I truly enjoyed City of Bones than City of Ashes, which, I m not going to lie, scares me for City of Glass, but I m going to read it anyway I just felt like this book has too many Harry Potter parallels From the use of Fenrir Greyback to help Valentine justify being a bigot, to Valentine s just general quest to collect horcrux like items Even the scene with him and Jace where Jace is screamingI m nothing like youI just felt like I could really see the Harry Potter fanfic shining through, honestly And it made for a lot less enjoyable reading experienceA pair of werewolves occupied another booth They were eating raw shanks of lamb and arguing about who would win in a fight Dumbledore from the Harry Potter books or Magnus BaneBut you know what I did like The Queen of Faerie and her entire underworld quote You all, I was living for that entire chapter, and twisted as the end became I was on the edge of my chair reading Completely falling in love with the imagery From the morbid dancing, to the fae feast, to the inability to lie yet to twists words like no one else I was living for it And I personally love Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, and it was just everything I wanted If the entire book was set there I would have given it an easy five stars So, in my review for City of Bones, I did this little breakdown for each character, and I really enjoyed it I think I m going to try to continue on for all of Cassie s books Clary I still don t think I dislike her as much as many, but she s just mediocre if I m being honest Not a very interesting main character And unpopular opinion she does Simon dirty Jace Meanwhile, Jace just wants to do Clary, dirtily Like, I am really trusting you all that what is going on isn t real, but I can t believe I didn t get an answer in book two I m still side eyeing all of you But especially Jace, because that boy does not care All the Joe Dirt vibes Also, just in general, Jace does a lot of shitty things in this book on that later Simon I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride this book with Simon But, I honestly like him I am not here for any part of this weird triangle, but Simon is the best point, in my opinion Also, he got a whole hell of a lot interesting in this book And I actually really like the Jewish rep in this book, all because of Simon Isabelle Has a sidepiece fae guard boyfriend and talk about goals I love her Easily my favorite character with Magnus My bisexual, Asian love The star of this series, I swear to God I legit was tearing up at the end when he used his powers to take a swim Lord, help me What a confirmed angel I will say though, when they said he was over one hundred years old in this book, I kind of took a step back and paused, since he is starting a relationship with someone who isn t even eighteen yet Like, I don t want to get shit for this, but, like, that feels bad and honestly skeevy And he might have the body of a younger person, but him and Alec s mindsets are lightyears apart And even though I love Magnus on his own, I truly don t love his relationship with Alec At least not right now in the story Which I know is a very unpopular opinion Please, don t hate me Alec Annoying green eyed monster I m sorry, friends I know how much you all love him, but, like, no I guess he was a bit better in this book, but I just really don t seem to like him like everyone else Max Izzy and Alec s little brother, and a totally sweetie He was mentioned in City of Bones, but I feel like this was the book that I actually got to see his character Luke You all, I love Luke And the end of this book When he has accepted his life as it is, just to have Clary s mom in it Too pure Luke is probably my fourth favorite character and is a shining light after seeing all these teenagers doing dumb things constantly Maia I actually really liked the introduction of this new werewolf girl, even though my heart was breaking constantly for her I don t know how I feel about Simon s instant feelings, but I like Maia a lot and can t wait to read about her Imogen This character just pissed me off mostly, but I feel like I should mention her mostly because of the last name Herondale and how I know you all go buck wild over a person named Will Herondale that I haven t met yet But, it was probably pointless of me to bring this character up Valentine The Voldemort vibes were abundant in this one But he also felt like a mustache twirling and finger tapping villain, too And he s obviously playing all these kids Okay, everything else in my review is going to be kind of spoilery Nothing major, and no huge plot points or anything, but just things that really bothered me and I kind of want to talk about And, they are all about Jace First off, Jace outs Alec and it was so gross and made me so uncomfortable In front of Clary and Simon, while Luke and Maia are also in the house And the whole scene is painted like Jace is doing good by not caring and wanting Alec to be honest with him when Alec is obviously unhappy and very uncomfortable And then after, he expected Magnus to step up and confirm that he was seeing Alec Like, all of Chapter Twelve was disgusting, and it was all because of Jace Trigger and content warnings for abuse, bullying, murder, death, abduction, captivity, outing someone, and incestuous things that is probably going to end up not being incest, but it still told in a way where it looks like incestThe greatest fear in Jonathan s life is the love he feels