Friday, May 3, 2013

The City of Bones

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Number of Pages: 485
Genre: Fantasy
Books like it: The Clockwork Prince, Harry Potter
My favorite quote: “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”  
Brief Synopsis from Goodreads: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
My Summary: This book is about a girl named Clary Fray who grows up in the big city. One night, after coming home from a party, she finds out that her mother has been kidnapped and a demon like thing tries to kill her. When she is as good as dead, suddenly a handsome boy swoops in and saves the day. He introduces himself as Jace, a Demon Slayer. Jace takes Clary back to the Institute, a "safe place," and Clary goes with him and meets Alec, Isabelle, and a man named Hodge.
Hodge explains that the Institute is for training demon slayers who are- you guessed it- people who slay demons. It turns out that all the scary stories that Clary has heard about are in fact, very real, and demon slayers go around killing them or capturing them to keep the human race safe. These demon slayers are called Shadow Hunters. The only problem is, Clary should not be able to see them. Hodge explains that he thinks she is a Shadow Hunter.
Then he drops the big bomb: Clary's mother was taken by one of the most evil villains of all time: Valentine. His name is not as red and pink and frilly and full of love as we usually associate it with. He was the leader of the Circle, a group that wanted to no longer help the human race, and instead, restore Shadow Hunters to their "deserved glory." The Circle broke apart and was never heard of again, but now Valentine wants something powerful called the Mortal Cup. And he is absolutely sure that Clary's mother knows where it is.
This is a freaking awesome page turning tale about love, good looking guys, humor, magic, and kicking some bad guys butts. In other words, every thing that a good book needs to be worth reading over and over again.
Pros: Oh Jace, how I laughed a million times at your sarcastic and self-centered humor. I will be on your team forever and always. I loved Jace! He was so freaking funny, and it was SO hard to pick a good quote from this book. I liked Clary so much (you only have to watch Doctor Who to know how awesome red heads are, right Amy?) and her best friend Simon was not my favorite, but he might be a pretty decent guy in the future. This book was an amazing idea with a really intense plot. Clare explained things really well and I could totally imagine a world of Shadow Hunters (although I really hope there isn't one.) I have been meaning to do this review for ages because I can tell you right now that this series was really amazing. At the end something really "LIKE WHAT??" happens but I obviously can't tell you what that was.....
Cons: There were some swearing parts in this book, and the start is kind of really hard to get in to, at least for me. KEEP GOING! It will not let you down. This book needed to be longer! And I had to wait for two weeks to get the City of Ashes from the library!
My review: 5! I can not put it into words, I feel like this guy:

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