City of Ashes Review

Thursday, February 4, 2010

I finally finished City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. Usually I read a lot faster, but with work and life being so busy these days, it's taking a bit longer. I can promise about two reviews a week now, which I think is fair, eh? Ok, onto the review...


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?
Taken from GoodReads

City of Ashes continues the story of Clary Fray as she discovers more about the darkness of the world she was born into. A Shadowhunter in the making, Clary teams up with Simon, Alec, Isabelle, her brother Jace, and Luke to continue fighting the threat of Valentine, Clary and Jace's father, as he seeks to conquer the Clave with the Mortal Instruments. Along the way, Clary and Jace discover they have powers far greater than they knew, and they must use these powers to save their world from Valentine. That's just one of the threats they face though because although they might just be brother and sister, Clary and Jace have a connection, and that connection might just be love.

Ok, first of all, the cover definitely didn't disappoint! While I loved the half-naked man on the cover of City of Bones, I still adore this cover. It's beautiful, it's eye-catching, and it totally fits the scheme of the book. Love it!

The book was as good, if not better than the first book. I loved the tension between Clary and Jace since the discovery that they're actually (maybe?) siblings...leading up to that oh-so-steamy kiss. Damn incest! Why did it have to be such a lovely kiss?! Cassandra Clare certainly has a few tricks up her sleeve to play with us as readers. I have to say, though, Simon bugged me in this book...a lot. I liked him a bit better near the end with all that happened, but in the beginning, I just wanted to punch him. Magnus Bane, on the other hand, grew on me this time. I really enjoy his character now. One thing I particularly loved about this book was when Alec finally came out to Jace...I thought that was great, and Jace's reaction solidified how wonderful he is.

I'm partial to sequels, so when I finally started this series, I knew I'd be hooked no matter what. This book was a stunning sequel. So many books these days are in series, but if you read one without the other, the book doesn't resonate the slightest bit of meaning. It was refreshing to read (part of) a series that can actually hold its own as individual novels, as well. I give this book a 5 out of 5, and I can't wait to read City of Glass!

23 comments:

  1. I so need to get to this series. With all the praises it gets I don't know how I missed reading this :)

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  2. Thanks for the awesome review! I really need to go buy this...

    I too was a little iffy on this book because of "in***t".

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  3. I'm really looking forward to reading this series :o) Great review!

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  4. Great review! I have the first one but haven't started it yet. I'm glad to hear the sequel is good too :)

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  5. Love this series, and that kiss was awesomeness. :)

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  6. Wow! Awesome review! I really need to start this series now.

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  7. So glad you liked it, one of my favorite series! Can't wait til you read City of Glass, its sooo good! :)

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  8. This is definitely a series I am going to read when I am done with the classics. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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  9. this really makes me jealous, i've only received my city of bones copy but you already ahead on the 2nd book >_<

    i know the books are good.reading your review confirmed what i've think of it =p

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  10. Oooh! Nice one =D I've read the first book before and it was stunning. The 2nd and 3rd are waiting for me on the shelf and your review certainly made me feel like I've to push them on top of my TBR list! *lol*

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  11. Ha, I remember being annoyed with Simon too. Awesome review!

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  12. THANK YOU for this review. My copy is coming... Probably arriving on the weekend (I hope so) and I can't wait to read it. I love Alec and his love for Jace. I really can't wait to see how he does it. God!

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  13. I definitely loved this series! It was amazingly well thought out and just when you think you figure something out, she throws another curveball at you. Enjoy the next book- its even better!

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  14. great review Melissa - and I totally agree about Simon...that kid bothered the heck out of me for the longest time!

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  15. i have 2 read this one! love this series!!!

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  16. I love this series too! Enjoy City of Glass! :D

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  17. Love that cover and I agree about books standing alone. Thanks for the review!

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  18. Thanks for highlighting a book which sounds awesome. Another for my wishlist.

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  19. i never heard of this book
    you made me drool all over my keyboard
    so now I'll have to look it up
    I guess :D

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  20. I really want to read, I´ll be doing it pretty soon :)

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  21. Great review! I'll have to read this series some day soon. :)

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  22. Great review! I have got to start reading this series!

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