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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.

Topics: New York City, Tense, Adventurous, Shapeshifting, and Urban

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on
ISBN: 9781439163849
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    In love with Mortal Instruments!!!!more
    Love love love more
    And we're done here. I'm going to need someone to sum up the rest of the series for me since I can't do it anymore. I spent far too much time yelling at the various characters for being, well, dumb. The writing was over-worked, the characters obnoxious, the villains too one-dimensional and the ending unsatisfying. Yes I know it's a series. Doesn't mean there needs to be a Days of Our Lives cliffhanger at the end of every one. Not my book, moving on.more
    Mm, I think this was even better than the first! I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book to see how it’s all going to wrap up. [Nov. 2010]more
    I really love the world of these novels. The characters are diverse and endearing. I can identify with a few of them, and I love seeing how they are developing through this series. I am excited to start the next book which thankfully since I am so behind on the series was readily available at the library :)

    Always afraid of giving anything away when it is a second book, but assuming if you are looking at this then you have read book one....

    The one thing that has me really spinning is Clary and Jace their relationship makes me so sad...but I am definitely making a prediction here, I don't think they are brother and sister...

    Must start reading next book now!more
    Still loved Jace and Clary's scenes, despite - or because of? - the incest. I don't know, but ever since Game of Thrones, I don't dislike incest (the brother/sister kind) anymore. Go figure.

    BUT, I know Jace and Clary aren't really siblings (thanks, Tumblr, for spoiling me). It's just so funny watching them think that they are.

    Simon turning into a vampire though. Eh. Shouldn't they have just held a funeral for him, ala Cirque du Freak style, so they wouldn't have to explain Simon not being able to go out in the sun? But, no, they had to have him drink Jace's mutated blood and become invincible, aka, enable him to walk in the sun without dying a second time. I would have preferred Simon remaining a human, but that's just me.

    I gave this 3-stars because I wasn't able to really enjoy the book. I read some people's reviews who hated it, and I can see their point. Mostly, I became aware of how unlikable Clary can be. I don't remember what Clary did to make Jace fall in love with her, even though I ship them. All Clary seems to be doing is scream, and be in the middle of the action without actually doing anything. I hope they remedy that in the City of Glass, which I'll be reading next. If Sebastian falls in love with her too I'm going to be seriously pissed. It kinda reminds me of Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi where everyone just luuurrrvesss her. Give me a Katniss Everdeen anytime. Sure everybody loves Katniss, but I like Katniss. heh. heh. heh.more
    The plot thickens for Clary and Jace as they try to find the whereabouts of Valentine and figure out his evil plan to take over the Shadowhunters. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this story, as the narrator does a fantastic job with the voices.more
    This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...more
    What a wonderful second book! Leave it to Cassandra Clare to create a world and continue to make it feel real and new. I am totally rooting for Jace!!more
    One of the things I love about this series is the character dynamics. Yes, the world is an amazing place, but I really like Clary and Jace. City of Bone started out with a quick action pace that seemed to move even quicker in City of Ashes. Just when you think you know something about this world, Clare seems to add another aspect that makes you question what you are reading, and she does it effortlessly, no plot point seams showing thorugh on the underside. I am really looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.more
    I don't hate Jace as much as I did but I still think he's an awful amalgam of clichés. I continue to think less of Clary for choosing the boring option of her hopelessly impossible romance with her brother who as it turns out probably will end up not being her brother after all. I continue to like Simon the most and also don't really care about this Maia relationship the author is trying to force on us. As if star crossed lovers, who might be siblings but probably won't be in the end because the author doesn't have the nerve to really stick to the incest line, wasn't a bad enough we now have the vampire and werewolf couple so double helpings of star crossed. About the only interesting pairing in this thing are Magnus and Alec so go go gay characters saving this continual romantic trainwreck.The worst thing is I continue to enjoy the series but I suspect I'm just reading to find out how the romance turns out. All the while hoping Cassandra Clare chooses the more interesting couple of Simon and Clary rather than defaulting to the utterly and ironically mundane couple of Jace and Clary. It continues to be an NTR nightmare for me but at least Simon is getting the screentime now to develop as a character.more
    It's difficult to give a synopsis of this second book of the Mortal Instruments series without completely giving away the first one, but suffice it to say that Clary remains conflicted about Simon and Jace, Magnus remains fabulous, adults still are generally not to be trusted (gah the Inquisitor made me so angry), and Valentine continues to be awful. The plot is once again very easy to follow and predict, but like the first book, I enjoyed the world and its characters enough that I had a marvelous time all the same. Looking forward to the third installment. I understand the series began as a trilogy, so it should have a good solid ending.more
