Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Mortal Instruments #1: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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.

My thoughts:

As the release of the movie approaches I decided to push this book to the top of my TBR pile. This poor book had been pushed down further and further into my stack of books and then I heard that the movie was being made. Still it sat until I heard about the movie being released. Once I started reading I immediately wanted to kick myself for having put it off for so long. It took a couple of pages into it, but then it took off and didn't slow down until the end.  Once Valentine made an appearance I had already predicted where the story would go and I was upset when it went there, but all in all I'm confident that something good is around the corner with that situation. What's not to love Werewolves, Vampires, Fairies and many other creatures. Danger, excitement, and betrayal too!

I found myself laughing out loud over many of Clary & Jace's conversations. The relationship between Simon & Clary has it's moments of laughable topics as well. However I don't care for Isabelle's 180 flip and Alec doesn't seem like an important character yet. I don't know if he becomes important, but so far I haven't seen any use for him.

Overall I am impressed with the book. The imagery is fantastic, and most of the characters are pretty well rounded. The story is progressive and highly entertaining, and full of substance, so it rates 5 Stars.

My Rating:

I'm off to start Book #2: City of Ashes. Enjoy!

Happy Reading!

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