City of Bones by Cassandra ClareWednesday, September 12, 2012
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages : 485
Awards : South Carolina Book Award Nominee for Young Adult Book Award (2010), ALA Teens' Top Ten (2008), Georgia Peach Honor Book Award (2009), Abraham Lincoln Award (2010)
Source : BoughtRating : ✿✿✿✿✿
From Goodreads :
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 had been eyeing this book for months in my local library before I got my hand on it a year ago or so. The blurb got me all hyped up, and I have never heard a word ‘Shadowhunter’ before, which probably was one of the reasons I had decided to give this book a try. And have to say, I’m so in love.
Panicked, she followed them into an abandoned storage room, in which she witnessing what she thought was a murder. Only, the victim disappeared into the thin air, with no trace whatsoever.
It was that, and the kidnapping of her mother, that finally brought Clary to the dark world of Shadowhunter, and to the fact that would put her world in the brink of destruction.
The main character, Clary Fray, was a bit unappealing for me. It wasn’t that she was all whiny and annoying, bu t I think she didn’t stand out like she supposed to be. She sure had some character, but I think it wasn’t enough to make her quite distinctive.
On the other hand, I loved Clary’s counterpart, Jace Wayland. He could be as annoying and sarcastic as he could be, but caring and loving when he thought he wasn't being watched. It’s nice to see another part that he tried to hide, his soft and loving side, surfacing in some parts of the story.
I also love Isabelle Lightwood, Jace’s sister-in-heart. I found her quite unique, with the mixture of fashionable, loud, devil-may-care, and badass. She was also fragile behind her strong facade, and that was exactly what I love about her. It made the character feel alive and truly blood and flesh.
The plot was quite interesting too, and I totally love Clare’s world-building. The Shadowhunter culture was deeply told, and it was detailed and believable without giving too much. The twist on the end of the book was very nice too, making the readers want more and eagerly waiting for the nest book, curious about how Clare would unfold and solve all of the problems (Which, trust me, seemed pretty much unsolvable).
The thing I don’t really like about this book was when Cassandra Clare told us a little bit too much about the surroundings, and when she tried (sometimes too much) to tell us something and comparing it to other thing. It was fine at first, but when I found it over and over in one page, it could become slightly annoying.
Overall, as an urban-fantasy chick, I absolutely love this book. And if you like fantasy and would love to immerse in Clare’s world of Shadowhunter, I totally recommend this.