1582996Looooooots of teen girl heartache and angst here in the second installment of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Claire.

Poor Clary, in love with her brother, wanting to be in love with her best friend and both spurning her in the end, albeit with good intentions.

And of course we all know what the road to hell is paved with.

But lots of surprises too.  Demons, blood rituals, angel blades, and faerie deals, City of Ashes is nothing if not interesting.  And as is the case in these things, brother/sister team Clary and Jace discover that daddy dearest (who also happens to be the antagonist of the series) wasn’t entirely truthful in their parentage, or even how many siblings they have.

But of course all this is hinted at and alluded to so you really have no choice but to keep reading the series.  Not that I mind in the least, it addresses a lot of common issues among teens, especially young men.  One thing I was impressed with was the fact that one of the fighters in this series is gay and is trying his best to hide it from everyone.  First time I’ve seen this in a teen book so far.

So far I’m quite enjoying the Mortal Instruments series, something I never expected to have happen since teen books don’t often hold my attention like this.

But before we continue with this series, let’s finish up Dragon Age with the latest installment Final Flight by Liane Merciel.

20613610The Grey Wardens are heroes across Thedas once again: the Archdemon has been defeated with relative ease and the scattered darkspawn are being driven back underground.  The Blight is over.  Or so it seems.

Valya, a young elven mage recently recruited into the Wardens, has been tasked with studying the historical record of previous Blights in order to gain insight into newly reported, and disturbing, darkspawn phenomena.  Her research into the Fourth Blight leads her to an encoded reference scrawled in the margins of an ancient map, and to the hidden diary of Issenya, one of the last of the fabled griffon riders.  As the dark secrets buried in Isseyna’s story unfold, Valya begins to question everything she thought she knew about the heroic Grey Wardens. . . .