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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


10 thoughts on “City of Bones

  1. a a says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here IMPORTANT EDIT 1 14 18 Fam, I wrote this review in 2011 All of y all commenting in 2018 need to get over it I ve moved to a different account I ve moved past Cassandra Clare and while I maintain that this book is a blatant rip off of about 1000 other books and while a lot of you insist that she s an original author, like it or not, she does have a history with plagiarism bad behavior , I haven t read any of her new stuff so I can t tell you if she s continued to toe the line with plagiaris IMPORTANT EDIT 1 14 18 Fam, I wrote this review in 2011 All of y all commenting in 2018 need to get over it I ve moved to a different account I ve moved past Cassandra Clare and while I maintain that this book is a blatant rip off of about 1000 other books and while a lot of you insist that she s an original author, like it or not, she does have a history with plagiarism bad behavior , I haven t read any of her new stuff so I can t tell you if she s continued to toe the line with plagiarism or write poorly In fact, I can tell you that a lot of people whose opinions I trust say that she s become a much better,original writer I ve even considered reading some of her newer books If you enjoy her writing, good for you If these books she s written are important to you, I m happy for you My opinions are my opinions, you don t have to share them What s really gross is the amount of bullying and personal attacks that are going on in these comments and in messages I ve received While I do regret some of the harshness of the original view, attacking me or anyone else in the comments on either side of the fence is gross I ve received abuse about my looks, about my writing abilities I don t write , about my sex life people implying I should get laid , about my mental health, and even a few messages telling me to kill myself All because you don t like my opinion of a book Guys, even if you hate this review, you have to see that this is way too much.I ve grown up since writing this review and I sincerely hope that some of you have matured, too, since writing some of the hate that I ve read some of of which I ve deleted in these comments Please stop Please move on Review from 1 24 11 I ve been deliberating for a few hours over doing a Serious Business review of City of Bones and outlining the infinite number of problems that lie within, but I decided that any critical thought that I could flesh out isn t going to be anything that you ve never heard before Therefore, I choose the low road sarcasm and mockery.Oh, Cassie Clare, you so crazy I can only guess that after writing almost a million words of Harry Potter fan fiction, a bunch of people sucking your e cock for stealing whole paragraphs from books and quotes from Buffy simply wasn t enough No, I understand You had to capitalize on all that time spent typing up whole paragraphs from books and outlining plots that pretty blatantly ripped off from various films, books, etc I get it I m sure that s how the Mortal Instruments came to fruition It is painfully obvious that your dopey red haired ingenue and snarky blond asshole were essentially Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy in Original Character clothing Ditto Simon being a hybrid of Harry Ron and maybe Isabelle being a slutty Hermione But wait, you didn t stop there Hodge is Lupin Peter Pettigrew 2.0 and Luke is better known by his other name, Sirius Black, and I am not entirely sure why you didn t just call Valentine by his true name Voldemort And seriously, though, why not just call the Mortal Instruments by their true name the Deathly Hallows But wait, it gets better Strong with this novel, the Force is because somehow there s a creepy Luke and Leia thing going on with Clary and Jace which, for the record dude, that s nasty How dare you let them make out and then discover they re related Because I had to know in order to keep myself from hurling up my dinner, I did discover that this little detail does get resolved eventually, but I reiterate that s nasty I thought the point of this book was to make teenage girls hold their hands to their hearts and swoon, not make them want to upchuck with what I find to be your disturbing affinity for incest seriously you had the whole six episodes of Star Wars to steal, uh, draw inspiration from and you pick the creepy incesty parts But it s weird, because if Jace and Clary are Luke and Leia, does that make Simon Han Solo In a weird way, I found Jace s whole over confident demeanor to belike Han, which I guess is pretty on point with what happens in later novels In other news, I will no longer be referring to Valentine as simply that he is now Darth Valentine Yes, I said it I guess this makes Jocelyn Padme, except she s not dead yet.I must give you where credit where credit is due, though Clary isn t a total dumb, annoying, doormat heroine, which is essentially my biggest pet peeve in the entirety of fiction Instead, Clary is just dumb and annoying Why the fuck does she slap everyone It doesn t make her a strong, venerable female, it makes her a psychotic bitch, especially since there wasn t a single justifiable slap she delivered Also, she s a moron Blind, deaf babies knew that Simon was in love with her My dog knew that Simon was in love with her and the most complicated thought he has in a day is, gee, I think I ll lick my junk today I have no idea why it s such a surprise to her, really This brings me to my second greatest pet peeve and yet another trope that you liberally borrowed from, well, everyone