Review: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare

25 Jan
by: Andrea

This young adult novel by Cassandra Clare is the first part of the Mortal Instruments series, which is formed by six books, the fifth one coming out on May 2012. It’s a captivating series that will keep your hungry for more. I feel like I’m one of the last people to read these series, as I bought my copy in 2009 and hadn’t read it until recently. It was all the talk and excitement of the fans who reviewed and recommended it that finally got me to read it, and I’m glad I did.
Clary Fray is the novel’s heroine and the novel starts with Clary going to a club with her best friend, Simon, and witnessing the murder of a blue-haired boy, but she is the only one who can see it. The event seems invisible to everyone else. This was a turning point in Clary’s life, as she soared into a world she didn’t know she was a part of, full of fairies, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, and Shadowhunters. And then she meets Jace Wayland, a good-looking, fair-haired Shadowhunter who guides her through her new life against Valentine, a Shadowhunter gone wrong, whose uprising could mean the end of the alliance between Shadowhunters and other fantastic creatures. Shadowhunters are the offspring of humans and angels.  Their mission in life is to protect humans (or mundanes, using novel slang), from demons threatening their lives.
Although the book and series altogether is quite good, a disappointing thing about the novel is that the author’s cliffhangers become annoying after a while, and ultimately draw you out of the novel completely. She gets to an exciting part, and then changes perspectives abruptly. At the beginning, you keep reading, but after 400 pages of the same thing, you grow tired of it.
But at the end of the day, the book is an enjoyable read that definitely does not overwhelm you with details and explanations as a lot of paranormal books do. This one makes you at some points feel as though what’s happening in the novel is not paranormal at all. It’s a good book for teenagers to relate to. It’s full of surprise throughout the novel, that although you might guess what will happen next, a lot of things will catch you off guard completely and cause you to read the page again, while asking yourself “What the heck just happened?”.
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