City of Ashes Review

Paperback, 411 Page
YA/ Fantasy
By: Cassandra Clare

Rating: 🌟🌟.5 Stars

β€œI’ve heard the word ‘fear’. I simply choose to believe it doesn’t apply to me.”

🌟 Let’s start this review by spilling some tea; you probably know that this book may have started as a Harry Potter fanfiction and that it has been controversial for the author for years now! I may have noticed some similarities but it didn’t affect my overall view of the book.

🌟 Long story short is that I enjoyed Book 1 more than this one. It is known that middle books in a series usually suck and that they are bridges to the finale in a trilogy and this was the case here too! I hope book 3 is good again. But I am not blaming Cassie’s second book in her debut trilogy so I am still willing to give this series a chance!

🌟 The writing is as good as book 1, I didn’t feel there was an improvement yet and I didn’t expect to! I love sarcastic characters because that’s how we talk. Let’s face it, we are not deep beings that always know the right thing to say! We do and say a plenty of shitty stuff and that’s normal

β€œWe came to see Jace. Is he alright?”
“I don’t know,” Magnus said. “Does he normally just lie on the floor like that without moving?”

🌟 But what I didn’t like this time was the repetitiveness and how it was full of poisonous creatures and magical healing moments! I rolled my eyes every time that happened after a while. I also think it could have been shorter.

🌟 The Characters are becoming better and growing on me! My favorites are Alec, Magnus and Simon. Jace is improving and I love how they keep roasting him to humble him. I also don’t need to be reminded how beautiful is he every few chapters!

🌟 The series has a kind of a good pacing and it is addicting??!
Despite the negative things I said, I didn’t feel like I wanted to DNF it, I wanted to know what happens and I want to know what will happen. So basically the pacing is good but we don’t need repetition.

🌟 Summary: The book had improvements on some areas while it suffered from middle book syndrome in others. I preferred the first book but I think there is a good chance it will get better. I didn’t see the HP similarities that clearly but I can relate to people who saw them. I ended up giving this one 2.5 out of 5 stars!

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