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Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

“If you really love something, you never try to keep it the way it is forever. You have to let it be free to change.”

Name: City of Ashes

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 2 of The Mortal Instruments Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Following my goal of rereading the Mortal Instruments, comes City of Ashes. I was thoroughly surprised at how many things I had forgotten, hence it truly felt as if I was reading the book all over again and thus falling in love with the characters all over again. 

My happiest achievement in this sequel is that I was able to enjoy Clary and her point of view more. I still think she is somewhat a liability and has taken more time that I remembered to be strong and take hold of her life (she is a teenager though), but in this installment she really grew on me. She seemed stronger and more put together and I was happy that I gave her a chance and didn't write her off in the first book. She might not be my favorite heroine, but I know she's getting there. 

Jace was also surprising to me in this book in the sense that I forgot how much his dialogue made me laugh. I enjoyed reading through his point of view and remembering the tiny details here and there that made me laugh and adore this book so much the first time I read it. 

Another aspect I enjoyed was getting to know Magnus Bane more. I think when I read the series for the first time I focused a lot of Clary and Jace's relationship and even though it is still something I enjoyed in this installment (or their non relationship because they might be siblings dilemma ), I started focusing on the other characters as well. Isabelle disappeared a little on this one, and I can't wait to see more of here in the next books. However, I was able to see a lot of Magnus and Alec which I enjoyed so much. Magnus is an amazing character and I guess reading it first hand I kind of ignored him, now I see the great addition he is to the book. 

Simon is still not my cup of tea, and I don't think he ever was the first time I read the book and I doubt I will end up liking him this time around. 

“Clary- "How to Come Out to Your Parents," she read out loud. "LUKE. Don't be ridiculous. Simon's not gay, he's a vampire.” 

--- 5 stars ---