Jun 28, 2012

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Book Description: 

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.
 Christina's BookReview
"You never love anything like you love your children."

City of Ashes picks up a couple of days after City of Bones.
In this installment of the series we meet new characters, from Downworlders to the Seelie court. In City of Bones both Clary and Jace must find a way to get back the Mortal cup from Valentine and deal with the heartache thrown their way.

After Jace is put on lockdown because of his connection Valentine the latter takes the opportunity to steal the Mortal Sword, the second Mortal Instrument.

City of Ashes starts off a little slow but halfway through picks up drastically. All of the adventures and battles in this book are as badass as the characters. The secondary characters have their moments in the book and you quickly get attached to them. You get to see a little more of Alec and his growing relationship with Magnus. You meet Maryse and Robert Lightwood and all though you dislike them at first a little after a while you can't help but admire there love for their children. All of their children. Simon comes to terms with the changes he is experiencing and see him grow as a stronger character. We also meet the Inquistor, Imogen, who is hell bent on getting her revenge on Valentine, at all cost. And of course there is Luke and his growing parental authority and protection of not only Clary but Jace as well.

While dealing with all the things going around them Jace and Clary must learn to accept their new lives and learn to deal with the consequences of being offspring's of Valentine. They must also deal with trying to avoid the feelings they have for each other when people around them are hell bent in making it impossible.

I have to admit I didn't enjoy COA the first time around so didn't get too far. What a mistake! After getting past the rough patch I was quickly consuming every page. I even found myself crying tears at the end of this book and then wanting to shake the characters and smack them (you will have to read). I can't wait to see what will happen next with Clary and Jace. I have my suspicions and can't wait to find out if I'm right! :-)

Review for Book #1-City of Bones HERE 
Review for Book #3-City of Glass HERE

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