Aug 28, 2013

DeeJay Reviews: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


City of Ashes
By Cassandra Clare

Publication Date: March 2008
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Series: Mortal Instruments #2
Source: Bought

DeeJay's Rating
Meh. It was all right.

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? (Goodreads)

*WARNING* Contains a few spoilers!

Gonna cut right to the chase. This book wasn't much better than the first one.

I just can't get into this series like that. Everyone keeps telling me it gets better, but so far, they haven't made a believer out of me. If I wasn't as avid a reader as I am, then I would be officially done with this series. Expectations are just too high and they're not being met. But my interest in The Infernal Devices and The Bane Chronicles are really what's driving me to keep going.

Jace is just as whiny as ever (worse even). Clary ain't much better and she's still so BORING. Add in their ridiculous romance and you have yourself one gagarific situation. That business that took place at the fairy court??? Jace and Clary are brother and sister. They're RELATED. What, because they haven't had sex yet that makes it okay? Am I the only one that thinks this is sick? Notice...I did say haven't had sex YET...

Anywho, Simon has become much "cooler" than he was in the first book and Magnus Bane continues to be the only character that I actually care to read about. He's still awesome and his little "situation" with Alex is kind of cute. Valentine remains a villain worthy of my time. The best villains are the ones that seemingly don't care about anyone, not even their own children and will put their necks on the chopping block with the quickness to achieve their own agendas. Underneath, I think Valentine cares for his family, but damn, it's hard to see that right now. He wants to be rid of the Downworlders and he'll start a war with the Shadowhunters to make this happen. Does Jace choose to fight for Valentine? Well, of course, I'm not going to tell you.

I still like the plot, if for the TRULY mundane characters and their lack of growth and maturity. It's amped up with more action, plot twists and turns and of course, a healthy dose of teenaged drama. But like I said, I also want to read the companion series, so I must continue, regardless of how much Clary and Jace get on my nerves.

Overall, just another decent effort by Clare. I already own City of Glass and will read it pretty soon, I'm sure. I'm just not that excited about it and that in itself is disappointing.

Meh. It was all right.

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