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City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two | [Cassandra Clare]

City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.
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Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter. Not to mention that someone in New York is killing Downworlders and draining their blood, creating a climate of suspicion that sends Downworld Manhattan to the brink of civil war.

When the Silent Brothers are murdered and the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Sword of Souls, is stolen, the terrifying Inquisitor is dispatched from Idris to investigate. She clearly harbors a personal grudge against Jace, and she drives a wedge between him and his adoptive family. When Clary's romance with her best friend, Simon, starts to heat up, Jace feels abandoned. But has he, as the Inquisitor accuses, joined up with his father?

Then Simon is turned into a vampire and kidnapped by Valentine, who intends to sacrifice him as part of a bloody ritual that will make the Mortal Instruments his own forever. Jace knows he needs to save Simon's life, for Clary's sake. But what if he's too late? What if Valentine has already made the Mortal Instruments his own?

©2008 Cassandra Claire, LLC; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, the author bounces around to much for me. One book doesn't flow into the other. She needs to work on transition.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Again I hate her transition from one book to another and I dont like the jump from one characters storyline to the other.


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Moore – was your favorite?

    Idk, but she did a good job.


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    Cindy Layton, UT, United States 10-29-12
    Cindy Layton, UT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Why play up the incest angle"

    I couldn't give this a good review because of the whole incest angle. Too bad. Yucky and creepy-take it out and you have yourself a great story

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    "JUST WRONG!!!!"

    Ok so I have not read the entire series, I was not all that impressed with the first book. So I thought I would be fair and give this one a try. I just found it to be wrong. When you have been making out with a guy, and then you find out he is you'r brother...... UMMM that should be the end of you making out with him and wanting him.... But noooo its just odd to me. I have not finished the series, but I really hope these two turn out not being related.

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    Michelle United States 12-29-11
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    "Least action of all the books"

    Too much dialogue and not enough action. BUT still a great read and necessary for the series.

    Ugh! The narrator makes every character sound like a 90210 kid. "like oh. my. god." she's especially horrible when it comes to Jace. He almosts sounds gay and he's not so its hard to see him as Clary's (the main character) love interest.

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    Justin wilmington, NC, USA 06-13-10
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    Not much to say, if you like the first one you should like this one. Be sure to read the first book first.

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