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My Favorite Thing

I know, I know. I say "it's my favorite" all the time, but I really mean it for this one. I've held my excitement in far too long about City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. City of Ashes is book two in The Mortal Instruments trilogy, and I was such a good girl waiting for it to arrive. When it finally did arrive last week, I nearly mauled the poor delivery man and had to be held back like a crazed animal. Opening that first box containing those shiny books was like opening the doors to Fort Knox, for me. I bathed in the glow of Clary's fiery red hair for a moment, then I rushed to make several phone calls to allert the masses of it's arrival. I was greeted with many screams of delight and excitement over the phone. Then, I had to wait until I was finished work to crack open my own lovely prize. Now, book one of The Mortal Instruments trilogy, City of Bones, was my absolute favorite book of last year. After I read it I became City of Bones cheerleader #1. So you see how dificult it was to wait even an extra minute before reading the next installment. 

With all of this anticipation, could City of Ashes live up to it? The answer is....


City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare:


Once my hands stopped shaking enough to hold the book still, I was ready to get back to the world of Shadowhunters, Downworlders and Warlocks.

*For the sake of those who have not yet read City of Bones, I will try my best not to let slip any devastating spoilers. For those who do fall into this category, I recommend that you run to a bookstore and pick yourself up a copy. You will love it if you are a fan of Harry Potter, Twilight, vampires, magic, werewolves, urban fantasy or great books in general.*

Now back to City of Ashes.

  Clary Fray's life has just been turned upside down. Until recently, she has lived as a normal girl, in a very normal New York City. That was before she found out that  all the legends were true, in one way or another. There really are vampires, werewolves, demons and faeries walking among us, and she is not an ordinary  "mundane" human. She is descended from Shadowhunters and is supposed to rid the world of these Downworld creatures. Clary is special and she's finding it dificult to come to terms with this. She has discovered some unthinkable secrets about herself and her family, and now she questions everything and everyone she thought she knew. 

  Her life becomes more difficult when her best friend Simon starts to become more than a friend and she must fight the forbidden feelings she has for Jace, a fellow Shadowhunter (who is possibly the most amazing male fictional character ever created, so I wish her all the luck in the world on that one). To make matters worse, Clary still has to deal with her mothers illness as well as official Shadowhunter business, namely the murders of several Downworld children. Since there has always been fighting between vampires and werewolves, there are many usual suspects. There is also the possibility that the murderer could be Valentine, a very powerful and dangerous former Shadowhunter who was shunned many years ago for leading an uprising, causing the deaths of many innocent people. Clary, Simon, Jace and the other Shadowhunters must move quickly to find the killer because another of the Mortal Instruments has been stolen. This could mean that even more terrible events are on the horizon. Their journey takes them from the depths of the eerie Silent City to the gorgeous (but deadly) court of faery (my favorite part of the book).  Even the High Warlock of Brooklyn is working overtime to give them magical aid.

  It is now time to choose a side and it's not easy when all is not black and white. Will betrayal be in the future for any of these demon-slaying teens? Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times but feel free to scream, because you are in for the ride of your life.

  City of Ashes is a thrill-a-second adventure set in an incredibly imaginative and awe inspiring fantasy world. Cassandra Clare's discriptive prose will pull readers so far inside the book they will have to claw their way out just to take a breath. But trust me, you won't want to. 

  It was worth the wait.

What I am about to do now is have a little fun. Remember that this is only for fun and not in any way a real thing. In my own little mind I have been creating a "dream cast" for a City of Bones movie (with the help of maxiekatt2 , thank you for finding the pictures). To my knowledge, there is no movie in the works, but a girl can dream, can't she? This is how my movie would be cast:

We all know that there IS a movie in the works, YAY!!

* 7/5/09: I added one little update. Another option for Magus Bane. Check it out!!
* 9/7/09: I added another of my Simon ideas. Food for thought.


Jace Wayland ~ Garrett Hedlund (Four Brothers, Eragon, Death Sentence, Troy):

 And see (below), he can rock the Shadowhunter tatoos, too:

Clary Fray ~ Alexz Johnson (Instant Star):

I will not give up on this one, she would be fantastic! She would look great with Garrett.

Another Idea for Clary is Molly Quinn (Castle):

Jocelyn Fray ~ Gillian Anderson (The X-Files):

Perfect!! I especially love her with Alexz. The backstory can be filmed as flashbacks, so she can definitly play a part in the "movie".

