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Monday, January 6, 2014

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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Released Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

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...

     GUYS. I've officially started The Mortal Instruments. And I have it all planned out, as mentioned in my Clockwork Princess review last year, to read them in a way that I'll avoid waiting for the last book.
     Well, I actually did have the chance and could have City of Bones if I so chose before the movie came out... but I decided I didn't want any surprises. *shrugs*
     Of course, if Cassandra Clare is totally awesome with her writing, which I won't doubt at all, I'll have surprises even if I know the Shadowhunter World already, or as much as I can, that is.
     Random Thought: does anyone who play Wizard101 and read the Shadowhunter's Codex notice that the last names are virtually the same? I could literally be Sophia Waterheart and hunt demons. Oh my, I'm a Shadow Wizard. Certainly not a Wizard Hunter.
     Shadow Wizards: Conspirating – is that a word? – with Malistaire and Morganthe to take over the Spiral since 1234. x)
     KI, there needs to be some talk about TMI being an MMORPG game. And that pic was taken last year – little pixie Sophia Waterheart (mini me?) has larger health than that now.... Oh wait. I found some use for the picture now. Yay me.
     Well, Wizard101 and Shadow Wizards aside, City of Bones is just as good as The Infernal Devices. Not bad for a debut novel if I were in 2007.
     Then again, 10 year old me read books like Stravaganza and Junie B. Jones. Just kidding. I grew out of Junie B. Jones after 1st or 2nd grade (maybe even Kindergarten). City of Bones hardly made a blip on my radar until about a year or 2 later. Although it definitely caught my attention in 2011 and 2012.
     In a brief list-like fashion (because I have no clue how to put into paragraphs – no wonder I got a C+ on an essay in English):
  • Magnus definitely hasn't changed. Hoorah. But what kind of name is Chairman Meow? O_o
  • Abbadon the Demon sounds familiar. Have we met before?
  • REALLY good transitions from Chapter 20 to 21 and 21 to 22. It's completely smooth and doesn't lose the reader in wonderland where the Mad Hatter just might make us more mad.
  • I am not a big fan of Jace. But I like his humor and personality. He's like the Will of the 21st century – no, his alter ego. Maybe Herondale reincarnated. Maybe I'll like him later? No hope is lost, Waywoodstern. No hope is lost. YET. ;) And yes, I did combine Wayland, Lightwood and Morgenstern. :p
  • I think I spent more time highlighting favorite quotes than actually critiquing. Oopsies.
     Oh, and just for fun, I might start using this if anyone starts tweeting about, well... anything that is totally irrelevant for the public eye (you know... like going to the restroom...).
It's the Mortal Cup, Jace, not the Mortal Toilet Bowl.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Owls

Other Reviews:
The Infernal Devices Trilogy

~Happy Reading!


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  1. Haha, I loved the Junie B Jones books too! And I'm happy you liked this book! I've been on the fence about reading it because I've heard bad things and good things alike but I'm definitely adding your rating to the tally. I'm not really a great fan of angels. I don't know, for some reason, they just really creep me out so I tend to stay away from them. ALSO, I'm a bit put off by how many books are in this series (+spin off) but I guess at this point, I'm just giving myself more excuses not to read it. I am, aren't I?

    Anyway, thanks for reviewing this book. I'm glad you liked the writing, that's always a huge plus! :)

    1. I do have to admit Cassandra may have went a bit overboard with the spin offs, but then again, she's not the first who's done it! I believe Erin Hunter also did the same with 2 worlds actually.

      I'm no mind reader, so I have no clue. Maybe you're making excuses. Maybe you're like me and want to stall time, XD.

      Oh the writing's a big part. It kind of determines whether or not I'll read another of the author's books. ;)