I read City of Bones sometime last year. It was okay but not good enough for me to continue the series. Then my sister in law told me City of Ashes was so much better. She lent me her copy. I have to say it's even worse. Jace is an ass and not the "bad boy" type. Clary is a flat character...does she even do anything? The only character in the book that I liked was Maia. And don't even get me started on the whole Jace/Clary thing. Sure down the road the author probably has it set up so that they are not actually brother and sister but for right now...gross.