Saturday Series: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) 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 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.

Do not read this review if you haven't read the previous book!!!

Finding out the love of your life is actually your brother, talk about awkward. While this bit of information is trying to sink in, Clary tries turn her life back to normal, as much as that is possible. Somehow this involves dating Simon. Yeah, I'm not seeing it either.

Now her mom is still in a coma and they really have no clue, traditional or paranormal, how to fix this. When the inquisitor shows up at the institute, it seems this is the least of her problems. To say the inquisitor is pissed, is putting it mildly. She believes Jace was in it all along and that he's Valentine's spy inside the Institute and the Clave.

She is not alone in this, a lot of people believe Jace at least knew something. Jace feels betrayed by his family, the Lightwoods and doesn't really know where he belongs anymore. Meanwhile someone is killing Downworlders, making it look like vampire murders. They try to investigate, but the focus of the inquisitor seems more an Jace. And when Valnetine steals the Soul-Sword, Clary and her friends are once again on a mission to find Valentine.

I really liked the action and the overall fast pace. Though there is a great balance between that action and the more quiet, emotional parts in the book. Clary struggles with her feelings for Jace and Simon. It's hard for her to imagine how something that feels so good, is considered bad. Meanwhile Jace is also struggling with those feelings and he also has trouble matching Valentine with the man who raised him.That feeling of not belonging and mostly not knowing who he really is, keeps resurfacing.

Jace and Clary try to keep a certain distance between them, but it really is torturing. Cassandra Clare is really putting them through the wringer. For now I'm just going with it, but I really hope things will change for them.

What I really liked about this one, was the struggles Jace was dealing with. There were once again a couple of moments where we got to see things from his POV and it was pretty heartbreaking.

Cassandra follows through with her books. This was a great sequel, with plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Her books are addictive!!!

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The Author
Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.
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