all the boys want Clary What the hell is this shit Clary isn t even likable You stole it off of Stephenie Meyer who stole it off of L.J Smith and frankly You keep copying copies, the shittier looking and harder to read they get You are not an exception, you are the rule.Also, okay So the Clave is like the circle of Jedi, right And the Circle is like the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters, sort of, but bad So, like, Order of the Sith, kind of Also, is Darth Valentine channeling Magneto from X Men The Last Stand with his whole purifying the race bullshit I think he is Now that I ve brought the X Men into the picture, I can see the vast similarities there, too Clary is film version Rogue and Wolverine Rogue because she can t be with the person she loves physically Rogue s life sucking power Clary s being in love with her brother and Wolverine because of the whole not having any memories thing and wondering why he has all this power Also, The Institute The Knight Bus Hogsmeade The Leaky Cauldron because sometimes the Institute boards travelers and there s bad food at all three places, much like Isabelle s cooking and also Xavier s School For Gifted Youngsters and Hodge is kind of Professor Xavier esqe his inability to leave the institute Professor X s disability and also The Jedi Training Academy and also possibly Starfleet from Trek.You know what the funniest thing about all this is, Cassie Clare You aren t even stealth about stealing. You know, when most people shoplift, they maybe do a cursory look for the cameras and stuff something in their pocket when they think no one is looking, but you re that chick that goes up to the clerk, asks a clerk a question about a product you have in your hand while winking that you just don t have the money to pay for it In this book there were blatant reference to both X Men and Star Wars Magneto and Prof X by name and the dice hanging up in the Millennium Falcon.Now that I ve drawn all necessary attention to your totally original content, I want to talk about the story in general I read this book because it was handed down to me by my recently turned eleven year old niece I figured, okay, I ll figure out what the big deal is with this book since everyone and their mom no, really, I think my mom, too has read it My niece isn t what anyone would call fastidious she hates cleaning her room and at dinner, she likes to mash all of her food together and make a sculpture with it and then eat it Imagine my surprise when I saw that the portion of the book I borrowed from her had pages upon pages of highlighted words I figured, aw cute, she highlighted her favorite parts But, no, my eleven year old niece had gone through the book and highlighted grammatical errors There were misspellings, comma splices, and just general bad phrasing all throughout She had also highlighted words that she saw in multiples Seriously, Cassie Clare, I get it Every time a wolf shows up in your book, you don t have to describe it as brindled I get it Did your word of the day calendar run out Did you lose your thesaurus Do you have a short term memory problem and forget that you used the word brindled to describe a wolf eight times I can t even talk about the metaphors and the similes I can t I used to like them Now they make me want to punch toddlers in the face because your book is full of approximately nine hundred and thirty three million of them I am also not going to talk about your bizarre tense changes and the random chapter you threw in from Luke s point of view which was completely out of character for both a man and a human, let alone Luke no one talks like that.Another thing that I want to reference is this whole stele thing In Tatiana s review, she mentioned that there didn t seem to be any parameters with this stele it seemed to be a fix it for whenever you had written yourself into a hole I may not have noticed it had I not read the review first, given that as I was trudging through, I was filled with an irrational rage It s a very good point, though But since I read your book in three days just to get through it, I m feeling like an asshole and I want to ask the following questions can the stele make me look like Scarlett Johansson can the stele magic a cheeseburger out of thin air These are questions of vital importance Because if the stele can t, maybe you want to consider it in case one of your characters gets stuck on an island with no food for three years or something.In conclusion, Cassie Clare, OF COURSE YOUR BOOK IS GOOD YOU STOLE EVERYTHING IN IT FROM OTHER PEOPLE I just want to say that I sincerely hope that you make have made a lot of money off your books I also hope that the people you blatantly stole your content from take it all from you when they sue you.Here is the Reader s Digest version of this review The Mortal Instruments Harry Potter Star Wars X Men possibly Star TrekClary Fray Ginny Weasley Princess Leia Rogue Wolverine Uhura Cassandra Clare, herselfJace Wayland Draco Malfoy Luke Skywalker Han Solo Wolverine possibly Captain KirkSimon Harry Ron Cyclops sometimes Han Solo possibly SpockIsabelle Slutty Hermione one of the green chicks Captain Kirk always hits it with one of Jabba the Hut s slaves possibly Jubilee or another dumb, irrelevant mutantAlec token gay character C 3P0 Luke Sirius Black ChewbaccaJocelyn PadmeHodge Remus Lupin Peter Pettigrew Professor XavierValentine Voldemort Darth Vader MagnetoThe Institute The Knight Bus Hogsmeade The Leaky Cauldron 12 Grimmauld Place Xavier s School For Gifted Youngsters Starfleet AcademyChurch the cat Mrs Norris R2D2the portals Floo Network Disapperating Beam me up, ScottyEDIT Someone pointed out that mundies muggles GOOD POINT, YO


