Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments Book #1


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.


I'll openly admit that I had never really heard of the Mortal Instrument books before the preview of the City of Bones movie was circling around in theaters. (I spend a lot of time in movie theaters.) I had heard of Cassandra Clare in passing when my older sister found a book from the prequel series in Wal-Mart a few years ago. I just never got around to finding the books on my own.

After watching the movie and thoroughly enjoying it, though, I decided that it was time to pick up the book and see what the hype was all about. So I called my sister and asked to borrow the series thus far and a few others she had on hand. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. Cassandra Clare has the amazing talent of being able to paint a world that sucks you so far into the story that you're nearly disoriented when you put the book down to take a break - if you can manage to put it down.

Despite having watched the movie, I still found myself sitting on the edge of my seat as I explored the world of Shadowhunters with Clary and her best friend Simon. There were enough differences between the two to make them almost separate entities in my mind - although I like the way the movie handled the adaptation.

Sometimes it's difficult to build an entire 'new' world in literature, but Clare does this with ease. Not only is her knowledge spot on, her ability to create new beings that no one has ever heard of is also very admirable. I could read just a book of all of the different creatures featured in her novels. She made me see New York through the world of the Shadowhunters - the way Jace was seeing things with the newness of Clary's eyes.

This is definitely a series worth checking out.


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