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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 thanClary 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....

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City of Ashes Reviews

  • Patrick
    2019-04-20 13:58

    This book cost me around 600 dollars. When I'm traveling to and from conventions, I use the airplane time to catch up on my reading. A lot of times this means I'm taking the opportunity to read books that have been popular for a while, but that I haven't gotten around to. I feel like I should be aware of the landscape. Anyway, on my way home from Seattle, I had a layover in Minneapolis. I grabbed this book so I'd have something to read while I was eating dinner in the airport. So I ate dinner, and I read the book, and I lost track of time, and I missed my plane. I ended up having to rent a car and drive the three and a half hours back to Stevens Point. You win this round, Cassandra Clare....

  • John Egbert
    2019-04-17 17:56

    John no longer uses this account. I have no patience for this bullshit any longer. There are many ways to state an opinion that is in disagreement with this review, and so far, many of you have FAILED to do so. I will no longer tolerate disparaging comments. Rethink them if you don't want me to delete them. Thanks,John's SisterPS: John is not male. She changed her gender status so she would not receive misogynistic comments, or gendered insults. JFYI.I will tell the complete and honest truth. And I will tell it right now.I...I...I...I don't...*takes deep breath*Idon'tlikethisstory!It's true, okay, it's true!Let me explain!I've never liked Cassandra Clare. In fact, I hate her writing. So it surprised me in this story that I could even deal with her prose. Deal with it, mind you. It surprised me even more that I could read through it somewhat smoothly. So my problem isn't with her prose.It's Alec and Magnus.Yes, you read right.Read it again.My problem. Is with. Alec. And. Magnus.*sigh*Okay, before you dub me as a homophobe and move on, allow me to explain.Alec and Magnus, apart, I like them. Magnus has a certain charm which, to a point, you have to respect. Alec isn't a bad guy, and when he isn't bitching at Magnus or Clary, you can't really have a problem with him either. (Although he does angst quite a bit, so does everyone in this series, so you can get over that.)So, you may ask, what is my problem? I claim to like the characters enough, so why can't I like them together?Ah, let me give you one word, my dears, execution. Clare doesn't know how to execute much of anything correctly, especially her ideas that seem to be original. She'd rather write her less original ideas (Ginny Bella Clary and Draco in Leather Pants Edward Angstyer Harry Jace) to "perfection" than the actual ideas that might be worth something if she tried.My first problem?Magnus's body language creeped me out.Now, one of my friends pointed out that a 100 year old warlock is BOUND to be creepy. This is my point. In this story, I keep getting creepy perv vibes off of him. Now, I know the typical response "Magnus is really seventeen! He hasn't mentally or physically aged a day!" This is nice, but it's just impossible. After you've lived for that long, it's just...preposterous that you would be able to just ignore everything you had to go through. He's the high Warlock of Brooklyn, if I'm not mistaken, and he had to learn SOMETHING to get in that position.It's just the little things that he does that steer me away from him. Probably, it was the thing of wearing the jeans so low on his hips Alec had to look away. That sort of kept me looking like this,Yeah, like that.I'm not that much of a prude, but come on. That just weirded me out.Moving on,Then we have Alec. Oh, Alec. Insecure, emo, closeted gay. Okay, this is cute, but what else? What makes Magnus attracted to him? What makes him attracted to Magnus? In this story, we're shown their relationship. Basically,Alec is gay.Alec likes Magnus.Magnus likes Alec.Alec doesn't want anyone to know he is gay.Thus, he doesn't want anyone to know he likes Magnus.Magnus is exasperated at this.That is the basis of their relationship. Thankfully, we fix this later and get rid of the last three. So, we have.Alec is gay.Alec likes Magnus.Magnus likes Alec.And that is it. Not that I find anything wrong with this, but...come on. And later we have to create fake conflict for them, because we're running out of actual conflict and apparently even Clare is getting bored of writing the same thing over and over again.Okay. This is cute.So, besides Magnus's slightly creepyness and Alec's...generallyness...there isn't much there. I don't see why I should like them. I mean, they aren't annoying together or anything, but there just isn't......There just isn't...Any...Ijustcan'tseeanychemistry!There, I said it! Okay, I said it!Basically, after a while, I was just looking at the screen like,Cuuute.Basically, what I'm saying?Alec = Okay.Magnus = Okay (kind of a creeper, but okay).Alec + Magnus = xx = [image error]Okay. Now what?Merged review:Fans of The Immortal Instruments -- [image error]I've decided to rate this 2 stars. That's all I can give it.Here we go --First thing's firstCharactersJACEThe meme that most describes him?Yes. Jace is a jackass. That much of a jackass.In fact, this meme doesn't even do Jace justice. Jace is the reason I hate this book. Jace is not just a jackass -- he is a gigantic asshole. He bosses Clary around constantly, to the point where logic is twisted just so they can end up at the same place together. He thinks himself higher than everyone else, picks fights for no reason (to the point where he goes in a pub full of werewolves who just lost a cub(no older than fifteen) and berates them for feeling sad about this -- WTF?), and is a general awful person.The worst part?Because of his "BWWWAAADDDD PWWWAAASSSTTT" we're supposed to be sympathizing with this self absorbed FREAK! Let me tell you this, I don't give a flying banana leaf(yes, running out of euphemisms here) how tortured or depressed or loony this guy is, if he is an asshole he is an ASSHOLE, no questions asked! I am not going to excuse him for it because he has a little wangst material!Don't get me wrong, Jace's life sucks, sure -- but I don't CARE. It can suck and suck and suck -- that doesn't give him an excuse to be such an asshole all of the time. Everytime Jace comes up in the book, I want to curse at him. I want to kick him and scream at him. I WANT HIM DEAD IN THE GROUND.Jace ruined this novel for me than anything else. The self absorbed jerk.CLARYActually, Clary isn't as annoying as I thought she was going to be. If she wasn't such a Mary Sue and a moron, maybe I could like her.Firstly,Let me give you the meme that describes Clary,[image error]Also,Firstly, Clary is such a flaming Mary Sue.She can create her own runes. Runes in this world are like spells in the Harry Potter world. Let's take Harry. Imagine he can create his won spells -- on the spot, mind you. Lets imagine they always work. Now, make his dad Voldemort. He's not a chosen one anymore, but his dad being Voldemort should make up for that, amirite?Her own BROTHER wants her. As in, wants to mate with her. Wants to run away with her. Gross.Secondly, she is an idiot.And by idiot, I mean utter and complete moron."Clary could see why they were called the Fair Folk, for they were fair indeed with their pale lovely faces, their wings of lilac and gold and blue—how could she have believed Jace that they meant to harm her."Can I roll my eyes? Just because they look prrrtttyyyy, THEY CAN'T HARM ANYONE?? She is a block of wood. A prop. I was surprised that the story was even told from her point of view. She is rarely active. The entire novel, everything is happening to her, which can get vastly annoying. She isn't as whiny as Jace, thankfully, and not nearly as much of a jackass. But she is just...a block of wood.She is also a doormat. She lets everybody walk all over her -- and only protests when it has to do with Jace!She had to be told FIVE TIMES not to touch the magical fairy drink that would keep her dancing forever. FIVE TIMES. You'd think that after that long living in such an unpredictable magical world, she would have gotten a little bit of common sense and thought "Oh God, maybe...just MAYBE...this isn't a good idea! Maybe I should listen when people who have lived in