Saturday, September 21, 2013

From the shelf: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)

Title: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Date read: September 19-20, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (4/5)

Summary (cr: 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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

Backtrack: City of Bones
Thus, the sequel to the Mortal Instruments Series. I must say that this reeled me in deeper...although most of the scenarios were already familiar to me. Faeries, demons, warlocks, vampires and werewolves...I've read them all. This also has that level of angst that the second book should have. I always find it weird that the second book of any series has darker characters and decisions that could change the course of the character's lives. I find Clary too cowardly and whiny here but I can't blame her. After all she was pushed into a world she didn't know existed. Well, the tension between Jace and Clary is so wrong since they are siblings but I wasn't surprised (not because my sister already told me about it...well, sort of) if they aren't, at least I want to know the back story. There are lots of things I want to know especially the unbelievable turn of events on Simon's condition, the truth about Jace and Clary and the inquisitor's last words to Jace which I hope would be all answered in the third book. 

Till the next read...

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