Friday, 10 January 2014

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments #1

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Book Synopsis
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.

Shona's review 4 of 5 stars
I was so looking forward to reading this book but then I heard they were making a movie of the book and I made the decision to read the book after watching the movie.
I can hear you all asking "why would you do that?" well i'll tell you. I recently rushed through a series of books before watching the movie release and while i enjoyed the books I didn't enjoy the movie... I've heard such great things about this series and I wanted to fully enjoy the experience. SO I figured I would watch the movie and then read the book and then both would feel pretty special.
Now I really enjoyed the movie and I was super excited to read the book.

Clare has done a wonderful job of creating this whole other world that blends seamlessly into our own. The plot is well written and the action is almost never ending. This should have been a hands down 5 stars, but honestly I found myself putting this down and not picking it up for days. There was no real pull for me. Don't get me wrong I was enjoying it I just didn't get that 'need to read' feeling.

The characters all feel a little 'unfinished' but I'm hoping that was because Clare was trying to fit so much in and has left room for growth. I will be giving the rest of the books in the series a a fair try, and this time I promise I wont wait until after the movie releases to read them.






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