City of Ashes: 5 out of 5 stars

The Mortal Instruments book 2

**Contains minor spoilers – read with caution**

Oh. My. God! So much happened in this book that I can’t even get my thoughts together.

keep calm magnus


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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?


Everyone is an action hero – There are so many kick ass sequences in this. From killing demons to boats blowing apart and creepy prisons, the action in this book is insanely good. Mad props go out to Magnus who always looks fierce while saving the team time and time again.

They grow up so fast – Holy cow the character development in this book is fantastic! Clary gets a whole lot more interesting thanks to some freaky stuff Valentine did when she was still a fetus and the lovable Simon makes a major transition that really brings things crashing down for a while. Sweet and subdued Alec also has some fearless moments that gave him more depth.

Meet the boss – Anyone else scared of the Inquisitor? I had a love/hate relationship with the Inquisitor for a long time but was so excited by the drama she brought to the story.

Soulmates?? – The Jace and Clary ‘will they won’t they’ is getting a bit much for me already. I get that they share this deep connection, but sometime soon their irresponsible pull to one another is going to get someone killed – there is plenty of time to stare into each other’s eyes when you aren’t in the middle of a war.

Send me a postcard – The world building! Everything was so vivid in this book – more information was revealed about Idris and you get to take a peek inside the Silent City which is really cool. The best part though was visiting the Seelie Queen (who is a woman you do not want to make mad). The way the Faerie Kingdom is described is both beautiful and scary and you can definitely see a lot of those classic tropes come to life in this world.

I found a new ship – Maia and Simon for the win!

This was definitely a step up from City of Bones with the only downside being that there wasn’t enough Izzy. I can’t wait to see what happens in City of Glass after that cliffhanger ending!


Read more reviews on Goodreads and add this to your TBR if you love:

  • Paranormal romance
  • Sci-Fi
  • Action
  • Hotties with humour

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