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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: March 27, 2007
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Length: 485 pages
Requested by: Keerin, Denise, and Austine

"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."

Review:

Characters: Clary Fray doesn't believe in magic, or at least she didn't until she witnesses a crime no one else could see. Fearing for her sanity Clary tries to forget that night an what she saw. Clary is a strong-willed, creative, and resourceful girl who finds herself thrown into a world of magic and myth after the disappearance of her mother. Armed with only her geeky and loyal best friend, Simon, and her new band of Shadowhunter friends, Clary must save her mother from the evil Valentine. Though i felt that Clary's character was strong and well developed throughout the book, I just have to say, I hate her name. Well, not her name ans much as her nickname, I'm fine with Clarissa, but Clary sounds really awkward on my tongue and in my head.

Romance: Clary's romance is a pretty cliche love triangle, girl has best friend who from the first page or so is obviously in love with her, she meets intriguing and gorgeous boy with a conflicted past and has to deal with her feelings for the two. While I don't mind the use of such a cliche love triangle I was worried that it would get too predictable, which, while some predictability is good, too much can lead to becoming bored. That being said, my hesitation was foolish, as the author spun an interesting and somewhat unsettling twist into our cliche love story leaving me wanting to read the next one as soon as possible.

Predictability: With the exception to the twist in the romance aside, the twists in this book are pretty easily seen, to the point that after something was said, I would assume the outcome without even thinking that it was a prediction, but rather, common knowledge. I was surprised by a rare few twists I either didn't see coming at all or thought would happen in a different way. 

Ending: The ending was pretty weird, well, the entire ending was wasn't weird just the last few bits of discovered information, including something that either needs to change, lest things get really weird. The  last few pages though ended it in a way most first installment books end, with a moment of peace, no twist and no cliffhanger, giving the reader a mild amount of peace for as long as a month, after which the reader will get itchy for the next installment.

Harry Potter Rip-Off?: Why I went out and bought this book was that I had heard that it was a really good series and had seen that it was always at the top of the "Can't Wait" lists on GoodReads. However, before I started reading this to review I thought I'd do some spoiler free research, what I found had concerned me, someone had pretty much blamed Ms. Clare for ripping her story off the Harry Potter series, since she used to write Harry Potter fanfiction, from the character personalities to the tools that Shadowhunters use. After, reading a pretty convincing argument I was hesitant to continue, but did so anyway because you guys requested it and I didn't want to let you down. After reading it, however, I found that though there are various similarities between the two series The Mortal Instruments is it's own story with various unique plot details, and thus should not be claimed as a Harry Potter rip-off when the similarities are only minor and are used in different contexts.

Overall, I have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars, I can see why fans of this series love it so much and even though I don't like the heroine's name much I just have to get over that.

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13 comments:

  1. This series is so awesome!!! I I am so excited for the movie!!!!

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  2. I'm re-reading this one before the movie comes out

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  3. loved this book. on the second one right now

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  4. You can't just read one! Read them all....waiting until the last one to be published!

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  5. I cannot wait for this movie! I loved this book, although book 3 was my favorite. The characters are just awesome!

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  6. I adored this book and still have to read the last book in the series, but nonetheless! It's a GREAT example of modern urban fantasy. Cassandra Clare is a goddess!

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  7. Great review :D I gree with you in the part if the ending it was weird, and I didn't expect the way the book ends. And it is not like Harry Potter, TMI mix all the magic creatures I love, warlocks, nephilim, werewolfs, vampire... but with a different perspective I think :)

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  8. I liked this book and i agree with you about the romance, like you said "Clary's romance is a pretty cliche love triangle, girl has best friend who from the first page or so is obviously in love with her, she meets intriguing and gorgeous boy with a conflicted past and has to deal with her feelings for the two. While I don't mind the use of such a cliche love triangle I was worried that it would get too predictable, which, while some predictability is good, too much can lead to becoming bored. That being said, my hesitation was foolish, as the author spun an interesting and somewhat unsettling twist into our cliche love story leaving me wanting to read the next one as soon as possible." This is exactly what i thought!!!


    And about the 'Harry Potter Rip-Off?' I did the same as well. After reading a pretty convincing argument i wasn't sure if i wanted to read the book but i read it anyways because i already bought it lol.

    Although it has some similarities, i think it's a great book, i liked the nephilim kids and the vampires and werewolves, i liked Luke especially ehehehe.


    Great review, we share the same thoughts. I'm looking forward to read your new reviews. Cheers!

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  9. I love Cassandra Clare and I just finished to read City of Bones. I think it is ok, but not wonderful. I heard that City of Glass is the best of them all, we'll see :). Your review is great and it helps a lot, thanks :D.

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  10. I completely agree with you on the big reveal on the ending. It's just so weird seeing two characters having a potential on a relationship, then BANG! She pulls of that ending. Be prepared for the second book though, it will definitely make you question your morality about "the big reveal".

    To ship or not to ship? That is the question.

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  11. Its been a long time since I read this book. I have yet to read the fifth installment. But as soon as the sixth book is out I will be re-reading the first four books to catch up, cause I too heart this series !

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  12. I loved this one! City Of Bones is one of my all-time favorites!

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