    In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part. From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3. And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.more
    Finished reading City of Ashes yesterday. I liked it better than City of Bones but it still isn't great. Guess I'll finish the trilogy then give the books to the library unless the third book is many times better than the first two. The book is okay. I should be reading better things. Silly reader. However there is a movie coming out based on the first book, I believe.more
    **WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones**Clary Fray has found her mother, Jocelyn, so now what? Jocelyn is in a magically induced coma, one that was supposed to keep her from revealing secrets to Valentine, her once husband. Clary must figure out how to reverse the coma. Luke, her long-time family friend and Alpha of the local werewolf pack, Simon and the Shadowhunters are there to help her. She figures that the only way to find the answers she seeks is to track down her father, Valentine. That sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that all the Shadowhunters are looking for him as a traitor, so he is hidden well.Clary just recently found out that the guy she was attracted to, Jace, is actually her brother. This doesn’t help matter any because she still has feelings for him and they have to see each other a lot as Shadowhunters. The inquisitor comes to the Institute to question the Lightwoods after the disappearance of The Mortal Cup. After that, Jace was sent to the prisons in the Silent City so they could figure out what he knew about Valentine. Only the Silent Brothers didn’t have time to go through his mind because Valentine showed up and stole another Mortal Instrument. Because Jace was unarmed and still in the prison when the Shadowhunters eventually showed up, they thought he had a part in stealing of the Mortal Instrument. Will Clary find what she needs to help her mother? What will happen to Jace now that the Clave thinks that he is guilty?I like the fact that Valentine is shown having some compassion in this book, even though he is the villain. This being the second book in The Mortal Instrument series, it didn’t fail to keep me interested in the plot. Just when you thought all the questions were answered and nothing else could happen, the questions change. Even though a lot of things happen, it doesn’t seem like it is excessive. I really like this series and cannot wait to read more of it.more
    My goodness, the execution of this book has put the debut of the first one to shame. It felt as if like this was written by a different author, in the means of it was so much better than City of Bones. No offense, Cassandra Clare. I really liked City of Bones, they gave a good enough introduction to the series but everything was scattered and confusing. This, on the other hand, is kind of confusing at some parts but this time, it added charm to the story. It made it intriguing rather than make-me-wanna-pull-my-hair-out-because-its-pissing-me-off. The characters were given more depth and more difficulties, the emotions then felt raw, powerful. The events weren't just thrown in my face with a little bit of vampire and a little bit of fairy. No, this one was given more thought to the organization.I dreaded reading the almost 500 pages in this book because I couldn't read it fast enough! I really wanted to get to the next page to find out what's going to happen but I was only halfway through the other page.So overall, I just hope Cassandra Clare continues to write in a way like this one so I can stay engrossed reading the series.more
    City of Ashes follows on pretty close to where City of Bones left off. It’s very much more of the same and definitely not in a bad way. A few new characters are introduced but the old characters we know and love take the centre stage. In fact, more of them have point of view scenes in the first book. This was a bit off-putting at first but I quickly got into the flow of it and enjoyed getting into more of their heads. There was one new character, the Clave’s Inquisitor, who had me wanting to punch her through the page and we all know such an emotional response is a sign of a well-written character.The story revealed more of the history and mysteries of the world that were hinted at in City of Bones and it was nice to see Clary being accepted as one of the Shadowhunters, even if she’s never going to be fighter like Isabelle, Alec and Jace.The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger (although I’ve read worse — no actual cliffs were involved) and makes me want to pick up the next book immediately, possibly on book-buying credit.I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and/or YA fantasy. I suggest starting from the first book, however, since I’m pretty sure City of Ashes won’t make as much sense otherwise and definitely contains lots of spoilers for City of Bones.4.5 / 5 starsmore
