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)
Release DateMar 25th, 2008
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

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

  • SKB
    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 ...
  • John Egbert
    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. ...
  • The Burning Rose (Jess)
    2019: 4.5/5 stars. It was a fun read. My opinion hasn’t changed since the last time I read the book- Simon, I love you
  • Emma Giordano
    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
    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 ar...
  • Candace
    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
    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
    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 | #WatchPOSE
    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...
  • Melanie
    1.) City of Bones “You are an arrow shot directly into the heart of the Clave, Jace. You are Valentine’s arrow. Whether you know it or not.” I recently did a poll on Twitter, asking people if I should continue on with this series, or just throw in the towel and read Lady Midnight. I will say that the majority vote was for me to just skip it all, but so many of my best friends wrote to me and pleaded with me not to. So, here I am, continu...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    #1 City of Bones #2 City of Ashes #3 City of Glass #4 City of Fallen Angels #5 City of Lost Souls #6 City of Heavenly Fire I was originally going to give this installment 4 stars like I did with the first one, but after I thought about it for a while (er… the two freaking months it took me to get around to reviewing it, that is), I ultimately decided that I couldn’t really justify it, no matter how much I loved the ending. You see, my problem...
  • Hamad
    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “I’ve heard the word ‘fear’. I simply choose to believe it doesn’t apply to me.” Let’s start this review by spilling some tea; you probably know that this book may have started as a Harry Potter fanfiction and that it has been controversial for the author for years now! I may have noticed some similarities but it didn’t affect my overall view of the bo...
  • jessica
    i am pushing through this. slowly, but i promise, i am. i really hope i dont end up resenting this series by the end of it. right now, im not hating it. but i still cant find anything worth immediately 'city of bones,' im still not terribly impressed with the writing and the characters are pretty meh (although, alec has significantly grown on me!). but there seems to be something that is keeping me from hating this completely. is it b...
  • ♡ ᴅ ʀ ᴇ ᴀ ᴍ ♡ (semi-hiatus)
    1 / 5 stars - DNF @ 39%I’m done. I couldn’t continue it. This is too boring and some characters are super annoying especially Clary and Jace. I found no reason why I should love these two although they are two main characters of the series. I almost DNF it once since 1/5 of the book when Clary and Simon had just kissed and then, she thought of her kiss with Jace and compared them. My mind was like ‘What’s wrong with you, Clary?’ ‘You ...
  • Beth
    "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...
  • Jessica's Totally Over The Top Book Obsession
    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...
  • Rose
    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.
  • Khurram
    I really enjoyed this book. There are parts of the book that are brilliant, then then there are parts that are just ok. The main reason I could not give this book 5 stars is parts of seemed rushed (if that is possible in a 411 page book).The book is divided into 3 sections. In the first Cassandra a does a great job of of writing the emotional states of all the characters. Clary and Jace's emotional upheaval at the revelation they are actually bro...
  • Vi Vi
    "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...
  • Pearl Angeli
    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...
  • kazually ♡
    *i just realized how most of the main character kids have nicknames... also Clary is legitimately so overly dramatic. and can the book stop talking about how fucking handsome Jace supposedly is??this book felt kinda messy in a way (that was definitely not the right word) where things happened for this reason but it ended a different way.Example: the Seelie Queen requested a meeting with Clary, Jace, Simon, and Isabelle (also can we just think abo...
  • Reader-ramble
    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...
  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    These books are really enjoyable, even the 2nd time around. I just love how much of a sarcastic asshole Jace is.
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    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 get u...
  • Ashley Nuckles
    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
  • Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)
    4.5 Golden Starsit was better than the first book as the story was going on as I expected (thrilling!)the end was stunning!more fun! more exciting!"Almost extinct is NOT EXTINCT ENOUGH"ahahaha! have some word of wisdom! XDI love these characters!one of my fav in the series.Fantastic!-Plot: ()/5World building: /5Characters: /5Written Style: /5 (fun!)Idea: /5general factors on City of bones review :) 4.5 Golden Starsit was better than the first b...
  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    WOWEEEEEE. Well that was WAY better than the first book. I am FEELING some FEELS.
  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    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...