Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Review for City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA Paranormal
Pages: 485

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. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The Good, The Bad, The Krazyness…

I was a little unsure of how I would like this popular series by Cassandra Clare when I first checked it out from the library. Many people say that it’s a great series even though they think The Infernal Devices is better but in my case I have already read the Infernal Devices and, though I liked them, they just didn’t hook me;  That turned out not to be the case here.

The author paints us an intriguing world of the supernatural that’s woven delicately within our own. We are introduced to the policing force called the Shadowhunters; mortals with some angel blood charged with protecting the human race from the supernatural creatures called Downworlders. They have their own mother city and live by their own laws. All across the world they have institutes set up so that the Shadowhunters can more easily keep an eye on the Downworlders. I love the concept and execution of Clare’s world. It feels so real and if I had any higher suspension of disbelief I would be keeping my eyes out for krazy faeries or pointy ears.

At the beginning of the book we are introduced to Clary Frey who thought her problems consistent only of school and fights with her mother, until she witnesses a murder that no human was ever supposed to see. Though Clary may be seen as a damsel in distress because she needs saving from certain Downworlders, she is hardly a weak female. I love Clary’s strength and determination and willingness to do what is needed. Unlike some cringe-worthy teen characters I thought that Clary was very aware of her limits and would listen to others when they told her to “stay behind me”. Jace is your typical badboy with a reckless streak and a wall around his heart. The hunt is his life and he’s not exactly a people person. Anyone who’s not a Shadowhunter he calls either “Downworlder” or “Mundie” (human). Clary finds him irritating right off and they spend a lot of time arguing, which could be interpreted as flirting, while some of the others in their life look on longingly. Yes, I am talking about a love triangle… or a couple of them… yeah. If you’ve read my reviews you know I hate love triangles mostly because they break my heart. I especially feel sorry for the best friend type of character who never seems to stand a chance.

This book was definitely a page turner but I couldn’t help but feel that the writing wasn’t as polished as it could have been. Sometimes I felt like I was in one of my creative writing classes and I kept wanting to mark sentence and description that I thought were repetitious or didn’t work. I also notice a lot of metaphors. I don’t mind a few every now and then but I noticed enough to irritate me a little. I also didn’t care for the big shocking twist at the end. It was very uncomfortable and I thought unnecessary. Though it wasn’t really a show for me because I stupidly read the summary for the second book before I read this one; I hate when I find spoilers in the There was also a smaller twist not long before this one that I had actually predicted but it was cool and added some great tension that can be used throughout the series.

Krush of the Book: There were so many guys in this book that were completely crushable! We have the badboy, the sweet nerd, the krazy warlock, and the quiet hunter. But I gotta tell you guy’s, while I liked the others, I was totally crushing on Luke! He was just so cool and he owned a bookstore I couldn’t help it! Who was your crush of the book?
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  1. I read the first chapter online, out of curiosity, and I've never felt the desire to read any more.

    Plus, as a longtime member of the online Harry Potter fandom, I just can't get myself to tolerate Cassandra Clare... Google her and you'll see what I'm talking about.

    1. Yeah, I think some first chapters lack the "hook" that I keep hearing about in class but I try to read a couple chapters before I decided on a book.
      lol, I normally try not to let author's actions get in the way of me reading their book, most of the time the only thing I know about them is their name, but I'll look her up sometime.

  2. Great review! I've checked out the first few chapters of this book but they've failed to excite me. In contrast, however, I've loved the Infernal Devices series and I've found them really interesting and I absolutely love that I guess Clare is a bit of a hit-and-miss author for me. Really like your blog-new follower! :)

    Nicole @ Teenage Fiction

    1. Thanks for the follow! I would agree that Clare is a hit-and-miss author. It always takes me a while to warm up to her writing style. Glad you like the Infernal Devices though!

  3. Hahahah I have to admit that I totally hated this one after I finished it, mainly because of the twist at the end!!! I'm definitely glad I kept reading though, this series is AWESOME!!! Great review :D

    1. Thanks! I know, that ending was terrible! I probably would have stopped reading if I hadn't already owned the 2nd book and it's mostly redeemed itself so I'm happy!