“I spent my life folded between the pages of books.In the absence of human relationships I formed bonds with paper characters. I lived love and loss through stories threaded in history; I experienced adolescence by association. My world is one interwoven web of words, stringing limb to limb, bone to sinew, thoughts and images all together. I am a being comprised of letters, a character created by sentences, a figment of imagination formed through fiction.”

― Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Summary from: goodreads.com

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?


City of Ashes is amazing.  It's better than City of Bones. It is more eventful! So I must rate it:

It's great ideas but it could be better, it's a little boring sometimes.

What didn't work:
Cassandra Clare has a lot of description, and a lot of times it is good, but sometimes she just goes like over the top and describes EVERYTHING! Even like the simplest thing like a bed post.  And sometimes her simile's just don't make sense.  The pacing was neutral.

What did work:
I think that the relationships in this book are just perfect to the tee.  It is just so realistic and that is hard to do because sometimes authors just make everything all perfect- (See spoiler-y discussion for more information)   Another thing is the ideas are insane and you never expect any of the things that happen to happen and it just BLOWS YOUR MIND!

Now spoiler-y discussion:

[I really liked this book.  Here's why:  This book was calling to me, I couldn't put it down and it drove me crazy! Like the parts where Jace said he only wants to be siblings and I was crying and OMG!  I also really liked when they went into the Seelie court even thought they broke Simon's heart!  It is just so deep and it adds a deep level and the queen says that they have special powers and then later in the story you find out Clary can create runes.  AND IT'S LIKE BAM IN MA FACE!!!!!!!!  Like I never knew Clary's power was THAT awesome!  But, then it gets better when you find out that the inquisitor you hate is actually has a reason for being so bitter.  And then the boat scene has to be my favorite part, there is actually two boat scenes but the one where Jace visits Valentine is my favorite because Valentine offers him to keep everyone Jace loves safe and Jace declines!! I love it because it proves he IS NOT on Valentine's side which people in the book seem to doubt!  Also when Clary destroys the book during that battle.  Then at the end you find out Simon can be in the sunlight even though he is a vampire which is a super cool ending if you ask me!]

I really reccomend this book to everyone because it is just amazing!

PS sorry that this review is before City of Bones I know it isn't in chronologiacal order but bare with us!

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  1. I'm currently reading City of Bones. I'll probably pick City of Ashes too, because even though I find the pace in the 1st book a little too slow, I still think the world developed here is interesting. And I want to know more about the characters.

    1. I agree with you. I think City of Bones went way to slow. and that's why I personall only gave it 3 stars...but the world is fantastic...and I got completely hooked as I went on..now I can't get enough of it (In my opinion so far....the 3rd book is best....and I am about to start book 5...so I hope that one is good to.)


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