Friday, August 20, 2010

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare Review

Title: The Mortal Instruments Book Two: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA
Page Count: 453
Book Type: Library Paperback
Publisher: Simon Pulse, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division
ISBN: 9781416972242

Picture from Amazon
Summary from Goodreads: A murderer is loose in New York City ... 

... and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary's father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what's his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary's brother, Jace. 

Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.

My Review: I think the cover is gorgeous. I always seem to like Cassandra Clare’s book covers with their cityscapes and one character focus. I’m not a huge fan of the Stephenie Meyer quote being directly in the center, but to each their own. I love how the protagonist is a red-head. Yay for the red-head love. I’m so happy all of these books seem to match each other, so when I do buy them, they will look excellent next to one another on my shelf. They will also look nice with the Infernal Devices books. Score. 
I just want to start out with a couple things I tweeted while reading... 
  1. “Page 271 out of 453 in 'city of ashes' by @cassieclare. i want to punch valentine in the face.” 
  2. “he's such a jerk face” 
  3. “Wahhh i just want to find out how city of ashes ends!”. 
Side-note: If you follow me on the Twitter, these are the kinds of things you will see. 
I’m pretty sure that Cassie makes me an impatient reader. It always seems as if I cannot read fast enough because I just want to know how this is going to end! Clearly, it will be awhile before I find out with one more book already printed in the series and three more after that which are currently unprinted. Luckily, the journey to find out what on Earth is happening in these books is quite excellent as well. 
I really like Clare’s writing style. She gives her characters some snark, which I always appreciate. She always makes me curious as to what is really happening. It makes me so frustrated when the characters think one thing, but in actuality, I think that something else is going on. It makes for a frustrating, but excellent read. I cannot wait to find out what the real deal is with Jace, Clary and Valentine. 
I may have preferred City of Bones a bit more, but that could change from day to day. I am really looking forward to the next installment I’m really glad I have it checked out from the library already!
Have you read this one? Which is your favorite book of the series? Let me know!


  1. I am a huge mortal instruments fan, wait til you read city of glass! I also have an award for you at my blog!

  2. I enjoyed this series. So right about her qoute being smack dab in the middle

  3. i love your tweets about books. you should consider being a tweeter book reviewer. Tweet book reviews in 140 characters.. then you could publish a book about it! hmmm ill think of more ideas about this. its late and im thinkin about ways to make money lol


  4. BookMac, I can't wait to read it! Also, thanks so much for the award!

    Liz, Sometimes I just hate when quotes from other authors are on the front cover. I don't mind it so much on the back cover. Hm.

    Shannon, hahaha excellent. Perhaps I will do that. I will start saving all of my tweets now :)


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