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City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.
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Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Not to mention that someone in New York is killing Downworlders and draining their blood, creating a climate of suspicion that sends Downworld Manhattan to the brink of civil war.

When the Silent Brothers are murdered and the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Sword of Souls, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor is dispatched from Idris to investigate. She clearly harbors a personal grudge against Jace, and she drives a wedge between him and his adoptive family. When Clary's romance with her best friend, Simon, starts to heat up, Jace feels abandoned. But has he, as the Inquisitor accuses, joined up with his father?

Then Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments his own forever. Jace knows he needs to save Simon's life, for Clary's sake. But what if he's too late? What if Valentine has already made the Mortal Instruments his own?

©2008 Cassandra Claire, LLC; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Mishel San Diego, CA, United States 10-01-12
    Mishel San Diego, CA, United States 10-01-12
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    "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    What disappointed you about City of Ashes?

    While I was able to get through the first book in this series, the second failed to keep my interest. I am an avid YA fan even though I'm an adult and some are better (Hunger Games, Delirium trilogy) than others. The constant life threatening situations the characters had to face got old after awhile and the lack of character development was disappointing. For teenagers, I think this series would be perfect - plenty of action. For adults, I think you'll be wanting more.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 09-19-12
    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 09-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Very good but left us with even more questions"

    This felt very much like a middle book. I enjoyed the conflict and interactions. I wanted to yell at several characters though. On the romance front, I not only wanted to yell at them; I wanted to slap some sense into half of them. SO FRUSTRATING.

    I'm looking forward to some resolution in the next book. I NEED some resolution in the next book.

    Magnus is still one of my favorite characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron R. Florida 03-29-08
    Aaron R. Florida 03-29-08 Listener Since 2007
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    "Exciting"

    After I finished listening to City of Bones I couldn't wait until book two, City of Ashes was released. To fully appreciate it, I re-listened to book one and then continued straight into book two.

    The first thing I noticed is the different narrator, which at first I thought would be an issue, but it wasn't. Natalie Moore did a wonderful job and after only 15 minutes or so I forgot she was a different narrator.

    As the adventure continued in this book you find yourself in a world full of thrills, excitement, puzzlement, joy, sadness, love, war, and the want for more. Could there be in the future?

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 02-01-14
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2015

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Incest is in?"

    Yeah it hits rock bottom right here no doubt.... I do get that a lot of people like this book but why I don't know.... Maybe it was because there were a couple interesting characters or maybe it's because they just link all books related to the wonderful world of magic.

    Again, like the first book, I like the concept; in fact the concept of the book in and of itself allows for the book to have a whole lot of potential. That however can not take away from the shoddy story itself. Sadly there wasn't any real growth between the first and the second story in terms of writing style (not from my vantage point at least).

    I found a number of disturbing concepts in this book that I just am flabbergasted that the author and their editor allowed to go on in this book. I was telling a friend of mine about the book and their take is that way too much was going on in the book and I agreed wholeheartedly.

    For one.... If you have made it this far you know that the main character is 'supposedly' the sister of another main character (and I put that in quotations because I can't possibly see this being the case by the end of the book series). The disturbing part about this is that they are in love.... And we are not talking about the platonic type here.... I am talking about the 'I swoon every time I see you/I want to kiss you so much/you smell like sweet lavender and the heavens part/awkward and wanting staring' type of love. Oh and yes.... they know or at least believe without a semblance of a doubt that they are brother and sister. I mean I know they didn't know they were brother and sister but seriously, they only knew each other for what I can only think is a week (2 the max) before they found out they were related, I am thinking that there is no way you can be THAT in love with someone that the whole idea of them being your blood sibling doesn't nip the whole I-want-your-body feeling they are harboring.

    Disturbing fact two.... So we have a Alec in this book. I don't have an issue with him being gay, bi, confused or whatever. That being said the dude is 17 I think and is romantically involved with a warlock that's older than his mom, dad and grandparents' ages combined... No kidding.

    Disturbing fact three.... This is the second most grievous aspect of the book for me. Simon. This dude is in love with the main female character who he's been friends with for years. Understandable of course but the thing that got me *major spoiler alert by the way* home boy gets turned into a vampire. By the end of the novel he somehow becomes able to walk in the sunlight (he doesn't sparkle though thankfully). Apparently this spares him from having to tell his mother that he is a souless, blood-sucking demon who will likely remain ageless and dash all of her hopes of having grandchildren (of the human variety at least) from him.

