Saturday, September 26, 2009

Review: City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments: Book Two by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Ashes The Mortal Instruments :Book Two
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: McElderry
Publication Date: March 24, 2009

Summary: 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 her mother is to track down rouge 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 is Jace is willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?
The second book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy is finished. And it was just as amazing as the first book.
The cover and title are just as mystifying as the summery is. And I think all of that put together can pull anyone into reading this book. But of course you have to read the first book to understand what happens in book.
The plot was wonderful and the pace of the book was good too. The chapters kept me entwined in the book and in that world and it was a joy ride. For the plot, as always, I loved the surprises and twists and turns that Ms. Clare presented. I think one thing that changes the book were the new characters and the new information we were given. The new stream of events kept the plot moving fast but the speed fit the dialogue and story.
I liked that fact that Clary has mastered the new information she has learned about herself (trying not to spoil the book) and how she uses it. The changes in Simon were quiet unexpected but in a very good way. I’m personally glad Simon came back into the story and Ms. Clare just didn’t throw him out completely.
This book was wonderful and I recommend this book to everyone!

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