this world their entire lives talk to me!"She never has any ideas. She never contributes anything. The only saving grace is her stupid rune making skills, which aren't used in the slightest to actually do important things.Honestly, if Clary was cut out of this book and replaced with a plant, I doubt it would have made much of a difference.MAGNUSA delicate mix between,and,The first thing that set me off about him was that he seemingly popped out of nowhere, only to be a healing plot device.Nobody had met him before, besides Alec.EDIT! : Actually, as lovely Jillian corrected me below, they HAD known Magnus. This is odd to me, because from their reactions upon encountering them, it seemed like they had no idea who he was. Well, another reason as how I don't think very highly of Clare's writing skills. I don't care if I come into a book seventy volumes late -- there are some things I should be able to pick up! This happens to be one of them. The second thing that set me off was when Alec sat on an end of a couch, only because (as Clare narrates) "it was as far away from him as possible". I get that this might have been because he didn't want anyone to think he was Magnus's boyfriend. I can deal with that.But then we have number three."Mother." Alec's voice as he interrupted his mother was firm, implacable, and not unkind. "Father. There's something I have to tell you." He smiled at them. "I'm seeing someone."Robert Lightwood looked at his son with some exasperation. "Alec," he said. "This is hardly the time.""Yes, it is. This is important. You see, I'm not just seeing anyone." Words seemed to be pouring out of Alec in a torrent, while his parents looked on in confusion. Isabelle and Magnus were staring at him with expressions of nearly identical astonishment. "I'm seeing a Downworlder. In fact, I'm seeing a war—"Magnus's fingers moved, quick as a flash of light, in Alec's direction. There was a faint shimmer in the air around Alec—his eyes rolled up—and he dropped to the floor, felled like a tree."Alec!" Maryse clapped her hand to her mouth. Isabelle, who had been standing closest to her brother, dropped down beside him. But Alec had already begun to stir, his eyelids fluttering open."Wha—what—why am I on the floor?""That's a good question." Isabelle glowered down at her brother. "What was that?""What was what?" Alec sat up, holding his head. A look of alarm crossed his face. "Wait— did I say anything? Before I passed out, I mean."Jace snorted. "You know how we were wondering if that thing Clary did would work or not?" he asked. "It works all right."Alec looked supremely horrified. "What did I say?""You said you were seeing someone," his father told him. "Though you weren't clear as to why that was important.""It's not," Alec said. "I mean, I'm not seeing anyone. And it's not important. Or it wouldn't be if I was seeing someone, which I'm not."Magnus looked at him as if he were an idiot. "Alec's been delirious," he said. "Side effect of some demon toxins. Most unfortunate, but he'll be fine soon."Can someone tell me that making your boyfriend forget what he was saying when he was just about to admit to his parents that he was seeing you is NOT creeper behavior???VALENTINEThere is a problem when I type your villain's name into Google and get a bunch of hearts and people kissing.However, I can move past this if your villain is actually menacing in the book. Valentine is not. I struggle to care about whatever he does. When Jace being an asshole outshines this guy murdering CHILDREN for some freaky power ritual, there is a problem.*sigh*ANYWAY,Those were the biggest problems, characterwise, I had with this book.Secondly,The Runes*sigh* It'd be nice if we could have actual RULES for these things. Like, levels of runes one can preform. What happens if you draw a wrong rune, what makes a rune -- you know, actual creative thought. Could we have explored this, when, I dunno, Clary was CREATING runes???Too much to ask, I suppose.Thirdly,Plot of the bookIn picturesFirstly,Then some Jace angst.Then some werewolves.Then Jace being a jackass.[image error]Then some kissing. (Well, eventually anyway)Then some...vampires? Well, somewhere in the story there are vampires.Then, more boredom.Give or take more werewolves, more Jace being a jackass, Clary idiocy, and LOTS and LOTS of boredom...And then we get a bad guy showdown...It's a hell of a lot less interesting that that, though. More like this,And that's pretty much it.Oh, more kissing though.Fourthly,I am bored...So, I will end this review. I've pretty much hit the nail on the hammer with everything that annoyed me anyway.However,YOU CAN LOOK NOW, THE IMMORTAL INSTRUMENTS FANS!I will state what I like.MaiaMaia was one girl who I liked. She was interesting, she didn't stand around and do nothing -- she acknowledged Jace as an asshole and didn't try and throw him pity parties because he had a hard time -- she fought (most) of her own battles, and wasn't an annoying and whiny brat.HIGH FIVE. Maia and SimonSimon himself wasn't enough to get me to like him. He was a quipster, mostly, and his quipsterness with Maia's general awesomeness is a win. Her personality can suffice for his. I liked them together. They had chemistry. They had something. I liked how the "Children of Night" and "Children of Moon" finally got along -- to show that, HEY, we DON'T have to hate each other just because our ancestors did.That, was a win!Things I didn't MindAlec,Isabelle...Alec?......Isabelle???......ConcludingOver all, this book wasn't my cup of tea. And I would not recommend it to anyone. BUT that doesn't mean there aren't some things that I DO like about it. Like Maia. And Simon.Woo. That was long.If You Are Enraged at My Review, Read This!This if my personal opinion and IF you feel like making a rebuttal to my points, please feel free to do so. However, I'd appreciate it if you refrained from ad-homenim attacks (aka Namecalling), saying I "don't get it" or "don't liek don't read". I'd really appreciate that.ADDITION YAY!10/16/2011How I became a devoted Jace/Simon shipper(Excerpt from the book.)Jace sank to his knees, still holding Simon's shoulder. He thought hopelessly of Clary, of her pain when she found out, of the way she'd crushed his hands in hers, so much strength in those small fingers. 'Find Simon. I know you will.'And he had. But it was too late.When Jace was ten, his father had explained to him all the ways to kill vampires. Stake them. Cut their heads off and set them to burning like eerie jack-o'-lanterns. Let the sun scorch them to ashes. Or drain their blood. They needed blood to live, they ran on it, like cars ran on gasoline.Looking at the ragged wound in Simon's throat, it wasn't hard to see what Valentine had done. Jace reached out to close Simon's staring eyes. If Clary had to see him dead, better she not see him like this. He moved his hand down to the collar of Simon's shirt, meaning to tug it up, to cover the gash.Simon moved. His eyelids twitched and opened, his eyes rolled back to the whites. He gurgled then, a faint sound, lips curling back, showing the points of vampire fangs. The breath rattled in his slashed throat. Nausea rose in the back of Jace's throat, his hand tightening on Simon's collar. He wasn't dead. But God, the pain, it must be incredible. He couldn't heal, couldn't regenerate, notwithout—Not without blood. Jace let go of Simon's shirt and dragged his right sleeve up with his teeth. Using the jagged tip of the broken strut, he slashed a deep cut lengthwise down his wrist. Blood gushed to the surface of the skin. He dropped the strut; it hit the metal floor with a clang. He could smell his own blood in the air, sharp and coppery.He looked down at Simon, who hadn't moved. The blood was running down Jace's hand now, his wrist stinging. He held it out over Simon's face, letting the blood drip down his fingers, spill onto Simon's mouth. There was no reaction. Simon wasn't moving. Jace moved closer; he was kneeling over Simon now, his breath making white puffs in the icy air. He leaned down, pressed his bleeding wrist against Simon's mouth. "Drink my blood, idiot," he whispered. "Drink it."For a moment nothing happened. Then Simon's eyes fluttered shut. Jace felt a sharp sting in his wrist, a sort of pull, a hard pressure—and Simon's right hand flew up and clamped onto Jace's arm, just above the elbow. Simon's back arched off the floor, the pressure on Jace's wristincreasing.

