City of Ashes (#2 of 6) by Cassandra Clare
Published Year: 2008
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Subtitle: Good, but not Great
The Mortal Instruments Series
Book 1: City of Bones
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?
Second book in the Mortal Instruments series and we have all of our favorites back, and our least favorites, of course. The fight against Valentine is more intense than ever as Clary and the others race against time to stop him.
Now, spoilers for book 1 ahead, but don't worry, I won't spoil book 2.
I can talk about the thing now, you know which thing. The sibling thing. This was largely the reason I didn't like the series the first time around. I still feel like this is a plot device for CC to keep Clary and Jace apart (we shall see), and I do think it was unnecessarily dragged out in this book. It just went on and on, the angst about how they feel about my sister/brother. And coming from someone who has a brother, btw, I did throw up in my mouth a little. But I mean, I can look beyond that to the other parts of the book. If I really just ignore it.
The world building is still fantastic, this book continues to build on the foundations of the first one without feeling like it's repetitive. CC has so much mythology to work with and she doesn't hesitate to delve deep into it!
Characters: Clary is magical with the runes but doesn't understand those fairies, Simon is vampin' it up but still loves Clary, Jace is a moody BAMF, Alec is in denial about Malec, I'm watching Isabelle whip it (now watch her nae nae?), Jocelyn is still asleep and Valentine is evil.
3.5 out of 5 stars.