Friday, November 19, 2010

City of Bones The Mortal Instruments

Basic Information
Title: City of Bones
Publisher/Published date: March 27th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry
Author: Cassandra Clare
Rating: 4 out of 5
Pages: 485


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. . . .


Cassandra Clare obviously put a lot of thought not only into the characters, her settings, and most of all her plot that seems to have more twists and turns than a maze! At first I thought it would just be another love story between a human (Clary Fray) and someone connected to the supernatural world (Jace ...?). But as it turns out their relationship is one of the most shocking that I have yet to read. My jaw actually dropped a few times. I thought her story was original, and I love how she crafted the history of the Shadowhunters. Clare has diverse characters of all ethnicities and sexual orientations and even though Jace and Clary were the main characters a lot of the other characters played big roles. Also, her cover artwork is beautiful and each book features a different character!

Unfortunately, I felt that sometimes her characters were weak or, in Clary's case, a bit whiney. I had also hoped that the prejudice between Downworlders and Nephilim would not have taken so long to end. Even in the City of Glass the Shadowhunters were very slow to accept the help of the werewolves, warlocks, and fairies. Some of her ideas such as the romantic love triangles were a bit predictable as well. All in all, it's not the greatest book I have ever ever ever read in my life, but I still found it an enjoyable break from the books that I needed to read for school.

XoXo~ Baylee ~

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