As mentioned in my City of Bones book review, I started reading City of Ashes as soon as I finished the first book. Fortunately, I decided to get a Kindle Paperwhite; grabbing new titles is now a no-brainer. There’s no need to get out of the house to buy books from the bookshop. You can now get new books wirelessly. How lazy cool is that?
Going back to our City of Ashes book review… Please note that this may contain possible spoilers for both City of Bones and City of Ashes. If you haven’t read either of these books, you may want to think twice about reading this review. Now, I must say the Mortal Instruments series is headed for greater heights based on how the second installation went. Looks like Cassandra Clare has improved her characterization skills. You’ll feel more emphatic with her characters. You’ll either like them more or feel much hatred for a new character. Bottomline is you’ll know much more about a character here in City of Ashes compared to City of Bones.
For the plot, City of Ashes starts with a man commanding a young warlock to summon a demon. What happens after is purely catastrophic. Not only is the Shadowhunter world in peril, mankind is also in danger of being enslaved by the demon and its Master.
Another issue discussed in this YA literature is the incestual feelings between 2 of the main characters. I understand that it’s quite difficult to control one’s feelings. However, I am not sure I enjoyed reading scenes where the characters were pining for each other, despite knowing they were brother and sister. I know incest happens in real life and this book may just be a reflection of what’s happening in the world, but I’d think twice about letting younger people read this; I don’t have children of my own, but I shall definitely ask permission from my cousin if I can give this book to her child as a present. It’s not only the incest part I’m “worried” about, but I think there are sexual innuendos in some parts of the book, too. So parents, please be reminded about these before getting this series for your youngsters.
The book also takes on issues about homosexuality. This part I have no problems with. Also, the love between the 2 homosexual characters showed they respected each other and were having troubles keeping the relationship a secret. Maybe, the whole secrecy is what made me feel there was no chemistry between the two characters. That or the author intentionally did not let these two characters’ relationship shine in the story. I feel like they’re a great team and would love to see more of them together in City of Glass.
I have a gripe about the book covers for both the City of Bones and City of Ashes though. I, honestly, would not have given this book a chance if I saw this in the stores. Great thing my equally great friend, Aubrey, recommended the Mortal Instruments series. I loved the books so much I even got the Infernal Devices series after having just finished the second book. So, Aubs, if you get to read this: Thank you for introducing Cassandra Clare’s works to me. Aaand I miss you!
Overall, I loved this book way more than the first installment. I’m expecting the third title to be just as, if not more, exciting than its predecessors. For now, I’ll end this review by urging you to grab a copy. Unless, you’re a parent who still needs to censor your child’s books a bit.
- City of Ashes By Cassandra Clare (marinareviewsbooks.wordpress.com)