    Ok, I need some time to think on this one, my head is SPINNING!Ok, I've had a bit to think on it and I still don't know where to start.I love Clare's writing, that's the first place. I haven't read a book by her yet that I didn't like. Her characters are so well described and interesting. And her descriptive ability leaves me speechless.In this story we once again meet up with Clary, Jace and the gang. They fight off Valentine as he tries to gather all the mortal instruments and create a demon army to take down the Clave.One thing I loved about this book is that Clare did not hold back from taking chances. The love relationship between Clary and Jace still exists, despite the fact that we were told they are brother and sister (although I am pretty sure this is somehow going to be resolved at a later date). Simon is turned into a vampire, what? I was surprised Clare took this chance, but it worked. Jace remains aloof, although you do get the sense that he really feels this is somehow protecting everyone around him. Alec and Mangus' relationship and alluded to, but Jace remains in the dark (although I can't see how). It's all these things that just lend to making this such a great story.And, despite the badness of some characters, you just can't help but love them all. Ok, so I'm not out there waving my pom-pons for Valentine, but there is something about him that makes me want to like him. Why is that? Is it because there seems to be something underlying his infatuation with taking down the Clave? Like there is something evil there that we just don't know about and will be revealed at a later date! The book keeps you guessing, keeps you wanting more. Really, I had a hard time putting it down. I didn't feel this way so much with the first book. I liked this one better, to be honest.I really can't find anything bad to say about this book. It swept me away and I've already started reading City of Glass!!! I can't wait to see how much more the characters continue to develop!more
    I read this entire book on a ten hour flight. I could not put it down. If you loved the first, you will not be disappointed!more
    All right people... I thought I could stop after City of Bones, but quite obviously you see that I could not. After finishing City of Bones for the second time, I figured I might as well read the rest of the books in the series as City of Lost Souls comes out in roughly a week. I got through City of Ashes much faster than City of Bones and so hopefully my quick reading streak continues and I can finish City of Glass and City of Angels before May 8th. Now, I'm going to write this as spoiler free as humanly possible, so feel safe in reading my review if you are new to The Mortal Instruments series!City of Ashes takes off right where City of Bones leaves us... some big stuff happens... people change...there's fighting? How can I even begin to describe this book without any spoilers? Well, here goes! Valentine is still bad, very bad. Clary and Jace learn some pretty interesting things about their heritage...think Starwars. Simon and Alec discover whole new lifestyles, and it's definitely not what you think. In this second installment, Clary and the gang must work even harder to overcome not only the bumps that Valentine puts in the road, but they must also overcome a few personal obstacles before they can hope to beat Valentine. In book two, Clare introduces us to her brand of writing where everyone has a part. We've got vampires, werewolves, some man on man love, warlocks, demons, Shadowhunters, Faeries and more. It seems that Cassandra Clare's invisible world is a world just like our own. One full of not only prejudiced people, but all kinds of people. It's not often we see young adult fiction featuring homosexuality, especially in a book series as widely popular as The Mortal Instruments. This is a huge reason for my love of Clare's books: she writes for everyone. Instead of devastatingly beautiful princesses falling in love with dashingly charming princes living happily ever after, Clare's characters are ordinary. Ordinary you ask? Didn't your list above include supernatural demon hunters descended from Angels? Her characters are ordinary in that they have real problems. Simon is in love with his best friend who won't return his love. Clary, while pretty in her own right, is described as an awkward ginger who is short and gangly. We have Shadowhunters finding out how to express to their friends and family that they are gay, in a world where being a warrior and being gay never go hand in hand. The characters go through they own struggles while still saving the day and that is a huge reason why these books as such a must read. The book as a whole sets a different mood from the first book. In City of Bones, we find ourselves dying for as much information as we can, learning about the invisible world in Clare's writing. In this book, we dive further and further into their world with Clary as she discovers more about herself in the mundane world and the Shadowhunter world. She becomes ever stronger as she learns of unrequited love, forbidden love and the love and bonds of a family. Clary grows up fast in these books and unlike many other stories, her growing pains are pains indeed. She comes to realize that life isn't easy, it's the difficult choies that you make that make you an adult, not the fact that you're glowingly happy all the time. Clary is definitely one of my favorites. Dare I say a close second to Hermione Granger... yep I said it. While there is still a lot of character development in this book, we find more in the plot department as well. We learn more of Valentine and his plans and also about the fate of the Clave and the Shadowhunter world. The action in this book is simply awesome as well. While these books do have a fair amount of blood and guts, it's not in excess and even the most squeamish reader will find themselves devouring page after page, yearning for more. What can I say? Each book gets better and better! If you'd like more information about Cassandra Clare's upcoming releases, what she's currently writing and the City of Bones movie, check out my review of City of Bones and scroll to the bottom for news :)Happy Reading!8 out of 10-Allisonmore
    Who would have thought that so many pieces of a puzzle could come together so delicately but savagely?!?!?!?! You will not EVER be able to put this book down!more
