Author: Cassandra Clare [Author Website][Shadowhunters Website][Facebook][Twitter]
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Series: Mortal Instruments, Bk 2
Length: 453 pages
Obtained: Personal copy. I don't remember where or how.
Why this book?:
I had just finished the first book in the series, City of Bones, and I was curious, plus this was extra shelf space once I've read it.
I don't know if it is because City of Bones was a debut book, or if I just wasn't clicking with the world-building, but I felt like this book was an improvement on the first. I could relate more with the characters and actually ended up reading City of Ashes in one 3-4 hour sitting.
In book 1 Clary is scrambling to figure out what on earth is happening and recover her kidnapped mother. In this book Clary is focused on stopping some ritual serial killings while figuring out her scrambled emotions. I do have to be honest, the scrambled emotions part was so much better that bk 1. There was a line by Jace that I found especially amusing and made all those scrambled emotions a little easier to swallow.
“I don't want to be a man," said Jace. "I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead."Anyway, I'm sure I'll be reading book 3, City of Glass, soon. I made the mistake of reading the sneak peak for it and I own it.