Friday, August 2, 2013

The Mortal Instruments Read-A-Long: Day 2

I'm really excited to be a part of this read-a-long. From August 1st to August 21st there will be a post recapping a chapter from City of Bones and something extra that relates to the series. Make sure you stop by all the blogs!

Chapter 2 Recap

Secrets and Lies

Chapter 2 starts off with Clary attempting to draw a "dark prince". Afterwards, Clary talks to her best friend, Simon, over the phone and complains about her mother. Simon and Clary end up deciding to go to Eric's poetry reading because Simon promised that he would. Before Simon shows up to take Clary to the poetry reading, Luke and Jocelyn come home. Jocelyn tells Clary that they are taking a vacation to the farmhouse, which makes Clary upset because she already has plans. The conversation that takes place between the three characters hints that Jocelyn and Luke are keeping something from Clary. When Simon shows up, Clary and Jocelyn are having an argument about their "vacation". While out with Simon, Jocelyn tries to call Clary multiple times, but due to their fight, Clary refuses to answer the phone. Throughout the chapter, Clary sees some strange and possibly supernatural creatures.

Quotes from Chapter 2
"Is this Clarissa Fray?" The voice on the other end of the phone sounded familiar, though not immediately identifiable.
Clary twirled the phone cord nervously around her finger. "Yeees?"
"Hi, I'm one of the knife-carrying hooligans you met last night in Pandemonium? I'm afraid I made a bad impression and was hoping you'd give me a chance to make it up to--"
"SIMON!" Clary held the phone away from her ear as he cracked up laughing. "That is so not funny!"
"Sure it is. You just don't see the humor."
-Clary & Simon

He turned around. His eyes, very blue behind the glasses, rested on her with a look of firm affection. "Clary, you're an artist, like your mother. That means you see the world in ways that other people don't. It's your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn't make you crazy--just different. There's nothing wrong with being different."

"Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
"Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."
-Luke & Simon

Meet Jace

Jace Lightwood is one of the main characters of The Mortal Instruments. He is a Shadowhunter currently residing in the New York Institute.

"Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?"
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of Haven, my one true love remains myself."
"At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting."
-Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

  • Jace is left-handed and can play the piano
  • He can speak Romanian, Latin, Italian, and probably some more languages-source
  • He's also fluent in sarcasm
  • He is extremely well read and can quote literary passages-source
  • Jace, like Will Herondale, hates ducks
  • Jace has about four different last names throughout the series
  • He considers the Lightwoods his family but he isn't related to them
  • He is one of the best Shadowhunters of his generation
  • Jace is described as a "fair boy" and Clary compares him to a lion
  • He is one of the first Shadowhunters that Clary meets


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TMI Read-A-Long Schedule

August 2nd- Chapter 2 recap + meet Jace (here!)
August 11th- Chapter 11 recap + my favorite Clary quotes
                        Chapter 22 recap + Shadowhunter runes
August 21st- Chapter 23 & Epilogue + Merchandise

Make sure you head to Jessica's blog Ramblings on Readings tomorrow for a Chapter 3 recap and a meet Simon post. And head to Kayla's blog Ramblings of a Book Junkie if you missed yesterday's post.

What is your favorite thing about Jace? What did you like about chapter 2?


  1. Love your post Erika! Thanks so much for participating! By the way, I love your slideshow at the top! Is that a widget in Blogger?

    1. Thanks! And no it's not a widget in Blogger

  2. I like Jace for his Hamletic complexity, so many layers in him. Well, he is a fierce warrior, while Hamlet rejects action and violence. But I do think Jace has a Hamletic personality, introverted and conflicted. Hamlet hides his fears and uncertainties behind his fake madness, Jace hides his fragility behind his armour of sarcasm, stoicism, bravery and cockiness. That's just a facade and who read all the books well knows that. Anyway, I love both Jace's sides, his being cheeky and sarcastic as well as his being extremely tender and vulnerable. He is the kind of hero my truly romantic nature is drawn to love.

  3. Great recap and quotes! I'm enjoying this tour!

  4. Nice! This is Jessica from Ramblings on Readings from Day 3 stopping by and saying hey! ! LOVE the quotes :) There are so many quotable moments in these books! New follower on BlogLovin and GFC!


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