    Background: Clary’s mother is in a coma after dealing with her insane father and menacing bad guy Valentine, and all she wants is for things to go back to normal. In this, the 2nd book in the Mortal Instruments series, Downworlder children are dying and Valentine must be up to it. The Shadowhunters are blaming Jace for all the bad things his father has been doing and to make matters worse, Clary’s best friend Simon is acting stranger than normal. All they can do is wait and hope that Valentine does not start all-out war with the Clave.Review: I loved City of Ashes, so much more than City of Bones. Here we see the character development continue with the suspense and tension from book one, but so much more. I know it is weird, but I am coming to think that Jace and Clary should be together; all of the tension wouldn't/ couldn't be for nothing right? So cleaver though.I think my only hang up was that the word incredulous/incredulously was used a lot..but I may just be weird about things like that. I really enjoyed the teenage tensions between Clary and Simon, Clary and Jace, and Simon and Maya...fun to read.I am always a little sad when a book ends on a cliffhanger, but I knew it was a series so the next one is waiting for me. :)more
    Ok, so this one was better than the first book in the series. More suspense, more action, and also more weird romantic angst. **SPOILERS** Anyway, I'm fairly certain that we're headed towards finding out that a certain twosome are not in fact, certainly siblings. (I Hope) ** I just keep reading because I gotta find out what's going to happen. I wouldn't call it one of my favorites, but this series definitely has me hooked.more
    After reading the first installment in this exciting series, I knew that I had to get my hands on the second novel and quickly! Sadly, this novel did not live up to the expectations that I had. Clare's world and characters are still enchanting but the plot did not impress me. After the crazy events on of The Mortal Cup, Clary attempts to return to a normal life, or as normal as life can get with your mother in a coma and experiencing feelings for someone you really shouldn't. Clary's life is turned upside down when her best friend is attacked, her father attempts to lure her brother to the dark side, and a very persistent Inquisitor seems to have it out for Jace. The second novel in The Mortal instruments series deals with Clary coming into her newfound shadowhunting skills as supernatural children are turning up dead, drained of all blood. Sounds interesting doesn't it? And it was for the first hundred or so pages. While the plot did not drag, I did not find it interesting in the least bit, well except maybe the epilogue. This novel takes a closer look at Clary's feelings for Jace and the awkward love triangle that she is thrown into. While I will get into the love stories later in my review, I can honestly say that the love triangle is what made me give the novel a lower rating: it felt really cheap. I also felt that the repeated appearances by Valentine's made him less menacing; he kept popping up everywhere and there was no mystery to what he had up his sleeves. I wholeheartedly believe that the best things about these books are the characters. They are so much fun and so colorful and each have their own issues. While I loved Jace, Luke, newly added Maia, and the Lightwoods, Clary and Simon annoyed me. Cassandra Clare throws Simon and Clary into a very awkward situation in which neither character is being truthful with the other. The synposis states that the two are "becoming more than friends" but the situation is extremely forced on both parties and it also ends very awkwardly. Simon states that he wants truthfulness but goes right ahead and adopts a characteristic that he just chided Clary about. Hyp. O. Crit. I adored Alec in this story, especially his blossoming love story which I hope becomes evident in future novels. The writing style reflected the first novel's very closely and I did not have any qualms. Clare writes her characters and introduces the audience to her world with such ease that City of Ashes becomes a fast page-turner despite the novel having almost 500 pages. Despite my disappointment with the second installment, I will definitely be picking of City of Fallen Angels very soon, Clare's world and characters are too enticing to throw away just because of one mediocre book. Recommended for those who loved the Mortal Cup and those who are looking for a more diverse urban fantasy read with unforgettable characters.more
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    In love with Mortal Instruments!!!!more
    Love love love more
    And we're done here. I'm going to need someone to sum up the rest of the series for me since I can't do it anymore. I spent far too much time yelling at the various characters for being, well, dumb. The writing was over-worked, the characters obnoxious, the villains too one-dimensional and the ending unsatisfying. Yes I know it's a series. Doesn't mean there needs to be a Days of Our Lives cliffhanger at the end of every one. Not my book, moving on.more
    Mm, I think this was even better than the first! I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book to see how it’s all going to wrap up. [Nov. 2010]more
    I really love the world of these novels. The characters are diverse and endearing. I can identify with a few of them, and I love seeing how they are developing through this series. I am excited to start the next book which thankfully since I am so behind on the series was readily available at the library :)

    Always afraid of giving anything away when it is a second book, but assuming if you are looking at this then you have read book one....

