Book Review: City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: 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. (less)


I didn’t love or hate this book. I continued it because it was a series and I wanted to switch it up to reading stand-alone novels and series. I think the second book in the series was as good as the second. 

Even though in real life no one would lust for their brother, I don’t think that when Clary does it, it’s gross. Their forbidden romance is one of the reasons why the book was enjoyable.

I also thought how the book was narrated was enjoyable and fit with the story. It was in third person. Whenever the narrator switches to a new scene, whatever happened on the previous scene didn’t really make me curious whether it’d be an action scene or a romantic scene.

I don’t think it’s necessary to read The City of Ashes even though it’s the second book in the series. You could easily stop after the first book, but is up to you. 

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