City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Also see: Alternate Cover Editions for this ISBN [ACE] ACE #1 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....


Details City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

TitleCity of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)
ISBN9781416914297
Author
Release DateMar 25th, 2008
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Rating

Reviews City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

  • John Egbert
    2011-04-05
    John no longer uses this account. I have no patience for this bullshit any longer. There are many ways to state an opinion that is in disagreement with this review, and so far, many of you have FAILED to do so. I will no longer tolerate disparaging comments. Rethink them if you don't want me to delete them. Thanks,John's SisterPS: John is not male. She changed her gender status so she would not receive misogynistic comments, or gendered insults. ...
  • SKB
    2011-03-19
    All right, so when we last left our creepy incestuous couple, Draco had just found out his dad was Voldemort, not Lucius Malfoy. Clarmione also found out that Draco was her brother, so that hot makeout session they'd had partway through the first book was now kind of icky, and further physical involvement strictly verboten.So Voldemort is still alive! Oh noes. Enter the Clave and the Inquisitor, Dolores Umbridge. Umbridge has been sent to see if ...
  • Emma Giordano
    2014-04-21
    I guess 9th times the charms because I loved this book way more than I ever had. I think in my adolescence, I spent a lot of my time comparing City of Ashes to other books in the series. This reread, I viewed this story as an individual entity, which allowed me to better appreciate the complexities and conflicts that arise in this sequel. I had such a fabulous time rereading book two and cannot wait to continue rereading the rest of the series!
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2017-10-17
    4.5 STARS ❤I keep sitting down to write a full (read-long) review of this book because I enjoyed it so much, but I struggle so hard on writing my thoughts for sequels in a long running series. I know I'm not supposed to include spoilers in them (even though this book is older than both of my children's ages combined), so it's tough to talk about a book to readers involved in The Mortal Instruments. Either you've already read the book and likely...
  • Candace
    2014-11-23
    Picking up where 'City of Bones' left off, 'City of Ashes' doesn't waste any time before plunging you right back into this supernatural world. This book was packed with action and adventure. With ever-changing information and plenty of teenage angst, this cast of characters tries to stay one step ahead of Valentine, making for a highly entertaining read.Still reeling from the news that they're siblings, Jace and Clary struggle with their feelings...
  • Cara
    2009-07-24
    I didn't go online, hardly talked, didn't eat (ok so I did eat), didn't watch TV just so I could finish this book. So basically I spent the whole day reading and I'm just bursting at the seams to read the next one.The tension in the book is so great that you feel like the characters are literally going to break from the strain. Clary's mother is still in a coma and her relationships with Simon and Jace are fragile. At one point you just feel so d...
  • Elle
    2010-12-17
    Well that was awkward.*** SPOILERGRAM***But before we head down the path of outrageous incest, I will say that City of Ashes was better than City of Bones. The pace was an improvement on that of the latter. Simon was still awesome as ever. I also felt that Ms Clare branched out a wee bit with her creativity with the Vampire transformation stuff, (except that I knew it was coming thanks to a certain Filipino minx who spilt the beans in a comment. ...
  • shady boots | #ShangelaWasRobbed
    2011-09-15
    I can't do it. I just can't.Screw this series.My problem with this series isn't the writing. I'm not one to judge books by the writing since I am pretty terrible at it myself. My problem also isn't exactly the story, which I probably could like. Sort of. I think. I don't know. But anyways, my main problem isn't any of that.It's the characters.How can you continue with a series when you feel nothing but pure hatred towards the characters? They all...
  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    2015-04-20
    4 Family Matters Stars SpoilersShort and sweet so I can get to the next book. Wow City of Ashes was action packed and full of teenage angst. And I loved it! I feel this book focused a lot on Simon and all the changes that happen to him. I liked seeing the character growth in this book for Clary, Jace, Simon, Alec, and Izzy. I really didn't like Maryse, I felt like she really let Jace down. Poor Jace it was like no one loved Jace. Everyone turned...
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    2018-02-25
    That aggravating moment when you can't decide if you should rate a book based on its first 70% (3 stars) or its last 30% (5 stars). RTC!
  • Beth
    2015-06-20
    "It’s not just that someone belongs to you, it’s that you give yourself to them.”A year long, shadowhunter buddy read with my fellow Will Herondale lover? What’s not to love!It’s with a heavy heart that I’m giving this 4 stars don’t get me wrong I love CASSANDRA CLARE so much. She’s 1000000000% my favourite author. This was initially a five stars for me when I first read this book, but there’s this nagging feeling in me that rea...
  • Vi Vi
    2011-03-29
    "That when he thought, really thought, about the fact that he might never get to kiss Clary again, he wanted to die or hurt or bleed so badly he’d go up to the attic and train alone for hours until he was so exhausted he had no choice but to pass out, exhausted."Oh for fuck's sake."He’d have bruises in the morning, bruises and cuts and scraped skin and if he could have named all his injuries they would have had the same name: Clary, Clary, Cl...
  • Rose
    2008-12-27
