City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare

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1.) City of Bones ★★★
2.) City of Ashes ★★
3.) City of Glass ★★★
1.) Clockwork Angel ★★★

“Why is it, little Shadowhunter, that your angels are so cold and without mercy? Why do they break that which will not obey them?”

Okay, I’m going to start this review off by saying that I am reading this for the first time in 2018. I know this is almost a decade old. And I know so many of my friends hold this series close to their hearts and have a lot of nostalgia for it. But friends, this was a damn mess. Easily the worst book I’ve read from Cassandra Clare, and the themes were hella harmful and disgusting to read.

So, I’m not going to say any major spoilers, but this review is going to talk about my thoughts and feelings, which will talk about some things that have already happened in the story, and themes that have happened in this book. So, please use caution while reading this review if you are not up to date with this series.

Okay, I don’t really know how to do this review. And I’ll be honest, I’m a little scared because I know how beloved this series is. But these are the five things really made me dislike this book:

ONE: What have I complained about in every TMI book so far? Jace. I mean, I guess this book made the most sense on why he was acting the way he was, so I’ll cut him a little slack. But the dude wants to be Clary’s brother so bad, and just wants to live in pain so desperately, that it makes for a really unenjoyable reading experience.

TWO: Alec’s behavior in this book killed me. I know most of my friends love this character, but I honestly have disliked him from the start. Not only was he shitty to Clary about something she couldn’t control, but now he’s going to be shitty about Magnus and his past? I mean, he’s like 800 years old, you expect him to be a virgin? I don’t understand. And if you all want to be like, “Well Alec is still young!” Then maybe he shouldn’t be dating someone that’s so much older and more experienced than him. I mean, he obviously can’t handle it. And I also feel like there were some “stereotypical gay dude” things in this, that made my skin crawl, honestly. And how he treated an abused person at the end of this book because he’s a petty little fuck? *throws up forever*

THREE: Cheating is not okay, even if you’re young, grieving, and learning what you want from a relationship. Simon is one of my favorite characters. If I was Clary, I would have easily wanted to be with him over Jace. But I’ll never be here to make excuses for people’s shitty actions. And Simon acted really shitty in this book. And not to be too much here, but who the fuck would cheat on Isabelle Lightwood anyway? Like, what a dumbass.

FOUR: Abuse apologists’ storylines need to be canceled, and they are never okay; not in 2018 and not back in 2010. And the fact that I’ve never even seen this mentioned makes me honestly sick to my stomach. Comparing Simon’s need to eat from blood will NEVER be the same as a freshly turned werewolf physically assaulting and turning someone they “care” about into a werewolf against their wishes. There should be no redemption arc here, ever. It’s disgusting and was honestly the biggest contributing factor as to why I hated this book.

FIVE: Like, nothing happened in this book until the last four chapters. And then the “twists” felt so over the top that I couldn’t even stop the side eye if I tried. Especially the closing like of this book. Lord, help me.

And, like with all my reviews of this series, I’m going to break down my thoughts briefly on each of the main characters:

Jace – Wants to live his life in pain and annoy me forever.

Clary – Such a bland character. Like, she is supposed to be the star, true? But she’s so forgettable.

Simon – My dude fucked up.

Isabelle – My queen. Deserves the entire universe and all the stars within it. Way too fucking good for Simon at this point.

Magnus – My king. Deserves the entire universe and all the stars within it. Way too fucking good for Alec at this point.

Alec – I honestly feel like I just disliked him more and more each book. When am I finally going to see this character that you all love so much?

Luke – Planning a wedding, therefore, not in this book as much. But I still love him.

Jocelyn – Planning a wedding, therefore, not in this book as much. She’s alright.

Maia – I wish, more than anything else in this series, that she would see her worth and realize that it’s okay to be alone and it’s okay to not accept an apology from your abuser.

