I have something to confess. Before I started reading City of Bones, I figured it would be yet another book that I would read through, laugh disparagingly at and would then toss aside feeling eager to forget it. Basically, I pretty much figured that if Stephenie Meyer is on the cover going on about how wonderful the book is, it couldn’t have been that great. (I apologize to the Twilight fans for my previous comment, but that’s how I feel.) However, I was pleasantly surprised at just how good this book was, as well as by how much I enjoyed it. It’s one of the few times that I’m happy to be wrong!
+ Action: City of Bones was packed with tons of action and adventure. It was one of those books that I hated to put down because I felt as if I would miss something. I even felt rushes of adrenaline through several of the action scenes. So much that even when I stopped reading, I had so much energy and ended up going on cleaning binges to get rid of the excess energy! (That was a new one!)
+ Jace Wayland: I’m a war with myself when it comes to Jace. He’s one of those characters that so far, I love to hate. And yet, there’s just something about this character that I truly do like too. I love his sarcastic sense of humor (that’s always a win for me) but I also love the innuendos. Almost everything that he said made me start laughing out loud. He was also one of the most fleshed out characters of the whole book.
- Clary Fray: My opinion of her could change. So far, she annoys me. She does have some fire to her, which I do like. But usually I kept wondering if Clary was supposed to come across as stoned. She was actually rather lifeless for most of the book. When she did express an emotion, it was usually anger and when she actually reacted to something, it usually came out of nowhere and was pretty exaggerated.
+ Plot Twists: I think I’m one of the few people that wasn’t actually bothered by the plot twists that occurred in the first book. I actually thought that it gave the story a bit more interest and it actually makes me eager to read the rest of the series because I KNOW that there will be another twist down the road.
+ Themes: I loved how many themes were in this book. It’s not simply another supernatural romance. Yes, there is the supernatural aspect and yes there is the romance aspect. But there’s also adventure and some mystery. But what I loved the most, were the few steampunk elements that were included.
+ Characters: With the exception of a few characters (Clary of course included), the majority of the characters were well written and very detailed. Cassandra Clare created an interesting and widely varied mix of personalities. I loved the differences. Many books have what I like to call clone characters. Cookie cutter characters that can easily be mistaken for another. But not City of Bones. Each character had a distinct and different personality and I loved it.
- Clichés: While I enjoyed the book immensely, my only real issue with it (aside from Clary) has to be the amount of clichés used in the book. There’s a surprisingly large number of them and they can get annoying after awhile. I’m hoping that the number will decrease with each book.
With all of that said, I feel the need to address something. I am fully aware of the controversy surrounding Cassandra Clare and the Mortal Instruments series. I’ve read the reviews and comments from people who say that she “stole” her series from so many different places. I’m sorry, but the comments are getting ridiculous. Last I saw, the series was considered a copy of Harry Potter/ Star Wars / Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Anita Blake / Inkheart / the list goes on. Really? Come on. Yes. There could be some similarities between this series and others. But that happens. In a world were almost everything has been done to death, it’s kind of difficult to find a way to write a completely original book that does not reference anything that has been created, or has been inspired by something else.
A good book is supposed to make you enjoy it, feel the different emotions, take you on a ride and make you want to read it again. And as far as I’m concerned, that’s what City of Bones did for me. I don’t care about the controversy. I don’t care that there’s a flying motorcycle in both City of Bones and Harry Potter. All I care about is the fact that I thought it was funny and exciting. Is it my favorite book? No. Not even close. Would I consider it to be a work of art? No. Is the author the next Charles Dickens or Oscar Wilde? No. But did I enjoy the book and do I look forward to the next one? Yes, absolutely. Mission accomplished Cassandra Clare. Kudos to you.(less)