Thursday, July 3, 2014

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Genre: Paranormal Mix
256683Hardcover: 485 Pages
Published: March 27, 2007
Series: The Mortal Instruments
            1. City of Bones
            2. City of Ashes
            3. City of Glass
            4. City of Fallen angels
            5. City of Lost Souls
            6. City of Heavenly Fire
 Goodreads 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.

My Review:

            I have heard many good and bad things about this book/series. Either you liked it or you didn't. After reading this book I have to say I was definitely interested in this story. This idea of Nephilim, Shadow-hunters and demons was exciting and new. Plus the addition of werewolves, vampires, and warlocks made this an even more fascinating book to read.

            Clare is a 15 year old girl who is out at a club with her best friend, Simon. They are having a good time until Clare witnesses three scary looking teens murder someone. She screams at the top of her lungs and finds out she's the only one who can see them. Hysterical, she follows the teens out the club only to see the empty street.

            A few days later when her mother disappears and Clare is attacked by demons, she finally comes face to face with the three teens from the club. Jace is a Shadowhunter who saves Clare and brings her back to their headquarters. But what do the demons want from Clare? She is only a mundane who suddenly has the Sight and is on the most wanted list for the demons. Can Jace and the rest of the Shadow-hunters figure out what's going on before Clare is attacked again or will they fail and let Clare get captured?

            There were many twists and turns in this book that I didn't expect at all. I was surprised to see some of the events unfold in a different way than I originally thought. I liked the idea of Nephilim who were demon hunters and my favorite part was the ruins they drew on their arms. The concept of the ruins was very fascinating and I wish the author had elaborated more on that. Hopefully, the second book will have more explanations and I can't wait to continue their story. 

Movie Review:

Honestly, the movie kind of sucked. I was super excited when I found out that there was going to be a movie about this book! I couldn't wait to see who they picked for the cast and I was hoping the characters would match the descriptions.


No. Just no. In the book Jace is supposed to be a drop dead gorgeous hunk of meat who could make ANY girl fall for him. This ^ is not a drop dead gorgeous hunk of meat. This ^ is okay. I was so disappointed when I saw James Bower playing the role of Jace because I wanted it to be Alex Pettyfer. 

(Ohhh! You gorgeous man! *fans herself*)

And isn't Isabelle supposed to be more prettier than Clare???? Clearly, not in the movie!


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