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City Of Ashes - Cassandra Clare

Posted by on June 7, 2011

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This book took me SO much longer to read than City of Bones. I don’t know why, but the first 200 pages or so were really tough for me to get into. Not because the book wasn’t interesting or didn’t have enough action - I think it’s because there is SO much going on that you really need to sit in a quiet room and just concentrate on it more than you would some other books. So yes, it felt like a year, but I just finished it and I really enjoyed it!

I feel like I should be really grossed out by the Jace/Clary love thing. And to a certain extent I am, but at the same time I want for them to be together? Do people think I am weird for that? haha I cringed more when Clary was making out with Simon if I am honest… ew.

So much action in this book… it starts right off where City of Bones finishes and really doesn’t take any time to get the ball rolling. I found the last half of the book I was reading it faster and feeling the flow more and well.. the last page just killed me because of course, it left me on a cliffhanger! Grr! haha Now I am going to have to bump up City of Glass on my TBR list.

Tip for those who aren’t reading them back to back (I’m not..). Try to not leave the books too far apart. I know when I picked this one up and started reading, it took me probably the first 10-15 pages to get familiar with everyone all over again and get into the swing of it. I won’t be leaving such a bit gap between this and City of Glass.

Definitely recommend the series. It hasn’t let me down at all. The only thing as I mentioned before is I know personally I need to concentrate when reading this, but that’s really not a downfall to the book itself!

Rating: 4 out of 5

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