  • SKB
    2019-04-19 17:51

    All right, so when we last left our creepy incestuous couple, Draco had just found out his dad was Voldemort, not Lucius Malfoy. Clarmione also found out that Draco was her brother, so that hot makeout session they'd had partway through the first book was now kind of icky, and further physical involvement strictly verboten.So Voldemort is still alive! Oh noes. Enter the Clave and the Inquisitor, Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge has been sent to see if Draco is telling the truth that he had no idea Voldemort was his dad this whole time (we were led to think Voldemort was dead because he blew up his house and left body parts that actually belonged to the real Malfoys, in a move reminiscent of Peter Pettigrew blowing up a ton of Muggles and his pinkie finger in order to frame Sirius Black). Ronrry is still in love with Clarmione, and they start dating, especially now that Clarmione is trying to squash down her incestuous feelings for her brother. Her mom is still in a coma.Voldemort meanwhile has the Mortal Cup, which, like, makes Inferi. So there's this sword, see, that knows when you're telling the truth. Kind of like Veritaserum-blade. It's held in the Silent City. Umbridge takes Draco down there and locks him up in the Silent City's Azkaban. But while he's there overnight, Voldemort shows up, kills the blind, mute monks, and steals the sword.Meanwhile, Clarmione and the Scoobies hurry down to the City of Bones to rescue Draco, and she uses some crazy Alohamora charm to open the doors and manacles, but it, like, totally blows the motherfucking place apart. This may be important later.It turns out the sword Voldemort has stolen is also a Mortal Instrument. It is the same sword the angel had in the Garden of Eden, when, you know, stuff happened after Adam and Eve sinned or something. So it's a tool of heaven, but there's this thing, see, where if you dip the sword in the blood of child versions of each of the four cool kinds of Downworlders (faerie, vampire, werewolf, warlock), you can, like, convert the blade into a Crazy Tool of Sin that makes all demons bend to your will and also calls them into your dimension. Or something. Obviously, Voldemort wants this very much.Voldemort already has the warlock blood from this stupid little shit from the prologue who summons a Boggart for him and then dies of fear. Turns out the stupid little shit warlock's biggest fear was that his pentagram would not hold back the power of a Boggart. Winning! Then he kills a faerie child in Central Park or some shit, and now the Seelie Court is Displeased. You don't fuck with faeries, man. You just don't.Draco is still in big trouble with Umbridge.Hoping for help, Draco, Clarmione, Ronrry, and, I don't know, Xander and Willow? Anyway, they all go to the Seelie Court to talk to the Faerie Queen. She's convinced it's the vampires, I mean, OBVIOUSLY, since vampires drain things of blood and stuff. She says that Draco and Clarmione have certain gifts that Voldemort gave them in creepy science experiments or such. Also, it is important to note that faeries are tricksy! They are tricksy and not to be trusted! The faeries lay out a faerie picnic for Draco, Clarmione, Ronrry, and the Scoobies. Draco tells them not to eat anything, but Clarmione has dipped her finger into the goblet and crushed a flower petal, then a pixie thing bites her finger, and she sucks on her finger, also drinking a bit of the juice. And once you've eaten faerie food, you have to stay in the faerie kingdom.Draco's like, "This is effing ridiculous!" so the Faerie Queen agrees to let Clarmione go if she kisses the person she desires most in the world. And, hint, it's not Ronrry Pottsley. So there's a full-on V.C. Andrews disturbing brother-sister make-out session that ... wow, it goes on for quite some time. And everyone's watching. The Faerie Queen is obviously a V.C. Andrews fan, because she lets Clarmione go, but Ronrry won't look at her, and he runs off as soon as they're back in Manhattan.Um, so then Ronrry gets turned into a vampire. I'm serious.Snapin and one of the wolves from his pack, Leah, get attacked by the slug things from Doublemeat Palace. He shows up in Bella's truck. Leah's badly injured. She also freaks out when she runs into Ronrry the Vampire, even though they were sort of friendly earlier. Snapin says he's going to the truck to repark it, but he disappears, and Clarmione and Draco go in search of him, fighting off more slug things. Snapin is also crazy injured, so Gay Xander calls his fab Grand Warlock secret boyfriend to come heal everyone up.Draco sneaks off, having found out from Doublemeat Palace Slug where Voldemort is hiding. He rides Sirius Black's vampire-owned flying motorcycle to the Black Pearl ship in the middle of the East River. He is faced with a Boggart, and he sees Clary dead. Voldemort calls off the Boggart, and then he's all, "If you join me, Skywalker, I will make sure none of your friends get hurt." Draco holds the sword for a moment and sees all the demons about to break through into our dimension.The Scoobies are trying to figure out what Clarmionie's gift is, and she can, like, write Runes that no one even KNOWS, kind of the way Lyra can read the Althiometer. They challenge her to create a Rune to take away fear, and she TOTALLY DOES. They put it on Gay Xander's body, and then when Gay Xander's parents show up, he has SO LITTLE FEAR that he just about outs himself from the Big Gay Shadowhunter Closet until Draco stops him.Umm, what else? Umbridge catches up to them again because she'd put a tracer on the shard of the two-way mirror thing that Sirius gave Harry and he'd see Dumbledore's eye in--remember that? Anyway, so she knows exactly where Draco's been and locks him up until further notice in a room at Hogwarts-Manhattan campus, putting him in this magical cage made of angel blades and electric fencing. She says her plan is to trade Draco to Voldemort for the Mortal Instruments. Of course Voldemort would choose his own son over a cup and a sword, right? Umbridge seems upset about SOMETHING LIKE MAYBE HER SON WAS KILLED SOMEHOW BY VOLDEMORT, but no one can figure it out even though it's pretty obvious if you have more than one working brain cell.The cage, however, doesn't have a lid, because Umbridge isn't that smart, so Draco, with Gay Xander's help, leaps out of the top like a cat, or perhaps Superman. Meanwhile, Leah has leapt out the window to go apologize to Ronrry. But then she runs into the ghost of her dead, sociopathic, abusive twin brother, and really it's the Boggart, and Voldemort catches her! Ronrry is on the phone with Clarmione when he says that someone is breaking into his house. It's Voldemort. Somehow Draco puts together that Voldemort needs child vampire and child werewolf blood still, and that that's why he wanted Ronrry the Vampire and Leah. The Vampire fell in love with the Werewolf. I mean, the vampire and the werewolf wake up on the Black Pearl in the East River.Gay Xander and Willow eavesdrop outside the room where Voldemort has hologram-conference-called in with Umbridge, where he rejects her offer, and she's all, "What the what?" Gay Xander and Willow bust in and tell them everything that's going on, and Umbridge goes slightly catatonic, but calls the rest of the Clave and the adult Order of the Phoenix people who are around at the moment.Ronrry and Leah are chained up on the Black Pearl. Voldemort comes in and slashes Ronrry the Vampire's throat.Draco and Clarmione and Snapin climb into Bella's truck, and they race off to the Black Pearl.Big Gay Warlock has put a charm onto Bella's truck and changed it to the Weasley's Ford Anglia, which now is like a duck boat and can drive right over the water. Draco asks Clarmione to put the "fearless" rune on his skin, which she does.Big battle, demons, whatever, it goes on forever and I really don't care. Umbridge dies saving Draco. Clarmione finds Leah, who tells her that Ronrry is dead. She frees Leah and runs to find Voldemort.Draco finds Ronrry's body ... but he's not dead ... yet. Draco lets him feed off of him like that one time in Season 3 of Buffy when Angel gets hit with that arrow dipped in poison that is deadly to vampires unless they drink the blood of a Slayer, and Buffy punches Angel in the face until he drinks from her. It's kind of like that. So Ronrry is just fine. Draco then kills the Boggart because he is FEARLESS, see? He's fearless.Clarmione tries to face off with Voldemort, and everyone ends up in a room together: Clarmione, Voldemort, Draco, Ronrry, Leah. Wait, is Leah there? I don't remember, and I just finished the book like half an hour ago. Anyway, it looks like they're all going to die horribly and Voldemort is going to win, but then Clarmione draws this Rune on the floor that makes the entire Black Pearl disintegrate and explode simultaneously.They do that Harry Potter thing where everyone is unconscious after the big battle thing, and when they wake up, they get the explanations and the denouement. Everyone thought Clarmione was dead, and Draco saved Ronrry by putting him on a floating metal hunk in the river, much like Leo di Caprio put Kate Winslet on the door so she doesn't freeze in the Atlantic after the Titanic sinks. The sun is rising, and Ronrry will die and explode because sunlight-non-sparkly-vampires-it-burns syndrome. But it turns out he's just fine because he was mostly filled with Draco blood. He's still a vampire, but he won't be killed by the sun.Ronrry breaks up with Clarmione because he thinks he'd be better off with another Downworlder, like, hanging out with Leah. Because they are a crazy vampire/werewolf couple who can totally MAKE IT WORK.Clarmione is going to tell Draco that fuck it, she doesn't care if it's incest, but then Draco's all, "I'll just love you as a brother, because that's what you want, right?" And she agrees.Then there's a lady waiting outside the hospital where her mom's still in a coma. It turns out that her mom put the coma on herself so Voldemort wouldn't get the answers he wanted out of her. The lady was apparently the Secret-Keeper in this scenario, so she tells Clarmione that she can wake her mom from the coma THE END THE END THE END!And that's what happens in this wholly original book.

