Friday, June 13, 2014

Book Report - City of Ashes

Title: City of Ashes
Authour: Cassandra Clare
Length: 453 pages
How long it took me to read: 5 days
Grade: B

What it's about: 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.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

The ending is the most important part: Nope. Nothing resolved. More information = good. Clary and Jace brother and sister = bad.

Last word: I have no idea where this story is going, but I'm along for the ride.

Spoilers after the jump

This book was a very frustrating read; there was a lot of new information, but nothing that answered any of my questions - it just triggered more questions!

There was a lot of action. This was good. Clary and Simon were together (a little) and that was good, and then they decided to just be friends because Clary loves Jace too much, but EW, Jace is her BROTHER!! This bothered me a lot. I just wanted it to be revealed that Jace and Clary are not in fact brother and sister, there were so many hints dropped in favour of that, but nothing conclusive. This drove me NUTS and totally squicked me out.

There were new characters introduced, and I was glad about that, but that caused the story to jump around a lot, so the book was full of cliff-hangers and "hold that thought while we go see what these other characters are up to". Sometimes I would forget what was going on in the various storylines and I had to re-read quite a bit.

If this was a stand alone book, I would have not enjoyed it quite as much, but I know that there is more coming, so I have faith that all my questions will be answered soon.

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