  2. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 15 year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club Interesting thing, nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators As it turns out, there is an entire invisible to regular people world, and Clary is an unwitting important part of it City of Bones is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love, Jace mania all around Needless to say, I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and get me some Jace Who am I to deny myself a pleasur 15 year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club Interesting thing, nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators As it turns out, there is an entire invisible to regular people world, and Clary is an unwitting important part of it City of Bones is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love, Jace mania all around Needless to say, I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and get me some Jace Who am I to deny myself a pleasure to fall for a fictional hot, sarcastic and brooding guy Imagine my disappointment, when I found out that this book was one big pile of hot mess Sorry ladies, I said it, it s bad.I had the hardest time sticking to the story and for quite some time I couldn t figure out why Then gradually I realized that there were several reasons.Let me start with the editing I don t really think this book was edited at all, actually Errors were endless and visible to even my untrained eye wrong words noise instead on nose missing words in sentences strange mix of POVs the book is mostly told in 3rd person, from Clary s POV, but occasionally I saw both 3rd and 1st person narration in the same paragraph describing the same events, then there was a page from Jace s POV and a chapter from Luke s Clary s father was called Jonathan in the beginning of the book, but John in the end I can go on, but these were the things that I would normally overlook if the story itself was good Unfortunately it wasn t, and the errors stood out.I didn t think that the story was cohesive, it just didn t quite flow for me It read asof a series of events rather than a novel I thought there were some parts in the book that served no other purpose but to give our hero an opportunity to act knight like I am talking about the entire rat Simon vampires extravaganza This story line could have been edited out completely without any damage to the narrative IMO I couldn t quite relate to any of the characters either What made my friends sigh with adoration, annoyed me I hated the sarcasm, mainly because the jokes, although funny, felt often out of place, plus all of the characters attempting to joke, sounded exactly the same to me I didn t feel the difference in attitudes of Clary, Simon, and Jace If Clare had to make Jace a witty sarcastic type, she should have made the wisecracks his exclusive trademark, not everybody s.The story itself was so ridiculously predictable I do not normally see what is to come in the books, but in COB, I saw every revelation coming Clare just doesn t have a skill to lead to them subtly, it s always in your face Valentine is alive revelation who in this book who was thought to be dead was actually dead a serious question , your mother put a spell on you revelation, the big father brother revelation I could see them all, and I am not the most astute reader out there.Now, my biggest problem with this book I ve read seen it all before Clare borrows so liberally from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Buffy, it is simply impossible to overlook Valentine Voldemort Darth Vader combo Jace Clary Luke Draco Leia Ginny if it is possible combo the Circle reversed Order of the Phoenix Death Eaters combo the Clave Ministry of Magic Luke Lupin Snape combo Hodge Giles Wormtail combo I can continue, but will stop here, you get the picture Granted, there is nothing absolutely original in paranormal genre, but a skillful writer can re work an old theme and make it new, fresh, and unique Whatever is original in COB, is not quite thought through As an example, let s take a stele After finishing this book, I still have no idea what exactly it does do you only write runes with it how exactly do you use it in a battle why it can open some doors and not others it can heal, but not everything it can make you be able to see through a wooden screen, but is it because you write a special rune with it or you use it as a wand It seems to me stele is pretty much used as a deus ex machina, convenient whenever a quick solution to a problem needed And what s with all the shadow folk There is just so much mashed up together fairies, vampires, werewolves, pixies, jinns You name any mythical creature, it is in this book And what about magic I read about spells made by a warlock, stele rune tricks, curses, where does it end The limits of magic possibilities were never defined Bottom line, all these inconsistencies make for one unoriginal and messy imaginary world And this probably was the main reason why I couldn t connect with this book Finally, I was a little surprised by some of Clare s creative choices I found both flirtations of at least 35 year old warlock he might be older, his age was never mentioned with a gay teenage boy and reversed Leia Luke extravaganza quite tacky, if not disturbing Although I know how Jace Clary family matter is resolved in the end, I don t find possibly incestuous relationships appealing.This review might make it seem like COB is the worst book ever written I wouldn t say so, after all, I ve read Breaking Dawn, and that book doesn t have any plot There were some nice Jace Clary moments, the greenhouse birthday party comes to mind But was COB the most blatantly unoriginal book I ve ever read Absolutely although I haven t read Eragon yet, but I heard a lot about it.In all honesty, I shouldn t give this bookthan 1 star, but I will add a second one as a dedication to one Mrs Jace Wayland Would I recommend this book Sure, many of my friends enjoyed it immensely Will I continue on with the series I don t think I will be able to convince myself to waste anyof my time on being mad at a book I think I will just check out plot summaries on wiki and be done with the series.P.S I just read that Cassandara Clare is an avid and famous in certain circles fanfiction writer I guess that s where all the liberal borrowing comes from Mystery solved


