Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review: City of Ashes

City of Ashes

By:  Cassandra Clare

Publisher:  Teen Simon & Schuster

Publish Date:  March 2009

Format:  Paperback, 453pgs, 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  2nd book in The Mortal Instruments series; Book 1 ~ City of Bones

Recommendation:  Oh YES! You read book one? You have to read book two!

Book Synopsis:
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?  Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon.  But the Shadowhunters won't let her go - especially her handsome, infuriating new found 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.  When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace.  Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

First Sentence:
The formidable glass-and-steel structure rose from its position on Front Street like a glittering needle threading the sky.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Mrs. Lightwood and Max, then later Mr. Lightwood, return to the Institute to run things now that Hodges is no longer around.  Clary's mother is still in a coma in the hospital with Luke by her side daily.  Clary is trying her hardest with her boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, along with other relationships new in her life.  Jace is having horrible nightmares and on a path of self destruction.  It seems everyone is turning on him and no one trusts Jace now that everyone knows his is his fathers son.  But are they right?  While Jace is in prison for the night in the Silent City the Soul Sword, one of the three Mortal Instruments, is stolen.  Could it be a coincidence or not?  Now not only is the cup missing so is the Soul Sword.  There has to be only one person behind all this... Valentine.  But, what is he up to?

This book is soooo definitely the middle child.  Oh, yes, this book has a story line of its own with pecks and a huge climax to that story.  But the threading storyline between these books is the one I really want to know about.  I came into City of Ashes with a few big questions.  Big questions which I was hoping to find answers for.  The first 150 pages are good, really good, but I still wonder if these books were worthy of all the hype?  At 150 pages in, Eeee.  Then when I wasn't looking Cassandra sucker punched me with her twisting ideas and happenings.  This is not a bad thing.  As I then realized once again she had drawn me into this world and characters so deeply I couldn't put the book down and I didn't even know it until I couldn't stop.  Those first 150 pages are the basis setup for the 300 pages coming afterward, that don't stop surprising and pleasing the reader.

As I got more information, but not really the answers.  The characters are all growing in their personalities and becoming a close net group to me.  I learned more of the different dark races and their abilities start to come to more into light in this book.  I also started to learn some history of the Shadowhunters.   As I enjoyed all this information I left this book with even more questions.  This need to know drove me to run out and buy the third book of the trilogy.  I am very addicted and HAVE TO KNOW.

I purchased this book for my own enjoyment.

This book qualifies for the Speculative Fiction Challenge hosted by Floor to Ceiling Books, and YA Reading Challenge hosted by Jamie Loves YA.


  1. I want to read this series so bad... I think I will have to grab it off my shelf and run away from all the other books so I can read it :)

  2. I LOVED this book! I can't wait for the fourth to come out! I'm glad you enjoyed it too!

  3. Gha, closing my eyes as I'm not done yet! I can't wait to chat about it on Friday though, so glad it's still as addicitive as book one :)

  4. Your going to love city of glass, god! thats the only thing i have to say!!:D

    you better start reading it now!!!

  5. Sheila (Bookjourney) - Thank youf or stopping by! :) Oh, I do think you would enjoy this series. :) You could go hide for a few days and get through them. :) I know I want to.

    Eli - Oh, I'm really looking forward to getting into book 3 and I think I'm going to have to have book 4 as well. :) I'm really loving the writing style and all.

    Mel (He Followed Me Home) - lol. :) I tried to keep it spoiler free. Althrough so many have already read the book. But still made the attempt. I can't wait for Friday to chat. :)

    Reipersecutoria - Oh, I have just a few books to get through this week, but I am hoping to dig into book 3 here very very soon! I NEED TO KNOW. lol. Thank you for stopping by and following.

  6. Oh, I'll have to remember about the first 150 pages. Okay, will wait until I have the 3rd and time to read them all in succession before I dive in! Thanks for the review.

  7. Melissa (Books&Things) - I think the first 150 pages hit me this way because I'm trying to not let the hype I've heard affect my reading. Oh, and I had to go get the third so I'm all set to go with it. I do have those big questions to answer now. ;) Do hope you enjoy when you dig in.


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