Wednesday, April 20, 2011

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

 by Cassandra Clare.
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 handsome, infuriating 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 [Valentine]?

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.
Now I can offically say that I love this series. I know it was iffy after I read City of Bones, but I really loved this book. I thought the twist at the end of the first book would ruin any hope this series had for me, but it was actually the opposite. Am I still upset about that twist? Yes. Will I ever get over it? Possibly. :D
I was hooked on this book from the start. I was about 100 pages in (which I devoured in one sitting) and I was thinking, How in the world am I ever going to be able to put this down?? It was that way through the entire book. This one seemed a lot more action packed than the first and it had so much less to explain, which was really nice. I wasn't constantly trying to remember everything. I just got to sit back and enjoy where the story took me.
I have to say that I am now 100% Team Jace. After reading this book, I felt much the way Clary did in book one--Simon?? Who's Simon? Things with Simon really change in this book, City of Ashes. Although I still feel bad for him, I don't want Clary to be with him. Is that horrible of me? After Clary, Jace, Simon and Isabelle went to the Seelie Court in this book, everything changed for me. Ahh! Just read it!
This is most definitely a series you don't want to miss. And yes, it's now officially buy-worthy. Which is good, since I bought them all to begin with. :)
Happy Reading!

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