  • Emma Giordano
    2019-04-03 19:08

    I guess 9th times the charms because I loved this book way more than I ever had. I think in my adolescence, I spent a lot of my time comparing City of Ashes to other books in the series. This reread, I viewed this story as an individual entity, which allowed me to better appreciate the complexities and conflicts that arise in this sequel. I had such a fabulous time rereading book two and cannot wait to continue rereading the rest of the series!

  • Candace
    2019-04-15 19:49

    Picking up where 'City of Bones' left off, 'City of Ashes' doesn't waste any time before plunging you right back into this supernatural world. This book was packed with action and adventure. With ever-changing information and plenty of teenage angst, this cast of characters tries to stay one step ahead of Valentine, making for a highly entertaining read.Still reeling from the news that they're siblings, Jace and Clary struggle with their feelings toward one another. Awkward doesn't begin to describe the dynamic between these two after that cat was let out of the bag. Maybe it's just my wishful thinking, but I'm betting that somewhere down the road we'll find out that they aren't really siblings after all. I just refuse to believe that they won't end up together.While the blooming romance between Jace and Clary came to an abrupt and uncomfortable halt, Simon steps out of the shadows. With Jace out of his way, Simon decides to pursue his feelings for Clary. He's always wanted to be more than just her friend and now is his chance.Soon, Simon finds himself experiencing a major, and unexpected, life change. Nothing will ever be the same for him. He is forever changed, as is his relationship with Clary and everyone he's ever held dear.Like Simon, Clary and Jace begin to discover changes within themselves. Valentine made it clear that they were "different", but didn't give any details. Little by little, they begin to figure out some of their unique abilities. Although it is early-on in this series, it is evident that they are powerful and their full strength is as of yet unknown.Overall, I thought this was a great continuation of this series. I am enjoying these characters more and more as the story evolves. I don't know what is in store for them, but am certain that we've not seen the last of Valentine yet. I'm on to the next audiobook now.

  • Cara
    2019-03-28 15:56

    I didn't go online, hardly talked, didn't eat (ok so I did eat), didn't watch TV just so I could finish this book. So basically I spent the whole day reading and I'm just bursting at the seams to read the next one.The tension in the book is so great that you feel like the characters are literally going to break from the strain. Clary's mother is still in a coma and her relationships with Simon and Jace are fragile. At one point you just feel so down for everyone. Clary seemed to be getting in the way sometimes. Like she is more a liability rather than an asset. No worries in the end we get to see some real gumption from her. It's ever changing who is my favorite. I'll be thinkingIsabelle is my favorite Max he's really cute but....Luke is great...then again Simon is just so painfully loyal , so I still don't have a clear favorite. I think it's because each and everyone of the characters have their own great scenes, so it's close to impossible to choose. We see the same quick action sequences, same hilarious sarcastic remarks, and the same heart. Granted it can get over dramatic but that's why we are all reading it! I just think it's precious how with all their shadowhunter abilities they still have to rely on mundane technology, like cell phones. I must say they find themselves in some pretty sticky situations; the people and the cell phones. Jace is growing on me and Valentine is definitely getting more evil. One thing that kind of bothered me was that Valentine doesn't seem too clever. He hasn't done anything like WOW I didn't see that coming. He is suppose to be overthrowing the whole Clave, so he's got to be ultra smart right? Another little irk I had was when Simon was gone for the whole night or a good chunk of the day from his house, we never see the explanation he gives his mom. In the real world he would have to deal with that, but as the reader I get the impression that his mom doesn't care. I doubt that's the case though. Oh and doeseverythinghave to taste, smell, and look like metal? Just saying...We are getting some serious hints that Jace's lineage is not what we think it is and I'm glad to see Simon trying to be the bigger person, however hard that may be. I definitely thought the second one was better than the first. New characters, more knowledge, and closer to seeing how this is all going to turn out. Bring it on because I'm ready for more!

  • Elle
    2019-04-26 21:12

    Well that was awkward.*** SPOILERGRAM***But before we head down the path of outrageous incest, I will say that City of Ashes was better than City of Bones. The pace was an improvement on that of the latter. Simon was still awesome as ever. I also felt that Ms Clare branched out a wee bit with her creativity with the Vampire transformation stuff, (except that I knew it was coming thanks to a certain Filipino minx who spilt the beans in a comment. You know who you are).As for the abomination that is the Clary/Jace lustfest: Well, it’s a good thing I have a good gag reflex.[image error]Listen. Goodreaders. I’m no prude. In fact I am NOTHING if not open minded. But I’m sorry. No one fancies their own brother. No one. I understand that they didn’t realise they were related until after the forbidden lust developed. But there is no goddamn way in Vegas that the two of them wouldn’t recoil from each other in utter repulsion upon making this discovery. I’m no more inclined to accept this nonsense than I am to suddenly believe that I am Kate Moss.Now before you get all Captain Obvious on me: I too can spot the hints that they may not actually be related in the afterall. This is not the effing point! The point is: THEY DON’T KNOW THAT!

  • shady
    2019-04-13 22:14

    I can't do it. I just can't.Screw this series.My problem with this series isn't the writing. I'm not one to judge books by the writing since I am pretty terrible at it myself. My problem also isn't exactly the story, which I probably could like. Sort of. I think. I don't know. But anyways, my main problem isn't any of that.It's the characters.How can you continue with a series when you feel nothing but pure hatred towards the characters? They all just infuriated me to no end. Jace Wayland especially. He was nothing but a painfully arrogant jackass.I tried to give this series a chance, but that was pretty much the last straw. I simply will not continue on with it, and guess what?

  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2019-04-06 17:49

    4 Family Matters Stars SpoilersShort and sweet so I can get to the next book. Wow City of Ashes was action packed and full of teenage angst. And I loved it! I feel this book focused a lot on Simon and all the changes that happen to him. I liked seeing the character growth in this book for Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, and Izzy. I really didn't like Maryse, I felt like she really let Jace down. Poor Jace it was like no one loved Jace. Everyone turned their back on him or let him down even Clary. All he wants is to be loved! Clary had it hard too. I understand where she was coming from. She loved Jace but can't be with him and she loves Simon like a brother but he wants more and she feels like she needs to give that to him. She really had some emotional stuff to deal with. I felt like Jace really maned up in this book. He stepped up and did some great things especially for Simon. My hate for Valentine(or as I like to call him Paranormal Hitler) grew by leaps and bounds in this book. Cassandra Clare did a great job of writing a evil,psychopathic, bigot bad guy. I flew through this book in one day. I got nothing done today but feeding my children lol. I just couldn't put it down. Great read. Now I am on to the next book and I can't wait to see what happens next!

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2019-03-26 21:44

    That aggravating moment when you can't decide if you should rate a book based on its first 70% (3 stars) or its last 30% (5 stars). RTC!

