Monday, April 21, 2014

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Insturments #2)

{Review} City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Title: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Published: March 25th, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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 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?

I am glad that I continued on with the series because I did like this book better than the first one.  Clare continues to amaze with her world building skills and intellectual writing style.  I love the witty dialogue in this book (although it still really reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and the character development.  We are introduced to more Underworlders and get to experience better fight scenes than the first.  I really liked the ending to this book…I could not put it down.  The only problem that I had with this book was the continuation of the love story between Clary and Jace.  I will expand on this so if you have not read the first, please stop reading now. I think that it is disturbing to continue a love story between a brother and sister…I know that they may not really be related, but at this point, they believe it.  I am an only child, but I am pretty sure anyone with a sibling would say they would not even entertain the idea of being romantically involved with their brother/sister.  I also don’t like how Clare is making so many spinoff series because I feel like I am required to read everything related to the Shadow Hunter world to fully understand the series.  However, I plan on continuing the series in hopes that I like the third book better than the first two.

If you want to learn more about Cassandra Clare's book series click here and if you want to see her blog, click here.


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