City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

29 Nov

ImageTitle: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Published: March 2008

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?

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 Rating: 5 stars

My Thoughts:

Wow! I loved this book even more than the first! I can already tell this is going to be one of my favorite series of all times! Cassandra Clare has created an amazing world filled with even more amazing characters!!

In the end of City of Bones, Clary and Jace found out some shocking news: they share the same father aka Valentine. This little piece of information puts an end to they’re budding relationship but doesn’t put an end to their feeling for each other. They both struggle to explain why they feel the way they do and to find a way to be around each other. Clary throws herself into a relationship with Simon thinking it will help but of course it doesn’t. Jace on the other hand has to deal with his adoptive mother’s cold shoulder and threats from the Clave about the events in City of Bones. It’s extremely sad to feel both their emotions of anger, longing, confusion, and disappointment that are all so palpable. I love both characters (especially JACE ❤) and just want them to be happy!

This book switches POVs so you get to know what the other characters are thinking and feeling rather than just being in Clary’s head. For example, you get to see and feel more clearly both Jace and Simon’s love for Clary and Alec’s confusion about Jace and Magnus. I loved getting to know the other characters better! It made the book all the more real to me.

Just like in the first book, this one was constant action packed! Jace and Clary make more discoveries about themselves and their father, Simon encounters a little problem that changes his life forever, and Valentine, being his evil self, because more chaos. I loved ever second of this book and can’t wait for the next one! I hope Jace and Clary will finally get to be together in City of Glass since there is NO WAY that they are actually related! And if they are…well that will just ruin the books for me!

Again, this is a MUST READ series!!

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