Monday, August 19, 2013

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 27, 2007)
Genre: YA Fantasy

Format: Ebook/Print
Length: Novel
Source: Purchased

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know ....

Teaser: We grew up in Idris. It’s a beautiful place, and I’ve always regretted that you’ve never seen it: You would love the glossy pines in winter, the dark earth and cold crystal rivers. [79% Ebook. Idris does sound beautiful.]

Review: Clary Fray learns of a world beyond the mundane in Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones.

Clare creates her world within a world starting in New York City. I enjoyed the different paranormal creatures she uses from vampires to werewolves to warlocks. The world building weaves the normal with the extraordinary. The history of the Shadowhunters fascinated me, and I would like to learn more about them.

The plot went about at a steady pace, although at times I thought the writing, although beautiful, was a tad overwritten and could’ve been snappier in places. Readers of Harry Potter will notice some similarities, but City of Bones has its many differences to make it its own story.

I had a hard time connecting with Clary, the main character at first, because she seemed a bit spacey and unfocused on the dangers of the situation she was in, but I did like how her character grew within the story. Jace was all right until toward the end. I liked the snarkier more arrogant version. Simon, the geek and Clary’s BFF, and Magnus Bane, a flamboyant warlock, were by far my favorite characters. I would’ve liked to see more of the villain of the story, Valentine.

Overall, I enjoyed reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and would pick up book two.

Four Bookworms = I really liked it!