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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Book Review: City of Bones

So I've been saying for months that I feel like the only girl on earth who hasn't read Cassandra Clare. I finally remedied that! Yea! Last week, in preparation for the release of the film, I finally read City of Bones, book 1 of The Mortal Instruments.

So I'm thinking I don't need much of a synopsis because most people know the gist, but for those who don't, Clary is a normal teenage girl with a guy best friend who obviously has a secret crush on her, and is about to find out about an unseen world she's been part of since she was born, but just never knew about. When her mom disappears and she makes friends with demon hunters no one else can see, let's just say her world gets turned upside down.

I really liked this first book of the series. As a writer, my inner editor did come out a few times and I had to remind myself that this is YA, which means certain things are allowed, but mostly that was just me because I'm always editing my own work; not something most people would notice.

Jace, the main love interest, was very arrogant, but I could see that it was a charming sort of arrogant, and he definitely grows on you. The twist at the end of the book (which I won't spoil) I actually knew about from hearing others talk about the series, but I thought it happened in later books. I was surprised to find the twist so early in the series. 

I have no qualms at all with the story or the characters. I probably would have hated that end twist--just like many fans did--but, again, I know something about the story and that it's not the last word on the situation. I'm happy to lay back and wait for the resolution in future books. Speaking of which, while I couldn't continue the series this week (way too much going on!) I will probably pick up book 2 next week. Can't wait!

This is a series for anyone who likes YA, paranormal, or just a great overall story. I would highly recommend it. Besides, the film will be out next week. It's always so fun to see great books made into films, don't you think?

Is anyone else excited for the City of Bones movie?


  1. I quite liked this one as well, although I know a lot of people are annoyed because it started life as a Harry Potter fan fiction.

    I am going to a preview screening of the movie today so hopefully it is good!!!

    Great Review

    Kate @ Reading Under the Willow Tree

  2. wow, this sounds awesome! great review! thanks for coming by my blog. new follower, here, hi!