for his sisterOkay, I m just going to say it Jace is totally, 100%, without question, okay with fucking Clary while he thinks she is his sister Now, I m hoping, and praying, and really thinking that this fandom, and all my friends, wouldn t want me to read this series if they knew incest was truly in it But, this book had me shook Jace legitimately does not care He even says at one point that no one has to know and that they can just keep it a secret Like, Lord, clean my eyes, please I can only imagine what all you where thinking, reading this for the first time, being little kids The last thing I guess doesn t really have much to do with Jace, but actually Valentine Why did he have to specifically choose the blood sacrifice victims that he did I mean, the spell legit only called for the blood of children of the four houses warlock, werewolf, vampire, and fae , why did he have to keep going after two of the most important and watched over ones He could have legit got any random one off the streets and been a thousand times successful Overall, I didn t love this one, and I know I sound kind of negative in the paragraphs above, but I did have fun while reading this I mostly liked every scene without Jace being problematic, and I read it in under twenty four hours Yet, I do like this world And I think that the whole topic of downworlders and how people can believe that others have not as pure blood is something that I think is still damn important to be talking about in 2018 I will for sure continue on with City of Glass, and hopefully I will enjoy it Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch 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 are not looking for any additional insights into the story, or you haven t read it yet and don t want to know any specifics for a book that is farther down the line than where you re at Whatever the case, I ll just leave it at this I loved City of Ashes and am grateful for it s slump snatching abilities to pull me out of the dark reading hole I was in I know I m older than the target audience here, but I applaud Cassie Clare for her inclusion of diversity at a time that it really wasn t politically correct to do so in YA lit Wish me luck I m trying to catch up on all of these books by the time Queen of Air and Darkness releases Also See Alternate Cover Editions For This ISBN ACEACE 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 Time With Her Best Friend, Simon, Who S Becoming 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 FatherTo 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 I guess 9th times the charms because I loved this book way 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 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 down for everyone Clary seemed to be getting in the way sometimes Like she is a liability rather than an asset No worries in the end we get to see some real gumption from her It s ever changing who is my favorite I ll be thinkingIsabelle is my favorite waitno Max he s really cute but.
Luke is greatthen again Simon is just so painfully loyal , so I still don t have a clear favorite I think it s because each and everyone of the characters have their own great scenes, so it s close to impossible to choose We see the same quick action sequences, same hilarious sarcastic remarks, and the same heart Granted it can get over dramatic but that s why we are all reading it I just think it s precious how with all their shadowhunter abilities they still have to rely on mundane technology, like cell phones I must say they find themselves in some pretty sticky situations the people and the cell phones Jace is growing on me and Valentine is definitely getting evil One thing that kind of bothered me was that Valentine doesn t seem too clever He hasn t done anything like WOW I didn t see that coming He is suppose to be overthrowing the whole Clave, so he s got to be ultra smart right Another little irk I had was when Simon was gone for the whole night or a good chunk of the day from his house, we never see the explanation he gives his mom In the real world he would have to deal with that, but as the reader I get the impression that his mom doesn t care I doubt that s the case though Oh and does everything have to taste, smell, and look like metal Just sayingWe are getting some serious hints that Jace s lineage is not what we think it is and I m glad to see Simon trying to be the bigger person, however hard that may be I definitely thought the second one was better than the first New characters, knowledge, and closer to seeing how this is all going to turn out Bring it on because I m ready for 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 toward one another Awkward doesn t begin to describe the dynamic between these two after that cat was let out of the bag Maybe it s just my wishful thinking, but I m betting that somewhere down the road we ll find out that they aren t really siblings after all I just refuse to believe that they won t end up together.
While the blooming romance between Jace and Clary came to an abrupt and uncomfortable halt, Simon steps out of the shadows With Jace out of his way, Simon decides to pursue his feelings for Clary He s always wanted to be than just her friend and now is his chance.
Soon, Simon finds himself experiencing a major, and unexpected, life change Nothing will ever be the same for him He is forever changed, as is his relationship with Clary and everyone he s ever held dear.