Luke ~ Gerrard Butler (300, Phantom of the Opera, P.S. I Love You):

I pictured Gerry from the first time Luke appeared in the book. He would make an excellent werewolf.

Simon ~ Micheal Cera (Juno):

I can't think of a more perfect Simon. He can pull off his funny sarcasm well, too.

Chris Massoglia (Cirque Du Freak)

Valentine ~ Brad Pitt (you know what he's been in, Troy):


Daniel Craig (James Bond):

I know, this is a real dream, but notice that he was in Troy and so was Garrett. They have worked together before, so why not again? Besides, they look so much alike. I'm shooting for the moon here. If I'm going to cast this, I'm doing it right!

Hodge ~ Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Prequels):

I don't think I need to say anything else. 

Isabelle ~ Summer Glau (Firefly):

We know she's tough enough to be a Shadowhunter and she exudes Isabelle's charm.

(I have two choices for Alec.)

Alec ~ Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian):

Be honest, you want to see Prince Caspian for this guy.


Alec ~ Jim Sturgess (21, Across the Universe):

This would work, too.

And finally,

Magnus Bane ~ Criss Angel:

Isn't he already the High Warlock of something? I love this idea for Magnus. 

*UPADTE 7/5/09: Also a good choice for Magnus Bane

Adam Lambert  (American Idol):


That was fun! 

Wouldn't that be the best movie ever?

Does anyone else have any casting ideas? Feel free to leave comments or post your own pictures.

***Also, the perfect song to roll over the end credits would be "That's My Boy" by Vast.***


Now go read these books!




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Mar. 28th, 2008 06:05 am (UTC)
Fantastic review, Michelle. I can't wait to read it - as soon as I'm done with the first one I'm going right to this one. It's on my coffee table, waiting for me.
Jun. 22nd, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Now see, I think Ewan should play Luke, cos Luke is a tortured soul and fit and scruffy, Ewan McGregor can pull all those off.

And I agree, HOT HOT HOT!!

p.s. Alex Pettyfer for Jace, hands down.
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Mar. 28th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Hodge surprisingly hot! :)
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Why not? He was a Shadowhunter who fought alongside Valentine. Ewan can pull off the intellectual tortured soul thing and still make you believe that he was tough in his youth. Besides, in Michelle's Imaginary Casting Agency, everyone is hot!
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Mar. 29th, 2008 04:37 am (UTC)
You will love it!!

Mar. 28th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
This is making me want to go grab the book off of my shelf and read that instead of study for my upcoming tests! I can't wait to start this series now.
Mar. 29th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)
Read it! Read it! Read it!

It's one of the (many) reasons why my chapter 5 currently consists of four lame paragraphs.
Mar. 28th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
great choices and great pictures for the cast A++ !

Mar. 29th, 2008 04:43 am (UTC)
Thanks...did you finish it yet?

Do you see why my theory could be right? Hmm...the scar (among other things). I will start a discussion soon for the book so people who come here don't get any spoilers.
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Mar. 29th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
It looks like a very good cast. I see you managed to get Garrett in there. LOL.

Goal was 14 manga before starting I still have 11 to go. I guess I better get busy. (Yeah I know I said I would start it but I haven't had a chance). Didn't touch any books past 2 or 3 days. Work has been really busy.
Mar. 29th, 2008 04:32 am (UTC)
Of course he's there! I always pictured him as Jace. But that first picture really solidifies it.
I actually couldn't function because I kept thinking about who I would cast in a movie version. I had to post it or I would never get any rest. Who am I kidding, I don't sleep anyway. I nap every 10 chapters or so.

I tried to stack the deck with hotness for my casting.

I know you love Simon, so you will enjoy CITY OF ASHES. OH, it was so GOOD!!!

I have so much to catch up on with manga, and it doesn't help that a ton came in this week (your pile is in the cabinet on the bottom shelf, just ask whoever is there for it).
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Mar. 29th, 2008 04:01 pm (UTC)
Just because I feel like it - here are some Garrett Hedlund videos from Youtube. This one is from outside the premiere of Ocean's 13: http://youtube.com/watch?v=POlhtTWubvA

Here's an interview he did for Death Sentence: http://youtube.com/watch?v=rxclrdbyaxI&feature=related

And here's a fanvideo with scenes from a bunch of his movies: http://youtube.com/watch?v=u_s_U0wq8aQ
Apr. 4th, 2008 07:19 pm (UTC)
I read City of Bones all in one sitting yesterday. Not because I didn't have a ton of stuff to do, but because I could NOT put it down. So good. So very, very good. I am fighting every urge I have to run out and grab City of Ashes, but I am trying to restrain myself until the 14th, since Cassandra will be in Petaluma and I can buy it there and get it signed (my first signed book! Squeee! My first time meeting an author! SUPERSQUEEEE!)

