Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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

This book came highly recommended by a couple people so I was quite excited when I was leant the books. I began reading with pretty high expectations and unfortunately the book didn't quite meet them. First, I do want to say that I never wanted to abandon the book, it was good enough to keep me interested. Also, it was a quick and easy read, perfect for on the go reading. I read quite a bit of it on the drive to Dallas a couple weekends ago. My problem with it was really that I kept reading things that I had seen and read before. Demon hunters, a flying motorcycle, the main character discovering that she is not as normal as she thought. I was hoping for something a little more original.

Still, I continued with the series hoping to find out that the surprise connection between Clary and Jace is not true. What an odd development. Why was this needed?


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  1. What a shame, you didn't enjoy it. I must admit to loving this book. I have the following two in my collection waiting to be read.

  2. Mari,
    I totally agree with your review. I read this book and was also very disappointed in it. It was good enough to get through; but not good enough to read the whole series for me. Maybe I have just read too many other really wonderful young adult series :-)

  3. I've heard these books are complete ripoffs of other books and tv series, so I'm not at all interested in reading them. Plus I've seen some of the samples of writing and groaned with each one.

  4. I totally agree with your review. Everything had been done before. She's big on using italics for emphasis and some of her descriptions are a bit wackadoo, like - it tasted like old paper, looks like old paper. I remember thinking, what the heck does old paper taste like? Who chews on old paper? Old men with no teeth? Kids pretending to smoke a cigeratte? People in search of gum but can't find anything else?

  5. Also if you want to read some really good books that deal with faeries; Holly Black's Modern Tales of Faerie are excellent. The books in the series are "Tithe", "Valiant" and "Ironside". They are really, really good and often overlooked!

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