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.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is probably one of the first books you would think of when you hear the word "fantasy", and for me, it is far from perfect. From the mixed reviews to many cringe-worthy scenes and some exorbitantly unnecessary long descriptions it is hard to see myself giving this book a rating of five stars. On the first time round, I raved about this book and found it really good, but now reading it a second time, it felt like there were some major flaws in the book. Like the plot twist. The plot twist, yes, was intriguing, but it also seemed a tad out of place. It felt like someone just got that bit out of a random book and stuck it to the end. It felt disjointed, like the silly sentence bits we used to play and stick everywhere on sentences when we were younger. It sort of felt like that. On a general note, Clare's novel lacked some of the spark and magic needed in good fantasy novels.
However, there were a couple of good things that I liked about the book. The world Cassie Clare had built was special and unique. and it didn't feel copied or unoriginal. The idea about runes was quite clever (why can't we have this for our own soldiers??) and so was the whole thing on how vampire motorcycles ran on demon power. But other than that, once again, I feel like she was missing the magic needed in book worlds. I felt like during her processing of building it up in the book, it wasn't much of a story in some parts; it felt like information dumps. This made me feel bored when reading them and also rather confused. It should have been like Harry Potter: building up the world gradually.
I also liked the characters. For example, Jace who was described as a "lion", Simon who truly felt sorry for him being friend-zoned -_- and Izzy who was fierce AF. But my favourite character I have to admit was Magnus, who had the constant urge to help himself to glitter :) Clary, on the other hand was a hot mess. She was annoying, infuriating and stubborn. I would just feel like punching a wall when I read her thoughts. She didn't listen to the other Shadowhunters when they told her to stay at the Institue so she could be safe: she just had to go. Great, I'm glad she wants to help but GOD CLARY WHY CAN'T YOU LISTEN?! She went to places to help, only to realise that she was the handicap and the person that needed saving.
Why Clary, why?
So the book was fine, but I feel our interest in the characters shouldn't be why we really like the book. It should be the plot that makes us feel like turning the next page and holding the book well together. Although CoB was not exactly the best, do not put yourself off from reading it. Who know if you might enjoy it? Even though it just wasn't my jam, I thoroughly enjoyed TID. So Cassie Clare, don't worry, you are forgiven :)
Thank you for reading my review and see you next time.
I give this book a rating of 3/5 stars.
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