Review: City of Ashes

Title: City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderberry Books
Genres: YA, Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Horror.
Where Acquired: The Works
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Cover of the Version I Read:
(US Cover)

A Cover From Elsewhere:
(UK/Australian Cover)

Goodreads Description:
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.

My Review:
This Book was stunning! It was intense, romantic, funny and heart wrenching all in one! I love the shadowhunting world they live in and the twists and turns this book took were exceptional! I was shocked at the way Cassandra Clare nearly killed poor Simon off about 3 times in this novel though! so i am glad he survived; after turning vampire, being drained and nearly being turned to ashes i assume he must be feeling a little strange though! I enjoyed the development of Clary and Jace’s extraordinary powers and the turn the relationship took was something i would never expect from a YA novel. It was heart wrenching and a tough subject to touch on, Clare really knows how to write a novel! I really can’t wait to start the next book, City of Ashes ended with many unanswered questions and i really want to find what the answers are so I am going to read City Of Glass straight away!


“Mom. I have something to tell you. I’m undead. Now, I know you may have some preconceived notions about the undead. I know you may not be comfortable with the idea of me being undead. But I’m here to tell you that undead are just like you and me … well, okay. Possibly more like me than you.”(Simon to Clary)

“Alec looked at her and shook his head. “How do you manage never to get mud on your clothes?”
Isabelle shrugged philosophically. “I’m pure at heart. It repels the dirt.” (Alec and Isabelle)

“Jace slammed his hand down on the stele. “Clary-“
“She said she doesn’t want it,” said Simon. “Ha-ha.”
“Ha-ha?” Jace looked incredulous. “That’s your comeback?”(Jace, Simon and Clary)

“You mean father. I despise this modern habit of calling one’s parents by their names.”
“What I want to call you is a hell of a lot more unprintable than your name.” (Valentine and Clary)


There is a movie coming out on the 21st of August 2013 Based on the First Novel of This Series:
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