Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge!)

Released: March 27th, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Star Rating: 5 out of 5
Source: Bookstore
Edition: Paperback
Page Amount: 485
Age Group: Young Adult

Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013!
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.

Another 'everybody has read but me' book. I tried to read this book in the summer of 2010, but I put it down because I was confused about what was happening in the story and I wasn't feeling it at the time. I picked it up again recently and I am so glad I did. City of Bones is a thrilling paranormal read that will have you questioning what actually lies beneath our society the entire time you read it.

I'm not going to lie, the reason I picked this book up in the first place is because I wanted to go see the movie and I would not allow myself to see the movie before reading the book. Yes, I am one of those. I'm so glad I did pick it up, though.

The world that Clare has built is incredible. It is unlike any other story world that I have read about. Unlike most Young Adult paranormal novels, it includes a variety of supernatural elements, such as shadowhunters, vampire, werewolves, demons, faeries, warlocks and much more. With all of these supernatural creatures, I thought that the society was more believable than if it were only a world of Shadowhunters.

This novel is set in modern day New York City. Being one of my favourite cities in the world to both visit and read about, I was thrilled when I found out that is where this book was set. I don't think Clare could have picked a better setting, because of certain elements of this book. Setting it in a city as large as New York just made sense.

Clary grew up not knowing of the world around her. Although her denial kind of annoyed me at times, I do think she was a decent main character. I loved Simon as the quirky best friend, and I wish he wasn't fiction so that he would be MY best friend! And then there's Jace. He is a very swoon worthy character. Need I say more?

I definitely think this book deserves the hype that it has. It is different from the big dystopia craze that's going on right now, and it definitely was a good break from all the contemporary I have been reading lately. I loved this book and if you're looking for an easy paranormal read for this October, I think you should think about picking up City of Bones!

About the Author

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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