City Of Ashes

City Of Ashes

eBook - 2008
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Sixteen-year-old Clary continues trying to make sense of the swiftly changing events and relationships in her life as she becomes further involved with the Shadowhunters and their pursuit of demons and discovers some terrifying truths about her parents, her brother Jace, and her boyfriend Simon.
Publisher: New York :, Margaret K. McElderry Books,, [2008]
Edition: 1st edition
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9781406331431
Branch Call Number: ebook OverDrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource (453 pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Oct 08, 2018

jace and clary arent brother and sisters as Valentine says they are in the end of the series they get married this information is for people who would like to know what happens in the end

Apr 22, 2018

Overall, great! My only problem is that the climax was somewhat anticlimactic and only really made sense after the fact. The first book was better, but I'm still hooked!

Dec 20, 2017

This was an amazing read. I reread this book so I can reminisce about the characters that made me fall in love with Shadowhunter World. In rereading the book, I caught many details that I missed the first time I read it. I love the characters. However, Malec is my favourite ship of this series. I especially love these sweet moments as they first become a couple. Overall, an action-packed read.

Oct 12, 2017

I LOVED IT! It was hard to put it down.

PimaLib_ChristineR Feb 13, 2017

Nothing too deep here. In the second mortal instruments book it becomes clear that Clary and Jace have powers other shadowhunters don't. Is this further proof of their kinship or did Valentine take the Wayland boy as his own experiment? The teenagers must deal with a vindictive representative of the Clave police, tricky fairies and a demon that takes the shape of your greatest fear (boggarts, anyone?). Action-packed scenes keep it interesting and stop it from devolving into a maudlin teenage love story. From other reviews comparing it to the Twilight series, which I have avoided for said maudlin "which boy do I choose" angst, I was pleasantly surprised that that wasn't the focus.

Nov 08, 2016

This series is about as much fantasy as I go. For some reason I found the second the second half of the book harder to lose myself in than the first half.

It is fairly predictable that it races from one crisis to the next at a speedy pace. There is very little done in the way of character development. This is an action book and definitely a pulp fiction.
And lets not get too deep into discussing the whole "Incestuous" relationship between Clary and Jace. That was just plain creepy. Like, "Dude, that like your sister that you're making eyes at." Ewwww. There is nothing romantic about it. Would be at all surprised in later books to read that they aren't actually siblings so as to justify all of the 'meaningful moments' and kisses that they share. And I'm sure that in the next book the lose ends will be wrapped up in regards to certain characters -such as Maia - at least I hope so.

This book was OK at captivating my imagination enough to go to Book Three (City of Glass) It is high school level fiction that is gobbled up by the masses only to be forgotten in years to come. It will not stand the test of time. It is the Twilight of its generation, loved by parents because it gets their children reading, and in the end, anything that gets kids reading is a good thing. An enjoyable way to spend a couple of brainless hours taking it in

Aug 19, 2016

With Clary finding out that Jace is her brother she decides to date Simon instead and it his dream because he always had a big crush on her. I really liked this book it has romantic parts and fighting parts and magic.

Aug 03, 2016

City of ashes was another amazing book. This sequel was about Clary, Simon, Jace, exe...
About ten people are trying to stop/kill valentine. he is trying to fight the clave with demons so he can get the power. These ten or so people are trying to stop him and at last they stopped him for a while.

Jul 27, 2016

For those who have and haven't read the first book, you should definitely do that first. How could any reader simply skip ahead to this, also amazing, book before reading what happened before? But obviously, this book is a great sequel to the series, but with slightly less appeal to me personally. The cover of this book is splendid and well done! The plot line seems to move a bit more fluidly, as Clary is starting to accustom to her new surroundings and the Shadowhunter world. Her romantic life is a bit more choppy and her struggles, including her mother, only seem to add up. But, as any heroic protagonist should, she doesn't back down for anyone, even her own father. Read on to see what Clary can truly do! 4.5/5
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

