Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

(summary from goodreads)

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.... 

Review: The Mortal Instruments was the series that made me absolutely love Cassandra Clare, and as the first in a series, City of Bones was wonderful.  

It took quite a while for me to get into this book, but that was mainly because of the amount of detail in the book and the world building. Which brings me to one of the reasons for this series' awesomeness, it was an incredible and unique would that Clare built beautifully. 

At first, Clary got on my nerves. But after the first few chapters I really started to like her. I think Simon made a good friend and there should definitely be more of him in the future. I loved Jace and his snarkiness, but perhaps he needs to tone down said snarkiness. Also, Church, the cat. I love Church. 

I definitely did not see the end coming, and although I don't necessarily like the twist, it was a good one.

Overall, this book was pretty fantastic. So you should read it. Now.  

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