  3. Cara Cara says:

    Wow I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to sayOk so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind So here it goesClare does a superb job of drawing you in Maybe the plot isn t completely unique but the world she created is I kept telling myself this is Wow I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to sayOk so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind So here it goesClare does a superb job of drawing you in Maybe the plot isn t completely unique but the world she created is I kept telling myself this is sooooooooooo interesting The whole shadowhunter thing oozes with coolness I mean half angel, half kick butt people It doesn t get much cooler than that The story is full of action and yes sometimes there are things added for dramatic effect, but isn t that the point If you were looking for somethingslow paced read The Mill on the Floss personally I d rather pullhair then read this but moving on I m a sucker for action sequences so this totally delivered on that front The author s take on werewolves was original, and I gotta say they give the vampires a run for their money I actually guessed most of the twists but that s some of the fun Finding the hints and feeling the satisfaction of saying YES Score for me I got it right Let s do a little victory dance Insert some break dancing moves I personally cannot do here I think some people didn t get that guessing the twists is all part of the experience.Some people claimed all of this to be fluff but I don t agree Just look at Jace The whole feeling about belonging has depth to it Now for why I knocked off a star even though I REALLY didn t want to I thought Clary would beshocked about finding out her history You d think with how much her mother pounded in to her that there was not such thing as magic she would resist the whole ideaAlso I think the author tried to introduce too many fantasy creatures at once Like the scene at Magnus Bane house was overdone for my taste We could have done without so many new faces Those are just little irks though, my main one was Valentine I know this is going to sound outrageous but Valentine wasn t bad enough for me I shouldn t feel this way looking at his track record he is evil The thing is I wasn t scared of him A good villain has got to be scary plain and simple I m hoping to seeevilness in him in the next book.Well I think I ve said enough I m so glad I m reading this series after all the books are out I totally expect to be blown away by the next installment Later added Guess what guys They are making a movie and here is the trailer


  4. Kat Kennedy Kat Kennedy says:

    Warning won t contain spoilers cause I didn t get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoiling Okay, so let me get this out straight I have never NOT finished a book before Okay, I m lying The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte Why Because they were boring.Because, as I read them, I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just to have something to do But I have never NOT fini Warning won t contain spoilers cause I didn t get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoiling Okay, so let me get this out straight I have never NOT finished a book before Okay, I m lying The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte Why Because they were boring.Because, as I read them, I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just to have something to do But I have never NOT finished a Young Adult paranormal novel before And I ve read some BAAAAAD books But I didn t finish this book because it goes beyond bad It makes the History of Sexuality seem amazingly interesting and colourful.To be fair to Ms Clare, I was not actually reading her novel so much as listening to the Audiobook The Narrator, Graynor, did a particularly craptastic job.To be fair to Ms Graynor, she didn t have much to work with I tuned her out, I swear, I was focusing on the actual prose, taking in the story, trying to get interested But the writing was terrible It was painful The characters were annoying.Now, I ve been fair to Ms Clare and I ve been fair to Mr Graynor So there s only you left to be fair to now.And in order to do that, I have to admit that I wasn t EXPECTING to like this book I was, however, expecting to be pleasantly surprised, and I ll explain why.Many years ago, Cassandra Clare was Cassandra Clair a VERY popular FF author in the Harry Potter and LoTR circles I actually greatly enjoyed her Draco Trilogy I ve read it many times I had heard that this book was very similar to DT and so I was expecting to find it to be a guilty pleasure Something my moral compass told me to leave behind, but that I would actually enjoy too much to do so But I was wrong.Yeah, she plagiarized that work and I won t really go into it except to post a link because in the end, I m not reviewing her, I m reviewing her work.But here s the problem Jace is really just Draco from DT Simon is really just Ron and Harry amalgamated into one Clary is really just Ginny The bad guys seems too much like good ol Voldie The plot is painfully similar to DT It was like reading her old work all over again And I think, because she was really just redressing her old characters, she didn t even both to give them any growth in this story.To be honest, I didn t read far because the writing was boring oh my lord, the similes Someone save me from them and poorly constructed the characters were boring and poorly constructed and the plot was boring and poorly constructed.I d already read DT so I didn t need to read this


