Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

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."
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Published: March 27th 2007
Pages: 485

Now that the City of Bones movie is out, more and more people find out about this series. And I'm not surprised, since it is absolutely fantastic. I don't think it will ever become as big as Twilight, mostly because the romantic part isn't the main thing in the books, but it is pretty good.
I know that there many different opinions on both the books and the movie, and even the author, but I can't help myself. I have fallen in love, all over again.

Now, why would I fall in love with a book, or better said a series, of which the author has (apparently) stolen parts and characters from fanfiction, written by normal people who didn't get any credit for their creativity. And I feel bad for those people, but shit happens. And this is some good shit.
The main characters in this book are Clary, Jace and Simon. Clary is the weird girl, with the nerdy friend (Simon). They visit a night club in New York City, because Clary really wanted to go for some reason.In this book, Clary is fifteen-years-old and she has no idea of what and who she really is. In the night club, she witnisses a murdeer, even though she is the only to see it happen.

This is where she finds out that she is different and that her mother has been lying to her from the day she was born. Clary is a shadowhunter, and born for killing demons. Jace Wayland is the handsome Shadowhunter and he leads her into the darker life, filled with demons and Downworlders.
The Shadowhunters are Nephilim, created by the angel Raziel who mixed his blood with blood from the Mortal Cup, one of the three holy items in the world of the Shadowhunters.

Jace Wayland is an entire adventure himself, because on one page he acts like the perfect boyfriend, while on the other page he acts like a complete ass. Now I wonder whether it was Cassandra's intention to make him look like that and to make us decide whether we like the nice guy or the bad guy.

The entire book leads up to the introduction of Valentine, a Shadowhunter who is crazy obsessed with power. He thinks that he can take controle over the demons and use them to bring all the Downworlders to a fall.

The fantasy level in this book is high, you do have to like the idea of angels, vampires, demons, werewolves and Shadowhunters living in a community in which you are always in danger.
It's written in third person P.O.V, was focused on the rather younger readers, but due to the fatasy world and the movie adaptation (which is pretty scary at times) also very enjoyable for older readers.

I definitely enjoyed this book, I am currently reading the third book in this series and more reviews will follow. Have you read City of Bones? If yes, what are thoughts on the book/series?

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read it, but I don't feel really drawn to reading it. I think all YA fantasy books are so much alike I don't want to read the same thing over and over again


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