City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: Book Review

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

Hello, I haven’t been posting much lately since I’ve been busy with school and work for most of January. I’ve read fewer books last month, and I hope for this month to read a bit more. My good friend, Imee, has been recommending me to read the Mortal Instruments series since she thought it was amazing. I remembered seeing the movie trailer and I thought it was going to be a great movie, until my younger sister said that it was horrible, and luckily, I did not watch the movie! On tumblr, I noticed how big the fandom is for this book series and the same goes for Clare’s prequel series, The Infernal Devices. Now, I was really stoked to begin this book, until I found out about the author herself. There were some stories about her that appalled me. Since reading into her life, it really ruined the reading experience for me. I tried to focus on the story since it is a best seller, but I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. For the first book, I thought it was okay, but I would continue reading the other books in the series because I feel that it might get better with time. And I hope that it does not end up like The Selection series, which could have been one book instead of three.

Goodreads Synposis: 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. 

Characters: I really liked Simon, he was my favorite character from the story. I felt that he was very relatable and was adorable. He was a really good friend to Clary despite everything. I felt sad for him since it’s clear to see that he won’t end up with Clary. I felt bad for him when he tried to compete for her affection. I loved that he is both nerdy and at the same time, he kicks butt. My favorite scene had to be when he took down the demon with his archery skills! I liked Jace as well, he was really funny and I do like how he is frenemies with Simon. For some reason I kept picturing the actor, Lucas Till as Jace. I felt Clary was a bit boring for me, but I’d like to see how her character develops in further books. She was brave, but she felt a bit wimpy to me compared to the rest of the characters. I hope Simon and Isabelle get together. Isabelle was my favorite girl character. She’s sassy, she’s a warrior, and she always looks amazing!

Commentary: I hope that Jace is not Clary’s brother…I did not see that one coming. I do like Clary and Jace as a couple, I can’t see them as brother and sister. Gross…It did shock me that Valentine was the father of Clary. Again, didn’t see that one coming. I am excited to read the next novel, City of Ashes. I hope Clary gets trained to be shadowhunter in the next novel or at least recovers her memories. A bit of the book felt predictable, but nonetheless, it was enjoyable read despite finding out about the author’s life…

Final Rating: ✬✬✬ (3.5)

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