Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I'm slowly making my way through the Mortal Instruments Series, I read up to book four in junior high/high school and completing the series.
It was somewhat of a struggle rereading the first book, mainly because the plot has been done so many times in films/tv but it easier once I moved on to the second.
The main reason I enjoyed the second more than the first is that I'd forgotten a lot of story lines, mainly with the side characters like Maia and Simon. Plus, the fact that the points of view were varied and not all Clary made it an enjoyable and fast-pace read.
The plot itself is unique and one of my favorite aspects of Clare's reading but I could do without the love triangle (even though one is supposedly her brother) and some of Clary's inner thoughs drive me up the wall.
I recommend checking out the series even if you don't care for Clary because all of the side characters are amazing.
3.5 Stars Out of 5