Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

July 15, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★½

Book Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra ClareTitle: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #2
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 24, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 453
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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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won't 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?

Also in this series: City of Bones, City of Glass
Also by this author: City of Bones, City of Glass, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince

This is the 2nd book in The Mortal Instruments Series and I have to say Cassandra Clare didn’t disappoint. I was definitely eager to find out what happened next for Clary and Jace. I think this book had more action and kept me going more so than the first, although I loved the first book. The pace seemed quicker to me and kept me turning pages. Not only are even more characters introduced, certain things happen to the main characters that had me on the edge of my seat.

I really liked that Clary is starting to come into her own now and learning that she’s a lot stronger than she thinks she is. Her power wouldn’t seem to be all that important, but Clare makes it so that it’s a necessary and empowering ability to have and I’m definitely all for showing that the lead girl isn’t someone who needs to be saved all the time. There isn’t much romance in this series in the way of kissing and intimate scenes, but you can sense the emotions and ongoing tension of the “love triangle” and I found myself jumping back and forth from Team Simon to Team Jace! But, of course, Jace just has that aura about him that makes you want him and Clary to be together, however weird and supposedly “incestuous” that may be. The mystery of “are they or aren’t they brother and sister” still isn’t solved in this book and Clare does a good job of throwing you off here and there to keep up the suspense. There were quite a few deaths in this book and you see the other characters starting to struggle more and more with their own issues and the looming war with Valentine.

Clare still does a great job describing all the demons and the scenery so that definitely someone with a better imagination than mine can easily visualize to their liking. At some points it seemed as though it was a little too detailed, but that’s just her way and I appreciate her attention to it. I was also pleased that there were fewer typos and confusing sentences as compared to the first book, again, not really her fault, so it made the book more enjoyable.

I’m very eager to read City of Glass and see how it all ends!

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