Monday, February 8, 2010
"Other crack teams get bat boomerangs and wall-climbing powers; we get Aquatruck"
Gack! Give away of the century!! That's right folks, this story turns X-men right away, right down to the old school yellow and black unitards (notice how much that word looks like retard? I'm just saying that maybe it suggests a little something about adding one to your wardrobe). But seriously... I'm just pulling your leg, there is an aquatruck, but Magnus is running it so it's still super hip and cool, a la Shadowhunter/downworlder.
Book two of The Mortal Instruments, does not suffer the lull that middle books can often fall into in a three parter. Just like book one, City of Ashes is a fast paced, breathlessly exciting read. With more daemons, more shocking discoveries, and of course that nasty little love triangle which has gotten oh, so awkward in light of Valentines news at the end of City of Bones .
Alec and Isabelle's parent's and younger brother Max have returned, but not with good news. The Inquisitor is fast on their heels, and she's as bad as her name suggests, zeroing on Jace in the most unpleasant manner. Things have gone from bad to disaster at an alarming rate and Clary is going to have to pull her weight amongst the shadowhunters and downworlds if the people she cares about are going to survive Valentines machinations.
If you even remotely enjoyed book one of the series, City of Bones , you'll love City of Ashes . And I feel compelled to say, there is an absolutely bone chilling incident in the the actual city of bones in this book that still creeps me out a little. Make sure you have book three on hand way before you'll think you need it; you'll be shocked how quickly you work you're way through the 496 pages.
In keeping with my first post I'm also including some great quotes from the book, just for your giggling pleasure.
"'I don't want to be a man,' said Jace. 'I want to be an angst-ridden teenager who can't confront his own inner demons and takes it out verbally on other people instead.'"
"‘Well, I’m not kissing the mundane,’ said Jace. ‘I’d rather stay down here and rot.’
‘Forever?’ said Simon. ‘Forever’s an awfully long time.’
Jace raised his eyebrows. ‘I knew it,’ he said. ‘You want to kiss me, don’t you?’"
""You Might want to lie down," Magnus advised. "I find that it helps when the crushing sense of horrible realization sets in.""
""How did you get Magnus to let Jace leave?"
"Traded him for Alec," Clary said.
Isabelle looked mildly alarmed. "Not permanently?"
"No," said Jace. "Just for a few hours. Unless I don't come back," he added thoughtfully. "In which case, maybe he does get to keep Alec. Think of it as a lease with an option to buy."
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 Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?" Simon inquired. "No, probably not.""
City of Ashes , by Cassandra Clare
Published by McElderry, March 2009
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