Book Review: City of Ashes – Cassandra Clare




I finally was able to put down the stress going on in life and get back into reading, and I basically binge-read The Mortal Instruments, so obviously the next few reviews are all going to be on these.

I mean of course by now you, reader, have already decided whether TMI was the series for you, but I must say that I was late to this whole YA bandwagon so DEAL WITH IT



Name: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: September 1, 2015 (1st published Mar 28, 2008)


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.

Book Cover Comments

I absolutely love Clary on this cover: super deep in thought, a sort of mystical feel to it. That hair wave is honestly goals.

The Actual Review

I never thought that I would actually dive into this series this badly.

City of Bones was indeed a slow start to the series, but once we get to City of Ashes?


We pick off immediately from City of Bones, the first wave in the first half of the Mortal Instruments. And I must say, it did not disappoint me. In fact, the hype while I was reading this book just kept building and building and without realizing, I decided to binge read the rest of the Mortal Instruments. (I had that gorgeous new edition book set so that was doable)

What I think made the romance plot so great is that (SPOILER ALERT) Clary and Jace are identified as brother and sisters, which is what makes it so much more tangible and so much more vulnerable. Clary and Jace developed feelings for each other in City of Bones, only to find out at the end that they were blood-related. Then at the same time when both of them are trying to run away from reality, only to find themselves drawing closer and closer.

What really set City of Ashes apart from City of Bones is the development of Simon, Clary’s bff. Gonna keep this spoiler free even though most of you probably know what happens, but Simon definitely adds a touch of freshness to the whole story and made it much more interesting. We also get to meet so much more of the world of the Shadowhunters: well, other Shadowhunters; lycanthropes, vampires, FAERIES-

*spoiler free for the sake of the fact that this is a book blog that is meant to be generally spoiler free*

Then when you least expect it, the Grand o’ Villain from City of Bones, Valentine, reappears to wreck havoc among everything again. The dynamic between Jace’s struggle to find where he belongs in his family and his relationship with his father was also what made the plot in book 2 so excellent.

As the series progresses, we get to explore more of the mortal instruments, and this time it is number two of the mortal instruments. (let’s keep it a secret here for blog’s sake) but other than this magical device, the other magical thing is about Clary discovering how to use her powers. She’s beginning to find out about this thing that others cannot do, something unique to her that will be really really hella important to the royale battle! (i know its battle royale but its out of context here)

The series progresses as the characters struggle to find their place in relationships between each other, as more secrets begin to reveal and as more danger looms ahead, and as the Bones turn into Ashes.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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