    Disturbing fact four.... Well this wasn't too disturbing but moreso annoying. The uselessness of practically every adult character in the novel. This wasn't as the level of the first book but I still find it hard to believe that the adult characters can be as misguided and just plain as inept as most of them appeared to be by the end of the novel.

    Now that I have gone through the disturbing facts; lets talk about the narration. The narration here is at best, forgettable and at worse jarring to the senses.

    22 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Boston, MA, United States 09-19-13
    Sandy Boston, MA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Much better than the first!"

    I listened to the first book in the series a while back and was had no plans to finish the series, even though I LOVED Clare's Clockwork series. But, I recently watched the City of Bones movie and decided to give the series another try. I'm glad I did - the second book was much better. The story line was much more engaging/exciting and the narrator much better as well. Looking forward to book 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Virginia 05-16-13
    Amazon Customer Virginia 05-16-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Very Entertaining listen"
    What made the experience of listening to City of Ashes the most enjoyable?

    The first book in the Mortal Instruments, City of Bones, I read because I heard a movie is being made about the books. I rarely read young adult books and this just reminded me why...whiny characters, poor choices, and more whining. The book does pick up about half way threw it and ended with me wanting to know what happens next. I decided to try a audible book and I am really glad I did. I enjoyed the second book. The characters grew and i developed a hope that they would make it out of adventures together.


    What other book might you compare City of Ashes to and why?

    I compare it to Twilight for several reasons. One there is a love triangle. Even if it involves a 16 yr old girl who stays confused. Sound familiar? This book has angels, demons, vampires, werewolves, and a Sorcerer. The characters have lots of angst over their relationships.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Moore – was your favorite?

    My favorite character by far is Jace. I love his witty remarks. I love his loyalty even when others doubt him. He is the main reason I continued to read the next book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    There is a war in the heavens......will Love conquer all and defeat evil?


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is fine for teenagers to read and will probably be a blockbuster when it comes out at the movies. Adult conversation is rare and at times It was hard for me not to forget that teens live for drama and if not their drama a friends drama.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Felicia The Geeky Blogger 01-01-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Easy Listen"

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    Overall Rating 3.50
    Story Rating 3.50
    Character Rating 3.50

    Audio Rating (not part of the overall rating): 4.50

    Audio Specific Review: Narrated by Natalie Moore and she does a fantastic job. She only does book 1 and 2 though so it will be interesting to see what I think of the next one.

    First Thought when Finished: Just as annoying as the first one ---darn it!

    What I Loved: I think the world that Cassandra Clare has created is just downright intriguing and brilliantly crafted. She does a fantastic job of shifting between the now and the "other" world. She does this down to the characters actions and it always felt real. Simon in the last few chapters totally moved into my "love" category. He totally did what was right in the end and that was just plain awesome. I appreciate when a triangle is resolved with someone growing a pair (so to speak).

    What I Liked: Jace and his snarky attitude are a bit of a joy to read. He is always very entertaining maybe even when he shouldn't be snarking off. I also love Luke! Just going to say it, Clary is lucky to have such a strong figure in her life.

    What annoyed the heck out of me: I could have said that nicer but honestly the brother/sister storyline with the illusions to more is just downright annoying with a combo of "ick". I know that it doesn't go on forever (or that cover on book 5 makes no sense at all) BUT until it is resolved it is distracting from my enjoyment of the books.

    Final Thought: This is a well-loved series and for many reason I can see why. I love Cassandra's writing and story flow. I may not love every story-line but all of them are very readable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 12-14-14
    Emily 12-14-14
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    "Enjoyable Followup"
    What did you like best about City of Ashes? What did you like least?

    Very enjoyable follow up to the first book. At times I thought the fight scenes would never end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have appreciated a bestiary to help classify/picture the demons.


    Could you see City of Ashes being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I saw the City of Bones movie in the middle of this one, and kept picturing the actors instead of how I originally thought they looked.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 01-27-14
    Melissa 01-27-14
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    "Clare does it again"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This is a great story, full of great characters. Natalie Moore brings everyone of them to life with her narration. I was completely drawn in to this one just like the first book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wow that is a hard one. There are things I love about each one. That is one of the great things about the book. Having said that I think I would have to go with Jace followed very closely by Magnus. Jace just has the best comments and one liners ever.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I almost did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 01-16-13
    RayRay1974 Texas, United States 01-16-13 Member Since 2011

    I don't have time to sit and read, but I have plenty of time to sit and listen! :)

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    "I am Hooked!"

    If you enjoyed the first book then you will keep on enjoying. Great for young adults and adults. The book is clean and well written. The story line captivates you and doesn't let you go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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