  5. Rick Riordan Rick Riordan says:

    Okay, so I m far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course I m a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life of New York Clary Fray is a sympathetic protag Okay, so I m far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course I m a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life of New York Clary Fray is a sympathetic protagonist, though I was equally drawn to the supporting cast I especially like that the villains are believably three dimensional Even when you do not support them, you understand what motivates them There is no easy black and white, good and evil dichotomy I ll be interested in seeing where the series goes from here, and what Clare does with her Victorian prequel series The Infernal Devices


  6. Tomoe Hotaru Tomoe Hotaru says:

    19 Apr 16 Bet you re sick of my updates, now.Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare.Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare s work to her own.Read and decide for yourself 15 Jun 13 update again Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my casting of City of Bones, I actually think my version is much better than the movie version.I mean, look at Isabe 19 Apr 16 Bet you re sick of my updates, now.Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare.Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare s work to her own.Read and decide for yourself 15 Jun 13 update again Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my casting of City of Bones, I actually think my version is much better than the movie version.I mean, look at Isabelle, and look at Clary.Correct me if I m wrong, but Isabelle is supposed to be way hotter than Clary.And don t even get me started on Jace.I mean, Jamie Campbell Bower was cute in a couple of his other films, but Jace was supposed to be. I dunno swoon on your feet panty wetting hawwwt.And Simon..I mean, he has friendzone written all over him 12 Jan 13 I know this is now being made into a film, and I know they ve all got the cast sorted out, but I imagined them very differently So here s how they all played out in my head Simon Aaron Taylor JohnsonFor some reason, I always imagined Simon as young Eisenheim And a part of me wants to kick myself for associating the 2006 film with this book in any way.Alec Ezra MillerAnd no, it s not because he s queer.Isabelle Jessica SzohrBecause I wanted to put this picture in here, kay Jace Draco MalfoyI mean come on Is there even a debate on this Clary Kristen StewartOnly because her acting skills match the quality of Clary s personality 11 Aug 12 Also known as Why Readers CAN Review An Author As Well As His Her Book, And Why STGRB Are Full of Shit And Obviously Never Took English Lit Classes For Telling Us We re Not Allowed To.I heard about the whole plagiarism issue long before I even heard of Cassandra Clare s books, so I tried getting into it as objective as possible, given the circumstances All I know is that she pretty much copy pasted whole wads of text from another FF writer, from published books, from TV dialogue into her Draco Dormiens trilogy, without providing any credit to the original authors.I also know that she lifted wads of text from Draco Dormiens into her published Mortal Instruments What remains a mystery, though, is whether these bits copied into The Mortal Instruments were her own original pieces of writing, or some of them even plagiarized work I won t go much into the whole plagiarism thing, since if indeed any plagiarized work exists in The Mortal Instruments, that is pretty much speculation.However, it does bring to mind questions of ethic should a plagiarist be published Some people strongly believe in giving second chances I think people only deserve second chances when they admit to their errors and have truly proven their repentance Both cases which I have not as of yet heard Cassandra Clare do.Other questions popping into my head include shouldn t there be some sort of punishment for plagiarists I mean, if I did in university what Cassandra Clare did in Draco Dormiens and, arguably, The Mortal Instruments , then I would ve been kicked out on the curb and my pretty Master s degree ripped to shreds And, similar to the whole Chris Brown debacle, instead of condemning her far below ethical work habits, we, the consumers, commend their artwork , as if sending the message that whatever wrongs they have done, it doesn t matter because people still eat their shit up There is no learning curve here or at least, no deterrence factor.But anyway, I tried to suppress these nagging questions while I read the book, because I wanted to know if I would