City of Fallen Angels

Cassandra Clare

Shelfie Score: 48%

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Pages: 480


Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary's best friend, Simon, can't help her -- his mother just found out that he's a vampire, and now he's homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing ev...

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Eleanor Cooper

Fallen Angels is, I'd say, my least favourite of the TMI series. While it is still enjoyable, you can tell that there is a clear lull in the writing. Most of the first 50 - 70% of the book is rather slow paced in an unnecessary way. I think it could've been about 70 pages shorter and we wouldn't have missed anything. It always feels like it's going to be super dark, what with Lilith, the Church of Talto, and the demon babies, but just as it starts to get there, it kind of scurries around it. I had completely forgotten about the church and their baby experiments, and that should be something you remember. I think if she'd gone dark in this book, and went with it full-heartedly, it would've been a stronger 'first book' in the second half of the series.

That being said, it's a Cassandra Clare book, so I loved it. I like how the biblical stories are much more prominent in this book, and you can tell how the characters have matured, although I did think that (despite them being the main characters) there was too much focus on Clary and Jace, and more time could've been spent on the more minor characters (Izzy, Alec, Magnus, Maia, etc.)


Bookaxe Characteristics for City of Fallen Angels

Character and Plot:

Characters in depth

Fast-paced plot

Language and Style:

Straight to the point

Language and style central

New Information:

Pure entertainment

Introduces you to new ideas


Explores the darker side of life
Light-hearted and optimistic


No swearing or violence etc
Frequent swearing and violence etc

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