Book Review: City of Ashes



 March 14, 2009
Is love worth betraying everything? Plunge into the second adventure in the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).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.

My Thoughts:

It should be noted, first, that I’m actually reviewing the audiobook in addition to the actual book.

I have an hour long commute to work and awhile back decided that audiobooks are the best thing on God’s green Earth. When I make it home from work, I’m usually exhausted from leaving home at 6am to chase students around all day, so audiobooks ensure that I still have time to read.

Really, what took me so long?

Anywho, City of Ashes essentially picks up right where the first book, City of Bones, left off. It had been over a year since I read CoB, so I could’ve done with a refresher, but it was still easy to follow. The narrator was interesting and kept the story flowing at a nice pace. I liked the different voices, except Valentine’s was really strange.

In fact, I already have the next book checked out from my library in audiobook, so that must mean that I enjoyed it. 🙂

My biggest complaint is that the book ended on a huge cliffhanger, but that is obviously to be expected in a series.

The book took roughly 10 or so trips to work. It would easily be much quicker for me to just read the book, however this fit into my time frame and held my attention.



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