Like Simon, Clary and Jace begin to discover changes within themselves Valentine made it clear that they were different , but didn t give any details Little by little, they begin to figure out some of their unique abilities Although it is early on in this series, it is evident that they are powerful and their full strength is as of yet unknown.
Overall, I thought this was a great continuation of this series I am enjoying these characters and as the story evolves I don t know what is in store for them, but am certain that we ve not seen the last of Valentine yet I m on to the next audiobook now.
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 You know who you are.
As for the abomination that is the Clary Jace lustfest Well, it s a good thing I have a good gag reflex image error 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 just infuriated me to no end Jace Wayland especially He was nothing but a painfully arrogant jackass.
I tried to give this series a chance, but that was pretty much the last straw I simply will not continue on with it, and guess what
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 JFYI.
I will tell the complete and honest truth And I will tell it right now.
IIII don t takes deep breath Idon tlikethisstory It s true, okay, it s true Let me explain I ve never liked Cassandra Clare In fact, I hate her writing So it surprised me in this story that I could even deal with her prose Deal with it, mind you It surprised me even that I could read through it somewhat smoothly So my problem isn t with her prose.
It s Alec and Magnus.
Yes, you read right.
Read it again My problem Is with Alec And Magnus.
sigh Okay, before you dub me as a homophobe and move on, allow me to explain.
Alec and Magnus, apart, I like them Magnus has a certain charm which, to a point, you have to respect Alec isn t a bad guy, and when he isn t bitching at Magnus or Clary, you can t really have a problem with him either Although he does angst quite a bit, so does everyone in this series, so you can get over that So, you may ask, what is my problem I claim to like the characters enough, so why can t I like them together Ah, let me give you one word, my dears, execution Clare doesn t know how to execute much of anything correctly, especially her ideas that seem to be original She d rather write her less original ideas Ginny Bella Clary and Draco in Leather Pants Edward Angstyer Harry Jace to perfection than the actual ideas that might be worth something if she tried.
My first problem Magnus s body language creeped me out.
Now, one of my friends pointed out that a 100 year old warlock is BOUND to be creepy This is my point In this story, I keep getting creepy perv vibes off of him Now, I know the typical response Magnus is really seventeen He hasn t mentally or physically aged a day This is nice, but it s just impossible After you ve lived for that long, it s justpreposterous that you would be able to just ignore everything you had to go through He s the high Warlock of Brooklyn, if I m not mistaken, and he had to learn SOMETHING to get in that position.
It s just the little things that he does that steer me away from him Probably, it was the thing of wearing the jeans so low on his hips Alec had to look away That sort of kept me looking like this,Yeah, like that.
I m not that much of a prude, but come on That just weirded me out.
Moving on,Then we have Alec Oh, Alec Insecure, emo, closeted gay Okay, this is cute, but what else What makes Magnus attracted to him What makes him attracted to Magnus In this story, we re shown their relationship Basically,Alec is gay.
Alec likes Magnus.
Magnus likes Alec.
Alec doesn t want anyone to know he is gay.
Thus, he doesn t want anyone to know he likes Magnus.
Magnus is exasperated at this.
That is the basis of their relationship Thankfully, we fix this later and get rid of the last three So, we have.
Alec is gay.
Alec likes Magnus.
Magnus likes Alec.
And that is it Not that I find anything wrong with this, butcome on And later we have to create fake conflict for them, because we re running out of actual conflict and apparently even Clare is getting bored of writing the same thing over and over again.
Okay This is cute.
So, besides Magnus s slightly creepyness and Alec sgenerallynessthere isn t much there I don t see why I should like them I mean, they aren t annoying together or anything, but there just isn tThere just isn tAnyIjustcan tseeanychemistry There, I said it Okay, I said it Basically, after a while, I was just looking at the screen like, Cuuute.
Basically, what I m saying Alec Okay.
Magnus Okay kind of a creeper, but okay.
Alec Magnus xx image error 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 Draco is telling the truth that he had no idea Voldemort was his dad this whole time we were led to think Voldemort was dead because he blew up his house and left body parts that actually belonged to the real Malfoys, in a move reminiscent of Peter Pettigrew blowing up a ton of Muggles and his pinkie finger in order to frame Sirius Black Ronrry is still in love with Clarmione, and they start dating, especially now that Clarmione is trying to squash down her incestuous feelings for her brother Her mom is still in a coma.
