City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

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.

Review: Another book in this series that I was very late on. Again Cassandra thrusts you into her world, but this time a new character is introduced, Imogen. Imogen made me think very much of Umbridge from Harry Potter. They both jump to conclusions and they discover what is right and what is wrong throughout the story. None of the characters stand out to me except Alec so I'm looking forward to read more with him in it. I still don't like the Clary/Jace thing, but now things between Clary and Simon are complicated so I'm not really rooting for either of them. This is just another great YA modern fantasy novel and I look forward to reading City of Glass.

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