  • Beth
    2019-04-11 21:45

    "It’s not just that someone belongs to you, it’s that you give yourself to them.”A year long, shadowhunter buddy read with my fellow Will Herondale lover? What’s not to love!It’s with a heavy heart that I’m giving this 4 stars don’t get me wrong I love CASSANDRA CLARE so much. She’s 1000000000% my favourite author. This was initially a five stars for me when I first read this book, but there’s this nagging feeling in me that really really hates the whole Simon - Clary - Jace triangle, and Clary frustrates me so much with the fact that she is undeniably using Simon as a distraction, and I’m not here for that. That is my main issue with this book.I never like to start off a review with negativity, but I feel like I had to explain why I knocked it down a star. However there are a lot more positives than negatives in this book. I loved the slow building throughout, the introduction of Maia, more shadowhunters, and other changes with other characters, that I won’t mention just in case anyone hasn’t read, but it’s a big thing for this one! There are so many things I enjoyed, we see the building of friendships, relationships and others realising certain things throughout the journey of the story that was unfolded. There was a slow burn as things came to light and the building up to the final chapters was so intense I didn’t want to put it down!This was completely action packed, we got a lot of Demons this time round and we can see the damage they can inflict, the book started off dark, and it sets it up perfectly for what is to come. The action chapters were so well done, and you get such descriptive detail that you can really picture yourself there. Not only that but we see more of what Jace and Clary can actually do, and it’s so interesting to learn (I haven’t read these books in years and I’d forgot some aspects of the book, which is even better!).Characters”You are an arrow shot directly into the heart of the Clave, Jace. You are Valentine’s arrow. Whether you know it or not.Whilst reading this time around I’ve noticed a lot more in relation to Jace, I can’t say I was his greatest fan, but now reading it for a second time (and not comparing him to my precious Will) I’ve noticed there’s so much more to him. Now don’t get me wrong, he is arrogant, but underneath that, there’s such a vulnerable side, and from the way he has been brought up you can’t help but empathise with him and realise he’s like that for a specific reason. I really enjoy his sarcasm this time around and just how much he cares for other people.Lets not lie… I’m still not the fondest of Clary so far she has just really got on my last nerve, there’s times when I really like her, and others where I’m like GIRL. I enjoy how she’s embracing who she really is, and wanting to go out and do something about it. However I just don’t like how she treats Simon, it’s as though if she can’t have him, no one can. It’s not fair! Going forward with the epilogue I’m actually looking forward to seeing how Clary is in the following books, hopefully I’ll like her more.During CITY OF BONES I really wasn’t fond of Simon however this time around, I liked him SO much more. Lets be honest, he goes through a rough time in this book, coming to terms with certain things and what not. I think this is where we see him grow as a character, he takes the higher road in some aspects, and I was actually proud of him in many situations. Just rooting him on!Then we have Maia, Alec, Izzy, Luke and Magnus. It was a great introduction to Maia, I like how sassy she is. Izzy is undeniably so loving and protective over her family. I love how headstrong she is in relation to Jace and never ever doubts him. Luke is such a good father figure, I love how he takes responsibility for everyone and is just so protective. Alec really stepped out of his shell in this book. He was SO good this time around! We see him break the rules, try on a fearless rune (literally my favourite thing ever with him trying to confront his parents, I’m still laughing) but we see him more accepting and not as bitter which is always a plus. Then finally we get more of Magnus! I LOVE Magnus as a character, there’s just something so special about him, that you can’t actually dislike him! It just upsets me that people don’t call him by his name…I love how evil Valentine is. I really do, it’s always good when you know how evil the “bad guy” character is, he loves to twists things and really has a way with words. He likes to always think he’s right and then will make the other person feel the same way. He’s so evil and I am here for it!What I liked?- Maia’s backstory and how she overcame certain situations in her life.- The chapter in relation to the City of the Bones, I was on the edge of my seat!- We got to see the Seelie Court, GURL I love me some fae, and the descriptions? Living.- Alecs trust in Jace, I just love a good friendship.- When Jace was upset that his Shirt was torn, and not the fact demons attacked. I was howling!- Jace calling Simon by his name, I felt so proud and was like FINALLY!- We see glimpses into Malec and my heart is here for it!What I didn’t like?- I’m not here for the triangle I’m afraid- I need more Izzy!Overall, I’m enjoying my re-read of the series, hopefully I won’t be on the verge of tearing my hair out over this triangle and I can’t wait to read City of Glass next month.”If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”City of Bones - 5 StarsCity of Ashes - 4 Stars

  • Rose
    2019-04-13 21:54

    I'm beginning to understand why people prefer Jace Wayland to Edward Cullen. I have to OH SNAP the ending. Is it March yet? I want City of Glass NOW.

  • Vi Vi
    2019-04-23 21:58

    "That when he thought, really thought, about the fact that he might never get to kiss Clary again, he wanted to die or hurt or bleed so badly he’d go up to the attic and train alone for hours until he was so exhausted he had no choice but to pass out, exhausted."Oh for fuck's sake."He’d have bruises in the morning, bruises and cuts and scraped skin and if he could have named all his injuries they would have had the same name: Clary, Clary, Clary."OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE."If there had ever been any hope that he could have come to think of Clary as just his sister, this — what had just happened between them — had exploded it into a thousand pieces like a meteorite blasting into the surface of the earth."Moar similes please! MOAR.This actually made me throw up a little in my mouth. Damn my masochism.

  • Pearl Angeli
    2019-04-15 20:56

    Reread: January, 20161st Read : July, 2014This series continues to amaze me! I loved it the first time I read it and even gets better the second time around. There are lots of crazy and hilarious moments in this installment. The characters are all engaging and the way they interact really entertains me. I especially love Simon and Jace's banters here. And that part when they went to The Seelie Court-- my favorite part! Although Jace kind of disappoints me with his moody attitude, I still can't resist him in this book. The forbidden romance, the great character development, and the pacing of the book are impressive and all worth the highlight.

