REREAD Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare


City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 25, 2008

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 453

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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments os stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

5 out of 5 stars


Here’s the thing. Rereads always take me a long time, but they always make me remember why I loved the book/series in the first place.

I love this series and I say this every single time I read or reread a Cassandra Clare book, but she’s my all time favorite author. I love everything she writes and will forever read everything she writes. The Mortal Instruments series/the Shadowhunter Chronicles are my favorite books and I love ALL of them.

City of Ashes starts off with Jace and Clary being hella awkward around each other because they both love each other but not in the sibling kind of way they’re supposed to. It’s tragic but also funny because I know that everything works out in the end. Lol to the first time I read this and was fine with them being siblings… ha. Anyway. They make everything awkward for everyone, but specifically Simon. Simon has been in love with Clary since the beginning of time blah blah but Clary loves him like a friend and brother, so when they start dating it isn’t what either of them thought it should or could be.

Simon is so sad and it breaks my heart every time because he loves Clary so much. He has always loved her so much, so it breaks his heart when he realizes that even though they’re dating, she will never love him the way he wants to be loved by her. The ending of this book really shows his great character because he tells her that he will always be there for her, but thinks she should find someone else. Aww. It’s so sad but so cute and it just hurts. Simon doesn’t like Jace automatically because he sees how he and Clary look at each other. The sexual tension is intense between Jace and Clary.

Jace is kind of unhealthily obsessed with Clary for a hot sec because he finally gets to kiss her in the Seelie Court, but then everyone is weirded out because OMG THEY’RE SIBLINGS EW. But Jace loves it. Clary loves it. But for some reason they just don’t tell each other that. Ugh. The ending breaks me EVERY TIME. Clary is about to tell Jace that she loves him because she does, then he wrecks it by being nice and selfless and telling her he’s fine with them just living their lives like siblings. Clary is crushed because she finally worked up the courage. Honestly.

I love Luke, and forgot how much I loved his conversation with Clary at the end of the book talking about how he’s in love with Jocelyn. Clary hints to him that she’s fine with their relationship and wants them both to be happy, and then he actually gives her some insight into what happened. Luke offered to marry Jocelyn but didn’t actually tell her that he loved her. She thought it was just out of pity, so she said no. But he’s been in love with for forever and it’s so cute and tragic but cute omg. So Clary tells Luke that he needs to tell Jocelyn that he’s in love with her and it’s just a cute moment.

Jace letting Simon drink his blood on the ship so he didn’t actually die… I’m sure there’s some fanfic about that lol. I like this scene because Jace did it for Clary. And Simon, but he knew how broken Clary would be if Simon died. So he let Simon drink his blood to regenerate himself. Oh yeah, Simon is a vampire now.

THE MALEC RELATIONSHIP IS STARTING AND I’M HERE FOR IT. Alec and Magnus are my favorite couple from the Mortal Instruments. And Simon and Isabelle, but that’s coming up don’t you worry. I love Alec even when he’s in the closet still because he just wants to be happy. He’s been in love with Jace since forever but doesn’t want to tell anyone. Clary and Isabelle are the only ones who know that he’s gay and I just can’t even imagine what that would be like. Especially for him because he’s in love with his parabatai and gay Shadowhunters are shunned. It just makes me sad but all will be well soon enough.

Sorry. SO RAMBLY. But I can’t help it. I just fangirl over literally every aspect in this book. I get something new out of my rereads of this series every time and love that I find new things spread around. Especially little hints that were impossible to catch if you hadn’t already read the series. Cassandra Clare slays me so hard. My queen wow wow wow.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Library Book Haul (1)


Did I need to go to the public library to check out more books? No.

Do I have plenty of books in my dorm? Yep.


A Painted House – John Grisham

A Painted House

This is the first book I picked up because my boyfriend recommended it to me. He is not a reader at all, so whenever he gives me a recommendation I pick it up wherever I can. I don’t know much about this book because I’ve never read a book by John Grisham. This is a murder mystery set in the 50s in Arkansas.

