City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes
by Cassandra Clare

Pages: 411
Release Date: July 7th 2008
Publisher: Walker
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Other books in series: City of Bones, City of Glass & City of Fallen Angels
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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 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?

My Thoughts
I LOVED City of Bones, and so when I got my copy of City of Ashes, you can guess I was utterly thrilled! As much as I liked City of Ashes, it didn't live up to City of Bones. But don't get me wrong, I did still enjoy reading it.

I loved how City of Ashes was fueled with more action and adventure. We see so much more other supernatural beings and meet more new characters. As the story goes on the plot continues to thicken making it so much more exciting and vivid.

There was also a fair share of emotional scenes which I love! This includes the moments between Jace and Clary. Jace and Clary are still the same. Confused and utterly lost they have no idea how to handle their feelings. They are just so meant for each other but obviously they can't do anything about it. Just really gross. How unbelievably irritating!

Simon! I just cannot leave him out. His character is finally more developed so he's just not a main chacracter tag along. Oh and I  love Clary's and Simon's friendship. It's one of the my favourite parts of the book. I'll say that as it their scenes feel really genuine.

Once again, City of Ashes leaves us with more questions making us just really want us to read more. I can't wait to read City of Glass!


  1. I agree, I didn't think CoA was as good as CoB either but I still liked it! CoG is my favourite in the series, so hope you enjoy it :).

  2. Oooh, I so can't wait to read this series! But it's a pity this one didn't live up to the first one :/ I hate when that happens in series'.

    I'm an old follower, and would really appreciate if you followed me back :) Thanks!

  3. I can't believe it took me until this year to read this series and now it is one of my favorite series ever!

  4. I liked the path that Simon took in this one but I can see why you had some problems with it. I haven't gotten around to reading the third and fourth novels yet. Thanks for the review!

  5. I love The Mortal Instruments, but I completely agree - City of Ashes doesn't live up to City of Bones. Don't get me wrong, it is still a fantastic book, and so much of the actual story unfolds in this book than it does in City of Bones, which was only the introduction. But still...

    And I completely agree with all the observations you made about the characters. There really are some intense Jace, Clary, and Simon scenes in this book, and I love how Simon is more than just a side character.

    Read City of Glass! I actually love it more than City of Ashes. It's basically tied for my favorite in the entire series! I'm dying to hear your thoughts!

  6. Everyone seems to be reading this book and I really wasn't sure why. But everyone that has read it has loved it so I guess that I have another book that I need to read.

  7. I have to say I enjoyed this book more than the first!

  8. yeah, I think that CoB is better than CoA too. But i really love Citty of Glass (but I don't read City of Fallen Angels yet.) :)

  9. i love how the ending of the book always makes me want to continue reading the next book but when i read the series i hate to wait a long time for the next book and it was heart breaking to wait that long !!! :) this review says a lot about the book and i love it !

  10. I agree with you - City of Ashes made me NEED to read more. I did enjoy City of Ashes more that City of Bones though. No. 2 was more edge of your seat reading, with storylines that were so fascinating! And it was great seeing more of Simon!
    Great review :)

  11. All I have to say is that I had really naughty thoughts of Jace in handcuffs. And that kiss in the fairies' realm was HOT. Could have gone on forever, as far as I'm concerned.

    And yeah, Simon is pretty wonderful. He's a much better other participant in a love triangle than Jacob in Twilight. Nearly died when he...well, nearly died. And then he nearly died again. It's like Cassie actively gives him the raw end of any sort of emotional situation, but I like that he makes it through it all.

  12. Loved this book!! i can't wait for City of Lost Souls and Clockwork Prince!

  13. Really enjoyed the first book, and can't wait to buy and read this one(:


  14. Yay for Cassandra Clare! I loved this book and am happy you feel the same :)


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