BONUS BOOK: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, Book 2) by Cassandra Clare

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“She thought of the satisfaction it would have brought Magnus to say the words out loud, to acknowledge what the truth was, and the fact that he hadn’t said them – had let Alec go on lying and pretending – because that was what Alec wanted, and Magnus cared about Alec enough to give him that.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “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? Clary would love to spend more time with her best friend, Simon. But the Shadowhunters won’t 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. When the second of the Mortal Instruments is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor suspects Jace. Could Jace really be willing to betray everything he believes in to help their father?”

Review: After reading City of Ashes, the second book in the six-part Mortal Instruments series, I am happy to say that this novel was definitely an improvement when compared to its predecessor, City of Bones (see review here: https://bannedbookbrigade.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/bonus-book-city-of-bones-the-mortal-instruments-book-1-by-cassandra-clare/). City of Ashes not only benefited from improved character development and additional elaborate twists, but it also managed to progress the plot without feeling too rushed (unlike City of Bones). While there are still areas that definitely need improvement (ex. the reasoning behind certain character DECISIONS is never addressed or explained), City of Ashes made me glad that I decided to stick with this series. I’m a big fan of the legend and lore in the Shadowhunter world and, despite little prior interest in books concerning angels/demons (although I’ve always been a fan of werewolves, vampires, and faeries), I can now say that I’m officially hooked. Touché, Cassandra Clare.

Rating:

Four_Star

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