God, this book was so, so good. I have the hots for Jace. Why aren't real boys as hot as fictional ones, lol.

Apr. 5th, 2008 12:57 am (UTC)
I knew you'd like it ^^ Maybe you could buy COA at the bookstore you're going to see Cassandra at and just make sure to take the receipt with you the night of the event.

And Jace is awesome! That is all.
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May. 8th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
great pictures
love the cast. Can't wait to see prince caspian.
May. 15th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: great pictures
I love Criss Angel as Magnus! Gerard Butler as well. I kind of pictured the guys who played Lucius Malfoy as Valentine, especially the voice and I always saw jace as looking kind of like Hayden Christenson right away.
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May. 18th, 2008 10:07 am (UTC)
nice choices 'cept for hodge and valentine... i'd imagine them older

another choice for jace would be chace crawford(gossip girl) but i'm not sure he could be as tough
May. 20th, 2008 05:26 am (UTC)
They are actually the right ages for Hodge and Valentine. Those two only look young.

Watch Four Brothers followed by Death Sentence, then get back to me on Garrett as Jace. That should make you a believer!
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May. 20th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
I'll admit I was really hesistant about your idea of Ben Barnes as Alec, but after seeing Caspian, I think my friend and I were just gabbing for three days about how hot we thought he was. Besides that, he's an amazing actor.
And Magnus, if they make the film, they're going to have to cast your choice for him, he's just so freaking perfect!
May. 20th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC)
I saw Prince Caspian the other night and now I REALLY like the idea of Ben Barnes as Alec. He was the best thing about Caspian. I admit that I went to see it for totally shallow reasons, but hey, I was rewarded for it because the guy is a great actor (and hot).

Chris Angel is the perfect Magnus. I remember the episode of Las Vegas he was on and he did great with that. He's definitly open to acting, so someone needs to make this movie and sign him up!! They would even save money on special effects since I'm pretty sure he could bring his own.
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May. 24th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
I agree with everyone you think should play in the movie. But I think that another good choice for Jace would be William Moseley he played peter in the Chronicles of Narnia movies. The reason I think he would is because in Prince Caspian he defiantly pulled off some Jace like qualities and I don't I just think he'd make a great Jace.
May. 31st, 2008 04:58 am (UTC)
William Moseley is my only choice for Jace. I pictured him immediately. I saw a photo where he's the epiphany of Jace. He's perfect. Amazingly talented (and hot).
May. 25th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
I think Ben would make a better Alec. He just give off that younger more energetic vibe that Alec possesses. He also fits much better with the choice for Isabelle
May. 26th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Alec
I totally agree! I saw Prince Caspian and Ben was great. I could definitly see him as a Shadowhunter.
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May. 28th, 2008 08:53 am (UTC)
haha. any suggestion with garrett hedlund is always a okay with me and ben barnes is an amazing actor. lol, but i always pictured simon as kind of emoish. i love michael sara,but on the official site, the drawing of simon sort of reminded me of brendan urie from panic. someone like him would be more of my choice, i guess.
May. 28th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Finally, a Garrett fan, lol. Michelle and I are acutally in L.A. right now for Book Expo America (free books rock!) and could possibly, maybe, perhaps run into him (you never know, right?). It's tempting to have a copy of COB handy to give to him just in case. Never hurts to be prepared.
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May. 31st, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC)
i think tom sturridge would be THE perfect alec
Jun. 4th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC)
Wow! Thats really good! But my only problem is Jace...

Maybe it would be better if the actor for Jace were switched with the first actor for Alec (Ben Barnes).

I know that they dont have the same hair color and all, but dont they always have to change something when they make a book into a movie?

