After hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world...moreAfter hearing good things from many different places, I decided on a whim to give this book a try. After a week long adventure immersed in this world of fantasy meets reality, I am so glad I took a chance.
City of Bones had everything I wished I could find in a book before. It's sexy and fun, fast-paced and enthralling. Like Harry Potter, this is a whole other world that normal humans usually never know about.
When Clary finds herself dragged into it, the adventure really begins, and from start to finish I was captivated, wanting to know what would happen next. I loved the mixed of the fantastical meets normal.
All of the characters seem to be well developed. Usually when there are several characters, it's easy for them to only scratch the surface of their personality, but there seems to be a depth to each character. While perhaps they aren't fully explored in this first book in the trilogy, the potential is set up and I can't wait to read the next book to find out more.(less)
It may have taken me over a year off and on to finish this book, but finish it I did. Much like with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it took me a bit...moreIt may have taken me over a year off and on to finish this book, but finish it I did. Much like with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, it took me a bit of time to really sink my teeth into the book. Unlike the first book, it felt like the story began to take off much quicker than the previous book, but I can see now how some of the things from the first book were necessary and setting up for many of the things that occurred in this book.
As far as the plot goes, I thought it was really good. It was a good mystery, and I enjoyed seeing the pieces fall into place. It took some time for things to make sense but it felt like there was always a new bit of information to push the story forward, and it was satisfying to see those bits click into place. I also enjoyed seeing all of the different vantage points throughout the book. It added an interesting take, and with so many investigations going on simultaneously, it was a clever way to get different pieces of information out there. I also liked the addition of several of the new characters.
I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't as much interaction with Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander in this book, but I could see the necessity for the lack of it. I think my only real complaint is the abruptness of the ending. Even though I know there's another book, it just felt like it ended pretty suddenly. However, I'm quite looking forward to reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, and hopefully it won't take me over a year to get through it!(less)
Like City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the re...moreLike City of Bones, City of Ashes quickly pulled me into the fantasy world Cassandra Clare has created. While there is still so much unknown to the reader about the lives and world of Shadowhunters, I felt like this book explored more of that world, and also more about it's characters.
I was pleased to find that I was right when I assumed that the characters mentioned in City of Bones has a lot of potential left to be explored. Something I really enjoyed about this book was that, while still written from third person, we were shown different angles of the story. City of Bones seemed to focus more on things from Clary's point of view, but this time we were able to see things from several different sides, and I felt like that really added some dimension to the story.
Also, like City of Bones this book kept up it's fast pace. Even when there were moments of downtime, I never felt like they were being wasted with trite filler material. I also felt like there were clues being dropped along throughout the book that has made me especially anxious to move on to the next book in the series. Most times I don't enjoy books that leave me hanging, but in this case, and maybe it's only because I have the next book and won't have to wait to get started on it, but the suspense and the questions left unanswered have given me something to look forward to.
I think I enjoyed City of Ashes more than City of Bones, but that could also just be because I feel more attached to the characters now. I think the second installment to the trilogy is interesting, exciting and full of action. It's definitely an enjoyable read, and one that I think I will be reading again in the future.(less)
I wish that Goodreads would change their rating system because I would like to give this book a 3.5. I enjoyed this book more than Greywalker and Polt...moreI wish that Goodreads would change their rating system because I would like to give this book a 3.5. I enjoyed this book more than Greywalker and Poltergeist, but not quite as much as Underground.
I've had some issues really connecting with Harper's character in the past, but I did feel like I understood Harper better in this one. Several pieces of her past fell into place that made her personality make a little more sense.
The book starts with Harper having nightmares about her ex-boyfriend, Will, and then getting a visit from the ghost of another ex. This leads her to visiting home and her mother, who was a rather tedious character. There, she learns some very important information about her long deceased father, but before she can really get into that mystery, she is summoned back to Seattle by vampire Edward. From there she is sent to London, where she also plans to check in on Will, to try to locate Edward's missing associate.
I really enjoyed the setting of this book, both in the present and in the grey. The grey has always been interesting, but the descriptions of the differences in how the grey looks from place to place is really fascinating, especially in a historically rich environment like London.
I also enjoyed the pacing in this book. The first part of the book was dedicated to learning about her father and, while interesting, was a bit slower, but once Harper made it to London, it was full speed ahead. Also, the information Harper gleaned in the first part of the book tied into this situation, so there was a bit of a payoff there. The different types of vampires introduced in this book were really cool. A vampire that other vampires are scared of is pretty terrifying. I also really loved meeting another Greywalker. Marsden was probably my favorite character of this book.
I think my only real problem with the book was that so much of the story revolved around saving Will. I've never really been a huge fan of Will, so while I didn't want to see him abandoned, I didn't necessarily feel overly concerned about him. I think I probably felt more for Michael, Will's younger brother, who I did actually like in the previous books.
Even so, this was a fast paced mystery, and as Harper learned more and started to connect the dots, I found myself really fascinated. I can't wait to read the next book in hopes of getting more answers (and probably more questions in the process). I'm also hoping for some more Quinton because he's easily my favorite character of the series. (less)