Friday, August 12, 2011

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

AUTHOR: Cassandra Clare
PAGES: 541
SERIES/STAND ALONE: Series this is the 2nd book

OUTLINE: To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters -- never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family's past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadow-hunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadow-hunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he's willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her new found powers to help save the Glass City -- whatever the cost?



The way Cassandra Clare describes things it's great you can mentally picture it.

I wouldn't say I hated or disliked it so much, but the thing with Simon. (It totally makes up for it though)

I'll add some quotes later!


  1. I'm not the biggest mortal instruments fan. I tried to read the first book but had to give up halfway :( I think Clary really annoyed me. I'm glad that you really enjoyed it. Think i'll try again but if it still annoys me, I might wait for the movie!

  2. That's how I was at first I think I read the first chapter or so online, and thought ok. I actually went ahead and bought them at our used bookstore and my sister in law read them first, and loved them. She was trying to tell me stuff that happened and I'd be all confused. She's like you have to read these so I did, and I really enjoyed them. (I haven't actually read the fourth one yet.) So I guess it's not VA standard. :) I have a tendencey to measure things up to that. They will definitely make for interesting movies though as will the hunger game books.

  3. I doubt that many books will measure up to VA standards unfortunately. Although the love triangle in The Hunger Games got me thinking a lot more than the Dimitri/Adrian one. Probably because I liked Dimitri and couldn't care less about Adrian. I borrow the first Mortal Instruments from the library so I guess that was part of why I didn't bother picking it up again. Maybe if I buy it and it's just sitting there I will force myself to read it.

  4. That's probably true.
    See I liked Adrian, but I think I just liked his snarky attitude (if that's what you would call it). I wouldn't force yourself to read it. Like you said just wait for the movies to see. It took me 3 or 4 months after I bought it to read. There are very few that I buy them and read them right away. Usually they end up sitting a few months before I pick them up again. Like the House of night books I read those probably a year or so ago and I bought the latest one right when it came out, and have yet to read it.

    I get off track sometimes when talking sorry.

  5. I don't know if I could have a soft spot for any of the moroi except for Christian and Mia and Tasha to some extent. They are least were useful in a fight. Adrian and Lissa just didn't DO anything. And before people start saying that Lissa brought back Dimitri, yes I know, but she did it because Rose figured it all out and with very little risk to herself. I can't talk about House of Night because I have a no tearing down another writers story rule. Enough said.

  6. I never looked at it that way with Lissa, but she didn't really huh.

    Point taken.

  7. lol. i love discussing books with people who love book because everyone has a different opinion and even though you're convinced you know best, someone always says something that stumps you or makes you think otherwise!

  8. I think I was to into Rose and Dimitri's Drama then any of the others. So I didn't focus on those characters quite as much.

    I agree I love discussing books with people. Especially if it puts what your thinking about that particular book or whatnot into question.


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