BONUS BOOK: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

“And then she drew Jace standing on the roof, looking down at the ten-story drop below. Not afraid, but as if the fall challenged him-as if there were no empty space he could not fill with his belief in his own invincibility.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “When 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…”

Review: I’ve heard about the Mortal Instruments series multiple times over the past few years, but I didn’t get around to investigating more thoroughly until one of my bookstore coworkers recommended it. In a one sentence summary, I found that the series holds potential but that the first book got off to a rather weak start. As far as potential is concerned, Cassandra Clare (pseudonym for Judith Rumelt, a Harry Potter/Lord of the Rings fan fiction writer turned novelist) has definitely created a multifaceted, interesting world where demons, angels, werewolves, faeries, and vampires all have a place. Her ideas are, for the most part, very unique, and City of Bones was unlike any other teen fantasy/adventure books I have read in the past. However, I felt like the characters almost always failed to have “appropriate” reactions to the many outrageous things that happened to them. SPOILER ALERT: For example, when Clary finds out that Jace is actually her brother (signs point to this not being true, but the first book certainly wants its readers to believe that it’s a real possibility), she is somehow able to very quickly get over the fact that she is immensely attracted to and has kissed said brother, and instead tries to be a “supportive sister” as Jace deals with the news. It was weird. I’m also not a huge fan of the fact that Cassandra CLARE chose to name her heroine CLARY; it seems a little bizarre and pretentious to me. Overall, this first book in the six-part series did not dissuade me from reading book two, but it also did not necessarily meet my expectations, given the high press and praise this series has received in the past. We’ll see what the second book holds!





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