Young Delight: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

Posted March 18, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 20 Comments

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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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3 years ago

Okay so, I did manage to finish this particular series(over a long period of time) and found that it could’ve been done with three books. I got tired of the drama as well and I couldn’t take much more of how Clary kept talking about how beautiful Jace was. It does have good bits but sometimes that’s just not enough. πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Cricket

I’m actually glad to know that someone else felt the same way. I had that guilty feeling b/c others have loved even the books after the first three, but… that ship has sailed for me, I guess. Thanks, Cricket!

3 years ago

That sounds a bit weird how the previous book was a good ending and even after this book you still feel that way. Makes me wonder why the author decided to write another book in the series. It does sound fun to be back in a world you enjoyed, but that’s too bad about the too much drama. Sometimes it’s better to stop a series when you still enjoyed it, just so the newer books won’t ruin that feeling. I never picked up this series, but I have heard a lot of things about it.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Lola

I never thought I’d feel that way about authors or series I love, but this is the second one in a month where I feel I should have stopped when the old series arc finished and not kept going.

It was unique and exciting so I’m very glad to recommend the first three. πŸ™‚

Nadene@Ttly addicted 2 reading

I am sorry this installment did not work for you. I understand not wanting to continue the series.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I didn’t know what to expect since it felt pretty finished in the third book, but I wasn’t far along when I realized that, though the secrets part was interesting, all the soap opera teen drama was doing me in and dashing aside all the firm commitments that were established at the end of the last book. So yeah…

Angela @ Simply Angela

I’ve heard good things about this series but I’ve yet to read it. Sorry to hear the shines worn off the series for you.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Well, I was definitely impressed with the first three and there were aspects of this one that were great, but to see all the firm relationships just disintegrating just because was frustrating for me. I’d definitely recommend the series- through book three for sure. LOL

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

My oldest loved these book. Glad to see you catching up on tbr books πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I can definitely see why. A unique world, excitement, suspense, colorful characters…. πŸ™‚

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
3 years ago

I’m not much into YA these days Sophia Rose but there are a few I’ve enjoyed, Sorry this didn’t do it for you.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

Yes, I think I’m working my way further and further away from them. There are still a few that I love and a few new releases that come along to grab me. I should have stopped while I was doing good with this series. πŸ™‚

Anna@herding cats&burning soup

Oh no. Sad when they lose that shine and while not terrible just not as powerful. I have the early ones on my shelves somewhere so will definitely check out those first 3.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Yes, I think that’s what got me irritated- more at myself for ruining the high. πŸ™‚

Oh fun! I do hope you get a kick out of them when you get the chance.

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I just listened to Lady Midnight and LOVED it. Really loved it. Sorry this wasn’t a hit for you. Lady Midnight was the first book I have read by Cassandra Clare so I don’t know her other work. Of course I have heard about it and have seen bits of that movie about her books but really haven’t read anything. After so many books I don’t know how it can still be original. Time to move on I think…

Sophia Rose
3 years ago

I’ve heard that Lady Midnight was really good. I’m going to try her Infernal Devices series next with Clockwork Angel to see if a different setting and characters will perk up my interest again. But yes, moving on, for sure, Mary!

Tanya Atkinson
3 years ago

I think a lot of readers feel similarly and would have been more than happy to have the series end as a trilogy. I actually enjoyed the entire series but it sounds like you might be better off calling it quits. πŸ™‚

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Tanya Atkinson

Yeah, maybe if I’d just kept reading straight through as each book released, but the gap of several years made me less tolerant, I think. I’m going to jump to one of her other series and start fresh. I like her writing.

Jess Haight
3 years ago

I haven’t read this series- but I do have the second book. Maybe now that they are all out I should get the first and read them back to back. It can be hard reading a series if there is a wide gap in the books.

Sophia Rose
3 years ago
Reply to  Jess Haight

This is true. I’m pretty sure waiting a few years effected my enjoyment. I got cocky and did that with the Lunar Chronicles between books two and three so thought I’d be alright with this one. But no… LOL

Its a great bit of creative worldbuilding and an exciting twisting plot so I hope you enjoy them, Jess. πŸ™‚