually a time in my life that I read 3 books a week. I loved the Clan of the Cave bear series and I just read that after something like 20 years a new book in the series is coming out, oh can't wait


  7. I think that's one of the series my 18 year old recommends. I haven't read any of them... yet.

  8. Although this does not sound like my sort of read I like the cover :)

  9. My sister is an avid fan of this series. We hunted our big library sale for some copies (because I foolishly passed them up the first day). I have not read any urban fantasy yet, but if I do, I think I'd have to start here as so many teens seem to enjoy City of Glass.


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