29 January 2010

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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.
BAD
City of Bones, while outrageously funny, did not provide me with any sense of girl-empowerment. The main character, Clary, while possessing more of a smart mouth than Bella from the Twilight books, is just as much the damsel in distress.  She did so much screaming in this book I'm surprised her lungs didn't go on strike in protest.

There's also the highly typical best-friend-love complex. You've got a boy and girl who are best friends and it's where the guy is blatantly in love with the girl and the girl is, of course, oblivious to this until everything blows up and she gets it thrown it in her face.  (Is this something that actually happens outside of books and ABC Family dramas?  )

GOOD

This is a very funny book. The plot is unique enough to intrigue, not enough to be called unpredictable.  The author starts it off interesting--enough to draw in the reader.

My favorite part of City of Bones is the writing.  Cassandra Clare is a fantastic writer who weaves words together in ways I hadn't seen before.  Also, her world building skills are wonderful, making the city of New York and the world of the Shadowhunters come alive.

OVERALL
Will continue, but with reservations.

Book Info
  • pages - hardcover, 485
  • published - March 2007
  • publisher - Margaret K McEldererry
  • genre - urban fantasy
  • received via - Borders
  • rating - 4/5
  • series - The Mortal Instruments
    • City of Bones
    • City of Ashes
    • City of Glass
    • City of Fallen Angels
    • City of Lost Souls
    • City of Heavenly Fire