    The one thing that has me really spinning is Clary and Jace their relationship makes me so sad...but I am definitely making a prediction here, I don't think they are brother and sister...

    Must start reading next book now!more
    Still loved Jace and Clary's scenes, despite - or because of? - the incest. I don't know, but ever since Game of Thrones, I don't dislike incest (the brother/sister kind) anymore. Go figure.

    BUT, I know Jace and Clary aren't really siblings (thanks, Tumblr, for spoiling me). It's just so funny watching them think that they are.

    Simon turning into a vampire though. Eh. Shouldn't they have just held a funeral for him, ala Cirque du Freak style, so they wouldn't have to explain Simon not being able to go out in the sun? But, no, they had to have him drink Jace's mutated blood and become invincible, aka, enable him to walk in the sun without dying a second time. I would have preferred Simon remaining a human, but that's just me.

    I gave this 3-stars because I wasn't able to really enjoy the book. I read some people's reviews who hated it, and I can see their point. Mostly, I became aware of how unlikable Clary can be. I don't remember what Clary did to make Jace fall in love with her, even though I ship them. All Clary seems to be doing is scream, and be in the middle of the action without actually doing anything. I hope they remedy that in the City of Glass, which I'll be reading next. If Sebastian falls in love with her too I'm going to be seriously pissed. It kinda reminds me of Miaka from Fushigi Yuugi where everyone just luuurrrvesss her. Give me a Katniss Everdeen anytime. Sure everybody loves Katniss, but I like Katniss. heh. heh. heh.more
    The plot thickens for Clary and Jace as they try to find the whereabouts of Valentine and figure out his evil plan to take over the Shadowhunters. I highly recommend the audiobook version of this story, as the narrator does a fantastic job with the voices.more
    This is truly a great series. Not just good, but Harry Potter-good, without having to go through four years of puberty...more
    What a wonderful second book! Leave it to Cassandra Clare to create a world and continue to make it feel real and new. I am totally rooting for Jace!!more
    One of the things I love about this series is the character dynamics. Yes, the world is an amazing place, but I really like Clary and Jace. City of Bone started out with a quick action pace that seemed to move even quicker in City of Ashes. Just when you think you know something about this world, Clare seems to add another aspect that makes you question what you are reading, and she does it effortlessly, no plot point seams showing thorugh on the underside. I am really looking forward to picking up the next book in the series.more
    I don't hate Jace as much as I did but I still think he's an awful amalgam of clichés. I continue to think less of Clary for choosing the boring option of her hopelessly impossible romance with her brother who as it turns out probably will end up not being her brother after all. I continue to like Simon the most and also don't really care about this Maia relationship the author is trying to force on us. As if star crossed lovers, who might be siblings but probably won't be in the end because the author doesn't have the nerve to really stick to the incest line, wasn't a bad enough we now have the vampire and werewolf couple so double helpings of star crossed. About the only interesting pairing in this thing are Magnus and Alec so go go gay characters saving this continual romantic trainwreck.The worst thing is I continue to enjoy the series but I suspect I'm just reading to find out how the romance turns out. All the while hoping Cassandra Clare chooses the more interesting couple of Simon and Clary rather than defaulting to the utterly and ironically mundane couple of Jace and Clary. It continues to be an NTR nightmare for me but at least Simon is getting the screentime now to develop as a character.more
    It's difficult to give a synopsis of this second book of the Mortal Instruments series without completely giving away the first one, but suffice it to say that Clary remains conflicted about Simon and Jace, Magnus remains fabulous, adults still are generally not to be trusted (gah the Inquisitor made me so angry), and Valentine continues to be awful. The plot is once again very easy to follow and predict, but like the first book, I enjoyed the world and its characters enough that I had a marvelous time all the same. Looking forward to the third installment. I understand the series began as a trilogy, so it should have a good solid ending.more
    In book two of the Mortal Instruments series, Clary is finally understanding the importance of her Shadowhunter’s duties. There are Downworlder children that are being murdered and removed of their blood and the team of Shadowhunters must find out the reasons behind it.This will be a little hard to review, only because there is so much going on in the story. In the book we meet new characters and it adds on to the actual story of those characters from the previous book. What I liked about this, is the way Clare was able to bring them all together without making the story seem too strained. It flowed completely and didn’t make me feel overwhelmed.I also enjoyed the pace that this book moved. With all the things that are going on in this, the plot has no choice but to be quick paced. The book is filled with action and I loved every bit of it.And the ending!? Oh gosh, that was my favorite part. From the “Aquatruck” on I was like GLUED to the book. I found myself reading it at work, at the dinner table, and anywhere else I could read it. Now I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Glass, the Mortal Instruments #3. And call me strange, but another thing that I liked about this book was the new creatures we were introduced to. Like the demons? No lie, I was reading it with my eyes wide open and I could only read about them in the day time because the image I was getting of them all scared me lol I was also pretty scared of the fairies. I don't like how they are so sneaky and cunning. Even people like that make me nervous lol In short, City of Ashes is an impressive sequel to City of Bones. Clare brought life back to her fantasy world and made me once again, not want to leave it.more
