{ Review } City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare


“Love takes your choices away.”

Read in April 2016 

My Rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Once again, a wonderful buddy read with sweet Amy

This book is a huge improvement! I had to lower my previous rating to be fair to City of Glass. Cassandra Clare did a great job on her world-building, as well as on the relationship building. She introduced us to The Seelie Court and I have to say that this part was one of my favourite moments in this book. I loved how manipulative Fairies are, and the fact that they always seem to make the best out of every situation. It was so interesting, so much fun and so intense that my heart skipped several beats in this scene.

“Well I’m not kissing the mundane,” said Jace. “I’d rather stay down here and rot.”
“Forever?” said Simon. “Forever is an awfully long time.”
Jace raised his eyebrows, “I knew it,” he said, “you want to kiss me, don’t you?”
Simon threw his hands up in exasperation. “Of course not but if-”
“I guess it’s true what they say,” observed Jace. “There are no straight men in the trenches.”

I have to say that I’ve started to get caught by Clary and Jace’s relationship. I felt them. I was frustrated with them. I had so many feels when they were together. And when they kissed… my my. I first thought that if Cassandra was going to develop their characters instead of others (Alec, Magnus, and Isabelle) I would end up being mad and frustrated, but I was wrong. She did a good job in this relationship building, especially with everything that goes around Clary. It was tentative, gradual and true. Yes, Jace and Clary are insta-love, yes with Simon we have here a love-triangle, BUT this book gives us more. More thinking, more “what I am supposed to do”. We get to see a lot of the evolution of her friendship/”love story” with Simon, her dilemmas between what she should feel and what she truly feels deep inside.

“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 that and neither can you!”

In City of Bones, Jace wants to be perceived as a bad boy, smart-mouthed and kicking asses. Here he has to face new fears, he questions himself a lot, he goes through a period of doubts. And that makes him darker. That makes him more human, we can now say that he actually has feelings and it touched me more than the fearless Jace. It made his whole story more true. It made his relationship with Clary and the fact that he is caring, thoughtful and soft toward her more real.

I also loved the evolution of his parabataiship with Alec. Hell, I loved Alec, period. He wasn’t here enough for my taste, but when he was, it was so refreshing! His POV is a total break from Jace’s. He is more calm, rational. He understands the stakes of the situation. And he gradually comes to terms with himself. He is more open to what he can feel, he starts to understand that his heart is speaking to him and that he should listen. And Mathew Daddario is a babe, I just worship his smile.

Plus Alec and Jace are so funny together. They love each other and can’t show it to one another in a traditional way.

“Just because you said dragon demons were extinct—”
“I said mostly extinct.”
Alec jabbed a finger toward him. “Mostly extinct,” he said, his voice trembling with rage, “is NOT EXTINCT ENOUGH.”
“I see,” said Jace. “I’ll just have them change the entry in the demonology textbook from ‘almost extinct’ to ‘not extinct enough for Alec. He prefers his monsters really, really extinct.’ Will that make you happy?”

Isabelle pleased me as well. I like that despite her physical description which seems explosive, and the fact that she is a shadowhunter, she isn’t a hater. She isn’t jealous of Clary nor any girl she meets. She feel free with herself, have relationships with Downworlders (at least we know about Meliorn who is a Seelie, but it means that she doesn’t consider herself too good for them). Plus she is badass and funny. I just love her. Plus Emeraude Toubia is gorgeous.

“Alec looked at her and shook his head. “How do you manage never to get mud on you?” Isabelle shrugged philosophically. “I’m pure at heart. It repels the dirt.”


Have you read this book? What did you think about it?

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