Sunday, June 10, 2012

Review: City of Ashes


Goodreads: 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?
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.

Review: So, after forever, I'm finally finishing this series (or reading the rest of it). I read the first one a long tima ago and loved it. This book didn't have the same wow factor, but it was good.

So the overall plot is that the Mortal Sword is stolen by Valentine, Jace is accused of helping him because he is Valentine's son, and Downworlders are dying. They are dying because with the blood of a werewolf, faerie, warlock, and a vampire, the sword can be turned evil. I don't like it that Valentine had to kill to get it. And two of them were teh main characters! (No, they don't die, but they nearly do.) I wanted to kill Valentine. Speaking of of killing.......

In C.o.A., Jace shows a different side of himself. Reckless, careless, and scared. He hates the fact he's Valentine's son, and he fears he could become just like him, and when people start to abandoning him, he feels down right lonely. Doesn't help that he's kicked out of his home. And when the Inquistor came to get him, he was thrown into jail just because he's V. son. Very unfair. I really felt sorry for him. On the positive side though, he has some enhanced abilities and uses his anger toward his father to kill the demons that Valentine has summon.

I hated what happened to Simon. I thought that was kinda unnecessary, but it made his story a bit more interesting since he isn't human anymore. Why he did it, can I see why. After watching Clary (his girlfriend in the book at the time) kiss Jace for the Seelie Queen, I do what he did to. But it's cool what happens to him in the end.

The big fight on teh boat was long, but expected. Thousands of demons vs. only a hand full of Shadowhunters. Eek! The details were to a T, nothing left out, but sometimes I felt a little overwhelmed. At first I got confused when Clary created a new rune to destroy the ship, but then I got what happened from Jace's point a view. (By the way, switching characters for narrators is awesome.)

All the characters were still stubborn, funny, and determined. Clary and Jace mostly because they want to stop Valentine and kill him. Plus, they hate being reminded that that's their dad.

Ending was a good cliffhanger. I jumped straight into the next book to find out what happens. I wasn't pleased when I did.


Cover & Ending:

*Grandma got me this book. :D

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I'm done with it. Review to come soon. :D


  1. YAY so glad to hear you enjoyed it and I agree! It isn't that good but I City of Glass is a lot better in my opinion. As a matter of fact it is my favourite book in the series so far! Great review!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Great review! I'm glad to see you enjoyed it and I agree with you about Simon. ;)