Hey Book Lovers! CoveringAllCovers here to review City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. First of all, lets start off with the blurb at the back of the book so you can get an idea of what this story is about:
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. . . .
Sounds awesome right?! That’s exactly what I thought!
Well now that you know what it’a about, let’s discuss why I enjoyed it and what I thought could have been improved..
*This review may contain spoilers so carry on at your own risk*
1. Cassandra Clare’s Way to Captivate the Reader
Clare does an amazing job at luring her readers in by beginning with an action packed scene instead of waiting a couple of chapters, and then getting right into the plot. Most authors take the time at the opening of novels to describe their characters and let the audience get a feel for what they’re like. Clare does this, but in a special way. She begins the storyline about Shadowhunters in the first couple chapters while explaining Clary Fray’s life. Exceptional job!
2. The Storyline & The Shadowhunter World
Yes, yes, yes. I have heard many people say that the storyline isn’t all that original – girl meets boy, they fall in love even though they’re not supposed to etc. etc. you guys know the drill. But that’s besides the point because although this may be true, the world she creates is so bizzare and different that you don’t seem to notice it until you sit down and think about it. When Clary first meets Jace, he is killing a demon in a supply closet at the local club – not very common right? Exactly my point.
Shadowhunters are very unusual people but at the same time, they’re not. It all depends on how you look at it. They’re doing what they were taught to do by their tutors, just like we’re taught how to add 2 and 2 by our tutors. Mundanes (humans) and the Shadowhunters succeed in life in contrasting ways which makes the novel so interesting.
3. The Love Triangle
The love triangle? Have I heard this one before? Well, of course we have. Just like Bella with Edward and Jacob, Clary has two love interests – Simon, her best friend whom she has known since she was a child, and Jace, the dangerous, sexy young man who she meets and falls for. This does not happen instantly, although she does find him extremely attractive (who wouldn’t) but only begins to develop feelings for him down the road. Anywho, I loved this love triangle because in the end (not in City of Bones but in the third instalment of the Mortal Instruments) Simon realizes that Clary is meant to be with Jace so he back off. They even become friends..eventually.
What I Would Have Changed
Personally, I like a little bit of romance in action-packed books so its not like scene after scene of action and I think this book could have had some more of that. Yes, we can see that jace and Clary have some interest in each other, but they don’t really carry out on those actions, except that one time. I think there should have been more of that. Some people agree with me, some don’t. It’s all good, whatever you think 🙂
Overall – 4.7/5 Stars. Really, really great read for YA lovers like me!