Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cassandra Clare has done it again. In City of Ashes, the second part to her ever-growing Mortal Instruments series, Clary, Jace, Izzy, Alec, Luke and Magnus are back to their magic- and drama-filled life in New York City. This time, there is a murderer on the loose who seems to be out to get Downworlders. If that wasn't bad enough, Jace is under investigation thanks to the events in City of Bones and the Inquistor sent from the Clave is not messing around.

I admit that this book was very hard to put down. Clare has an amazing ability to keep you on the edge of your seat with major events happening on almost every other page. Her writing is brilliant and she definitely knows how to keep a reader drawn in.

It seemed like a major portion of this book was focused on the definition of a family. The only thing that bothered me is that while the book focused on Jace's family, Clary's mother was mostly in the background. Due to the events in City of Bones, Jocelyn was left in a coma-like state. Though she was mentioned more in the beginning and the end, through most of the story she wasn't mentioned at all. I suppose she couldn't be a major character because she wasn't conscious, but I think it is safe to say that Clary would have been thinking about her mother quite a bit.

All in all, I loved this book and can't wait to get into City of Glass. Just like in City of Bones, Clare left the me dying to know what is next.

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