Tuesday, May 29, 2012


Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Edition: Paperback
Publication: March 25, 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source: Bought
Pages: 453
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance


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?

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.

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When I finished reading City of Bones, I was really disappointed. It just wasn't the type of story that I would pursue at all. The characters, plot line, the year it happened, the weird combination of sorcery, vampires and wolves just did not go well for me. But I HAVE to read my books and I was honestly grateful that I didn't buy all 4. At some point, I hope that City of Ashes would change my perception about the series. You know, what? IT DID. It did change my feelings, now I love it! The character's humor did not end with Book One, who would expect that Simon would do anything - including turning into a cool vampire - for Clary, how powerful Clary was, how Jace fought his feelings for Clary and chose to be only his brother and how Imogen and Maryse humbled themselves. This book was way better than the first. Can't wait to get my hands on City of Glass!

"As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?"
"Pain is only what you allow it to be."

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