Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Review of City of Bones

City of Bones: Mortal Instruments #1 
by Cassandra Clare
Pages: 485
Pub. Date: March 27, 2007
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads says, "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 Fray is a normal teenager living in New York City until one night she witnesses a murder at a night club.....a murder which only she can see!  That night Clary also encounters the Shadowhunters, whose sole purpose is to fight demons that roam the earth.  Clary is confused with the fact that she could see these Shadowhunters and the murder, yet no one else could- even her best friend, Simon, who was there with her at the night club.  Without giving away too much, Clary ends up involved with the Shadowhunters and thrown into their world. The author, Cassandra Clare, creates a literary world unlike any other I have been in.  Her story captivated me from the beginning and I was truly immersed in Clary's story.  Simpley said: I LOVED this book.

The characters that Clare created and the situations she put them in had me consumed. It was one of those books where I would be thinking about the characters and the plot even when I wasn't reading it!  This book is 485 pages and normally when a book is that long I find it to be self-indulgent and monotonous at times, but I wasn't bored for a second.  My favorite character, Jace, is a Shadowhunter whom Clary ends up meeting the night of the murder.  The witty dialogue between Clary and Jace had me laughing out loud.  I adored Jace's clever banter.  He had me at his first sardonic remark.  The main obstacle in Clary and Jace's relationship nearly destroyed me. Heartbreaking. I was fuming towards the end of this book and if you have read this novel, you know what I am referring to.  I'm hoping Clare will remedy this situation in the second book.  

Yes, Clare has a love triangle in this book, but it was done so well in my opinion. Normally the love triangle drives me nuts, but I thought it brought to light many characteristics about Simon/Clary/Jace that we normally wouldn't see.  How could you not root for the good guy, Simon?  He's everything a girl could want and he is Clary's most loyal friend.  I found myself rooting for him, but when it came down to it, I was ultimately on Team Jace. (This shouldn't be a surprise if you know me. I'm a huge Team Gale fan, which tends to upset people.)

I know many people compared this series to J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter.  Umm. Sure. I find J.K. Rowling to be extremely entertaining, but not exotic. At all.  City of Bones is like Harry Potter on steroids. This novel is an urban fantasy with way more edge.  Although the worlds that Clare and Rowling create are remarkable, I think the comparisons end there.  

After reading City of Bones, I immediately went on Amazon and bought the next two books in the series.  I hear there is a fourth book coming out March of 2011. I don't know too much about it though.  I also heard that there is a trilogy of prequels called the Infernal Devices, but since it's 145 years before City of Bones, many of the characters that I have come to love won't be in it.  Lastly, word on the street is that this book and/or series has been optioned by Unique Features. I think that this book would translate perfectly to the big screen!  With that said, I liked this book more than Twilight.  I would pick Jace over Edward any day. I'll try to stop gushing about this book for now, but if you haven't read it, you really need to! 

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  1. I loved this series - and my daughter is now reading it soo glad you enjoyed it! :) Great review..and I cant wait to hear what you think of the other 2 books!

  2. I loved this book! I have already bought the other two, either. One is on my tbr pile and the other is arriving in April. Great review! Hope you like the sequels!

  3. Thanks, guys! I am definitely addicted! :)

  4. Answering the comment... Oh, yeah. I really liked it! I may be posting a review on my blog soon. I've realized that a lot of bloggers are teachers. So cool! :)

  5. Wow, you definitely made me add this to my TBR. It sounds SO good! Harry Potter on steroids? Better than Twilight? I must have it!
    Alayne - The Crowded Leaf

  6. TOTALLY! I am such a huge fan of this series. I could not put this down and was pretty much crazy until I got the next instalment. Book 4 is not exactly part of the series. It is called City of Fallen Angels and will look at one character from the first three books but not the main one. I say no more because I will not give you spoilers but when you've finished and if you want to know more, just tweet me.

    Cassie Clare is also doing a prequel series: Infernal Devices. The first book - Clockwork Angel is out this year. I cannot wait. It is my most anticipated book of the year.

  7. Alayne- Yes! I LOVED it! I can't say enough about this book- it was fabulous! Thanks for checking out my review!

    Becky- Thanks for the heads up about Book Four and the prequel. I ordered Book 2 and 3 from Amazon so should be getting it soon. I am totally hooked and can't wait to read them! I should have known you would love this series since we have the same taste in books!

  8. I thought I was the last person in the world to have not yet read this book. And now that you have read it, I might well be. It is waiting patiently in my kindle.
    It sounds fabulous! I do love me some love triangles! :-)


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