Wednesday, October 15, 2014

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Book Review

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry; First Edition edition (February 19, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1416955070
ISBN-13: 978-1416955078
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (To purchase click on the title)

About City of Bones

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 recently picked this up at a used book store – I honestly hadn’t heard of the book prior to seeing it there.  I’ll admit, my TBR pile is extremely long and after glancing at my list I did see I had it on there – maybe I should start bringing it with me.  Either way, I was intrigued by the plot.  I was not a huge fan of the Twilight Series (I know, I am in the minority here) but do like to continue to read YA novels that have a paranormal feel to them.
This novel started a little slow for me.  Don’t get me wrong, the action and story starts pretty much from the beginning but for some reason I didn’t feel it pulling me in right off the bat.  But, it didn’t take too long for the plot to draw me in.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Is this the best book of its type that I have read?  Not by a long shot.  Although the characters are interesting, the plot is pretty predictable (at least I thought so).  But, that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t recommend it.  All I would say is just don’t go in expecting lots of intense scenes as they are few and far between.  There is quite a bit of action, I just found it to be a little muted for my taste.
A great weekend read if you are looking for something not too heavy and with a paranormal twist.  I will read the rest in the series because the author has made me want to find out what happens next.

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