I don’t know if I’m going to like this book but I’m going to give it a chance.

 

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

Yay continuing my reread of this series! I’m way further behind than I wanted to be with my reread, but I’ll catch up these this summer. I love this series and if you’ve been around for awhile, then you also know this. I love rereading this series. Enough said.

 

Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Again, I’ve reread this but it was SUCH a long time ago. I saw this at the library and really wanted to read it again! I remember loving this book and decided to pick it up.


yay books from the library

Review: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare


City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 725

Source: Bookstore

In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother.

Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell.

The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris – but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?

When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee – even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned…

Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

The Los Angeles Institute is attacked by Sebastian and the Endarkened Shadowhunters. Julian Blackthorn, his siblings, and Emma Carstairs escape unharmed to Idris. The father of the Blackthorns gets Turned by Sebastian, and the eldest Blackthorn, Helen, ends up taking care of her younger siblings until an uncle from London can come take care of them. Clary sees Emma Carstairs crying and upset and tries to comfort her in a big sisterly way and Clary doesn’t know what to do with herself because Jace has heavenly fire living in his veins; therefore there is little touching and a miniscule amount of kissing. Big battles happen between the Shadowhunters and the Endarkened warriors, and the crew find themselves brought to an alternate dimension that resembles Hell. Demons live in this hellish pit, but the real reason Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon are there? The Downworlders they love have been taken from them and held hostage. Magnus from Alec, Raphael from Simon, and Luke and Jocelyn from Clary. Simon doesn’t love Raphael, but he has a big connection to him. How will they get out of this demon realm? Do they ever find Magnus, Jocelyn, Luke, and Raphael? What happens to Sebastian? Oh. My. Gosh. This series was so so good. This book was so beautifully written. How Cassandra Clare has woven all these little twists and tidbits of information into the story legitimately baffles me. I don’t get how so many things can be put together to create such an amazing series. I am so grateful to have found these books and to have read them. I cannot wait to read all of Cassandra Clare’s other books alone with whatever she will write in the future.

Characters:

At the beginning I got overwhelmed with all the new characters, but towards the middle I had sorted most of them out. Julian Blackthorn and Emma Carstairs are best friends, but I shipped them together so much. They would have been the cutest couple. I mean, they’re 12, but whatever. Isabelle and Simon are still my OTP. Magnus and Alec are perfect for each other, and Jace and Clary really are a great couple. Luke and Jocelyn are so happy together and it makes me really happy just reading about them. Oh my gosh. The couples in this series. They love each other so much, but for such different reasons. I really enjoyed being introduced to new characters, though. The Blackthorns are a really interesting family and I hope that they’re in the new series she’s writing.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Emma Carstairs because she just got introduced to the story. I really love that she is best friends with Jules, it reminded me of Clary and Simon. I have always wished I had a bunch of siblings, and it would kind of be like that if I was Emma because she’s always with the Blackthorn family. I think it would be fun to be just starting Shadowhunter training. Although, being Isabelle would be totally amazing. Isabelle is 100% BA and she loves Simon with all her heart, but she doesn’t want to admit it. By the end of the book she knows how she wants everyone to react to her and Simon, so I thinks she is more willing to be public about her relationship. Her vulnerability is really apparent in this book compared to the others. I am so glad to have read these books :)

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

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In Conclusion: Finish/Catch Up on Series


This month the theme for the #AYearAThon was finish/catch up on series. Naturally I believed I could read all the rest of the Mortal Instruments books before City of Heavenly Fire came out, but I didn’t. I finished City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare and City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I just finished City of Fallen Angels and I will read the last two this month. I cannot wait to start City of Heavenly Fire! Oh my lord. AND TFIOS IS THIS WEEK! WHAT.

