City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

 
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City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
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12+
Release Date
March 25, 2008
ISBN
1416972242
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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.

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Getting Better
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
This one picks up just a bit after City of Bones. Jace is pinning for Clary and she for him. Simon is pinning for Clary but she only wants him as a friend. So all that now aside, the plot really heats up in this one. Valentine is so close to getting everything he wants. Jace is really put to the test by fellow Shadowhunters as the Clave doesn't trust him but neither does his father: Valentine. He's caught between them trying to do the right thing.

Clary discovers a new skill, a very kickass one, I might add. I love how Clary pushes through, even though shit goes from bad to worse. She pulls through Simon turning into a vampire and Valentine, when he tries to turn her to the dark side. I just couldn't resist the Star Wars reference. Anyway, she can be a bit whiny in her constant pinning for her brother. No one is perfect though.

I will say the little bites of Alec and Magnus stole the book for me. I just love them to pieces. They are so perfect together. I can't wait for the adult books about Magnus so we can see more of him and Alex. I know we got a little of them in the Bane Chronicles but not as much as I'd hoped. I just feel like I'm going to be waiting forever. 2017 come faster!

Cassandra's writing has greatly improved from City of Bones but she improves over every book and it's so amazing to see. It's just so cool to track a writer's work and see the improvement. What I love most about her writing is the dialogue. It's always funny, witty, and entertaining. I think that helps in making her characters feel so damn real.

I do find it completely funny that she did add a Harry Potter reference in there, since she used to write HP fanfiction. As I like to call it, her 'dark days'.... yeah look into that and you'll see what I mean.

So lastly, I don't know if anyone has noticed but I have been giving a lot less 5 star ratings lately. I have a point as to why, my partner pointed out that I gave out 5 stars to pretty much every book I read, even if I liked it less than another book I'd rated the same thing. So now to get a 5 star rating, I have to completely love the book and find next to no mistakes or plot holes or just things I didn't like.

This doesn't mean that my four star ratings mean the book is bad or that I didn't like it! No way, like this book, I love it! But it's getting a 4 star rating. Even a three star rating means I like the book. So yeah, I just want my 5 star rating to be hard won. Just thought I would let you know so no one thought I'd lost my mind ha ha.

So very long review short, this book is superb and anyone who hasn't read it yet should totally start the series! It's just fantastic!
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Loved it!
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4.7
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City of Ashes review
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3.7
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4.0
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Well, I'm not really sure what to say.

I didn't enjoy City of Ashes quite as much as City of Bones, but I was still sucked in by the story. While I'm not a huge fan of Clary, I like many of the other characters so it was nice to see them again.

Clary/Jace just didn't do it for me this time. Maybe the whole Thing just kind of threw a wet towel on it for me, though, I might have found it stale anyhow, it's hard to tell. You know, I get the turmoil in their situation, but the whole flip-flopping back and forth between romantic and non-romantic feelings thing really grated on my nerves. Plus, poor Simon is left out in the cold with the short end of the stick. Clary's all "yeah, sure, we can date and kiss and stuff, but I don't really like you that way." I was glad to see Simon coming to his senses a bit at the end. He doesn't just give up on Clary, but he also realizes he can't be mooning after her the rest of his life while she's off making out with some other guy.

Speaking of relationship:
1) I find Simon and Jace's relationship very interesting.
2) Alec and Magnus are freaking adorable.

As I mentioned, I still really like the story, but I really started seeing the flaws while reading City of Ashes. I couldn't possibly count the times I got pulled out of the story by Clare's writing. It was really clunky and she kept using a handful of phrases or words over and over and over again. Basically, this is one of those books/series I enjoy so much that I overlook the writing and various flaws.

The Nutshell: It's really bad, but it's also really good. (And no, I don't mean "it's so bad it's good.")
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Great sequel
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
Can't wait to see how it goes!
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This was a great sequel. The way "City of Bones" finished, I was quite anxious to see how this story would develop. It was great. Still action packed, and probably better than "CoB"

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Not My Favorite
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3.0
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It's hard to say what I was expecting from the second book in the Mortal Instrument Series, but it wasn't this. City of Ashes seemed less exciting, less important, less thrilling, etc. City of Ashes was still a good read, but I didn't "really like it," just: liked it, even though 3 stars seems kind of low...

Clary kind of annoyed me more this time. She and Jace didn't speak up as much as they should have. And everyone kept referring to all of these sixteen and seventeen year olds as kids. Maybe they normally would have been kids, but after what they've been through, I think they're adults.

The action scenes didn't seem to flow with me. Sometimes there wasn't enough description, and other times I felt myself skipping over Clary's thoughts just to get to the action, or a more important thought.

I still recommend City of Ashes, but I didn't like it as much as the first book.
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Great Sequel
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4.7
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5.0
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5.0
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4.0
Cassandra Clare wrote an amazing sequel to her first book, The City of Bones. I actually believe that this one is written better. Right from the beginning it drew me in. The prologue was amazing and I wanted to continue reading it.

The action at the very beginning makes you want to continue to read the rest of the book. There are so many twists and turns and unexpected things that happen on the novel that you are never bored.

As the story goes on the main characters and the new characters that are introduced evolve more and more. I feel a connection with most of them or feel like I could make the same decisions that they make. Except for Valentine, I never like what he does and I think that the way he feels about the “Downworlders” is wrong and the way he treats them and his children. I cant feel any compassion towards him, I think that this is the way she meant to write him because he’s supposed to be an evil villain.

I Give this book a 4.9 out of 5 because it was pretty amazing but I would have liked it to be longer :) Now I'm off to read City of Glass.
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City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
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3.7
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.
This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.
I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.
And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part. From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3.
And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol
In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.
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Okay.
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3.3
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This is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series, and I did not like it as the first. There is something about it that has me skimming pages instead of thoroughly reading.
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City of Ashes
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Reader reviewed by Nikke (sng2098)

I got this book from the library a while ago and I couldn't finish it. I got about 50 pages in and didn't like it. So I went back a couple days ago, and got this one and the third one to make sure I finished it; I'm really glad I did!


Jace and Clary are still trying to figure out how to handle thier feelings for each other while trying to find their father. Simon is attempting to get Clary to feel the same way about him and he does to her. The Lightwoods don't believe Jace anymore so they kick him out of their house, then on top of that a mysterious woman they call "The Inquisitor" comes for a visit when something bad goes down in the Silent City. Now all Shadowhunters are called for a battle, they may not all come out of!


The only problem I had with this book was that there is one part where Jace is at Magnus's house that Cassandra Clare like completely forgot Jace's character, and he is nothing like he is in the rest of the book. Other than that I DEF recommend this seris!


I LOVED this book, I forgot how much I liked the first book until I read this one.

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Even Better than Book #1!
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Reader reviewed by K Lawson

Loved book 1, book 2 is even better.  Couldn't wait to read what happens next.  A great read for anyone between the ages of 13 and 70 that enjoys vampires, weres and the supernatural without the "adult" stuff. 

I will read again!
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