    Finished reading City of Ashes yesterday. I liked it better than City of Bones but it still isn't great. Guess I'll finish the trilogy then give the books to the library unless the third book is many times better than the first two. The book is okay. I should be reading better things. Silly reader. However there is a movie coming out based on the first book, I believe.more
    **WARNING: Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read City of Bones**Clary Fray has found her mother, Jocelyn, so now what? Jocelyn is in a magically induced coma, one that was supposed to keep her from revealing secrets to Valentine, her once husband. Clary must figure out how to reverse the coma. Luke, her long-time family friend and Alpha of the local werewolf pack, Simon and the Shadowhunters are there to help her. She figures that the only way to find the answers she seeks is to track down her father, Valentine. That sounds easy, right? Except for the fact that all the Shadowhunters are looking for him as a traitor, so he is hidden well.Clary just recently found out that the guy she was attracted to, Jace, is actually her brother. This doesn’t help matter any because she still has feelings for him and they have to see each other a lot as Shadowhunters. The inquisitor comes to the Institute to question the Lightwoods after the disappearance of The Mortal Cup. After that, Jace was sent to the prisons in the Silent City so they could figure out what he knew about Valentine. Only the Silent Brothers didn’t have time to go through his mind because Valentine showed up and stole another Mortal Instrument. Because Jace was unarmed and still in the prison when the Shadowhunters eventually showed up, they thought he had a part in stealing of the Mortal Instrument. Will Clary find what she needs to help her mother? What will happen to Jace now that the Clave thinks that he is guilty?I like the fact that Valentine is shown having some compassion in this book, even though he is the villain. This being the second book in The Mortal Instrument series, it didn’t fail to keep me interested in the plot. Just when you thought all the questions were answered and nothing else could happen, the questions change. Even though a lot of things happen, it doesn’t seem like it is excessive. I really like this series and cannot wait to read more of it.more
    My goodness, the execution of this book has put the debut of the first one to shame. It felt as if like this was written by a different author, in the means of it was so much better than City of Bones. No offense, Cassandra Clare. I really liked City of Bones, they gave a good enough introduction to the series but everything was scattered and confusing. This, on the other hand, is kind of confusing at some parts but this time, it added charm to the story. It made it intriguing rather than make-me-wanna-pull-my-hair-out-because-its-pissing-me-off. The characters were given more depth and more difficulties, the emotions then felt raw, powerful. The events weren't just thrown in my face with a little bit of vampire and a little bit of fairy. No, this one was given more thought to the organization.I dreaded reading the almost 500 pages in this book because I couldn't read it fast enough! I really wanted to get to the next page to find out what's going to happen but I was only halfway through the other page.So overall, I just hope Cassandra Clare continues to write in a way like this one so I can stay engrossed reading the series.more
    City of Ashes follows on pretty close to where City of Bones left off. It’s very much more of the same and definitely not in a bad way. A few new characters are introduced but the old characters we know and love take the centre stage. In fact, more of them have point of view scenes in the first book. This was a bit off-putting at first but I quickly got into the flow of it and enjoyed getting into more of their heads. There was one new character, the Clave’s Inquisitor, who had me wanting to punch her through the page and we all know such an emotional response is a sign of a well-written character.The story revealed more of the history and mysteries of the world that were hinted at in City of Bones and it was nice to see Clary being accepted as one of the Shadowhunters, even if she’s never going to be fighter like Isabelle, Alec and Jace.The ending was a bit of a cliff hanger (although I’ve read worse — no actual cliffs were involved) and makes me want to pick up the next book immediately, possibly on book-buying credit.I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys urban fantasy and/or YA fantasy. I suggest starting from the first book, however, since I’m pretty sure City of Ashes won’t make as much sense otherwise and definitely contains lots of spoilers for City of Bones.4.5 / 5 starsmore
