Review: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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?”

REVIEW:

Alright, I have to be honest it was a real struggle to read and finish City of Ashes. I think the flow was much better than City of Bones, but overall I just didn’t like this book.

Jace is not a likeable character, and look I know that these first three books are largely based off a Harry Potter fanfiction that Cassandra Clare wrote. That Jace was Draco, but here’s the thing Draco wasn’t the romantic lead. I just have a big problem with him in general. I don’t really understand how no one has taken Clary under their wing and started training her. Like obviously, there are much bigger things happening in the world with Valentine wanting to start a war; however Clary keeps involving herself in these issues. It would probably be helpful if she knew a bit more about fighting and the Shadowhunter world. Also, there were too many Simon is dead fake outs in this book.

Let’s get to the real problem though…it’s the incest! Everyone is under the impression that Clary and Jace are siblings. It has been revealed at the end of the previous book. Obviously, it is a bit awkward them having kissed prior, but we can write that off. We can’t write them off making out in the fairy kingdom, super gross. The absolute biggest problem I had though was in an honest conversation that Clary is having with Luke about his relationship with her mother, she thinks “I do still love Jace, damn society I’m going to be with him anyway.” She then runs to Jace to declare her feelings, when Jace tells her, “We are brother and sister. We can’t do this.” Cassandra Clare, are you implying that I should also feel devastated along with Clary? Because that’s what the tone of this book suggests, and I really absolutely hate it.

Look, I straight up didn’t like this book and honestly I’m really hoping that it gets better from here. I knew about the faux incest plot going into this series, but I didn’t think there would be this much emphasis on it, my mistake. I’m going to power through this next book and hopefully we start to see some improvement.

RATING: 1/5

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WWW Wednesday – December 16th 2020

It’s another WWW Wednesday, and I’m answering the three questions below. Let me know your answers in the comments or share on your own blog!

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren, this was my Book of the Month choice and I’m very excited to finally start reading it. It has a Groundhog Day-like plot involving a time loop just set around Christmas. I’m loving it so far.

What did you recently finish reading?

Just finished City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I am not loving this series so far, but I’ve also heard that the first three books are the weakest set in the Shadowhunters world. So I am pushing through. I requested City of Glass at my library, but I think I’m going to read a few books before I start that.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next book is going to be Air Awakens by Elise Kova. It is book one in another fantasy series (I think I might have a problem). It sounds super interesting and it is featured through Kindle Unlimited. We will see how In A Holidaze has me feeling after I finish it, since that will really determine what I read next.

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WWW Wednesday – December 9th, 2020

I saw this on Taking on a World of Words and just loved it so I’m continuing it here! You just answer the three questions below, you can share yours in the comments or feel free to spread the love to your blog.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

The Roommate by Rosie Danan, I just picked this up this morning and I already love it! I have a heard some really great things about this book and the premise is super interesting. I always like to read romances in between big fantasy novels. So this seemed like the perfect choice, also it has been sitting on my bookshelf for way too long.

What did you recently finish reading?

I just finished City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare yesterday. I have never read this series, and while I wasn’t completely in love with the storyline in this book, I really enjoyed the whole Shadowhunter world and I’m excited to see where it goes.

What do you think you will read next?

I think my next read will probably be City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare. I just picked it up from my library and I’m interested to see where this story goes. I want to get through the first three book of this series before I pick up another fantasy series.

Let me know what you are reading!

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