As terrible as this sounds, my first thoughts upon finishing this book was "Thank God that's over!" Sometimes a book will take me some time to read, bAs terrible as this sounds, my first thoughts upon finishing this book was "Thank God that's over!" Sometimes a book will take me some time to read, but this book was an uphill battle from the start. I only kept going in hopes that maybe at some point it would get better and redeem itself. Unfortunately, that never happened.
I found all of the characters to be incredibly frustrating in an "I'm incredibly stupid and have no common sense" kind of way. There was too much back and forth in Nora's thoughts, and for the most part I found Patch incredibly unlikeable. There seemed to be no rhyme or reason to any of the thought processes. One moment a character is scared, and then next they're joking and planning to go off and do stupid things with people they barely know.
Since I really had no expectations going into reading this book, I can't really say I was disappointed, but I certainly was not impressed either. I had a hard time getting past all of the Twilight ripoffs. I feel as though I should have kept a running tab each time one cropped up. If you're going to try to replicate the success of another book using the same ideas at least do them better.
The only reason I would ever read the next book in this series is to see if by any chance it ever gets better, but I don't see myself rushing out to read Crescendo, and I certainly won't get my hopes up....more
Like City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the reLike City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the reader about the lives and world of Shadowhunters, I felt like this book explored more of that world, and also more about it's characters.
I was pleased to find that I was right when I assumed that the characters mentioned in City of Bones has a lot of potential left to be explored. Something I really enjoyed about this book was that, while still written from third person, we were shown different angles of the story. City of Bones seemed to focus more on things from Clary's point of view, but this time we were able to see things from several different sides, and I felt like that really added some dimension to the story.
Also, like City of Bones this book kept up it's fast pace. Even when there were moments of downtime, I never felt like they were being wasted with trite filler material. I also felt like there were clues being dropped along throughout the book that has made me especially anxious to move on to the next book in the series. Most times I don't enjoy books that leave me hanging, but in this case, and maybe it's only because I have the next book and won't have to wait to get started on it, but the suspense and the questions left unanswered have given me something to look forward to.
I think I enjoyed City of Ashes more than City of Bones, but that could also just be because I feel more attached to the characters now. I think the second installment to the trilogy is interesting, exciting and full of action. It's definitely an enjoyable read, and one that I think I will be reading again in the future....more