Review: City of Ashes

city of ashes cassandra clareTitle: City of Ashes
Series: The Mortal Instruments (#2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 25, 2008
Pages: 453

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

“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.” – from the book cover

My Thoughts: I’m so conflicted about this series! One minute I feel lost in the story, and am enjoying it, and the next I’m annoyed, either at the writing, the characters or the story in general. But at the same time, as much as the characters can get on my nerves, I still care about them.


I get that Clary and Jace are highly likely to end up not being siblings eventually, but all their can’t-help-it passionate make out sessions still creep me out a little. I noticed a lot of people seem to hate Jace, but for some reason he appeals to me. I couldn’t tell you why exactly.

Also, I do dig Simon as a vampire. I think that will make his character a lot more interesting. I wish something would make Clary a little more bad ass. I mean, she’s all powerful with a stele now I guess, but also still mostly a wuss, not that that’s entirely  her fault. I just want her to learn how to kick some ass, like Isabelle with her whip. I love the whip. The whip is my favorite. 🙂

My Ratings:
Writing: 2.5/5
Characters: 3/5
Subject: 2/5
Originality: 2/5
Kept me interested: 3/5Overall Rating: 3/5


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