  • Reader-ramble
    2019-04-11 18:54

    The following review is filled with spoilers, whining, complaining, ranting, and the destruction of everything people love about this series. Please read responsibly.When last we left our intrepid heroes, Clary "Mary Sue" Frey discovered she was part of a super special group of people called Shadowhunters. (That should be two words, by the way.) She falls for shmexy jerk-face Jace, only to find out that he is her brother and that they are the long lost children of stock baddie, Valent... Oh, I can't do this.This book only had one thing going for it. Good pacing. But even that couldn't save it from a whole host of other issues. Many of them were the same as with the first novel: bad characterization, terrible metaphors, and inconsistency. Now that I'm the second novel into the series, I will bring up another issue Clare has: shallow and generic world building.First off, my reaction:IF YOU WEREN'T A LIBRARY BOOK, I WOULD BURN YOU!A little dramatic, but I think you get my point.Now for the Character Breakdown!Clary: In my last review, I complained how Clary was just a mean, whiny little girl. Well, this time around, she's not as whiny. She's just a complete bitch. Yup. I said it. Clary is a bitch. She strings Simon along, bosses people around, and yells at the poor guy on the subway who wanted to see if she was okay. I happened to be reading the Dragon Ball manga in between reading this monstrosity, and came across this panel of Frieza with his arms folded and a bubble that said, "Stop saying stupid things." After that, every time Clary spoke or thought, that image popped into my head. I'd post it here if I didn't want to get busted for copyright infringement. (Cough, Clare. Cough.) My point is, Clary is not likable, at all. At. All. I do not sympathize with her plight. I feel nothing.Part of this could have to do with her Mary-Sueness. Clare wants her to be oh so beautiful, oh so powerful, and oh so wonderful. She never gets so seriously hurt that a healing rune can't fix it, and she saves everyone else with runes she pulls out of her ass. At one point Magnus says that things can't be created out of no where, and then Clary does it. But then Clare throws in something about hearing angels, and then doesn't clarify. It makes no sense right now. She's just so friggin' special. It's just, uh... She frustrates me so much there are no words for it. It is further exacerbated by her pining for Jace. Even if they didn't think they were related at the moment (because I know they aren't), there is something uncomfortable about it. It could be because they're both irritating. Which brings me to my next character...Jace: What is wrong with this kid? His daddy issues are so overblown, they have their own daddy issues. He pines, he whines, he makes me want to punch him in his smart-assed face. At least he wears jeans occasionally this time. Yet he still makes so many hard-headed, stupid decisions that get other people into trouble, I would lock him up just to keep others safe. He's really bad for the other characters' health. Clare goes out of her way to make him seem like the perfect warrior. She goes so far as to have Clary (Stop saying stupid things.) mention that fighting is just like sex for Jace. This made me hang my head and shake it. Pop culture has its share of war-loving races. If you've seen an episode of Star Trek:TNG that goes into Klingon culture, then you get what I'm talking about. Sparing is foreplay. Hell, in ancient Sparta, men had to capture their wives. A man was successful if he didn't get the holy hell beaten out of him because the women were just as well trained. Knowing this, I couldn't believe Clare went there. Jace comes off as having a death wish. I never got the sense he "got-off" fighting things in this sequel. Clare doesn't really understand that a true warrior prefers to talk with his fighting skills than with words, and Jace uses a lot of words.My point is that Jace spends most of the book being self-centered and stubborn than anything else. And again, I could care less about him. Dude just ain't healthy to be around.Simon: I have mixed feelings about him. I want to say that Clare ruined him, but he's the only one who doesn't worship the Mary-Sue that is Clary even though he says he's in love with her. He knows she's stringing him along, even when they're "dating," and knows he will never have her full attention. I would prefer him not to lurv her except as a friend, but love triangles are all the rage these days. Especially when a vampire is involved.Yup, Simon becomes Vampy Simon because for some reason urban fantasies just can't stand having normal humans running around. They're weak and die very easily, in case you didn't know. So, Simon is turned and has to cope with the change. I think Clare had a rare moment when he and Clary discuss how to tell his parents. As someone who lives with a photosensitive disorder, I connected for that brief moment. I know what it's like to look outside and see how high the sun is so I can avoid it. I thought this book might have been better if it was about Simon having to cope with a drastic life change, but then Clare ruins it, as she ruins everything else. At the end, Simon doesn't burn up in the sun. I wasn't pissed. I was absolutely livid. Clare dodged about a thousand difficult decisions she would have to make as a writer by doing that. First off, kill Simon. If she had make it where clothes could protect vampires (which I don't understand why not), then he would have to tell his parents. But that would be heartbreaking and tragic!Clare, you are such a lazy writer.Isabelle: Shallow dominatrix in hooker heels. That's how she comes across in this book. Thanks, dear author. She couldn't be more of a stereotype.Alec: Cinder blocks have more personality. He's just kind of there. Even when the writing is from is point of view, I don't get a distinct sense of anything. Even his relationship with Magnus is just... meh.Magnus: A character as usual. The only one who made me laugh. His relationship with Alec... Gurl, you can do better! If those homoerotic scenes between Jace and Simon were any indication, you could always go after one of them.Luke: Not quite as bad ass this time around. Kind of a disappointment. Happy he's alive though.Jocelyn: Still in a coma, and put herself in it. I have no words for how convenient this device is.Inquisitor Imogen: Plot pawn. You read that right. Her whole purpose was to act like a moron and almost give Jace important information. Almost. We can't be giving anything away until the sequel. People need to buy them, you know.Maia: This poor girl has so much promise, but because she's a crummy Downworlder (should also be two words) Clare doesn't really give two damns about her. I really, really like her. It was a shame she was introduced via info-dump, but other than that I preferred her over any other female in this book. Daddy V: Sigh. Still pretty generic. The worst part, he's a heavy handed Lucifer reference. Clare practically brains you with it when she gave him the last name Morgenstern, or Morningstar. Then she tries the whole sympathy-for-the-devil shtick by having him have a conversation about Milton's Paradise Lost with Jace, because whenever Clare wants the reader to draw parallels between her characters and vastly superior works, she name-drops them like an Acme anvil. I get that she's got the whole fallen angel angle she's trying to work, but she only makes her writing look weaker by bringing up the good stuff.That said, I'm not hating on Daddy V or Jace because their assholes or bad guys. I like those types too, even if they're pretty unredeemable. They could be the most deplorable bastard this side of the Milky Way, but if they're interesting, then I'm good. Clare's characters do not fit under even that title. All those years writing fan fiction must have not taught her character development skills.Besides her characters, there is also the problem with her writing. When I mean writing, I mean the actual words used and the devices she employs like metaphors. That's right, I'm about to throw sentence after sentence of terrible word choices at you, dear reader. In 3, 2, 1... "... like a glittering needle threading the sky." Needles don't thread, they pierce. Needles are threaded. Not the other way around."... there was a tightness in her voice when she spoke his name, as if invisible acids were drying up the syllables in her mouth..." Jace is one syllable. Did you mean the whole sentence?[Simon's eyes] were the color of black coffee - not really black, but a rich brown without a touch of grey or hazel." I think that one speaks for itself.Referencing Jace's face: "It was like a book written in a foreign language she'd studied all to briefly." So she couldn't read it. That's easier to say. Not as creepy.Referencing a voice: "... its sound of cold iron." When iron is cold, isn't it just cold?The opening of Jace's cell: "A noise like ripping cloth tore through the room. (The sound depends on the fabric, but its never very impressive.) Clary heard Isabelle cry out as the door blew off its hinges entirely, crashing into the cell like a draw bridge falling. (If it blew off it's hinges, why did it just topple over?) Clary could hear other noises, metal coming uncoupled from metal, aloud rattle like a handful of tossed pebbles. (Pebbles do not sound metallic on their own.)"Referring to Shadowhunter crowd: "Instead they seemed to go still, the way a pride of lions might go still when it spotted a gazelle." So they looked at them like food?Referring to Simon digging himself out: "The grave was roiling like the surface of an unsteady ocean. Ripples appeared in its surface..." Dirt ripples. Riiight."The glow of Jace's seraph blade send elegant arcs of light shattering across the water..." This is not the word you are looking for."The sword seemed to shimmer blackly in the starlight." That's it, I quit.There are so many more, but I'll stop there because they're making me physically sick.I was going to bring up instances of words she used improperly (she said the ship had a corrugated steel hull), but I wanted to bring up something that I've noticed confused other reviewers: the purpose of The Clave.I admit, this baffles me too. We're 2 books in and I've got the idea that they're supernatural police with an elitist point of view. They say they're protecting the "mundanes" (She totally ripped that off from Fables.), but Shadowhunters treat Downworlders more like sub-beings than anything else. It's like they're not even people anymore. When Daddy V says they're corrupt, he's right, but not in the way he believes.All of Clare's best characters are Downworlders. They come across as more human than her main characters Jace and Clary, who are both Shadowhunters. They've got that imperfection to them that makes them relatable. They put up with all the crap the Shadowhunters throw at them to help save the day. We, the reader, are supposed to like the Shadowhunters, but I don't. They're prejudiced jackasses. They don't see people. They see monsters. Both Jace and Clary have slipped into that mindset at some point, and Alec is too much of a coward to admit he's in a relationship with a warlock. All Clare's antagonist wants to do is replace one elitist system with another, and I hope that both end up broken at the end. The Clave doesn't really deserve to be saved, but Daddy V shouldn't win either.Clare tries to make Shadowhunters the good guys, but they come off as people who don't think their farts stink. And at the same time, about a thousand pages later, they're useless.City of Ashes gets one star for her heroes being terrible people masquerading as the good guys. I know it wasn't intentional, but that's my point.I'm so tired of these people. I'm going to watch Grimm.If you liked this review, I've got more:The Original Mortal Instruments TrilogyCity of BonesCity of GlassThe Infernal DevicesClockwork AngelClockwork Prince

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-04-22 17:05

    Ok first things first, kids -- the whole Cersei Clary and Jaime Jace thing is straight up weird. Like even if he turns out to not be her brother (nobody tell me anything), they still think they're siblings right now and are really not making a strong effort to not be in love...It's just unnecessarily drawn out and got kind of old. Like so much of the plot is this odd sexual tension:"The gold in his eyes had turned hard, metallic. She wondered for a moment if he might actually spring at her, what it would be like if he struck her down, grabbed her wrists even. Fighting to him was like sex to other people. The thought of him touching her like that brought the blood to her cheeks in a hot flood."WTF on every level.But aside from that fascinating method of adding obstacles to the plot, the story itself was entertaining enough. I got a better sense of a lot of the characters and could tolerate Jace more in this book when he toned down his "humor." Clary even developed half of a personality, so there is growth! I want to see more of Alec + Magnus, though.The creative worldbuilding is definitely the best part... I think I would've liked this series more when I was younger, though. At least I liked this one more than the first book!

