Friday, 24 May 2013

City of Bones- Cassandra Clare (Mortal instruments #1)

Publisher: McElderry books
Published: March 27, 2007
442 Pages
Goodreads page

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.

I think I'm actually the last person in the world to read this but i finally got there, I'm just a little behind.

This book as most people probably know is an urban fantasy following a girl named Clary who finds out about this world involving shadow hunters and demons and all other mythical creatures that exists alongside regular people going about their everyday life. She finds out she is more involved in this world than she could have imagined and after meeting Jace her world is completely flipped upside down.

At first when i started reading this i had an issue with the dialogue. It seemed really forced and awkward, especially between Simon and Clary and it kind of annoyed me. I don't know if it was intentional or not but it eventually went away or i just got used to the style of writing, either way it didn't bother me so much after a while.
I didn't think too much of Clary as a character overall but i did really enjoy Jace's character a lot. He just has so much personality and i think hes really great to read. Simon reminded me of someone i used to know and i wasn't really into that but that of course is a personal thing.
I love the fantastical elements of the story and the way they are so well written. The story line had a few slow spots where i kind of had to push myself to get through, but overall i think its definitely a solid story line and has set up well for the books that come.
The biggest thing i want to mention is the ending but unfortunately i cant without ruining the book but god i was so disappointed about two of the characters (for the who have read it you will probably know what I'm talking about). I was kind of hoping for a different outcome. 
I've heard that it only gets better from here so I'm looking forward to seeing where the story goes. 

Overall i enjoyed this book and loved all the action it offered. Any fantasy lover would devour this.

Four stars

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