REVIEW: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: “With her mother in a coma and her father hellbent on destroying the world, Clary Fray is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning. Now the fate of the world rests on Clary’s shoulders, but can she master her new-found powers and control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?”

Review: *ahem* I’m obviously giving it a 5 out of 5, but that’s sort of aside the point. For one, I never thought we’d get through this brother, sister thing alive, and for two, I love how she plots out this book. Love it how Jace could be a bad guy or a good guy, love it how Simon takes some interesting turns in both his relationship with Clary and his relationship with the sun. I like that we get to learn more about Clary’s ability (frankly there was a lot of yammering on about it in COFA and I was lost by what that means.)

The only thing bothering me still is the family thing. I mean WHO’s son IS Jace? Seeing as how I know he’s not Valentine’s son, but it is infuriating waiting through this book to find out who Jace is actually related to. That’s where the whole Inquisitor thing comes in and while that’s interesting, I would have preferred more clues about that. I also would have liked to seen Sebastian in this book. I mean seriously! Their family trees are SO messed up!

One thing I did like though was how Jocelyn was still out. I mean, that’s a crafty way to get around the parental issue. Maryse didn’t present herself in the best light in this book, and for that I’m feeling a little lost on both her and Robert.

I still love the characters though, and the ending was really shocking though I’m wondering about the Simon and the sun thing because it’s talked about a lot during COFA and WHY he can stand in sunlight, but in City of Ashes that goes unexplained.

I’m hoping that City of Glass, the bridge between COA and COFA, that I learn more of these little things.

And in the meantime, I’ll just keep loving this for what it is.


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