Spoiler Free Review: City of Bones (TMI #1) by Cassandra Clare

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Edition: Paperback, 506 pages, published July 2nd 2015 by Walker Books
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…

I’m really, really late to the party with these books. But I’m finally, fashionably arriving and I’m loving it so far!

The plot..ah, I just wanted to know what was going to happen! So compelling and intruiging. Another amazing thing I found is Clare found the perfect balance between getting to know the charatcers and diving into the plot. This book starts perfectly, not too slow and not rushing into anything either. To have that skill, I envy her very much.

The characters…let’s just set it straight. They’re not all perfect, and they all have their moments. But that’s exactly the way they should be, and using this strategy, Clare made them all seem alarmingly real. These are relatable people in a completely made up (but incredible) world.

The writing…I can’t get over the amount of skill that has gone into writing this novel/series. Clare created an entirely fictional, fantasy world immersed in our very own. And by using Clary as the main character – we discover that world with her. This book is one of few fantasy novels I’ve read and by far the easiest to understand and relate to. Amazing.

Something I liked…I love Simon. Maybe I just sympathised with his (spoiler) unrequited love (end of spoiler), but I also foud him incredibly sweet.

Something I disliked…I don’t think I can pick anything. When I had started reading, I couldn’t look up from the page. I felt fully immeresed in the book, and that’s exactly what I look for when I’m reading.

My rating is…

☽ ☽ ☽ ☽ ☽
5 out of 5 moons

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

Just a note: due to money issues I might not be able to purchase book two for a while…so the reviews may be kind of sporadic, unfortunately!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


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