Young Delight: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Posted March 18, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 0 Comments

Young Delight: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels

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Series: Mortal Instruments #4
Genres: YA Urban Fantasy
Published by Simon and Schuster
Released on April 5, 2011
Pages: 424
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

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The Delight


It has been a handful of years since I finished up City of Glass with a feeling of satisfaction and completeness. I was perfectly happy with how things ended in that book. I think that’s partly why it took me this long to pick up the next installment of the series- I didn’t want to dink with perfection, I guess. And… after reading this one, as engaging as it was at times, I still felt that way.


City of Fallen Angels is like a season two taking on a new story arc for the same cast of characters headed by Clary, the teenager who learns that there is a supernatural world out there full of Shadowhunters, Downworlders, and demons. Clary and the gang should be celebrating a great victory, but life has a way of getting complicated. Her relationship, her friends, her family, killings, and an ancient evil bring things back to a dangerous pitch and Clary has to figure it all out fast.

I enjoyed getting back into the Shadowhunter world, encountering my favorite characters, the mysterious happenings and the twists that reveal what’s really going on. But, I didn’t enjoy the tedious times and the unnecessary drama. I might have tolerated Clary and Jace’s back and forth stuff, but I was annoyed at Alec’s drama moment over Magnus’ immortality or Simon two-timing on Isobel. Just… sigh… no patience for the teenager antics.

Once I was past the dragging middle where, yes I skimmed, it got better for me. But, I think, ultimately, the shine is off of the series for me. I kept thinking that I wished I hadn’t started this new arc and had just left the high I felt from the first three books alone. This book wasn’t a total loss and I enjoyed parts, but I think I’ll end my pursuit of the series right here for now. I still recommend the series to those who love a well-built world, excitement, and colorful characters in their YA Urban Fantasy.


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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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