City of Ashes

June 27, 2017

The Mortal Instruments #2. Author: Cassandra Clare.


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? If Clary left the world of the Shadowhunters behind, it would mean more time with her best friend, Simon, who’s becoming more than a friend. But the Shadowhunting world isn’t ready to 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.

To complicate matters, someone in New York City is murdering Downworlder children. Is Valentine behind the killings — and if he is, what is he trying to do? When the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor arrives to investigate and zooms right in on Jace. How can Clary stop Valentine if Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

(Published Review)

My Thoughts:

They’re like dorito chips. No nutritional value whatsoever, and sometimes you’re not even sure why you’re eating reading them, but as long as there’s a whole bowl just sitting around…

Content Review:

Sexual Content: “I’m tired of this anime. I can’t tell what the plot is, and no one ever has sex.” / “Some guys look at you like they want sex. Jace looks at you like you’ve already had sex, it was great, and now you’re just friends – even though you want more.” / Some kissing. / Fairly strong sexual attraction between two characters.

Language: 7 d***, 6 hell, 6 derogatory terms, 5 scatological terms

Violence: Demon kills its summoner. Character’s (past) brother was abusive, but eventually killed in a car wreck before he could go too far – the character’s boyfriend was then abusive, and eventually attacked her as a werewolf (after she broke up with him) and lacerated her throat. (Infecting her with lycanthropy.) Characters find a dead body with cut throat. Some hand-to-hand fighting with demons. Multiple people killed in a sudden confrontation – mostly off screen, but one collapses on screen. Bloody hand-to-hand duel between two boys. Prisoner breaks his hand trying to escape cuffs. Characters find mangled body. Characters watch a new-born vampire rise, which attacks one of them before being beaten off. Character is chained up after being knocked out. There is another full-on demon vs. human battle which spans a full chapter and involves some blood, gore, and disturbing images of demons.

Other: Please see review of the first book,

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