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

I’ve been on a Shadowhunters television binge, and felt the need to reread the series. So here we are, book 2! The intensity builds between our main characters. Longing and denial. Disgust and hunger. But they aren’t left to focus on their feelings for long. Valentine strikes again.

Jace is finding parts of himself he never knew existed while losing who he thought he was. His life is being split in every direction and you can’t help but feel for this sixteen year old boy who is filled with stubbornness and tenacity.

While Jace is coming apart at the seems and unsure of his own identity, Clary is trying to meld who she thought she was into who she now realizes she is supposed to be. No longer just a mundane, she works to be involved with those of her “kind”. But when they refuse to see her as more than an ordinary human, she’s pushed to take matters into her own hands.

She felt the brush of his lips, light at first, and her own opened automatically beneath the pressure. Almost against her will she felt herself go fluid and pliant, stretching upward to twine her arms around his neck the way that a sunflower twists toward light. His arms slid around her, his hands knotting in her hair, and the kiss stopped being gentle and became fierce, all in a single moment like tinder flaring into a blaze.

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*squeals*

It’s so incredibly difficult to review books that are part of a series! There’s a lot of detail and things to discuss in the story itself, but I can’t spoil it for those who have not read these yet. So… Read the series, and find me on social media so we can talk about ALL THE THINGS.

Rating: 4 stars!

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24885524Clary 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.

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