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#FridayReads (11)


SUMMER IS HERE! The reason I’ve been MIA is because I don’t have my school computer anymore! I am using my mom’s laptop at the moment and decided to use this as my first summer post. You would think that I would be super happy because I have more time on my hands to read, yes? Well, I do have more time, but I’ve been hanging out with friends instead of reading. I am behind so many books on my Goodreads goal, but I guess that is okay. Anyway, I am still reading City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare. The reason I’m reading this super slow is because I’ve already read it. I didn’t read it too long ago either. It’s still a very good book, but right now it’s boring for me. I know what’s going to happen and I just want to read City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare. I OWN THE NEW BOOK! I bought it. I knew I was going to, but I COULDN’T RESIST! It’s a beautiful book and I cannot wait to find out what happens in the final book. That is all for now, I will be blogging as much as I can… And reading as much as I can. :)

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Review: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare


City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 24, 2009

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 541

Source: Bookstore

To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters – never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City – whatever the cost?

Love is a mortal sin and the secrets of the past prove deadly as Clary and Jace face down Valentine in the third installment of the New York Timesbestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

5 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Clary’s mother is in a coma-like sleep and Clary needs to find a way to save her. Magnus Bane, the Warlock, creates a portal into Alicante for Jace and the Lightwoods to go through. Clary tries to tag along, but Jace thinks otherwise. They run into some problems with the portal and Simon ends up getting taken through the portal to Alicante illegally. Problems occur with Jace bringing the vampire to the Shadowhunter city, and Clary finds herself drowning in a lake outside Alicante. Jace and Clary meet the Lightwood’s cousins, Aline and Sebastion. Aline and Sebastion seem nice to them and they befriend the cousins. Clary and Jace are still siblings, and they can’t deal with it. They love eachother in a more intimate way than siblings should. Valentine comes into play in this book and mysteries are revealed. So much happens in this book. This is my favorite of all the Mortal Instruments books. I love the unraveling of mysteries and I love finding everything out. Jace and Clary are so perfect together. I love what happens with Luke and Clary’s mom, and what happens with Alec and his significant other. I love rereading these books because I pick up on so many things I’d forgotten. I can’t wait to reread the others.

Characters:

Again, I love Jace and Clary, and Simon would be the perfect bestfrined. Simon is so loyal and helps Clary in any way she needs it, and supports all of her decisions. Isabelle and Alec woul dbe so cool to meet and be friends with. I absolutely HATE Valentine for what he did to Jace and Clary, and Luke is one of my all-time favorite characters. I love that he’s so caring and loving to both Clary and her mom.

Who Would I Be?:

I would choose to be Isabelle yet again. She’s such a cool person. She might have a short temper, but she’s beautiful and she has a family that loves and accepts her. Alec would be my brother, and I would get to hang out with magnus and Clary all the time. How about yes.

Series:

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) – Cassandra Clare

City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6) – Cassandra Clare

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (17)


This week I’m reading City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) – Cassandra Clare. I will try and finish it soon to start City of Fallen Angles (The Moral Instruments #4) – Cassandra Clare and then City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments #5) – Cassandra Clare before the LAST ONE COMES OUT! Oh my gosh. I’m so pumped. 12 DAYS. ONLY 12. I can’t wait. Right now I’m at the part in City of Glass where the demon towers in Alicante aren’t working and there is a war beginning to form and it’s epic. I love this part and this is my favorite book out of the whole series. I love City of Lost Souls, (I’ve read them all) but this one is my favorite. *SPOILERS* Okay, you’ve been warned. If you haven’t read the first three or more do not read this part. Simon is a vampire and he’s locked down in jail in Alicante and Jace and Isabelle are bringing him blood because the new Inquisitor threatened to leave him to die if he doesn’t tell a lie to the Clave. He’s not going to tell the made up story beacause the Lightwoods are his friends, well, Clary’s friends, and that would hurt Clary. Simon loves Clary so he can’t do that, obviously. So, he’s staying down in jail with this weird guy in the cell next to his and he’s trying to stay alive, but right now there is a war going on and he can’t get out. *SPOILERS DONE* Like, what? This is unacceptable. Anyway, I love this book and can’t wait to read the others again.

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