Thursday, July 12, 2012

Book Review: City of Ashes

Warning! This synopsis is filled with spoilers from book one, City of Bones, & this review is filled with spoilers from this book!

"Clary Fray just wishes that her life would go back to normal. But what's normal when you're a demon-slaying Shadowhunter, your mother is in a magically induced coma, and you can suddenly see Downworlders like werewolves, vampires, and faeries? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who's becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn't ready to let her go — especially her handsome, infuriating, newfound brother, Jace. And Clary's only chance to help her mother is to track down rogue Shadowhunter Valentine, who is probably insane, certainly evil — and also her father.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City's Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation."

Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Year of Release: 2008
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal
Sequel(s): City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, & City of Lost Souls
What motivated you to read this book?:Well, I read the first book, so of course I'd want to read the sequel!
Book Version: Paperback
Where did you get the book?: Library
Orginal?: Yes
Preditable: Yes & No. There was some things I thought would happen that did, but everything else was unpredictable & I liked that. However, there was no surprise ending like there was last time...
Recommended to: Harry Potter & Percy Jackson fans
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
ReviewCassandra Clare has done it again! She has captivated me with another amazing work of hers. It was so well done and very well written. I applaud her work. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would, but I must admit that I got a bit tired of reading about the fights with the demons at the end. I think I like the intense parts when either Jace or Clary were talking or battling with Valentine more. I was also vastly disappointed in what happened between Jace & Clary in the epilogue. I have become so frustrated when it comes to the romance element of this story. For the sequels, I'm just going to set it aside and try not to think about it so much. For the most part I really enjoyed this book, it kept me reading and wanting more. I found it to be quite interesting how it's written in third person and switches between different characters, and you don't see just what's going on from Clary's eyes like City of Bones mainly was, but from Jacy's, Simon's, Alec's, Maia's, and even Luke's perspectives.

Favorite Quotes

"I've never felt this way about anyone. I didn't think I could." --Jace to Clary p. 182

"What do you want me to tell you? The truth? The truth is that I love Simon like I should love you, and I wish he was my brother and you weren't, but I can't do anything about that and neither can you!" --Clary to Jace p. 181

"But if you can't tell the truth to the people you care about the most, eventually you stop being able to tell the truth to yourself." --Luke p. 445


  1. Hi Emily - can I be honest? I LOVE City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass but I don't recommend reading the other ones. It was originally supposed to be a trilogy and then she figured she had a fanbase so she wrote more books. I freakin LOVE the trilogy though - Jace and Clary are great and I think Simon is hilarious!!! I loved your review.


    1. Yeah, I figured it was supposed to be a trilogy. I just finished City of Glass. I can't get enough of the characters, I'll try the last two books to see what I think.

  2. I still haven't read any books in that series! But I really REALLY need too!!
    Thanks for the review!

    P.S. I'm nominating you for another award called the Versatile Blogger award! Check out my blog for the details!

    1. Cool, thank you! And yes, you really need too! The books are brillant!!! Love them all!


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