Thursday, April 7, 2011

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....

I could make this a simple review and say "I loved this book!" and leave it at that. But, for those of you that haven't read it yet (and, seriously, what are you waiting for?), it doesn't give you a compelling enough arguement to run out right away and read this book.

There are lots of stories that have a gradual rise, you get accustomed to characters then watch the action begin. Not so, with City of Bones. Within the first few pages, you're right in the thick of things, with the boy being killed and Clary Fray, our heroine, having her eyes opened to unbelievable things.

The novel does build to a fantastic climax but along the way you are teased with details, fun dialogue, and an incredible world that lies just below the sightline of "normal" humans. Clare writes with such fervor that you do kind of want to jump right in there too, possible early death be damned!

There's also an incredibly taboo subject that becomes a main focus here. I have to say, I was glad that no one had spoiled things for me along the way (except a random Tweet by Maggie Stievate), which gave this part of the storyline that much more impact. My "Noooooo!" is still resounding in my head. Again, Clare's writing makes you question your own judgement, when despite this "facet", you still want what should really be impossible.

City of Bones is rich in characters, drama, and action. I know it will be a book I return to again and again, to relive this entrancing story.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh the heart stopping and dropping with that sentence. I hated it and wanted to erase it out of the book. lol. The Nooooo that filled my heart and mind was dreadful. But I had to keep reading this series to get the answer.

I have to say that this series was so widely loved and talked over, but I never did get it ruined for me one bit. The readers of this series have done wonderfully to keep from spoiling it for others.

:) Great review, and I agree. What are those who have not read it waiting for?!?! GO GET IT!!!!

Jackie said...

Here, here! And now I can finally go check out your review, lol.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

lol. I hope you like it. :)

Aleetha said...

I have just bought this series. but I have not started yet. I bought the translation. I hope I will enjoy it as well.

I am curious what kind of taboo that you said here. I think I should read the book soon.

Jackie said...

Haha, Aleetha, mums the word! You'll have to read to find out ;-) (I know, I'm cruel, lol) I'm sure you won't regret reading this book though.

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