    I'm beginning to understand why people prefer Jace Wayland to Edward Cullen. I have to OH SNAP the ending. Is it March yet? I want City of Glass NOW.
  • Pearl Angeli
    2016-01-24
    Reread: January, 20161st Read : July, 2014This series continues to amaze me! I loved it the first time I read it and even gets better the second time around. There are lots of crazy and hilarious moments in this installment. The characters are all engaging and the way they interact really entertains me. I especially love Simon and Jace's banters here. And that part when they went to The Seelie Court-- my favorite part! Although Jace kind of disap...
  • Reader-ramble
    2013-01-14
    The following review is filled with spoilers, whining, complaining, ranting, and the destruction of everything people love about this series. Please read responsibly.When last we left our intrepid heroes, Clary "Mary Sue" Frey discovered she was part of a super special group of people called Shadowhunters. (That should be two words, by the way.) She falls for shmexy jerk-face Jace, only to find out that he is her brother and that they are the lon...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2016-05-13
    Ok first things first, kids -- the whole Cersei Clary and Jaime Jace thing is straight up weird. Like even if he turns out to not be her brother (nobody tell me anything), they still think they're siblings right now and are really not making a strong effort to not be in love...It's just unnecessarily drawn out and got kind of old. Like so much of the plot is this odd sexual tension: "The gold in his eyes had turned hard, metallic. She wondered fo...
  • Avis
    2013-08-16
    City of Ashes; a (very) brief summary : Clary: Jace:Simon:JacexClary:Plot:Me:The end.(Maybe one day, when I grow up and become a real girl, I'll write a proper review)
  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    2015-08-29
    I know I just now finished the second book of this series, but it feels like such an accomplishment every time I finish a book. I've seriously fell in love with this series so much. More than I ever expected to and I'm hoping I can stay with this series until the end since most people have said they stopped more or less halfway through. But so far, I've been so wrapped up in the Shadowhunter world that I don't see myself stopping any time soon! I...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    2017-02-26
    This was a reread for my Mortal Instruments read-along! I liked this one so much more than I remember and thought I would when I reread it! So much happened that's so crucial and just YEEESSS
  • Kate ♡
    2014-05-10
    City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareActual Rating: 3.75/5This book was so much better than the first in my opinion, but I could be thinking this way because my vision of the first book in the series was clouded by my vision of the movie, but, nonetheless I really enjoyed this book a lot more.I rated this book a 3.75 stars, so that there's room for higher ratings as the series goes on (and hopefully gets better) City of Ashes got the 4 stars because i...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    2016-08-04
    For the love of God! Will someone kill Valentine already? He's getting on my last nerve!Okay here I am having read the second book again. I have one more to go and then I will be reading the ones I haven't read yet. As I was going along I could remember it so that's a good thing! Oh and I will be adding SPOILERS for those that haven't read it yet. And look at my beautiful UK edition ♥Although, it would be a better picture if I would actually ge...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    2016-03-23
    WOWEEEEEE. Well that was WAY better than the first book. I am FEELING some FEELS.
  • Alexa ❤️
    2017-03-15
    5 Stars! 'A pair of werewolves occupied another booth. Arguing about who would win in a fight: Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books or Magnus Bane' (Page 406 - Clary Fray) - I would love to know the actual answer to this! CoA picks up right after the drama of CoB; Clary and Jace still struggle for their feelings for one another, Jocelyn is still unconscious and Valentine is still at leather and very much evil! 'Other crack teams get bat boo...
  • P
    2014-03-17
    “If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.” City of Ashes (CoA) follows right after what happened in book one. The tension between Jace and Clary is tortuous, I can't even fathom how deep the rupture grows, but it sure affects everyone in this book. I appraise the story that it gets better, the twists and narrative sounds intriguing from the start except Clary. I don't...
  • Readaholic ∞
    2017-12-18
    “I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?""A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus.”City of Ashes were definitely better than City of Bones, it wasn't as predictable and Clary wasn't as annoying as before. I'm not a big fan of the writing style though, I think it makes the characters sound immature and younger than they are most of the time.
  • Jessica Olson
    2016-08-23
    This book was much better than the first. And I love Simon.
  • Jamie
    2011-11-27
    ****DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN'T READ CITY OF BONES****This is an outstanding follow-up to City of Bones. In City of Ashes, we find Jace and Clarey dealing with the personal fall-out from City of Bones, Alec and Isabelle not as visible but are still included, Simon still mackin' on Clarey but finds his own bit of trouble, and Magnus Bane cementing himself as the flamboyant, awesome warlock I knew he would be. And then there's the psychopathic ...
  • Steph Sinclair
    2011-03-10
    *sigh* I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the fact that my taste in YA novels are changing. Maybe it's because since reading the first MI book in 2009, I have read so many better book series. Whatever the reason, CC just does not impress me. The writing is bad and she has poor use of similes. I didn't feel the love Jace felt for Clary. If anything, I felt downright embarrassed that Jace was pinning over his "sister" and pretty much not caring. A...