City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes book review

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.

Let’s get into shall we?

I can’t get over the squick factor with that thing going on between Jace and Clary. It’s gross. I’m sorry but it is. I see all the hints for what is telling us that we shouldn’t feel all squicky because there is a game changer on the horizon. But the game changer isn’t here yet, so it’s squicky. Put that squick aside for a moment.  I enjoyed this one a bit more then City of Bones, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. It was another book that I didn’t love but didn’t hate either. Another 3 stars out of 5 for me. There was more action that helped move the book along and thankfully there was otherwise it might have gone on my ‘Do Not Finish’ shelf and never seen the light of day again.

Jace comes under scrutiny of both the Lightwoods and the Inquisitor.  No lack of drama there. BUT…the drama DOES NOT end there folks! Oh no. There is crap brewing between Jace and Clary (remember….squick!), Clary and Simon, Alec and Magnus, Jace and Valentine, Simon and Maia, Jace and Alec, Luke and, hmmmm…Luke is like Switzerland. Nobody has an issue with Luke (thank goodness!).  It’s like a big dramafest with whine on the side. I can’t handle whining in my books. If I wanted to listen to whining I’d stop reading and tell my kids they can’t have another cookie.

At least Valentine is keeping things interesting by trying to create an army of demons, kidnapping, world domination, murder. Without that, I don’t know what would have kept this story afloat. We do learn a little something something about Clary that makes my ears perk up like a Lab eyeing a bone. Perhaps this can get better!!


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