Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker 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…
City of Bones, if you didn’t know, is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare and is hugely popular. I went into this book having watched the first series of Shadowhunters so I was aware of what to expect, however having now read this book, I can already sense that the TV show is quite different to the books! Less about the tv vs book though, and more focus on City of Bones book-version.
So in City of Bones, our main character is Clary. I quite like book-Clary and much prefer book Clary as she seems better. She does seem a little immature, however, she doesn’t seem as annoying as tvshow-Clary which is good. I think that the TV show perhaps make the characters more mature than the actually are, whereas in the books they act more like their age which I think works better. Although I do have to remember that the TV show does verge off the books in some respects and so, while they can’t be compared against each other fully, things like characters can be compared! Anyway, I am doing a book review, not a book to TV comparison!
So yes, the characters. Magnus is a fab character, Izzy and Alec are also good. Alec doesn’t seem as moody and jealous as TV-Alec. But Jace. Ok, he is a decent character, but man I think he is a bit of a weenie. He just seems so up himself and that really sort of annoys me. I am hoping throughout the books that he will become less insufferable in some of his ways, but we shall see. We have a long way (5 more books, to be exact) to go so let’s hope I see some positive changes. He just seems very cocky about himself, that’s all I’m saying. Oh, now Simon. Simon isn’t featured as much as I expected him to be, which was sort of surprising considering he is Clary’s best friend. He also seems like he gets hurt very easily, and I don’t mean falls and bumps, but I mean that he seems sensitive. He also does get jealous, which I do understand because Clary is his best friend and then these random people just come and swoop on in and one guy in particular catches Clary’s eye, when Simon has not really had to compete for Clary’s attention before.
One thing that this book had, which grates on me anyway, is the lengthy chapters. I have never been a fan of lengthy chapters, mostly because I feel like it really slows my pace when reading. I don’t know why, but it just has that effect on me.
So there was that little shocker at the end of this book, however, it wasn’t a shocker for me. That’s because I already knew what the ‘big twist’ would be, thanks to the TV show, so I was just waiting for it throughout the whole book basically. I’m wondering how relationships shall carry on with this knowledge as I have not watched Season 2 of the TV show and will not until I have at least got to book 3/4 of the series. City of Bones does give a basis for the next book and to me, the whole series, although I’m not entirely sure what will happen so we’ll see where it goes.
Overall, I did enjoy this book and I am glad that I am finally part of the Shadowhunters world. I have heard that the third and fourth books are where the series really begins to pick up so I am looking forward to reading those. I just need to catch up on all of Cassie’s books so that I am ready for her next book release in 2018!
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