City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5 Stars
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: I really love this series. Cassandra has a way of surprising me that recent books have not. Lately it has become easier and easier to predict what is coming but not with this series. I was a bit disappointed when the revelation of Jace and Clare being siblings and even now aggravates me. I highly doubt this book is about incest though so I have a feeling Valentine is a filthy liar. Not really a surprise to anyone at this point, I guess. If you are surprised then you are horrible at reading between the lines and catching on to the foreshadowing. Anyway, my favorite party of this whole thing is Simon. Even though the situation sucks for him and everything, his life has changed and it sure was not a bad thing. I love him more than I did in the first one. Before he was the shy, best friend who had a hard time sharing his feelings and now he is much more than that! I won’t give any of the details. I really do hate spoilers. Anyway,