Wednesday, August 10, 2011

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Summary:

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 Review:

Some of you readers are probably going: WHAT IN THE WORLD? This guy gave the first book three stars and a pretty negative review, yet now he's saying this is one of his FAVORITES? No, i'm not bipolar:)

But OH MY GOSH, City of Ashes IS breathtaking. It has everything a book needs to have, i've organized a checklist for what books should have!


A romance that is NOT overpowering, yet troubled and noticabely real - CHECK
A villian so villianous you want to reach into the story and smack him - CHECK
Action sequences so nail-biting you almost scream - CHECK
Emotional twists to the main character that make you want to cry - TRIPLE CHECK
A protagonist who is strong yet not obnoxious and narrow-minded - DOUBLE CHECK
A plot so shocking you almost faint - INFINITY CHECK

I loved every single thing about City of Ashes, especially the relationship between Clary and Simon! But let me name two major points i just LOVED about City of Ashes:

Clary Fray - Finally, i thought Clary was going to stay a goody-goody, always-thinking, always-cautious, always-silent, always-shy, and SOMETIMES OUT OF NOWHERE strong-willed and courageous, but NO! Ms. Clare must've read some reviews while writing this, because Clary is not whiny anymore, she is a balanced personality, and i AM SO GLAD, because i've come to think Clary isn't all goody-goody!

The Emotion-Description - It kind of says it all. But when there is a shocking emotional turn from the loss of a friend or a dying friend, Ms. Clare does an AMAZING job of describing the pain without being-over-dramatic, but also while conveying that Clary or whoever else the story is told from is feeling sadness!



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