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{City of Ashes: Cassandra Clare}City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Series: Mortal Instruments
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 25, 2008
Genres: Movie Adaptation, Supernatural, TV Adaptation, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Hardcover
Source: Store Bought
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{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? 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.

{My thoughts} – This book like the first was a very nice read. I enjoyed the storyline and the introduction of the new clues that are placed strategically throughout the book. The description of the world is like any other, and is well worth getting lost in. I could read these over and over again because they truly are amazing.

This book is a bit out there but it is worth the read. Throughout the entire book Clary and Jace struggle with their attraction for one another. They feel it is wrong, yet at the same time it seems so right to them. The heart essentially wants what the heart wants. Simon also goes through some life changing events in this book. For the most part it is a good read and I enjoyed it as well as would probably read it again in the future.

Final Conclusion: 4 Star Rating.