When I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie ClaWhen I first read the summary of City of Bones, I wasn't overly intrigued. But after reading just one page, I learned just how wrong I was. Cassie Clare has created a brilliantly enthrawling and believable story, starting here, with City of Bones.
The book focuses mainly on the almost-sixteen-year-old Clary Fray, whose only friend is the lovable, loyal, and sarcastic Simon, who happens to be in love with her. Within the first few pages, she is thrust into a world she never knew existed. A world of demon slayers (aka shadowhunters), vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and faeries. A world that she may be more closely connected to than she could have ever dreamed.
When she meets the sexy, arrogant, brooding, and angel-faced Jace Wayland, everything in her life changes. After a demon attack, Clary's mother simply dissappears, leaving Clary alone with Jace, and his "adoptive" shadowhunter siblings, the mysterious and hot-tempered Alec, and the beautiful and confident Isabelle.
From supernatural parties hosted by warlocks, to vampire fights, to the revelation of the infamous villian, Valentine Morgenstern, City of Bones is extraordinarily entertaining.
Jace is easily the most intriguing character in the trilogy, and is very fully developed. All of the characters are multi-dimensional, and described in great detail throughout the novel. From Jace's "tawny eyes" and "golden hair," to Clary's freckled face, small frame, and bright red hair, to Alec's blue eyes and mop of dark scraggly hair. None of the characters are flat, by any means.
There isn't a cliche nerdy girl who gets picked on by cliche mean girls. No. Each character has originality and depth. It is also refreshing that the characters are not simply filthy rich, spoiled, or annoyingly whiny. Each character shows true emotion! The characters also stay consistent, and do not repeatedly seem to change personalities as you may see happen in many other, not as well-written, books. I have gotten so sick and tired of the stuck-up group of girls who think they're cooler than everyone else, and sadly they seem to exist in the majority of YA novels, even fantasy ones. I felt as if this story was very original in this sense. Books such as Blue Bloods, The Morganville Vampires, and House of Night all have the typical witchy girls in them. This is what makes City of Bones so unique (along with many other things, too).
Clare gives superb desciptions of everything, so that I was easily able to picture everything that was happening, and almost felt, at times, that I was there myself. There are no huge chunks of time cut out to save time. It's all real. We know whent the characters are hungry. We know when they are dirty. We know when they're sad, mad, or glad. We know when they're tired, and we know that they are just like you and I in those ways. Most of the characters are also likable one way or another, and therefore are even more easy to connect with.
Clare does not give too much description (but just the right amount), and I am, in turn, not forced to skip through boring parts...There simply are NO boring parts to skip through.
This book will keep you interested all the way through with its not stop action, funny yet realistic dialogue and plot twists. Anyone who likes urban fantasy should give this book a try.
I wasn't bored for even one second, and had real trouble putting this book down. In fact, I got so caught up in this book, that I even had dreams about it...which was a first for me. Even after finishing the book, I feel as if the world Clare created still exists, as do the characters. Writing like this can not be replaced, and should not be ignored. Do yourself a favor, and pick this book up. Read the first page. Then you'll be completely and helplessly hooked! ...more
Definitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I waDefinitely the best book in the series. The characters are great, well developed, and all have their own unique personalities. When reading this, I was really drawn into the story with Rose, and totally felt her pain. There are definitely some shocking moments in this one, and it'll keep you guessing up until the end. It's got tons of action, but not so much that you lose out on the emotions of the characters.
I thought it was great how Rose got partnered with Christian instead of Lissa (I love Christian). It really made for some funny moments. Plus, it got me away from Lissa, whom (sorry, but it's true) I hate. She is such a selfish, sel-centered character...yuck. And we also get more of Adrian, who intrigues me, because I don't know what to think of him yet, despite how genuine he seems in this book.
Richelle Mead doesn't stray away from grit or, to be blunt, heartbreak. There aren't always happy endings or middles with her.
