Wednesday, May 18, 2011

CITY OF BONES Review - Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)CITY OF BONES  by Cassandra Clare
My Recommended Age Group: Young Adult to Adult
Released: March 27, 2007
Other work: City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments)City of Glass (Mortal Instruments)City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Our Rating:

From Goodreads:

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....

My thoughts:

Anytime one finishes a great series, there is always that moment of trepidation.  Will the next book I choose be as good as this last one?  What if it isn't?

I had been through quite a ride with The Hunger Games trilogy and wasn't sure how to go about finding another series with that same level of danger, adventure, and emotion that I'd found there.  I pondered my bookshelves for a while and finally decided on CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare.  It'd been sitting there for a while, patiently waiting for me to find the right time to delve in.  Although I started this new series, The Mortal Instruments, with trepidation, two pages in, all of that was thrown out the window.

As mentioned, this book has been sitting on the shelf for a while.  Now, I have no idea why.

Clary seems like an average teenage girl, out with her average (if nerdy) teenage guy friend.  The story begins at the Pandemonium club where the two friends are destined to have a great night of fun and dancing.  Well, the story wouldn't be all that spectacular if that's all that happened, would it?

Within moments we have demons and beautiful tattooed strangers thrown at us, hinting at a world beyond what Clary could have ever imagined.  A dark plot seems to be at play and somehow Clary has been thrown right into the middle of it.

There are many great young adult stories out there right now.  For me, this is one of the best.  Not only is Clary a fantastic little heroine to follow, full of spunk, spirit, and best of all, secrets, but the characters surrounding her each come to life with personalities of their own as well.  To make matters even more interesting, while attempting to save themselves and possibly the world from a force long since dead, the group of teenagers find themselves caught up in various love triangles, the likes of which kept me guessing throughout the entire book.

CITY OF BONES is full of action, packed with emotion, and centered around a story that can't help but keep the reader engaged.  Although it appears to be a larger book, this was a fairly quick read.  Something about not being able to set it down for extended periods of time probably had something to do with it.

I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good, action packed book filled with supernatural elements.  The basis for Ms. Clare's world is unique and easy to follow as are her characters.  Overall, this was a great read and left great promise for the second book in the series.

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