Book Review: City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

My mini-review:

“Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.”

In retrospect, I am now extremely grateful that I started out with The Infernal Devices. I believe TID set the mood for me to really appreciate, or at least try to appreciate, The Mortal Instruments series. This second book was a huge improvement from City of Bones, and I’m happy that a certain someone‘s true lineage is slowly coming to light. I knew there was something I liked about him.

★★★ (3.5 stars) for keeping my dreams filled with a substantial amount of angels to counterbalance the numerous demons.

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