  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    2019-03-28 15:03

    I know I just now finished the second book of this series, but it feels like such an accomplishment every time I finish a book. I've seriously fell in love with this series so much. More than I ever expected to and I'm hoping I can stay with this series until the end since most people have said they stopped more or less halfway through. But so far, I've been so wrapped up in the Shadowhunter world that I don't see myself stopping any time soon! I'm so excited to see what else The Mortal Instruments has to offer.That being said, I do have a question about the order in which I'm supposed to read both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. Some people say to read both TMI and TID at the same time based on publication dates because TMI spoils a few details from TID. But others say that it's fine to finish TMI and then start TID afterwards.Can anyone tell me which order would be best to read The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices?

  • Avis
    2019-04-21 20:10

    City of Ashes; a (very) brief summary : Clary: Jace:Simon:JacexClary:Plot:Me:The end.(Maybe one day, when I grow up and become a real girl, I'll write a proper review)

  • Ashley Nuckles
    2019-04-10 20:57

    This was a reread for my Mortal Instruments read-along! I liked this one so much more than I remember and thought I would when I reread it! So much happened that's so crucial and just YEEESSS

  • Kate ♡
    2019-04-22 17:02

    City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareActual Rating: 3.75/5This book was so much better than the first in my opinion, but I could be thinking this way because my vision of the first book in the series was clouded by my vision of the movie, but, nonetheless I really enjoyed this book a lot more.I rated this book a 3.75 stars, so that there's room for higher ratings as the series goes on (and hopefully gets better) City of Ashes got the 4 stars because it had me constantly thinking about the book, and finally I've connected to the characters more, which was one of my major problems about City of Bones! The characters in this book, I felt became so much more complex, and I actually found myself caring about them (yay), and can I just say that Cassandra Clare can write some amazing characters, with the perfect amount of humour. Having read Clockwork Angel, I can say that this woman is a character making genius. I really enjoyed Jace a lot more in this book, he reminds me of Mr. Will Herondale in many ways ;) I also appreciated Isabelle, Magnus and Alec a lot more, and can't wait to see where the character development will go in the book to come. Maia was also a great addition to the story.The only slight problem I may have had with this instalment is that sometimes the writing drags a bit with certain concepts, I don't know, I'm probably just being bitter because Cassandra Clare always creates such complicated and amazing worlds that take me a little longer to read than most other books, due to a lot more thought having to be devoted to the writing. I guess in a way though, that's definitely props to Miss. Clare, and I have no doubt in my mind that this series WILL get better as her writing matures. City of Ashes delves deeper into the war conflict between the shadow hunters and Valentine.I absolutely loved all the different aspects of supernatural characters, it created a very Supernatural/Charmed effect, and those are two of my favourite TV-Shows of all time. I really hope that more paranormalness (not a word, but of well), is explored in the coming books, and that the shadow hunter world continues to become even better and provide me with more excitement and some surprises would be nice too ;)I can't wait to read City of Glass because I've heard it's most peoples favourite! So proud of myself that I randomly decided to start reading this, as I wasn't sure if I'd ever continue with this series, even though I wanted to... but here I am. ahh, relief :)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2019-04-08 15:58

    For the love of God! Will someone kill Valentine already? He's getting on my last nerve!Okay here I am having read the second book again. I have one more to go and then I will be reading the ones I haven't read yet. As I was going along I could remember it so that's a good thing! Oh and I will be adding SPOILERS for those that haven't read it yet. And look at my beautiful UK edition ♥Although, it would be a better picture if I would actually get up and make a pretty scene but I digress. So Simon turns into a vampire!! I couldn't remember what book he did that in so now I know. I really hope he makes a cool vampire because even though I like him. Nerds rule! But he's sort of a twat every now and then. Come to think of it, most of them are, but I love them anyway. Well, Magnus Bane is all that and sugar on top for me. He is the only one besides Luke that is totally cool at all times. So far anyway. So that jerk Valentine comes back trying to get The Soul-Sword so he can wreck more havoc. He has some demon thing going around killing this that and the other. That a-hole killed Brother Jeremiah and all of his brothers as well. That makes me really mad. I mean really mad! Why???? Anyway, Alec and Isabelle's mom, Maryse comes to the Institute to see what in the hell is going on with everyone. She brings their little brother Max too. I love him ♥ She's all bent out of shape thinking that Jace (whom she raised) is on his fathers (Valentine) side. I mean get real! We have faeries and more wolf action. And I know I mentioned Simon is a vampire now! Please don't be a dork vampire Simon. Oh and there is some cool stuff that might happen with Clary's mom according to the ending of the book. But who knows, I can't remember! We shall see. I'm still enjoying these books! Yay! MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2019-04-14 16:11

    WOWEEEEEE. Well that was WAY better than the first book. I am FEELING some FEELS.

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2019-04-20 17:57

    Hoping this will kick me out of my funky slump and help me take a much needed break from ARCs ❤️

  • Alexa ❤️
    2019-04-01 19:45

    5 Stars!'A pair of werewolves occupied another booth. Arguing about who would win in a fight: Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books or Magnus Bane'(Page 406 - Clary Fray) - I would love to know the actual answer to this! CoA picks up right after the drama of CoB; Clary and Jace still struggle for their feelings for one another, Jocelyn is still unconscious and Valentine is still at leather and very much evil!'Other crack teams get bat boomerangs and wall crawling powers; we get aquatruck'(Page 326 - Clary Fray) CoA has plenty of action scenes and great use of multiple POV's.It was great to finally meet Max Lightwood and Maia the werewolf.'Isabel shrugged philosophically. "I'm pure at heart it repels the dirt."'(Page 16 - Isabel Lightwood) Magnus and Alec are together and are adorable! I'm so glad that Clary is using her rune powers! No point wasting a gift like that. (view spoiler)[ Jace and Clary are getting a close to figuring out that they're not related and what Inquisitor Herondale has got to do with it all - the amount of foreshadowing and subtle hints is killing me. If only I could tell them myself and get that over and done with!(hide spoiler)]I'm definitely not a fan of Climon I just love them better as best friends. (view spoiler)[ seriously love that Simon has now become the Daylighter!(hide spoiler)]Give me City of Glass

  • P
    2019-04-04 19:48

    “If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.” City of Ashes (CoA) follows right after what happened in book one. The tension between Jace and Clary is tortuous, I can't even fathom how deep the rupture grows, but it sure affects everyone in this book. I appraise the story that it gets better, the twists and narrative sounds intriguing from the start except Clary. I don't know what makes her annoying like that, she can't stop herself from thinking Jace is the one she wants. Idk, but it's predictable (view spoiler)[that they are not the siblings (hide spoiler)]. Anyway, it didn't stop me from reeling with every scene Clary turns up.“Pain is only what you allow it to be”CC added the addition to the Shadowhunters world, it gave more dimensions and details to focus on. Some characters were developed, but some were not. I came to think of the ending was kind of dragged, but in an acceptable way. We haven't seen what Jace and Clare are going to do next and have to wait until City of Glass.“He had become a monster. You just couldn't see it...because it wore the face of a friend.” CoA is readable by the way even though it's not my favorite from CC, it still cracked me up and fueled me to crave more of YA books like this. Sadly, the movie was cancelled and we have to wait for the series instead.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Readaholic ∞
    2019-04-26 14:10

    “I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?""A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”City of Ashes were definitely better than City of Bones, it wasn't as predictable and Clary wasn't as annoying as before. I'm not a big fan of the writing style though, I think it makes the characters sound immature and younger than they are most of the time.

