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Review: Mortal Instruments #2: City of Ashes (Cassandra Clase)

The Deets: 
Audience: YA
Pages: 453
Publisher: March 25th 2008 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781416914297
Genre: magic, paranormal, paranormal romance, series
Source: Library copy



City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)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?




I can start checking this series off my TBR list. Woo! At 500+ pages, these take a bit of time to read, or at least a whole day for me. It's been a while since I read City of Bones, so it was nice to jump right in to the story again. The setting for this series is one of my favorites (next to Savannah for Beautiful Creatures). I would be stating the obvious to say how original this series is. You already know that because you probably read the books when they came out eons ago.

I'm a fickle creature. I do not like to wait for book releases if they are part of a series. I wait until the whole series is out so I can chain read all the books in one go. I did that with Beautiful Creatures, Hunger Games, and a few others. The only series that I read as they were published were Divergent (and we know how that turned out!) and The Darkest Minds books (plus a few others). I'm just so impatient; it's a character flaw.

Because I know my flaws, I can recognize something that is going to set me off. I really feel that books that are edging near 500 pages are risky because that's a lot of stuff to put in a book. I feel like I have a great attention span, but even I start losing interesting around page 400 or so. I am finding that these books are no exception to that, either. Luckily, though, there is enough tension with the characters that keeps me reading. (Yay, Simon!)

So, I'm not going to say much about City of Ashes because it's already been said. You can read the gazillion reviews on Amazon or Goodreads.  I did just want to say that I'm enjoying the series so far, and I'm glad I'm finally reading it. I can see why there is a cult following to these books, and I might just have to jump on that bandwagon myself.





















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Product Details

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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Square Fish (August 21, 2007)
ISBN-10: 9780312369828
Source: My personal book


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