City of Ashes #2 By Cassandra Clare | Book REVIEW

3/5 stars

After being thrust into a world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders; faeries, werewolves, vampires, and warlocks. Clary hopes for a normal life. But that cannot happen.

Clarissa 'Clary' Fray (Fairchild/Morgenstern) - The Mortal Instruments

For Clary has a villainous father on the loose ready to reek havoc to all worlds, including hers and her newfound brother, Jace. After the killings of Downworlder children, Clary suspects her father is behind those killings. During all this Clary has to battle her feelings for her brother and decipher what she truly feels for her long-life best friend, Simon.

Also, let us not forget that Clary must find the cure to her mother’s coma.

“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?”

The second installment of Cassandra Clare’s ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series is a fantastic continuation of the Shadowhunter world!
Preceded by: City of Bones (#1 The Mortal Instruments series) Check out our review on it – click here.
Followed by: City of Glass (#3 The Mortal Instruments series)

Main Characters:

The Mortal Instruments(After I pin a bunch I found the pin with them all! -_-)

  • Clarissa “Clary” Adele Fray, newly found out Shadowhunter, main protagonist of the series
  • Jonathan “Jace” Christopher Wayland Lightwood, adopted son of the Lightwoods and most skilled Shadowhunter of his generation ♥♥♥♥ andddd Clary’s “brother” 😬😬😬
  • Simon Lewis, Daylighter andClary’s ‘Mundane’, geeky BFF and possible love interest 😬😬😂😂
  • Alexander “Alec” Gideon Lightwood, eldest son of the Lightwoods and Parabatai (AKA Shadowhunter BFF) of Jace
  • Isabelle “Izzy” Sophia Lightwood, only daughter of the Lightwoods, known to be rebellious
  • Magnus Bane, High Warlock of Brooklyn (AKA GLITTERY HOT STUFF)
  • Valentine Morgenstern, Leader of the Circle (AKA bad guy who was supposed to be dead)

Side Characters:

  • Jocelyn Fray, mother of Clary who we learn is in coma 🙄
  • Luke Garroway (AKA Lucian Graymark), Clary’s mother’s friend who helped raise her, also Leader of a Wolfpack
  • Hodge Starkweather, the eccentric tutor of the New York Institute, forever cursed to remain indoors

Our Review:

This book goes into further depth of the Shadowhunter world. Cassandra Clare, we must say definitely knows how to develop characters. We felt what the characters were feeling, we empathised with them. Basically, you just love the fact that nearly all the characters we meet come in layers. We say ‘nearly’ because unfortunately, the main female protagonist is pretty much an open book. But we like to stay positive, so we embrace the impossibly good vibes that Clary radiates.

Simon the mortal instruments. This is just perfect, Rob Sheehan I love you


TMI  I love Simon! And I especially loved City of Ashes, the book Simon turned into a vampire.

We hope you guys are ready for the first rune from the #LordOfShadows 1st edition!!  It's the Mark of Cain!(@ShadowhunterBks) | Twitter

Simon and Clary become a thing (at the start of the book 😉 – so not for long), we can say hands down that it was quite amusing witnessing Simon’s attempts to solidify his status as Clary’s significant other (*SPOILERS* we all know that Clace is endgame, and if you don’t well…now you know….you have been enlightened!!! FINALLLYY!).

Create your own memes and share with fellow Shadowhunters! The Mortal Instruments City of Bones in theaters August 23.

Of course, we did have a problem with being introduced to a beautiful man-boy (Jace) that needs to be with the perfect main female lead (Clary) in the first book – for us to be utterly devasted and confused to learn they cannot be OTP (unless you’re into that stuff??! That’s weird guys… very weird…totally weirded us out to the max….in fact nearly put us off totally if we hadn’t been spoiled…well kinda hinted).

Overall, this book would have flopped real hard for us if we didn’t think it had potential (it does/did). Which is why we gave it a 3 star rating. We feel this book needed to happen in order for it to get better in the later additions to this FABULOUS series!! But do not think for one moment that we did NOT like this book – ‘cuz we did and that’s mainly because of the characters stories and the involvement of Downworlders! We just came to love them all (more so now!) and you realise that’s all you need!! But a good plot helps as well – and trust us it does get better after this little glitch in the series!

What did you think of this book? Did you too have a problem with the whole ‘sibling’ thing going along with Clary and Jace? Who’s your fave character (ours was Simon in this book – of course, it’s incredibly hard to choose!)? Do you love this series as much as we do? Well comment down below – ‘cuz we want some fangirling/fanboying!!