    Ok, I need some time to think on this one, my head is SPINNING!Ok, I've had a bit to think on it and I still don't know where to start.I love Clare's writing, that's the first place. I haven't read a book by her yet that I didn't like. Her characters are so well described and interesting. And her descriptive ability leaves me speechless.In this story we once again meet up with Clary, Jace and the gang. They fight off Valentine as he tries to gather all the mortal instruments and create a demon army to take down the Clave.One thing I loved about this book is that Clare did not hold back from taking chances. The love relationship between Clary and Jace still exists, despite the fact that we were told they are brother and sister (although I am pretty sure this is somehow going to be resolved at a later date). Simon is turned into a vampire, what? I was surprised Clare took this chance, but it worked. Jace remains aloof, although you do get the sense that he really feels this is somehow protecting everyone around him. Alec and Mangus' relationship and alluded to, but Jace remains in the dark (although I can't see how). It's all these things that just lend to making this such a great story.And, despite the badness of some characters, you just can't help but love them all. Ok, so I'm not out there waving my pom-pons for Valentine, but there is something about him that makes me want to like him. Why is that? Is it because there seems to be something underlying his infatuation with taking down the Clave? Like there is something evil there that we just don't know about and will be revealed at a later date! The book keeps you guessing, keeps you wanting more. Really, I had a hard time putting it down. I didn't feel this way so much with the first book. I liked this one better, to be honest.I really can't find anything bad to say about this book. It swept me away and I've already started reading City of Glass!!! I can't wait to see how much more the characters continue to develop!more
    I read this entire book on a ten hour flight. I could not put it down. If you loved the first, you will not be disappointed!more
    All right people... I thought I could stop after City of Bones, but quite obviously you see that I could not. After finishing City of Bones for the second time, I figured I might as well read the rest of the books in the series as City of Lost Souls comes out in roughly a week. I got through City of Ashes much faster than City of Bones and so hopefully my quick reading streak continues and I can finish City of Glass and City of Angels before May 8th. Now, I'm going to write this as spoiler free as humanly possible, so feel safe in reading my review if you are new to The Mortal Instruments series!City of Ashes takes off right where City of Bones leaves us... some big stuff happens... people change...there's fighting? How can I even begin to describe this book without any spoilers? Well, here goes! Valentine is still bad, very bad. Clary and Jace learn some pretty interesting things about their heritage...think Starwars. Simon and Alec discover whole new lifestyles, and it's definitely not what you think. In this second installment, Clary and the gang must work even harder to overcome not only the bumps that Valentine puts in the road, but they must also overcome a few personal obstacles before they can hope to beat Valentine. In book two, Clare introduces us to her brand of writing where everyone has a part. We've got vampires, werewolves, some man on man love, warlocks, demons, Shadowhunters, Faeries and more. It seems that Cassandra Clare's invisible world is a world just like our own. One full of not only prejudiced people, but all kinds of people. It's not often we see young adult fiction featuring homosexuality, especially in a book series as widely popular as The Mortal Instruments. This is a huge reason for my love of Clare's books: she writes for everyone. Instead of devastatingly beautiful princesses falling in love with dashingly charming princes living happily ever after, Clare's characters are ordinary. Ordinary you ask? Didn't your list above include supernatural demon hunters descended from Angels? Her characters are ordinary in that they have real problems. Simon is in love with his best friend who won't return his love. Clary, while pretty in her own right, is described as an awkward ginger who is short and gangly. We have Shadowhunters finding out how to express to their friends and family that they are gay, in a world where being a warrior and being gay never go hand in hand. The characters go through they own struggles while still saving the day and that is a huge reason why these books as such a must read. The book as a whole sets a different mood from the first book. In City of Bones, we find ourselves dying for as much information as we can, learning about the invisible world in Clare's writing. In this book, we dive further and further into their world with Clary as she discovers more about herself in the mundane world and the Shadowhunter world. She becomes ever stronger as she learns of unrequited love, forbidden love and the love and bonds of a family. Clary grows up fast in these books and unlike many other stories, her growing pains are pains indeed. She comes to realize that life isn't easy, it's the difficult choies that you make that make you an adult, not the fact that you're glowingly happy all the time. Clary is definitely one of my favorites. Dare I say a close second to Hermione Granger... yep I said it. While there is still a lot of character development in this book, we find more in the plot department as well. We learn more of Valentine and his plans and also about the fate of the Clave and the Shadowhunter world. The action in this book is simply awesome as well. While these books do have a fair amount of blood and guts, it's not in excess and even the most squeamish reader will find themselves devouring page after page, yearning for more. What can I say? Each book gets better and better! If you'd like more information about Cassandra Clare's upcoming releases, what she's currently writing and the City of Bones movie, check out my review of City of Bones and scroll to the bottom for news :)Happy Reading!8 out of 10-Allisonmore
