REVIEW: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

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Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments

        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.

   

   ** Warning ** This review does contain spoilers.

             City of Bones was a beautiful read. At first. Then, it sunk to the level of almost every YA book out there: annoying female protagonist, poorly written love triangle, etc. etc. and I found myself struggling to finish it.


             Let's find out a few things about Clary, according to the other characters:

             Simon, her best friend: "You're so stupid, Clary. You're so stupid, can't you see anything?" page 294
             Jace, her love interest: "Why don't you ever think?" page 394

             And that basically sums up her character.

             I wouldn't actually be this annoyed with her, because usually she's ok. However, when she's being like this, with Alec: "She could see how she was hurting him, and it made her glad." well biatch, to me, you're dead. HOW DARE YOU BE LIKE THIS WITH ALEC?

             HOW

             DARE

             YOU?

Cage has had enough with your shit.
              Also, she's senile (and it seems to be contagious):

             Page 351:
             "I'm sorry?"
             "Don't be," he said. "It was an excellent throw."

             Page 385:
             "I'm sorry I threw a knife at you."
             "Don't be. It was a well-placed blow."

             Either I was paying so much attention to the story, that I missed the part where she throws weapons at him again, or she has the memory of a 135 year old woman. Ooorrr maybe it's because the first time, she was asking him if she was sorry because she's a dumb, sad excuse for a human being that needed reassuring, and then she actually said it because she thought oh well, maybe I should apologize.

             Ugh, she's so complex, I can't figure her out. Thank god for Jace, ready to remind her every time how mundane she really is.

              The book offers so many plot twists, that the story reminded me of those Spanish novellas my mom watches (and for this reason, I kept thinking someone was gonna be left at the altar or someone was going to have amnesia).

             Let's do a recap: Valentine's dead, but not really dead, and Clary's father is dead, but he's not actually her father, her real one is alive, and then her brother's also alive, and then there's betrayal, oh god when does it end.

             My *swoon* part from this book - and probably the only reason I'll continue reading this series - is Magnus/Alec.


             They had like... one conversation and then one small scene in the end, where they didn't even talk, but OOOH MY GOD THEY ARE PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER AND YOU SHOULD HAVE BABIES. Warlock babies... maybe it's possible with Magnus.

             So I'll go see the movie, for these two and probably also to laugh at the Shadowhunter marker tattoos.

             Highly recommend this if you don't agree with anything I just said and you're actually into this kind of books.
            

Favorite quotes

“We all see what we want to see.” 
Where there is love, there is also hatred.  

Rating


Characters: 4/5

5 for Alec and Magnus, 3.5 for Jace, 1 for the rest and that's how Four came up. Actually, it should've been 3, but I wanted to make a Divergent reference.

Romance: 3.5/5

Again, just for Alec and Magnus and would've rated higher, if they had more scenes.

Pacing/Length: 2/5

NO.

Cover: 3/5

"Ooooh naked guy, so cool, yeah let's go with this." I bet that's how this cover was decided.

Plot: 3/5

Great idea for a story, if only there was a protagonist I actually liked.


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8 comments

  1. You're preaching to the choir! I'm going to lay myself open to the wrath of the world by saying YEAH. Good review.
    Thanks

    Gwynn
    http://gwynnethwhite.blogspot.com/

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    1. Oh yes, the wrath of the world, almost forgot about that... oh well.

      Thank you so much for stopping by ^^

      Ella

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  2. hahaha I love your comparison with Spanish novelas (here we always compare twisted stories with Mexican ones) :)
    I still have to read this one, I hope to have the chance before the movies comes out.
    Lovely review
    Ruty@Reading...Dreaming

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    1. XDDDD Spanish, Mexican, they're really all the same. You've seen one, you've seen them all.

      WEll, I hope you like it better than I did :)

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Ella

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    2. Thnks for stopping by...
      Yes, I live near the beach x) I go there as much as I can specially when it's cold and nobody is there.
      Ruty

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    3. You're so lucky!! I only go to the beach once a year (actually, last year I haven't been) and only for a week... but I guess that's what makes the experience so pleasant, that it always leaves me wanting more.

      NOW WHY COULDN'T CITY OF BONES BE LIKE THAT.
      Ugh.

      Ella

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  3. qwtuagbzkdfj I LOVE YOUR BLOG! I've just finished The Infernal Devices series, and so can't wait to read this! :) Great review! New follower

    Ruby @ http://feedmebooksnow.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. asahgdhdgsdhjfk THANK YOU, ALTHOUGH I DON'T GET WHY YOU LOVE IT. BUT THANK YOU.

      Following you now as well!!! <333
      *HUG ATTAAAACK!!!!*

      Ella

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