City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The second book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy was just as exciting and edgy as the first book.  Clary struggles with who she really is and the life her mother wanted for her.  Relationships among friends are forever changing, for the better or worse?  New friends and strange alliances are formed.  Will she ever lead a normal life again?  Jace develops an understanding about family, is it only blood relations that determine family or not?  Simon enters a new world, develops confidence and new look on life – yet he continues to safeguard Clary as best he can.

This installment of the series kept me going and wanting to see beyond the pages that I was reading.  The book ended with such a cliffhanger that even the excerpt from the third book couldn’t answer it.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

In my opinion, the author is a great story-teller and has a knack for ending a section with you craving to know what happens next.  It’s a really great read and well written.  If you enjoy mystery, romance and the world of demons – it’s all here!


Ages: 14 and up

Clare, Cassandra. (2008).  City of Ashes. New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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