    Who would have thought that so many pieces of a puzzle could come together so delicately but savagely?!?!?!?! You will not EVER be able to put this book down!more
    Background: Clary’s mother is in a coma after dealing with her insane father and menacing bad guy Valentine, and all she wants is for things to go back to normal. In this, the 2nd book in the Mortal Instruments series, Downworlder children are dying and Valentine must be up to it. The Shadowhunters are blaming Jace for all the bad things his father has been doing and to make matters worse, Clary’s best friend Simon is acting stranger than normal. All they can do is wait and hope that Valentine does not start all-out war with the Clave.Review: I loved City of Ashes, so much more than City of Bones. Here we see the character development continue with the suspense and tension from book one, but so much more. I know it is weird, but I am coming to think that Jace and Clary should be together; all of the tension wouldn't/ couldn't be for nothing right? So cleaver though.I think my only hang up was that the word incredulous/incredulously was used a lot..but I may just be weird about things like that. I really enjoyed the teenage tensions between Clary and Simon, Clary and Jace, and Simon and Maya...fun to read.I am always a little sad when a book ends on a cliffhanger, but I knew it was a series so the next one is waiting for me. :)more
    Ok, so this one was better than the first book in the series. More suspense, more action, and also more weird romantic angst. **SPOILERS** Anyway, I'm fairly certain that we're headed towards finding out that a certain twosome are not in fact, certainly siblings. (I Hope) ** I just keep reading because I gotta find out what's going to happen. I wouldn't call it one of my favorites, but this series definitely has me hooked.more
    After reading the first installment in this exciting series, I knew that I had to get my hands on the second novel and quickly! Sadly, this novel did not live up to the expectations that I had. Clare's world and characters are still enchanting but the plot did not impress me. After the crazy events on of The Mortal Cup, Clary attempts to return to a normal life, or as normal as life can get with your mother in a coma and experiencing feelings for someone you really shouldn't. Clary's life is turned upside down when her best friend is attacked, her father attempts to lure her brother to the dark side, and a very persistent Inquisitor seems to have it out for Jace. The second novel in The Mortal instruments series deals with Clary coming into her newfound shadowhunting skills as supernatural children are turning up dead, drained of all blood. Sounds interesting doesn't it? And it was for the first hundred or so pages. While the plot did not drag, I did not find it interesting in the least bit, well except maybe the epilogue. This novel takes a closer look at Clary's feelings for Jace and the awkward love triangle that she is thrown into. While I will get into the love stories later in my review, I can honestly say that the love triangle is what made me give the novel a lower rating: it felt really cheap. I also felt that the repeated appearances by Valentine's made him less menacing; he kept popping up everywhere and there was no mystery to what he had up his sleeves. I wholeheartedly believe that the best things about these books are the characters. They are so much fun and so colorful and each have their own issues. While I loved Jace, Luke, newly added Maia, and the Lightwoods, Clary and Simon annoyed me. Cassandra Clare throws Simon and Clary into a very awkward situation in which neither character is being truthful with the other. The synposis states that the two are "becoming more than friends" but the situation is extremely forced on both parties and it also ends very awkwardly. Simon states that he wants truthfulness but goes right ahead and adopts a characteristic that he just chided Clary about. Hyp. O. Crit. I adored Alec in this story, especially his blossoming love story which I hope becomes evident in future novels. The writing style reflected the first novel's very closely and I did not have any qualms. Clare writes her characters and introduces the audience to her world with such ease that City of Ashes becomes a fast page-turner despite the novel having almost 500 pages. Despite my disappointment with the second installment, I will definitely be picking of City of Fallen Angels very soon, Clare's world and characters are too enticing to throw away just because of one mediocre book. Recommended for those who loved the Mortal Cup and those who are looking for a more diverse urban fantasy read with unforgettable characters.more
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