That's just me. Everyone else looks great! Especially Simon, Magnus Bane, and Isabelle!
Jun. 4th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
I don't mean to sound stuck up, but there is such a thing as hair dye...
But Ben Barnes as Jace would be interesting. I sort of wanted to melt into a little puddle when I saw Caspian (for shallow fan girl reasons, I was star-struck by his hotness), but still, he's a brilliant actor. I've always thought Peter (William Moseley) would be perfect for Jace, however.
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Jun. 4th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
oh. love your magnus.
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:36 am (UTC)
william moseley did and awesome job in narnia although he could have done a little better in the second one but i think he would make an awesome jace as soon as i read the discription of jace thats who popped into my mind so hes my only choice
Jun. 8th, 2008 12:53 am (UTC)
I think the cast is great...especially valentine lol. I think the guy from hannah montana would make a good jace though. the one who plays that demon slayer? at least that was how i kinda pictured him. definately with his hairstyle...what's his name...? Cody something?
Jul. 11th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ewww! Not Cody Linley! He's such a weenie! And not old enough.
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Jun. 9th, 2008 04:56 am (UTC)
WOW! I loved this book so much! I read it all in one sitting. It took me till 3 in the morning but i did it. I think the cast was absolutely amazing!I think Jim Sturgess would work best for Alec. He has this look to him that i just can't explain. kinda misterious... he's perfect! I totally have the hots for Jace, he is so cute!! Great Job!
Jun. 10th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
Hey, Jace is mine! Just kidding. There's plenty of him for everyone. It definitly is a one sitting book. I started reading it in the morning and went straight through until night. I never got up once. When I was done reading my stomach was growling.
Jun. 14th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I love your Character choice for both Izzy and Clary!
Not sure about wanting Jace to be who you casted him as, but it still looks pretty good:D
Just wanted to let you know:] the website for the books used this website in its FAQ:D If you didnt already know
Jun. 14th, 2008 04:57 am (UTC)
Re: Hey
Wow, I had no idea! Thanks for letting me know. That's very cool. Cassandra is so amazingly wonderful and I feel honored.

As for the Clary choice, I absolutely love Alexz Johnson. I'm a huge fan of Instant Star and I've been enjoying the new and sadly, final season of the show. But hey, maybe she will have time to make the movie now!

I really hope that some movie studio will see just how fantastic these books are and put them on the big screen.
Jun. 23rd, 2008 12:08 pm (UTC)
Mortal Instruments
I just finished reading the City of Ashes and it's fantastic! I was curious to see what "image" people have of the characters and yours were great!! Gerard Butler and Criss Angel are PERFECT!!!!
Jun. 23rd, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
i definitely like isabelle and jace. very nice. however simon was a BIG disappointment. same with valentine, clary, and hodge. jocelyn wasn't great either. and for alec, i liked jim sturgess. i think we can improve though!
Jun. 24th, 2008 05:23 am (UTC)
Re: alright.....
Hey, it's only for fun. Do you have any suggestions?
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
I think that most of those characters would fit perfectly but a few I do not agree with. Valentine should not be played by Brad Pitt, while reading the book I imagined Valentine as a man who was older, with the gray/white hair, but that still looked fairly young, but you could see the age in his eyes from it all. Simon I agree more or less, I imagined him looking different, with very dark features, as you see in the book come out more when.. Well I won't give any spoilers away! Magnus Bane I DO NOT see Criss Angel .. I imagined a man very slim figured with blueish sparkly hair, not the Criss Angels style at all! For Alec I would go with Ben Barnes, I always imagined him like that. Hodge I imagined him older looking than Ewan Mcgregor .. Even a little older looking than Valentine! But for the rest, Jace, Clary, Jocelyn, Luke and Isabelle, its all PERFECT! I would LOVE to see this movie come true, I simpy adore the book and I do not know if the movie could live up to the book, it would still be great!
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:08 am (UTC)
Re: Hey
I definitley do not see Brad Pitt as Valentine. In my mind Valentine should be blond with a really freaky smile and piercing eyes. The guy you put for Jace doesn't look bad-ass enough. I think Clary is perfect and so is Isabelle! If they made a movie, I think I would be a bit scared that they would change parts and it wouldn't be as good as the book. Which, by the way, I love!!!!
Jun. 26th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
While I was reading City Of Bones I was obsessed with this song by Three Days Grace, Over & Over was the name of the song.
And now everytime I listen to it I think about Clary and Jace.
When I was reading City Of Glass I was obsessed with the song Afflited by Age Of Daze, this song makes me think more about Simon and Clary, like if Simon were to sing it to Clary.
I would see these two songs in the movie if ever it did come true.
Jul. 23rd, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Hey
wow! i have read the first two books n im amostly done with the last one..... it would be much better if it did bcome a movie (n fingers cross) the pictures do match with the characters except for valentine. so yea but hey! ill still watch it..
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