Title: City of Ashes ( The Mortal Instruments #2)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: Paperback (Walker books, Owned)
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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 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. (Goodreads)
My Thoughts: I’m glad to say that Clare didn’t disappoint me as the book is filled my adequate twists and turns which makes my heart beat faster each second. From this point I’m just gonna rant on and on about the book so its gonna be filled with spoilers. Before Simon turned into a vampire, i hated him to the core. He everytime just butts into a conversation which involves the topic of Shadowhunters and Downworlders and he’ll just jump into some random conclusion which makes me so irritated. Of why cant Clary see this irritating side of him. I guess the boyfriend-girlfriend love has blinded her. Good thing no matter how annoying Simon was, Jace didn’t blow his top off instead he just corrects Simon from that point on, which reduces the awkward silences. I guess i would like to see one and see what happens. He’s like a leech, clinging on to Clary almost every second. Seriously, even though she’s in a relationship which means being committed, doesn’t mean she does not need any personal space. I mean if someone were to cling onto me the whole day even if its somebody I’m close to, its kinda creepy. Okay, enough about Simon. Now moving on to the werewolf girl. She’s the girl version of Simon. She’s irritating, the way she spoke about Jace just irks me. Okay yeah, he didn’t give a damn about werewolves when one was murdered and from then on, she stereotypes Shadowhunters to be cocky like Jace is. Then, when vampire Simon meets Maia, both of them changed tremendously. Suddenly, the irritating switch in them is off. As they got closer and closer, Maia start to like Simon and that makes me angry. Cause the vampire Simon is much more mature and i want them to be together. I mean she knows that Simon and Clary are an item and she should jolly well not sabotouch their relationship. I admire the friendship Jace and Alec has. I envy them so much. Hahaha. I totally didnt expect Alec to release Jace form the Inqusitor’s prison. On the surface, he says that he doesn’t support Jace, but deep in his heart he does. I guess its Alec’s way of protecting and standing up for his friend. I kind of feel sad for him though, both his siblings, Max and Isabelle look up to Jace more than to him. I wondered if he ever felt that way. Speaking of Inqusitor, I HATE HER. Shouldn’t she be more professional to not let her personal feeling mix into her work life. Even worse, she took advantage of her position as an Inqusitor to get her revenge. Someone with such authority in the Clave, doing such dirty deeds. I guess Valentine was right when he said that the Clave needs reformation. They are no different from any government. And yes in terms of politics, they are just like us. I’m glad that Clare let us peek into the world of the fair folk – faeries. I get to understand them better instead of only knowing that they are species among the Downworlders. Hehe and we also get to look at the special abilities Clary and Jace has. For Clary being able to create new runes and as for Jace, jumping from great heights without hurting himself. This series can’t get any better.