3 stars · fiction · romance · series · young adult

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes

The Mortal Instruments #2
Book 1: City of Bones

author : cassandra clare

pages : [hardcover] 453

memorable quote : “You might want to lie down,” Magnus advised. “I find that it helps when the crushing sense of horrible realization sets in.” 

favorite characters : simon & maia

summary :

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.

review :

With City of Ashes I think that I have the same likes and dislikes that carried over from the first book, City of Bones. I’ve reread these books in anticipation of the movie coming out this summer, which I’m excited for as it looks like it’s going to be very good. Now I just need to figure out if I actually enjoy this series or if every novel just barely tempts me enough to keep me going along.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the world of the shadowhunters. I think it’s just the writing style that I have problems with. That and my inability to connect with any of the characters. Hardly any of them can easily be differentiated from one another; they’re all snarky, like getting themselves into danger, seem to talk in the same way. Simon’s life isn’t well-defined; we never even get to meet his parents. Backstories are either brushed over entirely or dumped all in one sitting. It just doesn’t work for me, while I know there are plenty of people out there who love these books.

While there are plenty of quotable parts from these books and scenes that are filled with enough action to keep me flipping the pages, I don’t think I’ll be buying more of the series. Instead I’ll get them from the library, because despite it all I really do want to see what happens, so something is working for me. And I want to start the spinoff prequel series. I can’t wait for that.

This series will either be a hit or a miss for you and City of Ashes didn’t really work for me.

3/5 stars

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