The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes book review

I have a complicated relationship with The Mortal Instruments series. On one hand, I seriously don`t understand the hype surrounding it and I notice all its flaws. But I also get so hooked on the story, that even hours after reading a chapter all I can think of is: What will happen next? And while I`m not a big fan of the main characters, this series has some of my all-time favourite secondary characters, like Magnus Bane or Simon.

This book follows the events from the first book, so I`ll try to explain as much as possible, without giving away any spoilers. Valentine, now in the possession of the Mortal Cup, is seeking to build an army to fight the Clave and finish his plans. The Shadowhunters must stop him, but to do that, they must find a way to work together. 

I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one! I still found Clary annoying, but at least now she was tolerable. Jace`s story was my favourite; I just loved his interactions with Valentine. Funny thing: I think his character has so much more potential when he is not around Clary. In their scenes, he just comes across as the love sick puppy/bad boy; I don`t care much about him. However, when he is around other people, I enjoy his personality a lot more. Am I the only one?

I think that one of the main reason I liked this book better, was that the secondary characters got their stories. Something cool happens to Simon, Alec finally shows some emotion; we get more of Magnus Bane...and then nothing! All these stories were sacrificed for more teen angst/love moments between Jace and Clary. And reading this book I got really frustrated, because I was forced to care for this ship, when in fact I didn`t. I know I`m in the minority, most people love them together, but to me, their insta-love feels forced.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 on Goodreads. Some parts annoyed me, some parts were great, but overall I enjoyed the story, and I can`t wait to see what happens next.

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