Welcome to Day Two of Cassandra Clare Week!! Let's start Day 2 with some links. You can follow Cassandra Clare on Twitter HERE. You really should. I love reading her tweets while I work on the computer in the evenings. She is SO funny and SO nice. Sometimes, she even slips us a little sneak peak into up coming books and she answers questions. (Over the weekend she was tweeting pictures from the shoot for the City of Fallen Angels book trailer!) But make sure you check out her WEBSITE first and read the Frequently Asked Questions Section, it'll save you (and her) some time. If you're like me and -EEK!- over 21, you should check out Mundie Moms. The girls who run it are great and it's a wonderful place to find LOTS of information, including FORUMS. Miss Clare also has a blog HERE. Whew!! There are more sites out there but this will give you a jumping off point to explore the world of The Mortal Instruments.
Today I'll be reviewing book 2 of the Mortal Instruments Series: City of Ashes. First, the cover: how beautiful is Clary on this cover?! In City of Ashes, Clary continues to work towards saving her mother now that she knows what she is and why she can see the hidden world of the Shadowhunters. Over the course of the story, we see Clary working with her new Shadowhunter friends (and Simon!) to find a cure for her mom and to stop her dad from killing Downworlders for a sick ritual. The group goes into the Faerie Realm, destroys a ship and Simon becomes a part of the hidden world of Downworlders and Shadowhunters. We learn new things about Jace and Clary and their abilities, too.
This book has some GREAT scenes. We learn more about Alec and Magnus. Magnus has some really good lines and he shows himself to be a good person, even if he is a Downworlder. Simon goes through a pretty traumatic situation and Clary tries her best to be a good friend to him, through it all. There is a crazy fight scene on a boat, an attempted jail break, an actual jail break, awesome Runes, and lots of werewolves. I really love Alec and Magnus- it's just an interesting idea, a 20 year old Shadowhunter and an 800-ish year old Warlock. Magnus has seen so much and Alec so little but somehow... it works. I also like that Simon gets more play in this book over City of Bones. I get that Clary isn't into him like a boyfriend but Simon can now be a part of this world that Clary inhabits- whether he likes it or not. But at least they don't have to completely lose one another. I also appreciated seeing some more from Isabelle. She is bad-ass. Truly. All around, this book is a great continuation of the story that began in City of Bones. Again, I highly recommend it. Now for some of my favorite passages from the book:
"I've got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?"
A pair of werewolves occupied another booth. They were eating raw shanks of lamb and arguing about who would win in a fight: Dumbledore from the Harry Potter Books or Magnus Bane.
"Dumbledore would totally win," said the first one. "He has the badass Killing Curse."
The second lycanthrope made a trenchant point. "But Dumbledore isn't real."
"I don't think Magnus Bane is real either," scoffed the first. "Have you ever met him?"
Isabelle looked dubious. "Mom and Dad won't be pleased if they find out."
"That you freed a possible criminal by trading away your brother to a warlock who looks like a gay Sonic the Hedgehog and dresses like the Child Snatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon Inquired. "No, probably not."