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City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

on June 5, 2013

200px-City_of_BonesSummary:

“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. . . .”

My opinion:

Vampires and demons, what’s not to love?
My main reproach is how the author starts out by flooding the reader with tons of info, tons of supernatural vocabulary that we know nothing about at first. Vampires and demons, I get. But then in a couple of pages you hear about Shadowhunters, and Raveners, Silent Brothers, the Clave, and organizations and categories and it goes on and on. So you really have to follow.
However the pacing of the narrative is very good. I was rarely bored, and the action moves along pretty fast so that’s great.
BUT and this a big but, I disliked Clary thoroughly!

Clary : I thought was very boring as a main character. She was not just average, but also sometimes outright dumb. For example when she arrives in the City of Bones and asks Jace“Where do the Silent Brothers sleep?” –total facepalm moment-.
At first she’s very reluctant to try things that might help her save her mother. I mean come on ! Her mom’s the only member of her family left! A little courage, please!

Jace : By far the character I liked the most : his wit and humor , sometimes a jerk face that’s for sure. But very entertaining nevertheless.

Simon: a very good sidekick in a Ron Weasley kind of way. Very funny although sometimes a pain.

Valentine : Why oh why name a villain Valentine ??? It sounds too nice for a villain. I mean, Voldemort sounds threatening; but VALENTINE ?? You picture a villain with hearts and roses and candy. : The worst he can do is give a bad toothache.

All in all a good book, not without faults, but with an entertaining read nevertheless which is why I give this book:

5 star

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