Voldemort meanwhile has the Mortal Cup, which, like, makes Inferi So there s this sword, see, that knows when you re telling the truth Kind of like Veritaserum blade It s held in the Silent City Umbridge takes Draco down there and locks him up in the Silent City s Azkaban But while he s there overnight, Voldemort shows up, kills the blind, mute monks, and steals the sword.
Meanwhile, Clarmione and the Scoobies hurry down to the City of Bones to rescue Draco, and she uses some crazy Alohamora charm to open the doors and manacles, but it, like, totally blows the motherfucking place apart This may be important later.
It turns out the sword Voldemort has stolen is also a Mortal Instrument It is the same sword the angel had in the Garden of Eden, when, you know, stuff happened after Adam and Eve sinned or something So it s a tool of heaven, but there s this thing, see, where if you dip the sword in the blood of child versions of each of the four cool kinds of Downworlders faerie, vampire, werewolf, warlock , you can, like, convert the blade into a Crazy Tool of Sin that makes all demons bend to your will and also calls them into your dimension Or something Obviously, Voldemort wants this very much.
Voldemort already has the warlock blood from this stupid little shit from the prologue who summons a Boggart for him and then dies of fear Turns out the stupid little shit warlock s biggest fear was that his pentagram would not hold back the power of a Boggart Winning Then he kills a faerie child in Central Park or some shit, and now the Seelie Court is Displeased You don t fuck with faeries, man You just don t.
Draco is still in big trouble with Umbridge.
Hoping for help, Draco, Clarmione, Ronrry, and, I don t know, Xander and Willow Anyway, they all go to the Seelie Court to talk to the Faerie Queen She s convinced it s the vampires, I mean, OBVIOUSLY, since vampires drain things of blood and stuff She says that Draco and Clarmione have certain gifts that Voldemort gave them in creepy science experiments or such Also, it is important to note that faeries are tricksy They are tricksy and not to be trusted The faeries lay out a faerie picnic for Draco, Clarmione, Ronrry, and the Scoobies Draco tells them not to eat anything, but Clarmione has dipped her finger into the goblet and crushed a flower petal, then a pixie thing bites her finger, and she sucks on her finger, also drinking a bit of the juice And once you ve eaten faerie food, you have to stay in the faerie kingdom.
Draco s like, This is effing ridiculous so the Faerie Queen agrees to let Clarmione go if she kisses the person she desires most in the world And, hint, it s not Ronrry Pottsley So there s a full on V.
C Andrews disturbing brother sister make out session that wow, it goes on for quite some time And everyone s watching The Faerie Queen is obviously a V.
C Andrews fan, because she lets Clarmione go, but Ronrry won t look at her, and he runs off as soon as they re back in Manhattan.
Um, so then Ronrry gets turned into a vampire I m serious.
Snapin and one of the wolves from his pack, Leah, get attacked by the slug things from Doublemeat Palace He shows up in Bella s truck Leah s badly injured She also freaks out when she runs into Ronrry the Vampire, even though they were sort of friendly earlier Snapin says he s going to the truck to repark it, but he disappears, and Clarmione and Draco go in search of him, fighting off slug things Snapin is also crazy injured, so Gay Xander calls his fab Grand Warlock secret boyfriend to come heal everyone up.
Draco sneaks off, having found out from Doublemeat Palace Slug where Voldemort is hiding He rides Sirius Black s vampire owned flying motorcycle to the Black Pearl ship in the middle of the East River He is faced with a Boggart, and he sees Clary dead Voldemort calls off the Boggart, and then he s all, If you join me, Skywalker, I will make sure none of your friends get hurt Draco holds the sword for a moment and sees all the demons about to break through into our dimension.
The Scoobies are trying to figure out what Clarmionie s gift is, and she can, like, write Runes that no one even KNOWS, kind of the way Lyra can read the Althiometer They challenge her to create a Rune to take away fear, and she TOTALLY DOES They put it on Gay Xander s body, and then when Gay Xander s parents show up, he has SO LITTLE FEAR that he just about outs himself from the Big Gay Shadowhunter Closet until Draco stops him.
