City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments) Book 2

Cassandra Clare

3 Stars

City of Ashes is the second book in The Mortal Instruments series.

The transition from book one was smooth.  As for second book, City of Ashes, it followed along the same path as the first.

The loss of stars was as follows.

-1 star for grammatical issues

-1 star for excessive description, so much so that I found myself skimming over parts of the book.

Cassandra Clare thoroughly described all the characters in the first book. In the second book, I found her repetitiveness boring and highly unnecessary.

It seemed whenever she could, she meticulously described (yet again) the locations and character, it was as if she was trying to reach a desired word count. I did not need to know how chiseled Clare found Jace’s jaw for the umpteenth time or how pale Simon’s skin tone was from one chapter to the next. It got to the point that I was skimming sections in desperate search for the “meat” of the second book.

Now, I must admit, I am hesitant about reading the other books. Honestly worried about diving into a slue of descriptions with little premise. The storyline is good, and I want to know what will happen. Hopefully the other books will have less fat and much more meat.

I received City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments Book 2) in a box set at work. Watch for more reviews from The Mortal Instruments series.


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