Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (April 2009)
Genre: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback (512 pages)
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Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)
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. . .
At A Glance
I saw the potential of City of Bones but I just don’t think it was for me. I enjoyed some of it but mostly it felt too juvenile for me.
This is the kind of book where I don’t know what I am going to rate it until I write my review. Sometimes I need to see what naturally comes out of me as I share my thoughts before I can make a final decision on a book.
First, I loved the world in City of Bones. I do wish we got a little more explanation of the world, but what we did get was pretty awesome. It felt new and original (though many people say there are a lot of similarities to Harry Potter). I loved the idea that this supernatural world exists right under our noses, and only certain people can see the true world and all it’s scariness. The descriptions of the creatures were amazing. I could easily picture them in all their grotesque or unique glory.
Clary wasn’t always my favorite, but I loved her willingness to do anything to save the people she cares about. She’s not necessarily brave or strong, but she risks herself no matter the consequences because it’s the right thing to do.
Jace was all sorts of badass, cocky, hilarious, and yummy. He loves to kill things and thinks very highly of himself. He acts like he’s unemotional but we see deep down he has issues, which made him mysterious. I loved his humor the most. You have to love a man who is confident and is able to joke around. But he’s also very efficient and knows how to handle any situation.
The only other character that is worthy of mention is Magnus. Now that dude is cool. We don’t get to see a lot of him but I just got this vibe that he’s someone you would want to know. He’s a smooth talker, handles his business, but also has sympathy for others. He seems like he’s only out for himself, but I knew better. And that’s the only reason I started liking Alec (Jace’s step-brother) because Magnus liked him and I wanted them to become a couple so bad. Isabelle, Alec’s sister, was arrogant but well with herself, so I will give her that.
I loved how the build up for the evil Valentine made me salivate to finally meet him. Which we do near the end of the book. I kind of respected him. He was so passionate about his cause, he even charmed people into following him even when they doubted his vision. He is a persuasive man, so I got it. Clary was never fooled by him though. She always saw his evil intent no matter his outer persona. I would be interested to read more about Valentine.
The writing was good when it came to descriptions and the action was awesome when it happened. The monsters were my favorite part, Clare held nothing back when creating them. The storyline was very interesting, it kept me reading.
The whole time I read this book I felt like I was the wrong audience for it. Sure, I tend to like my new adult and adult books a little more, but some of my favorite books of all time are YA. But this YA felt so…young. The characters were immature and made stupid, reckless decisions that probably made me get a permanent comma line between my eyes.
I was bored for half the book. I found myself skimming. Even with 500 pages, I barley remember what happened. And I just finished this book hours ago. There was nothing really memorable, just mundane happenings with teen drama mixed in.
I found it hard to like any of the characters. Cary was okay but a little too whiny. Her priorities are pretty messed up too. First she is worried about finding her mom, then she becomes more focused on boys and jealousy of her competition. Jace was badass and cocky at first, which I loved, but then he got whiny and emotional and a little stupid.
Almost nothing is resolved by the end.
We start out with a slow building romance between Clary and Jace. There is a little bit of a love triangle with her friend Simon, but Clary really ends up liking Jace a lot. Then this huge bombshell gets dropped and I felt like saying, “What the hell was the point of that!?” I am going to assume this bombshell is a lie but even so, what a stupid turn of events. It made me uncomfortable. But really, Jace and Clary (and Simon) are too immature to have a healthy relationship so maybe it’s for the best.
Still, I am conflicted with this book. I had an okay time reading it but once I turned the last page, I knew I wasn’t going to continue the series. I felt like I was constantly trying it push myself into liking it more because so many people recommended it to me. Like I said before, I see what the hype is about, but most of the magic of City of Bones just wasn’t enough for me. But I would recommend this book to YA, Fantasy/Urban Fantasy lovers overall.
I will be watching the movie coming out. Maybe I will like it better, who knows.
“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”
“If you were half as funny as you think you are, you’d be twice as funny as you are now.”
“Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?” asked Jace.
“It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath.”
“As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome,” said Simon.
“I knew we should have left you a rat.”
“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”
“Can I help you with something?”
Clary turned instant traitor against her gender. “Those girls on the other side of the car are staring at you.”
Jace assumed an air of mellow gratification. “Of course they are,” he said, “I am stunningly attractive.”