There were quite a few different plot lines going on, far different from the first two, but it wasn't confusing or messy in any way. You really can't go wrong with this series, and this one just sets the bar even higher. ...more
I love this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the relationship between Sonny and Kelley, though I don't much like Kelly (I adore Sonny, though).
CI love this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the relationship between Sonny and Kelley, though I don't much like Kelly (I adore Sonny, though).
Character development was pretty good, but not the best, and many of the minor characters were too minor, if that makes sense. I would have liked to have gotten more of a sense of their characters, especially Sonny's friend.
One thing that bothered me was how Kelley seemed to notice no one but herself. She is way too self absorbed, which made it hard for me to like her character.
The plot itself wasn't that amazing, but the emotional turmoil was entertaining enough, and the ending, though there is another book coming out, was cute and satisfying, even thought it kind of leaves you hanging a bit....more
The truth of the matter is, this book is very boring and has a very slow pace. However, the character's make up for it. The development of Evan and GrThe truth of the matter is, this book is very boring and has a very slow pace. However, the character's make up for it. The development of Evan and Grey is very nicely done, and both characters are very different by the end.
I found the story mystifying in a way that really grabbed my attention--it really keeps you turning the pages--not because of non-top action, but because you wat to know what happens next. I also really Plum-Ucci's writing in general, and I found at least a few quotes worth writing down. It's the kind of book you want to read on a rainy sunday afternoon. ...more
Yummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AYummy. I could just eat this book right up. Firt of all, it's the funniest thing I've ever gotten my hands on. Second, I LOVE the characters. Cal is AMAZING, as is Niko, and who doesn't love Robin and his arrogance and storytelling? The book was both unique and traditional at the same time. Rob twists well-known fantasy elements and makes them her own. This is still my least favorite of the series, but I love it anyway. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but since the others in the series are better, I'd probably continue with it. ...more
Great sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome characteGreat sequal. Loads better than the first one, which is extraordinary, since I adored the first one. Cal. I love him SO much. He's an awesome character, well developed, and I can totally relate to him, even though we really have nothing in common. Niko is a great brother and character. I love the relationship between the brothers--it's so genuine. I feel like they're real people.
Robin. How can you not love him? We get more of him in this one, I'm happy to say. And we get more of Promise. I can't say I like her, but she's an interesting character...definitely not flat.
There's non-stop action. It's just SUCH a fun book, not to mention the most hilarious one I've ever read (the whole series is extremely funny)....more
Love this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better anLove this series. Love this book. Love the characters. Love the plot. Love the dialogue. I just love EVERYTHING! The books just keep getting better and better, funnier and funnier. There are some dark elements, but the humor lightens it up enough for it to be perfectly enjouable. The characters remain true to themselves while simultaneously developing and making me love them. MADHOUSE is considerably different from the others, and we get to see a more gentle side of Cal, which I loved...though, there's nothing about this book (series) that I didn't love.
Deathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great tDeathwish is just as amazing as the other 3 books in the series. I absolutely love the characters, especially Cal and Niko, but the others are great too. It was nice to finally get Niko's point of view, because I couldn't finally get a peek at how he sees things--especially Cal, which was very interesting. It was also completely hilarious, and I love all the sarcastic remarks. Great dialogue! The story had many levels and twists and was completely captivating the entire time. I can't wait for the next book in Rob Thurman's amazing series!...more
Firt off: The cover. When I saw the cover, I decided not to read this book, because it just seemed like it would be boring. Well, it's not. This was aFirt off: The cover. When I saw the cover, I decided not to read this book, because it just seemed like it would be boring. Well, it's not. This was a really fun book! I liked the characters, especially Jarrod! I love him! He and Kate were cute together, and Jarrod's character development was superbly done. I love time travel books, and this one just made me smile and jump up and down and slam my fist on the table. I read it in one sitting--definitely give it a go, because it's much better than the cover would have you believe. I also loved the ending. GREAT STUFF!!! I would have enjoyed an epilogue, just to see how things worked out, but I felt the ending was good enough. Good characters too, even the minor ones. ...more
I love this book. From the first page, I was hooked. I really liked the main character, Ethan, though not at first. He really developed into a great cI love this book. From the first page, I was hooked. I really liked the main character, Ethan, though not at first. He really developed into a great character though. I just love the whole idea of going back in time in other poeple's bodies to save the future. It just really tickled my fancy. The book relies more on plot than on characters and their development, which is unfortunate, because I really like Ethan, Isabel, and Arkarian. It's just a fun read. Nothing to drool over, but good....more
This one surprised me. It was different than I thought, darker, which was good. I found myself really liking Janie, and despite the short length of thThis one surprised me. It was different than I thought, darker, which was good. I found myself really liking Janie, and despite the short length of the book, she wasn't a flat character at all, neither was Cabel. Even the minor characters didn't feel flat, which was impressive. I wasn't sure I'd like the writing style with the whole "8:00AM etc..." timeline stuff, but I didn't mind it.
I liked the idea of dreamcatching, and how it isn't described as pleasant, but quite the opposite. The story is gritty and fun and really grabs you. McMann took something that could have been cliche and unoriginal, and made it just the opposite. ...more
Wow. This book completely fried my emotional compas. I did a lot of laughing, crying, yelling, and simply smiling.
The opening scene was absolutely amWow. This book completely fried my emotional compas. I did a lot of laughing, crying, yelling, and simply smiling.
The opening scene was absolutely amazing. It had me wanting to read MORE MORE MORE. After the amazing opener, it slowed down quite a bit as we're introduced to Grace, her friends, her parents, and her life in general. It was amazing to see her through Sam's eyes as both a wolf and a human. Personally, I love double narratives, so this book really liked me (Yes, that's what I said)!
The characters were great. I compeltely felt the connection between them as though it were my own, as though I were in Grace's shoes. I really got to know Grace and Sam, and by the time I'd finished reading, I felt like I'd known them my whole life. The emotion was so raw, so real--I could feel it in my bones. Grace and Sam's relationship was well drawn-out and convincing; I definitely felt like they cared for eachother, unlike some other books were the romance feels 'fixed.' It was as though, if Grace and Sam were real, the truly would be together- I could totally see it.
The side characters were also intriguing, and had distinct personalities, which was interesting. Grace's two best friends, Rachel and Oliva, felt very real to me; they had such different traits, and reminded me of people I actually know, which is rare. The best friends are often flat, stereotypical, or simply uninteresting, but not these two. And the 'not-quite-rival,' Isabel, was also quite enjoyable. I suppose she was a bit cliché, but I still 'liked' her. It was interesting to see her life, and how she reacted to her own personal 'tragedies.'
The main plotline is the love story, but it is more than that. There is action and grit and adventure and mystery. It has everything, really. And some of the descriptions drove me crazy. For example, when Sam takes Grace to the candy shop, and Grace is describing all the things she can smell...I almost died! I wanted to eat everything! Plus, it made me love Sam all the more. He was so sweet, and I loved how he was pretty much the only wolf who really kept his humanity; it was interesting to see him struggle with it, at any rate.
The whole concept Stiefvater creates with the wolves was breathtaking and heartbreaking. It was so unique, and I loved it. The way the wolves eventually stop changing and just stay wolves--only living a little longer than normal wolves! God! And Sam knowing this was probably the last time he he would ever be human again!
The ending isn't like that of a fairy tale, and made me ball my eyes out. Don't worry, it isn't all bad. It's actually my favorite kind of ending: it's sad enough to be realistic, but not so sad that I want to throw myself out a window!
Anyway, I love this book - I was looking forward to it ever since reading LAMENT, which I loved, and I was hoping it would be just as good- Well, it was much much BETTER! ...more