truly, objectively, enjoy City of Bones Especially after the whole GR Bullies absurdity, where an increasing number of voices proclaim that Reviews Should Be About Books And Completely Separate From The Author.Well, ladies and gentlemen, my experience reading City of Bones will provide evidence alongside many other ample evidence out there , that no sometimes we, as readers, cannot keep the two things separate Sometimes, our moral and ethic code just won t let us Reading is, after all, a subjective experience, and all sorts of things influence our enjoyment of it, including our perception of the author And if that affects our enjoyment of a book, then it damn well does belong in a review if we choose to put it there.So Anyway Now that I m off my soapbox The biggest thing that stands out while I read City of Bones was how inconsistent the writing was It was so lazy and repetitive, information was handed over to us on a silver platter there was no subtlety or any depth going on But then there would be brief, short scenes or dialogues that actually made me laugh out Those few and interspersed scenes surprised me, like one wet and icky autumn day, when I found a five dollar bill while raking up my neighbour s filthy garden.Try as I might to ignore it, I was at a dilemma Should I enjoy this I mean, it s only five dollars Surely they couldn t miss it And, I mean, I m working my arse off in this horrible weather because my mother owes them a lawnmower And anyway, it might not even be theirs to begin with.In the end, I took the money come on, you would ve, too , but I just didn t enjoy it as much as I would have And the delight I should have felt at finding money just wasn t there.These funny bits of dialogues and scenes filled me with just as much inner turmoil as my five dollar note dilemma, and even though I know that maybe, perhaps, it could be that these are all Cassandra Clare s own words, I still couldn t shake off the icky suspicions out off my gut did she draw inspiration from some other unknown source, here In the end, it just ravaged me with too much guilt and suspicions that what originally would have been a five star scene was reduced down to three stars and a really, really sad face.Also a part of the inconsistent writing, was the inconsistent narration I know 3rd person omniscient gives the narrator the power to sift through characters thoughts and emotions as they please, but this is what made the narrative sound forced and contrived We would normally follow Clary as the novel progresses until it is convenient for us to see things from another character s perspective, in which case off we ll jump into another person s head.These conveniences are just one example of what I mean when I say that the narrative lacked subtlety When we aren t directly being fed a certain character s thoughts and emotions through his her own point of view, we are blatantly told their feelings by the character themselves Rarely are people in real life so honest and self aware as the characters in City of Bones An asshat Jace looked as if he were about to laugh What you said to Simon I was trying to save him some pain Isabelle will cut out his heart and walk all over it in high heeled boots That s what she does to boys like that You want to know what it s like when your parents are good church going folk and you happen to be born with the devil s mark He pointed at his eyes, fingers splayed When your father flinches at the sight of you and your mother hangs herself in the barn, driven mad by what she s done When I was ten, my father tried to drown me in the creek I lashed out at him with everything I had burned him with everything I had burned him where he stood I didn t think you liked me all that much Isabelle s brightness faded and she looked down at her silvery toes I didn t think I did either, she admitted But when I went to look for and Jace, and you were gone Her voice trailed off, I wasn t just worried about him, I was worried about you, too There s something so reassuring about you And Jace is so much better when you re around The point I m trying to make, here, is that we get to know the characters because other characters are constantly telling us about them, instead of us making our own informed opinions of them based on their actions and words This is why I say the writing was lazy and lacked depth And how Cassandra Clare tried to show us that her characters have background and troubles and are oh such damaged goods wasor less through self testimonials such as the second quote up above, where Magnus Bane so conveniently gave away his entire childhood to three random teenagers The chapter The Werewolf s Tale was