To be quite honest I found this book less exciting than the first book. But I think overall the book focused more on the character development. I feel like the situation Jace was going through with Valentine, sort of was an eye opener for him. He still has a cocky personality, but all the traumatic things he had gone through made him rethink his actions before hurting anyone. Alec has become kinder to everyone and mostly to Clary, who he hasn't been quite fond of in the beginning. He has a more soothing demeanour now and is more approachable. Izzy is still the same but, has become more supportive of Clary. And after Simon has turned into a vampire, he has become more aware of his surroundings and, starts to think rationally. While it is nice to see the characters break out of their shells and be more thoughtful towards one another, I feel like if the book included more depth in action and supernatural activity instead of the relationships, it would have been better. But overall the book was a 4/5 and I'm looking forward to City of Glass.
- @moonlightbae of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 27, 2016

This was an interesting, plot twisting book that was filled with humorous characters and magical people. This book is hard to put down and once you've read it, you're left waiting for the next one. I did find that the ending felt rushed, and unfinished but all together it was a five-star book.

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Jul 02, 2015

“Look on the bright side," said Simon, "If they need a human sacrifice, you can always offer me. I'm not sure the rest of you qualify anyway.”

Dec 30, 2014

Inqustior: "Where did you get that?"
Jace: "The shirt? Macy's. Winter sale."

Dec 30, 2014

Clary: "I'm going to the City of Bones with you guys. Neither of you have ever been there, and I have."
Alec: "Last time we faced a demon, she just cowered and screamed."
(Clary glares at him.)
Alec: "It's true.

Dec 27, 2014

" My jacket! I loved that jacket."
- Jace

wendy_p Aug 30, 2013

“Well, I’m not kissing the mundane," said Jace. "I’d rather stay down here and rot."
"Forever?" said Simon. "Forever’s an awfully long time."
Jace raised his eyebrows. "I knew it," he said. "You want to kiss me, don’t you?”

Aug 03, 2013

"Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?"

Jun 25, 2013

"It's a fabulous idea." Jace dropped the paper back onto the table, and began to slide off his jacket. "I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?" "A regrettable choice of words," muttered Magnus. (page 283)

Apr 08, 2013


Sep 30, 2012

"What do you want me to tell you? The truth? The truth is that I love Simon like I should love you, and I wish he was my brother and you weren't, but I can't do anything about it and neither can you!"

Sep 28, 2012

"Enormous?" said Jace. "Did you just call my fat?" "It was an analogy." "I am not fat." - Jace and the Inquisitor"

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Asliusta Sep 28, 2013

Coarse Language: some parts of the book has bad language but not that bad

Apr 08, 2013

Coarse Language: you mean like swearing? kids if your concerned about that, you shouldnt even be in the teen section...

Apr 08, 2013

Violence: there was like a ton of kick ass fighting and shaz! so ya...READ IT OR DIE FOOLS!

Apr 08, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: you mean like my mom's face? besides that i cant think of anything...

Apr 08, 2013

Other: if we were disscussing gender i suspect that Clary's probably in this category...

Apr 08, 2013

Sexual Content: hell yes!

shaunapas Mar 18, 2013

Coarse Language: Some of it..... not that much, really.

Nov 18, 2012

Violence: There is one battle near the middle/end but nothing really bad in it. Also a lot of blood involved throughout the story.


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Jul 20, 2015

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.

Aug 03, 2013

Another installment of Clary and Jace and their struggle to defeat the demons of the underground

Apr 08, 2013

a girl whose got major issues with supernatural creatures and the worlds worst father attempts to keep him from destroying earth with the help of her friends and brother whom shes in love with...yep MAJOR issues there...

Nov 13, 2009

I couldn't put this book down. It's a great sequel to City Of Bones, you could even say it's better. It has its problems, but those are things you can get pass because the story just absorbs you completely. There was a lot of action and suspense with this one, but it was equally amazing. I can't wait to read City Of Glass!

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