Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Review - City of Bones

Title - City of Bones
Author - Cassandra Clare 
Series - The Mortal Instruments
Genre - YA Paranormal
Format - Paperback
Published - April 2009
Publisher - Margaret K. McElderry Books


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. . . 


Clary has no idea that her night out with Simon is going to be the night that everything changes. Pushing Clary into a world she knows nothing about when she witnesses the death of a demon.  Clary is shoved into a world where stuff of nightmares walks the earth, while humans are oblivious to their very existence. Shadowhunters have long protected the humans from the humans so they are equally shocked to encounter a mundane that can see them. 

When her mother is suddenly taken from her she sets out to find the strangers whom only she can see and save her mother. Clary is sucked into the world her mother has worked hard to protect her from, learning that her mother has kept secrets about herself, her father and who she really is. As Clary uncovers more truths she sets out to find the mortal cup hoping to trade it for her mother but when it’s taken from her by someone she can trust. When an old friend steps in to help save her mother they will head into battle risking it all only to learn that some long buried secrets are still out there waiting to be discovered.

I like Clary she wants to find her mom even if it means risking her own life. She’s a strong passionate character with lots of potential to grow into someone amazing. The author did an awesome job creating characters that are easy to connect with, who you either just love or just hate their guts. I know I have a few in the book I wanted to see killed off. However that’s what makes a good book if it was all happy and easy the story the characters would be boring. I like the idea of Simon as a potential guy for Clary he’s been there for her when she needs him even if he is just a mundane. Clary is kick ass on her own she which I also enjoy, fighting demons and taking numbers. I'm looking forward to reading more of Clary’s story and seeing how she turns out when it’s all said and done.

I knew it was time to join the masses and check out City of Bones. It doesn't help that its movie is due out in just a week either or that my hubby said I’d never read it. Ironically we are both reading the book at the same time.  I love that the author created a world where humans as well as things that go bump in the night live together. The concept for the Shadowhunters is new and exciting, the way that they use their weapons or runes to living in an alternate world.  A truly unique idea that creates an intricately woven story filled with mystery, romance, action and twists that keep you guessing till the end. City of Bones is beautiful written it tells the story of Clary in a way that you feel like your right there with her experiencing everything she does. I had a hard time putting City of Bones down, I actually stayed up late reading only to pass out and finish the next morning. I also felt like I could ramble all day writing this review so I tried really hard to keep all the spoilers out. With great characters, a fantastic story it’s no wonder there is so much love for the mortal instruments series. I look forward to checking out the rest of the series, plus can’t wait for the movie. 
5 out of 5 

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