Tuesday, June 21, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare {15th]

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.

Title - City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Author - Cassandra Clare
Pages - 485
Paperback, Hardcover, eBook - Paperback
Published & Publisher - March 27th, 2007 ; Margaret K. McElderry Books
Source - Brought
Rating - 4.6/5

City of Bones was... not what I expected it to be. I mean that in the best way possible! 

It started out with Clary, Clarissa and her best friend going to a club. Well, technically, in the beginning, the story was told how the demon was caught. Which was pretty interesting, and then it went to be about Clary. I'm not a big fan of third point-of-views, but I had to give it a try. First point-of-views are way better in my opinion. The author switched a couple of times to put more emphasis on another character, which was understanding. Cassandra has a nice writing style; most times when people go on and on about one certain thing for more than two paragraphs, I'll skim through it. I didn't this time. Something about the writing kept me intrigued and my eyes glued to the page. I read from page 120 to the end {485} in one day. It's a shocker, but I couldn't take my eyes off the page. I give a cheer to Cassandra for that.

Now, the part I have been waiting to gush about. Clary and Jace. I love them with a passion. My new favorite people in the world. They are just so... Clary is such a... Jace is such a... I can barely think of the words to fill those sentences. Jace is by far my favorite fictional crush. His attitude and sarcasm make him even better. When he was first introduced, I thought he was hilarious, and he never failed me since. He's one of the self-centered guys, but I still love him. I never knew there could be a guy that uses that much wit and can still be insanely attractive. Jace proved me wrong. Clary is funny as well. She has her naive moments, but I would too if I was told everything that she was told. And, I can not forget about Simon! He's my second fictional crush, right behind Jace. Simon is so cute! He's the kind of guy I would love to hang out with. He, like Jace, had loads of funny moments. Especially since Simon hates Jace, they had their retorts.

I give this book a 4.6, only because I felt that it didn't need to be that long. 485 pages? Not worth it. I love reading huge books, but they have to have a purpose. The whole story on took place for about five days. Do you see the point I'm trying to make? A book doesn't need to be almost 500 pages if it takes place for about five days. It'd be a different story (no pun intended) if it took place over a month or two, but not around a week!

Other than that, I recommend this book. It's a great first start. Obviously from my stated opinion, it's not fast-paced. But it did leave me with my jaw dropped a couple of times. I can't wait until I get my hands on the second book. 

"It seemed like the most likely explanation."
"You guessed? You must have been pretty sure, considering you could of killed me."
He pressed a button in the wall, and the elevator lurched into action with a vibrating groan that she felt all through the bones in her feet. "I was ninety perfect sure."
"I see," Clary said.
There must have been something in her voice because he turned to look at her. Her hand cracked across his face, a slap that rocked him back on his heels. He put his hand to his cheek, more in suprise than pain. "What the hell was that for?"
"The other ten percent," she said.

And... (I need at least two Jace and one Simon lines! Courtesy of Goodreads) 

Jace - "Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn't make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor bastard who decides they want to take a bath with the duckie." 

Jace - "By the Angel," Jace said, looking the demon up and down. "I knew Greater Demons were meant to be ugly, but no one ever warned me about the smell." Abbadon opened its mouth and hissed. Inside its mouth were two rows of jagged glass-sharp teeth. "I'm not sure about this wind and howling darkness business," Jace went on, "smells more like landfill to me. You sure you're not from Staten Island?" 

Simon - "That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I' am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they're Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain." 

1 comment:

  1. Oh I love this series! And you picked some of my favourite quotes!
    Brilliant review, and I hope you love the rest of the series!


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