another one of these self testimonials for another partially important character This is a whole new level of telling instead of showing Where unimaginative writers just unload all these information through descriptive prose, Cassandra Clare was at least creative enough to hide it into her dialogue But the same underlying problem is still there we see none of this damaged goods I didn t need Sweeney Todd to tell me his past to know that he was a damaged, troubled man His actions spoke it for me.As for information being handed to us on a silver platter all you need to do is take a look at the entire ending scene with Valentine to see my point The whole chapter was an infodump session Rarely do I read villains who are so eager to reveal their past and provide explanations to their potential victims The Harry Potter novels were slightly guilty of this especially in the earlier books but I believe a lot of other things about the books redeemed itself from this one fault.Jace was also a bit of an infodumper, but I don t take away points for this I mean, I get it it s hard to get on without one character at least explaining what the blazes was going on.Speaking of characters this is rather tough Many reviewers despised Jace because he was such an asshole Clary herself accuses Jace of being an asshole plenty of times But I ve lived a fair amount of years, and I was friendly with quite a few assholes during my own teenage years And let me tell you one thing Jace is no asshole He s a guy with daddy issues, trying to act tough And that is as deep as any of the characters get I guess, he would be my favourite character out of the whole lot not my favourite character as in the one I liked the most, but the character whom, in my opinion, was the most developed, without self testimonials or other characters telling us about him.But remember my five dollar note dilemma Yeah Jace was, without a doubt, a direct cut and paste of the Draco from Clare s Draco Dormiens trilogy who, by default, is a creation of JK Rowling s So forgive me if Ican t separate the book from the authorbecause frankly If I enjoyed this book simply because of Jace, that doesn t say much about the rest of the book, or the quality of writing, because Jace is not even Clare s original character.Further illustrating the inconsistencies of Clare s writing, though, was the sudden and drastic change in Jace s character during the scene with Valentine There is no way one person, in such a short amount of time, could thoroughly convince and change Jace into such an obedient passive receptive character No matter who the person claimed he was, or what evidence he brings to the table Even if Jace believed in everything Valentine told him, there is no way it would have drastically changed him in such a manner and such a short time.Just as unlikely, was the way Jace was ready to walk the ends of the world with Valentine, build a new life with him, and in the next moment after a few words from Clary was ready to throw that all away once again The double inconsistencies astound me Clare simply does not understand human psychology or even human nature enough to make solid characters.The other characters were forgettable, to say the least They all sounded the same, I m afraid Witty, dry sort of humour It gets tiring after a while Also, the Magnus and Alec thing Can I just say, ew Magnus is like, what Forty And Alec is sixteen Even Valentine the Villain was not much of a villain He didn t frighten me, or even daunt me I kept reading how Clary was disgusted at how manipulative he was during his scenes, but reading the pages myself, reading his words, his actions He wasn t particular conniving or ingenious really, it was just that Jace was so ready to have a family back, he was willing to lap up every bit of contradicting information he heard.Plot progression and twists were unsurprising Uninspired No, wait, they were inspired By Star Wars and Harry Potter, to name a few Perhaps even a bit of Buffy in there.And this is where my final dilemma lies To like, or not to like That is the question.For light fluff, it has entertainment value enough But what little entertainment value there was, was lifted off other, better, pieces of work out there To say that I did not enjoy City of Bones would be a lie but the question is, did I enjoy City of Bones, or did I enjoy the bits of Harry Potter and Star Wars in City of Bones I ll let you decide if it s fine to like a book filled with other writers characters, other authors plot twists, other screenwriters dialogue Perhaps I m being too uptight, but here s how I see it New York with Potterverse and Star Wars Take that away and what are you


