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
Best of the series so far. I have some major issues with it, though. 1. Donia suddenly has a complete personality change. Her stabbing Aislinn seemed oBest of the series so far. I have some major issues with it, though. 1. Donia suddenly has a complete personality change. Her stabbing Aislinn seemed out of character. I mean, sure Aislinn's the Summer Queen with Keenan, the guy she loves, but really?? That made me not like her anymore, even though I don't exactly like Aislinn. 2. Seth. I don't like him. He's annoying, boring, and complains a lot. Him becoming a faerie...?? Where's that going to go? 3. Keenan...HE HAS NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AT ALL. He stays the same throughout the series. Will he never improve? Or at least change in SOME way?? 4. Niall. Whoa. Talk about ANOTHER personality change. Suddenly Nial is evil? WHAT? Sure, he's the king of the Dark Court now. So? Suddenly he's a different person? And why is he so obsessed with Seth? I find that weird. Is Niall bi-sexual or something? Does he LIKE Seth? I never understood that. I don't have anything against gay characters, but when I have no idea if they're gay or not because it isn't clear..?? Nope. Was Irial in love with Niall? Never got that either. Niall AND Irial loved Leslie, right? But didn't they also love each other? The book makes no sense. 5. Sorcha. Why? I found her to be boring and annoying. Her only purpose was to turn Seth into a faerie--the whole thing about her being his mother was also quite odd. 6. I don't like a single one of the characters, and wouldn't care if they all died horrible deaths. Which is not good, shockingly.
It was a fast read, and enjoyable in a way...sort of like fast food. But I wouldn't read it again, or think about it when I wasn't reading it....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