Monday, November 14, 2011

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instrument #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 485
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry
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.

Clary Fray is a normal teenager living in Brooklyn with her mom Jocelyn until the night in Pandemonium where she witnesses three teenagers killing a boy. A night that forever changes her life to something that she never thought existed.

The story starts out with a bit of mystery - there are things that Clary thought never existed and reading through the next chapters shows a bit of history concerning Clary's life as well as her mom and her past. What she though was a normal life is not as it seemed to be. Clary is now exposed to a world full of demons, Shadowhunters, magic and stuff that she only thought were fiction and horror stories - stories that her mother tried so hard to keep from her for her own good.

The story was captivating, intriguing and worth reading yet there's a weak spot in the book. The characters were not that interesting enough. Clary was childish and stubborn most of the time, Simon was your ever loyal best friend and "sidekick" (nothing new there), Jace was high and might yet handsome, a boy who is I-know-what-I-am-doing type, Alec and Isabelle were bland, so on and so forth. The main pull for a great book is the plot and it's characters - City of Bones has the plot yet the characters needs polishing and development. In addition to that, the twist was a shocker - not a fan of it yet the author thought it was needed in the story so here's me dealing with that fact.

Anyway, going to read the next book to see how it goes. So far, this is a 3 for me.

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