When I first started this project, I thought I pretty much knew what I was getting into. I mean nothing can be worse than ‘Twilight’. Unfortunately for me, the first book in this series ‘City of Bones’ proved me very wrong. The racism, misogyny, and writing fails were terrible. There were times during that first book that made me want to explode in a pile of defeated rage!
However, I was able to soothe myself somewhat with the thought that the first book was rock bottom and there only place to go was up, right? I mean, most writers tend to get better as time goes on. It’s simple logic, that the more you practice a skill, the better you get.
Once again, I was completely wrong!
‘City of Ashes’ is Cassandra Clare taking everything wrong with the first book and amping it up to eleven! However, before more into all of that. I’m going to try to be fair and talk about what I loved about this book.
What I Loved About This Book
No, seriously unlike ‘City of Bones’ there wasn’t a lot of silver lining with this book. The one thing I really did love was though was Maia Roberts. Out of the shit show that was this book, she was the one tiny bit of silver lining in an ocean of darkness.
Despite, bringing up Jace’s beauty the first time she was introduced, Maia didn’t’ take Jace’s shit at all. I think that alone immediately put her in my good books. I also thought that Maia and Simon’s interactions were pretty interesting, and it was a shame that Clare didn’t let Maia be Simon’s love interest.
What also really endeared Maia to me (despite how Clary shat on her) was her tragic backstory. Maia was abused by her brother, and her parents didn’t believe her. Then, her first love abused her and when she left him he bit her and turned into a werewolf over a fit of jealousy.
Instead of crawling up into a ball and dying, Maia managed to pick herself up and tried her damnest to move on with her life. Exhibiting something, that not lot of characters in this book are capable of doing. And even after Simon was turned into vampire and Maia ended up attacking him, you could tell that she felt sincere remorse for what she had done.
To me, Maia is the Leah Clearwater of this series. She is constantly being shat on by the main characters when clearly she is the only real 3D character in this book. The treatment of Maia is grossly unfair and is only because the writer sees Maia as some type of threat to her self-insert.
Honestly, in my headcanon, Isabelle and Maia team up and leave New York City to fight crime. Someone needs to actually write this fanfiction for reals. If you do, please send me a link, okay?
Anyway, this is the only thing I really loved about this book. Now on to a long list of things I hated it about it!