Jordan – The scum of this book. I have so much hatred in my heart for him. I’m going to buy Maia a “dump him” shirt. Boy, bye.

Seelie Queen – Still one of my favorites, but Clary still playing with fire. I’m hyped.

Camille – I liked her in TID and I liked her in this one. Give me all the morally grey characters, please. Especially one that gets under Alec’s skin so much.

Lilith – Like, this book was dark as fuck. All the stuff with the babies? I was honestly feeling disturbed. But she was a pretty good villain, if I’m being honest. Just a little too over the top.

Overall, I hope this is the only book I’ll give one star to in the Shadowhunter world. And I’ll be really honest, I am really starting to regret that I didn’t just start my Cassie Clare experience with Lady Midnight, because I’m truly thinking that these books don’t hold up well while I read them as an adult in 2018. I feel like this fanbase is really fueled by nostalgia and not actual substance, because this book was honestly awful. But I’m so ready to dip back into TID with Clockwork Prince! Wish me luck.

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Content and trigger warnings for medical experimentation, a lot of talk of children’s deaths, a lot of blood depiction, misogynistic comments, death, murder, cheating, abandonment, self-harm, talk of suicide, and war themes.

39 thoughts on “City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare

  1. I read this series last winter and honestly, I skipped this book.
    I read a little into it but quickly realized it wasn’t worth it and skipped onto the fifth book and really didn’t miss much.
    I completely agree on the point about Jordan. That’s not a point or lesson anyone should get out of this book. People who have been in a relationship like Jordan and Maia’s should instead get the lesson that you stated, that it’s okay to be alone and that closure is kind of bullshit.

    Anyways, another really great review!

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    1. Yessss, my love! Like… the only good thing I will say is that I just finished City of Lost Souls last night, and liked it WAY more than this. So, hopefully this will be the only CC book I give one star to. BUT IT WAS A STRUGGLE! Haha!

      I hope you’re having happy reading, my love! 💖xx

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      1. The last book to the series was definitely my favorite. I read them before I made my blog and I’ve been debating if I want to re-read them and post reviews 🙂
        I hope you are too angel! 💕

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  2. Okay YES I love this review! This was always my least favorite of the series, but I was 15 when I read TMI and never realized how problematic this book REALLY was. Thank you for putting it in perspective! And I totally agree with what you said at the end; I do love the series, but sometimes I think it’s fueled by nostalgia more than anything else tbh😅

    And also… I never really liked Alec either. I don’t get the hype!!

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    1. Brianna, this is the comment of my dreams! I literally just had to go write a comment back on GR to a person defending Alec in Lost Souls. Like, brah, no. Hahah! I will say that I really did like Lost Souls 102 times more than this. So, hopefully this will be the only CC book I give one star to! *fingers crossed* 💖xx

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      1. Ugh noooo Alec does not deserve to be defended!! He does get a little better, but I’ll never understand why everyone loves him so much?? And I agree, Lost Souls was WAY more enjoyable. I think it might actually be my favorite of the series, but COHF is pretty good too!

        I hope you enjoy the rest, Melanie!! I promise none of the other CC books are as bad Fallen Angels😭😅 Happy reading💞

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      2. Praise/bless you said you loved COHF too! Ahhh! Seriously, this made my day and made me even more excited! And honestly? Made my day! Have you read TDA yet? That’s the one I’m really craving. But now I’m all attached to Simon and Izzy…. so… I don’t want to let them go! Hahaha! 💖xx

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      3. Ahh yaaay I’m so glad you’re excited!! Seriously though COHF is super good, you’re gonna love it! And I’ve read Lady Midnight but I sadly haven’t gotten to Lord of Shadows yet 😭 I will very though! TDA is REALLY good so far, but I feel you… Simon and Izzy are the best!❤️❤️

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  3. Look at you getting through all the books! I read this series when it was just a trilogy. Then I saw a fourth book and I tried to read it…didn’t get passed the first 3 chapters. I might try again…not in the mood yet though ha-ha! Great review – I love the honesty and the detail.

