Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publication: March 25th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy
Source: Owned

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.

-- My Rating --
4/5 Oscars: Really liked it

-- My Thoughts --

My review of City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

     Who hasn't heard of the bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments? The first book in the series was a cute, fun read and I liked it. Though, not as much as everyone who was raving about it.
     Clary and Jace have just discovered that they are siblings. Which just makes it harder, with their feelings for each other and all. But that's not the biggest issue. Someone has started murdering Downworlders and it's up to the Shadowhunters to find out who is the culprit, and perhaps, save the world as we know it.
     Okay, I have to say that Cassandra Clare's writing style is nice. Very few authors have unique writing styles that shine out from others. Cassandra Clare is not one of them. She has a typical writing style, but of course, that doesn't effect the story in any way. Because MANY authors have typical (not by any means unique) writing styles, and that's okay. The second book was just as enjoyable as the first one, even more so.
     The plot moves swiftly  there is not one moment where you are not on the edge of your seat. Begging for more information. More action. More thrill. And the author provided fully! The romance in this book is sometimes awkward, sometimes sweet. But you definitely root for the characters, each and every one of them.

     I wonder where the author will take the series from hereby on. I will be reading the third book as soon as I can fit it into my schedule. And I cannot wait to actually watch the movie, looks fantastic!


  1. I'm embarrassed to admit that I still haven't started this series!! There just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day for all the books I want to read. :)

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    1. It's a really great one
      you should start sometime

  2. I am such a big fan of the first three books of this series, City of Glass is the best. I love how imaginative the world is, and the characters are definitely full of life. I'm glad you liked CoA, Soma!

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  4. I can't believe that this is another series I haven't read yet, but I have the first few books. I really want to try to fit in at least the first one before the movie. Great review!


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