Umm, what else Umbridge catches up to them again because she d put a tracer on the shard of the two way mirror thing that Sirius gave Harry and he d see Dumbledore s eye in remember that Anyway, so she knows exactly where Draco s been and locks him up until further notice in a room at Hogwarts Manhattan campus, putting him in this magical cage made of angel blades and electric fencing She says her plan is to trade Draco to Voldemort for the Mortal Instruments Of course Voldemort would choose his own son over a cup and a sword, right Umbridge seems upset about SOMETHING LIKE MAYBE HER SON WAS KILLED SOMEHOW BY VOLDEMORT, but no one can figure it out even though it s pretty obvious if you have than one working brain cell.
The cage, however, doesn t have a lid, because Umbridge isn t that smart, so Draco, with Gay Xander s help, leaps out of the top like a cat, or perhaps Superman Meanwhile, Leah has leapt out the window to go apologize to Ronrry But then she runs into the ghost of her dead, sociopathic, abusive twin brother, and really it s the Boggart, and Voldemort catches her Ronrry is on the phone with Clarmione when he says that someone is breaking into his house It s Voldemort Somehow Draco puts together that Voldemort needs child vampire and child werewolf blood still, and that that s why he wanted Ronrry the Vampire and Leah The Vampire fell in love with the Werewolf I mean, the vampire and the werewolf wake up on the Black Pearl in the East River.
Gay Xander and Willow eavesdrop outside the room where Voldemort has hologram conference called in with Umbridge, where he rejects her offer, and she s all, What the what Gay Xander and Willow bust in and tell them everything that s going on, and Umbridge goes slightly catatonic, but calls the rest of the Clave and the adult Order of the Phoenix people who are around at the moment.
Ronrry and Leah are chained up on the Black Pearl Voldemort comes in and slashes Ronrry the Vampire s throat.
Draco and Clarmione and Snapin climb into Bella s truck, and they race off to the Black Pearl.
Big Gay Warlock has put a charm onto Bella s truck and changed it to the Weasley s Ford Anglia, which now is like a duck boat and can drive right over the water Draco asks Clarmione to put the fearless rune on his skin, which she does.
Big battle, demons, whatever, it goes on forever and I really don t care Umbridge dies saving Draco Clarmione finds Leah, who tells her that Ronrry is dead She frees Leah and runs to find Voldemort.
Draco finds Ronrry s body but he s not dead yet Draco lets him feed off of him like that one time in Season 3 of Buffy when Angel gets hit with that arrow dipped in poison that is deadly to vampires unless they drink the blood of a Slayer, and Buffy punches Angel in the face until he drinks from her It s kind of like that So Ronrry is just fine Draco then kills the Boggart because he is FEARLESS, see He s fearless.
Clarmione tries to face off with Voldemort, and everyone ends up in a room together Clarmione, Voldemort, Draco, Ronrry, Leah Wait, is Leah there I don t remember, and I just finished the book like half an hour ago Anyway, it looks like they re all going to die horribly and Voldemort is going to win, but then Clarmione draws this Rune on the floor that makes the entire Black Pearl disintegrate and explode simultaneously.
They do that Harry Potter thing where everyone is unconscious after the big battle thing, and when they wake up, they get the explanations and the denouement Everyone thought Clarmione was dead, and Draco saved Ronrry by putting him on a floating metal hunk in the river, much like Leo di Caprio put Kate Winslet on the door so she doesn t freeze in the Atlantic after the Titanic sinks The sun is rising, and Ronrry will die and explode because sunlight non sparkly vampires it burns syndrome But it turns out he s just fine because he was mostly filled with Draco blood He s still a vampire, but he won t be killed by the sun.
Ronrry breaks up with Clarmione because he thinks he d be better off with another Downworlder, like, hanging out with Leah Because they are a crazy vampire werewolf couple who can totally MAKE IT WORK.
Clarmione is going to tell Draco that fuck it, she doesn t care if it s incest, but then Draco s all, I ll just love you as a brother, because that s what you want, right And she agrees.
Then there s a lady waiting outside the hospital where her mom s still in a coma It turns out that her mom put the coma on herself so Voldemort wouldn t get the answers he wanted out of her The lady was apparently the Secret Keeper in this scenario, so she tells Clarmione that she can wake her mom from the coma THE END THE END THE END And that s what happens in this wholly original book.