  • Jessica Olson
    2019-04-17 17:51

    This book was much better than the first. And I love Simon.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-19 20:50

    ****DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CITY OF BONES****This is an outstanding follow-up to City of Bones. In City of Ashes, we find Jace and Clarey dealing with the personal fall-out from City of Bones, Alec and Isabelle not as visible but are still included, Simon still mackin' on Clarey but finds his own bit of trouble, and Magnus Bane cementing himself as the flamboyant, awesome warlock I knew he would be. And then there's the psychopathic Valentine....grrrr...."You think she'll be able to talk some sense into him?" she asked. "His sister?""If he listens to anyone, it would be her.""That's sweet," said Maia. "That he loves his sister like that.""Yeah," Simon said. "It's precious." I'm using the quote above because it sets the tone for City of Ashes. The realization that Clarey and Jace are "supposedly" siblings is the driving force behind this book. While City of Bones is the story of the Shadowhunters and Clarey's introduction to them, City of Ashes deals with the fall-out of the previous book and with Clarey's acceptance of her place in the Shadowhiunter world. While heavy emotional scenes are happening, there is at least always someone, like Simon or Magnus, to lighten the load with sarcasm.At the beginning of CoB, Clarey and Jace are still on uncertain ground, and Clarey begins to learn more about her abilities and her family history. Luke is there as a stand-in father, and Simon is usually around to support Clarey. Valentine, who is up to no good at all, takes another mortal instrument, and then begins to kill different Downworlders in order to change the goodness/evilness of said Mortal Instrument. Jace is fighting his demons, and makes a stand against his "father" early on in this book. Magnus is in the picture, too, guarding Jace, and healing the Shadowhunters when needed. Magnus' flair is a very enjoyable part of this book: "Never doubt my weaseling abilities, Shadowhunter, for they are epic and memorable in their scope." "Sure. And Madonna wants me as a back up dancer on her next world tour."Simon begins this book still lusting after Clarey, although he is the one that tells her he wants to call the romantic portion of their relationship quits. He is around for lots of sarcastic observations, such as: "That you freed a criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon inquired. But Simon has a bigger story in this book. Something BIG happens to Simon that changes the rest of his life. I don't know if it's good or bad, but I look forward to seeing Simon change and grow within this new context.The tension between Jace and Clarey increases throughout this book. And the thing about these two is that it's not just about the physical realtionship, although that it there, too. It's the idea that Jace would do anything for Clarey, and Clarey would do the same for Jace. These two just can't catch a break. They certainly don't have brotherly/sisterly feelings for one another. The scene at the Seelie court was heartbreaking, disturbing and slightly exciting."His arms slid around her, his hands knotting in her hair, and the kiss stopped being gentle and became fierce, all in a single moment like tinder flaring into a blaze." *********************************"You're my sister.""It doesn't matter how many times you say it. It'll still be true.""And it doesn't matter what you won't let me say, that'll still be true, too." Valentine is up to his old tricks again. Not only does he have possession of two Mortal Instruments, but he's controlling demons and wreaking havoc in Manhattan. As Valentine kidnaps some Downworlders, Jace, Clarey and company must move quickly to stop him .Valentine's face was impassive, almost motionless. His lips barely moved as he said, "And why is that?""Because," Simon said, "you're obviously psychotic." That he is. Valentine seems sociopathic in his single-mindedness, his egoism and his lack of caring for anyone or anything else. There is a big, often gory fight scene at then end, a special moment when Simon learns yet something else about himself, and a sad moment at the end of this book in a conversation between Jace and Clarey.Okay - so we are still left with the idea that Jace and Clarey are siblings. Wrong. I don't believe it. There are at least three times in this book where three different characters remark that Clarey and Jace look NOTHING alike, and a very specific quote where someone says that Clarey looks very much like Valentine. There's a scene with the Inspector where she realizes something about Jace connected to his shoulder scar, but can't quite get the words out of her mouth. There are too many clues piling up to make me believe that these two are related. The only question in my mind remains - How is Cassandra Clare going to pull this off?Onto City of Glass.

  • Steph Sinclair
    2019-04-12 17:54

    *sigh* I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the fact that my taste in YA novels are changing. Maybe it's because since reading the first MI book in 2009, I have read so many better book series. Whatever the reason, CC just does not impress me. The writing is bad and she has poor use of similes. I didn't feel the love Jace felt for Clary. If anything, I felt downright embarrassed that Jace was pinning over his "sister" and pretty much not caring. All the while, Simon is in the corner about to be sick. It was awkward. More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

  • Andi
    2019-04-21 21:55

    City of Ashes, on the whole, is a much more cohesive piece that City of Bones. That said, I had two major problems with the text.The first major problem I had was with the role of adult characters in the book. There was a constant dichotomy of 'with the main characters equals good' and 'against the main characters equal bad/evil' and life is never that simple. Luke, who always supports Clary, Simon, and Jace is firmly in the 'good' category. Maryse is slightly different. In the beginning of the book she is comes off as cold, unloving, and arbitrary--all because she refuses to believe what Jace tells her. Later she is meek and powerless under the Inquisitor. Only after she believes in Jace does Maryse regain her power and take charge of the situation. Newsflash: You can not believe in Jace, and even go against what he is doing, and still be a good person. This is particularly common selling technique of children's TV, from the past ten years. By setting up the dichotomy of adults verses children, TV programs appeal to children's fantasies and can better sell their products. Frankly, I didn't expect to see it in published teen novel. Some conflict with adults is normal. What is not normal is to assign good/bad alignment along with which side the adult takes.The second thing that really bothered me was the character's problem solving abilities. Frankly, to me it sounded like a B-rated scifi show. In B-rated movies someone yells out "Oh No! The radiant shielding is gone! If we don't fix it, then we'll all be dead by radiation poisoning in 45 minutes!" In which the specially designated scientist replies "I think if we attach this gobbly-gook to the jibbly power supply and boost it by magic it will solve our problems." Then they do it, and it works at the last minute, after several possible mishaps. The scientist is never wrong, and there's never time to come up with a backup plan. The same thing happened in this book. Ok, Valentine has stolen a sword and killed a few people. That obviously means he'll do this very complicated ceremony that Magnus Bane thinks of right away. Please. For a character that is supposed to be sneaky Valentine certainly does what everybody expects of him. I just kept waiting for the main characters completely random assumption about Valentine's plan to be wrong (which of course it wasn't). And that bothered me. Now, the positives. Cassandra Clare's writing has improved quite a bit between the first and second book, as well as her characterization skills. They're still not great, but they're better. And frankly, there is something very captivating about this book. My inner-fangirl was squealing the entire time, while my inner-book critic was scoffing. Clare has the ability to make you care about her characters, which is amazing considering the massive handicaps they have as far as characterization goes. Her world is evocative, and more than anything, I want to believe in it. Clare has some obvious talent, but it's still rather raw and underdeveloped. I will be very interested to see where she is in five years, as she shows some serious promise. I will be reading City of Glass, and I will read her Infernal Devices trilogy, hoping for the same level of improvement. But until she becomes better, I will just have to consider these a guilty pleasure.