Monday, 4 January 2016

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

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Pages: 512
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

City of Bones

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...
The world of the Shadowhunters is set in New York where demons are roaming the earth and gifted people with angel blood are protecting the 'mundane' human race by sending the demons back from whence they came. It is a very cool concept. It does have a slight Supernatural vibe, and there were some elements that screamed Harry Potter at me. I wouldn't necessarily say this book is 100% original because it just isn't. That didn't bother me though as the story really entertained me, and when it comes to books what else essentially matters?

My favourite character is Jace. He is very cocky, cheeky and pretty full of himself and that suits him. Jace notices Clary when the rest of his group, Alec and Isabelle, wanted to ignore her completely. There are some pretty romantic scenes between Jace and Clary, their burgeoning relationship is kind of a slow burn.

Simon is pretty irritating to me, he is obsessed with Clary and seems oblivious to all the friend zone signals she is firing at him. I find him pretty dense and pouty at times, he tends to be an unnecessary clingy hanger-on that kind of tags along with the group on occasion with no purpose really.

It is pretty slow to start and doesn't really become great until past the halfway mark. This book was very nearly rated as a 3 star if it wasn't for the phenomenal twists near the end. Once I finished City of Bones, I had the immediate desire to continue on with the series and I am excited to see where the journey will lead me.

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