Ciao from The Twins 😉

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  1. Hahahahahaha I absolutely loved this review!!! The structure was really good and I loved the Mark of Cain references 😂

    I don’t remember much about this series but I know that City of Glass was my favourite book out of all of them so have fun reading that next!!! ❤️

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    1. Aww thanks!! We thought our structure gets all over the place – but we’re glad it is easy to follow!😊😊

      This is one of our fave series and perhaps we didn’t make it clear – but we’ve read them all BUT we wanted to write reviews on them! We very well remember that we liked the third book, City of Glass (and soon we’re going to go over that again so we can write a review for it🤓) and the last book, City of Heavenly Fire!
      We just love the Shadowhunter world!!😆😆❤

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      1. Nawww it’s totally fine and easy to follow!!! Mine is always a mess when writing reviews hahaha XD

        OH RIGHT oops I might have missed that while reading! Yaaaasss can’t wait to read that review! I really want to reread these books because I used to be soooo obsessed with them but I don’t remember a thing because it’s been ages!!! It’s such a great world 😊❤️

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      2. Awww thanks you’re making us blush!! 😊😊❤
        Your reviews literally make us Fangirl for a book we haven’t even read yet (keyword “yet”😉 🤓)

        We look forward to writing it! You should totally reread it if you have the time – you’ll notice things you probs missed before (her books are HUGE!)!! The world is so developed now – its just too beautiful!!😍❤

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      3. Ooooh yes that is a good time to reread it! It was actually near autumn and winter where we started TMI and it was so perfect and awesome! Just perfect!👌🏻👌🏻

        We hope you stick to the plan!!😊😉

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      4. This is getting out of hand but we also REread the series in winter (just like the first time😉)…

        What can you say – winter is just a Shadowhunter season!!😂😂

        It’ll be perfect if you stick to it! We wish you luck!!🍀🍀

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  2. Ah yes Clare definitely knows how to develop characters!! But yes, Clary is my least favourite in this series. I had to get spoiled for that- cos tbh otherwise I couldn’t have continued with the series (I think it’s the only time I’ve gone out of my way to be spoiled before). And yes, this one’s good- though my fave in the Mortal Instruments series is book 3 (so good!!) I hope you enjoy that one. And yes, I love Simon too ❤ (though I wasn't crazy about him and Clary) So yeah, I agree this one is integral to the series as a whole, but wasn't my favourite. Great review!!

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    1. Yes her characters always have a backstory – which you just want to know!! The thing with Clary is that she seemed too perfect and we guess that’s okay but we could’ve went for a realistic character!🤔

      Yes!!!!!! This is so weird – but (I, Shanya) borrowed the book from a friend and she just saw my face after asking me how it was – and she must’ve known I needed spoiling! LOL😂 same thing with me (Tanya) when I finished this book – but Shanya had to spoil me! It’s rare that we ever get spoiled – unless one of us read it (it’s hard to not spoil each other – we live with teacher!!😂😅)

      Gosh we think we should write it down on them (reviews) now or something LOL – as we’ve actually read the entire series and we just wanted to write a review for them! If you’ve read any of our reviews so far – they are books that we have ALREADY read and FINISHED (if it was a series).

      So for us the 3rd book and the last book was our fave!! 🤓👌🏻❤

      We too love Simon (such a cutie😉) but we too didn’t like the fact that they were together – they needed to be BFFs and not a couple! #Sizzy #Clace (might as well – #Malec 😎).

      This book has things that needed to be here to link things smoothly – so yes it was needed! Despite our rating being low for the book – if asked to rate the series we would have to give it a 5 star rating, as the books altogether is perfect!!😍👌🏻

      Thanks so much!!😊❤

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    1. Cool!! He’s just so cute and amazing!!👌🏻 We too absolutely love this series and we still plan on continuing The Shadowhunter Chronicles (we are already up to date up until Lord of Shadows which we need to read!!)

      Yay!! SNAP!! 😁😁 This book was necessary for the later books!


  3. Oh, I’m not a big fan of Cassandra Clare’s writing. But I do remember her characters were quite wonderfully crafted, and there was so much potential in the world she created. I do like the concept of having so many different ‘creatures’ in one universe, from vampires, to faeries and warlocks! 😀

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    1. Oh that’s a shame 😞! But we do understand why one would stop reading Clare’s work – there’s just too much and we too believe that she could cut off a few sentences here and there, but we’d just come used to it! 😊

      Her characters really are the ones that convinced us to stay and the world she created was just enough for us to fall in love with it! But we totally get you! 😉 🤓

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  4. Great review! The whole “sibling” thing did get annoying after the first book, but it wasn’t a major fall back. My favorite character was Simon too. I always preferred Simon than Jace, but oh well.
    I actually just reviewed Lady Midnight on my blog. Have you read that one yet?

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    1. Aww thanks!! 😊❤

      Yeah the sibling part was just weird drama that thankfully passed quickly (eventually?).

      Simon is a great friend but we never saw him as a real love integrity Clary! Always felt it’d be Jace from the start (minus the sibling thing lol😅).

      We have read that and we absolutely loved it and we hope to read Lord of Shadows soon we we get time!

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      1. lol Clary and Jace seemed to ignore most of the “sibling” thing or perhaps that’s just what I felt like.
        Simon is great nevertheless. : P
        I’m looking forward to Lord of the Shadows, but I heard it has a great cliffhanger. So I may need that book and the 3rd book at the same time.

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      2. We loved the ending of LM – “Why lie?” Literally had us in tears😂👌

        We are soo like that as well LOL!! NEEDING BOTH BOOKS SO WE CAN BINGE READ!!😂😂

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