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    1. Hahaha, thank you so much, love! I will say that I just finished City of Lost Souls yesterday, and I did really enjoy that one… so.. who knows how I feel about this series? Hahaha! But I can’t wait to pick up Clockwork Princess next!

      I hope you’re having happy reading, Jenna love! 💛xx

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  4. I never went past Book 4 of TMI and I’m glad I didn’t … I’m happy in my love for TID and TDA 😊😊😊
    And I really don’t think I was attached to any of the original characters much, that’s why I never tried to finish it.. but Magnus is obviously a constant across all books and hez the best… And my current love for Alec is only because of the tv show and I think the two actors make a great pair on screen…
    looking forward to your reviews for the rest of the series 😊😊😊

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    1. I can’t WAIT to watch the show after I’m done with all these, Sahi! And I will say that I just finished City of Lost Souls yesterday and… I really enjoyed it! So… I don’t even know how I feel about these additional books now! Hahaha! But… I hope you’re having happy reading, sweetheart! 💛xx

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      1. I hope you’ll have fun watching the show… it’s not that great plot wise and can be cheesy but it’s quite an eye candy 😜😜😜…
        And I’ve been in a bad slump for a couple of books and just on the way to getting out of it now… hopefully next week will be good for reading 😊😊😊

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      2. Hope you have fun watching the show then 😃😃😃 I just started off the day with Fence, the graphic novel… I have a feeling it’ll be better this week 😊😊😊

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    1. Awh, thank you so much, Courtney! I will say that I just finished City of Lost Souls and DID really enjoy it… so.. I dont know even if I’d recommend these! Haha! But this one is FOR SURE a hot damn mess! *counts the steps to get to Lady Midnight*

      I hope you’re having happy reading, beautiful! I’ll text you about Blanca y Roja when I get home. I’m 50% in and… in love! So in love! 💛xx

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  5. I read the first three MI books years ago, and while they were okay to decent reads back then, I decided to call it quits after the third. And after reading this review, boy am I glad. It just sounds like a tire-fire where everyone just kept adding fuel. Great review.

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    1. Awh, thank you so much for this comment, Carolina! Yeah, this is easily the worst thing I’ve read from CC! BUT I did just finish City of Lost Souls and I did enjoy that one, so… I don’t even know how I feel about this series as a whole. BUT I do know that I’m trash for Simon and Izzy and completely acknowledge that! Haha! I hope you’re having happy reading, sweetheart! 💛xx


  6. I totally agree with everything you said!!! I liked the first 3 books a lot, but everything just turned to complete shit here. I never really liked Alec either, and this book just made him more meh. Simon KILLED ME here with his fucked up actions, which sucks because Izzy is also my queen. I did end up shipping them back in book 5, though. I still haven’t read the last book, despite having finished the first 5 yeeeears back. 😂

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    1. LMAO! I love this comment more than words because I just finished City of Lost Souls and guess who is trash over Simon and Izzy again? IT ME! HAhahaha! I hope this is the only book that I give one star to, and then I’ll just pretend like that never happened! 💖xx

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    1. It’s been…. A JOURNEY! Haha! But so many of my friends wanted me to, and… I’m weak! BUT I do enjoy TID a lot more so… let’s hope that one continues to be fun to read!

      I hope you’re having happy reading, love! 💖xx


  7. OH MY GOD i also three-starred City of Bones, two-starred City of Ashes, and three-starred City of Glass. then i stopped after that one. i am seriously obsessed with you/99% sure you’re my soul sister

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    1. Hahahah! I just… I am a firm believe the love for this series is based on nostalgia. And… the shit don’t hold up in 2018! BUT I am really excited to finish clockwork princess and to eventually get to lady midnight! But…. the mortal instruments just… it isn’t good! (also – i love you, so fucking much)! ❤xx

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