City of Ashes

COATitle: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series #: Book 2 of The Mortal Instruments series
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 25, 2008
# of Pages: 453


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 Sould- 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 her believes in to help their father?

In this breathtaking sequel to City of Bones, Cassandra Clare lures her readers back into the dark grip of New York City’s Downworld, where love is never safe and power becomes the deadliest temptation.

My Thoughts

She most certainly is! Cassandra Clare pulls us back into the dark world of New York City, full of werewolves, vampires and Shadowhunters. Just like the first, City of Ashes was such a thrill to read. From beginning til the end, I was at the edge of my seat. One of my favorite moments of the book happened between Jace and Clary, in front of the Seelie Court. The romance between had taken a whole new level especially since they happened to be siblings! It’s a whole new level of forbidden love. Apart from that, there was also Simon’s heartbreaking reaction. Since the first book, it was obvious the guy had feeling for Clary, but Clary never noticed until he ‘fessed up, which brings me to the whole fact that Clary is stringing Simon along, while she chases and longs for Jace. Yeah, I guess you can probably tell that I wasn’t really into Clary in this book due to that particular fact.

Overall, this book is just as awesome as the first. It’s a thrill to read and personally, the chapters do go by really quickly. I can’t wait to get started on the next installment of the series.

My Rating

BIC Rating System5

Would I recommend this book?: Yes!

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