Friday 6 July 2012

REVIEW, City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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City of Ashes
Series: Mortal Instrument, # 2
Pub: 2008, Walker Books Ltd.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Cat: fantasy & Magical realism/fiction
Format: paperback (mid); 442 pp w/ 24 chapters
Age Range: YA

With her mother in a coma and her father hellbent on destroying the world, Clary Fray is dragged deeper into New York City’s terrifying underworld of werewolves, demons and the mysterious Shadowhunters. Discovering the truth about her past was only the beginning. Now the fate of the world rests on Clary’s shoulders, but can she master her new-found powers and control her feelings for a boy who can never be hers?
The first time I read this, so the quick words that I wrote down about the book I said that I loved it the most (of the trilogy) mostly because of the other characters.

Now if you don’t know what this one is about, it’s a follow on story to the last book, starts pretty much right off the bat from the last and follows Clary as she says yes to dating Simon though not really, while she pouts and is generally miserable by the fact that Jace is her brother (—shit, spoiler, sorry), that too and Jace doesn’t help any because he’s always in a crap mood.
It doesn’t help that their father has come back and Jace is getting ‘investigated’ about his upbringing and who did it.
They go to the fairy caught where Simon ends up jealous and storming out and...well that’s more spoilers for those who haven’t read it, and I’m not doing that again.

What I truly liked, and I believe I did the first time, but it was caught up in the newness, the stories and the way things went.
I really liked Alec this book went into him a little, not so much his mind but a lot of the character plots shifted off Clary and Jace and what we were left with was Alec—there were others but Alec was the one that stood out to me. I liked his unsureness as he grew into something, but he’s not really sure what that is.
The fairy court was cool to, maybe two of my favourite parts.

It’s very much a middle story, threw the action and the plots, it twist so that we are given what we need, a bit of a back story and what’s to come and those glimpse hold you in the series making you need the next.
I really like the series, and though it’s been overly loved by the community it’s worth the phrased. It’s worth even word. They are well written and gripping with enough going threw it that there isn’t a boring moment. This one has the added bonus of laugher that gets you laughing out loud, and the looks that go with it.

City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls, City of Heavenly Fire

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