  7. Khurram Khurram says:

    A great and interesting books I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well The book is very well written and fast paces.We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witne A great and interesting books I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well The book is very well written and fast paces.We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witness to an attack, the strange thing is that the victim of the attack disappeared right before her eyes, and when security arrives, despite the attackers standing right in front of them, she is the only one who can see them.Clary descovers she is part of the world of Shadow Hunters and demons Shadow Hunters are demon slayers She learns stories of Vampires and Warewolves aretruth than fiction She is attracted to Jace the most accomplished of this group of hunters Much to the chagrin of her best friend Simon, and Jaces hunter brother Alex.She learns years ago a charasamitic, powerful, and high ranking Shadow Hunter, called Valentine created his own circle to cleanse the world of all demonic blood Weather they were good or bad, their existence was enough of a crime He was ruthless to the point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything human or demon as calateral damage Now after 17 years Valentine has seemingly returned from the dead to finish what he started Clary must learn of the ways of the shadow hunters if she is help her friends stop Valentine.Great story, good drama, the characters are ok, the only failing I found in the book were the fight scenes I think these are not the writer s strongest area yet All in all a great book, not as action packed as I expected but the story makes up for this


  8. Nick Nick says:

    Clary just shut the hell up


  9. Heather Heather says:

    I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re reads later in sptite of the fact that I m older, wiser, and should know better I ve also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it I m glad that I get to love it What else can I say image error For me, this book shines, and to th I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re reads later in sptite of the fact that I m older, wiser, and should know better I ve also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it I m glad that I get to love it What else can I say image error For me, this book shines, and to those of you who loved it, I imagine you are a bit like me You found yourself immersed in a world where demons roam the night, weres run a bar, vamps occupy abandoned hotels, warlocks cast spells while rockin glitter in their hip hugging jeans, and the law is upheld by Shadowhunters, a race of humans blessed by the angel Raziel Hokey Sure Rockin like a unicorn adorned bike Hell yes Even the setting, NYC, was so palpable it became another character in this vibrant story I thought the Shadowhunter world was funny, sleek, dark, sexy and hopeful More importantly, the characters came so alive for me that they jumped off the pages I felt as though I were in the story with them as opposed to merely following along in their journey.Regardless of the types of books you prefer to read, or the characters that endear themselves to your heart, I think we all read to for some type of enjoyment What evokes that enjoyment varies from reader to reader, but I still find excitement within these pages To me, that is the mark of a fantastic book


  10. Teodora Teodora says:

    4.25 5 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf HEY LOOK AT ME FINALLY PICKING UP THIS SERIES As a newbie in this whole Shadowhunter universe, all I can say is that this world is pretty weird Maybe if I was reading this 12 years ago, things would ve seemed to be different, but now as a 20 something year old I am not so into the world just yet It is at the same time childishly simple and complicated I m sure it would grow on me, I mean, that should be the whole point of a series witht 4.25 5 Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf HEY LOOK AT ME FINALLY PICKING UP THIS SERIES As a newbie in this whole Shadowhunter universe, all I can say is that this world is pretty weird Maybe if I was reading this 12 years ago, things would ve seemed to be different, but now as a 20 something year old I am not so into the world just yet It is at the same time childishly simple and complicated I m sure it would grow on me, I mean, that should be the whole point of a series withthatmany volumes But for now I am only going to categorise it as weird.I also cannot say that the plot of this particular book did not baffle me, because it did There were some parts where I thought that things just fall perfectly into place, but some othersJesus, really Like, for one maybe a tiny spoiler but so many people have read this book already that is not even relevant any , how the fuck did that vampire tore open Clary s backpack and stole a rat all by mistake without Clary to notice is beyond me.Now, cutting off all that negativity I ve spilt like tea, let s talk about positive things Yay.How much do you think I love Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle and Alec The answer is actually very much Like, for real, are they accepting submission letters to their cult because I am in, what the hell Clary Fray is, to me, a bit of a head in the clouds type of girl, a bit silly and na ve, and excepting the fact that she got so fast so cool with all this weird voodoo batshit happening in her life all of a sudden, she is really nice Simon the same as Clary Maybe a bit sassier.Isabelle is that type of superhot but super scary girl the cool stuff, you know that is a bit overly narcissistic but can dominate every idiot that dares to breath wrong in her presence Kinda my type of cool girl As for Alec, her brother boy, I love him I really do He is the right amount of sexy, shy, awkward and badass, all that mixed with a big heart and a strong impression of not knowing how to express feelings You just got to love him Oh and I can already see something blossoming between him and Magnus and I am so here for that to happen Now, about Jace, all I can say is that he can charm the pants off of you and you d probably thank him for that In my opinion, Jace is the best part of at least this book and I am always going to be looking forward the parts where he s being himself He is charming and witty and selfish and cruel But he has some of the best moments And because of the fact that I haven t seen The Mortal Instruments films or The Shadowhunters TV series, in my head there was this constant portrait of Jace that my brain painted for my mind s eye and in my mind, Jace looks exactly like Toby Regbo who played Prince Francis II inReignI just couldn t picture him otherwise Put some sexy runes on that Prince Francis and there you have Jace Wayland, my version OOPS MY FINGER SLIPPED Okay, living my inappropriate behaviour aside shame on me, what can I say , I was prepared to give this book something between 3 and 3.5 stars altogether But that ending had something else in mind.I was so confused with everything happening that I just ignored some factors that might ve made me prepare myself for that endingbut noI really can say that I didn t see that coming My face literally fell on the ground and I am still in a little bit of shock.So with that being said and without further ado, I am glad to announce that I am not going to leave this series alone until I love it, so bring it on book 2, show me what you ve got Book inspired