My rating: 3 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: Purchased Paperback
Publication Date: April 2009
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Point of View: 3rd Person
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
So I really enjoyed this book. Absolutely! Don't let the 3 star rating tell you any different. I think maybe I came to it at slightly the wrong time in my life to love it as thoroughly as I might, but I definitely had a fun time reading this adventure.
WHAT I LOVED
This world is just so much fun. The Shadowhunters and their society, the various demons and vampires and other dark beings. I loved how this world overlaid the ordinary “mundane” world, loved watching Clary’s eyes slowly opening to the new reality around her. This was all tremendously entertaining.
Clary herself was enjoyable. She’s a bit of a typical YA heroine—clumsy, doesn’t think she’s pretty, secretly is super attractive, nosy, stubborn, possessing as yet undiscovered powers, etc.—but she’s cute. She’s fun. She’s got spunk that endears her to you. I knew I loved her during her first one-on-one encounter with a demon (which was just a GREAT scene to read all around), when she didn’t have anyone to step in and be her hero and she had to save herself, all the while being COMPLETELY unprepared. That was awesome reading.
The whip-cracking dialogue was enjoyable. The cast of characters had great chemistry. Honestly, it read like a CW show, which is fine by me, because I find myself gravitating toward CW shows for my entertainment anyway! (And why hasn’t this series been picked up by the CW anyway??? Seriously???)
And honestly, I really loved the unfolding mystery of Clary’s mom . . . and Luke. I kind of adored Luke, I won’t lie.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE SO MUCH
Well, I really could take or leave Jace. He’s just a little too typical YA hero for me. And sometimes he was just plain rude! The way he would interrupt and dismiss Alec? I don’t know . . . it rubbed me the wrong way. (Particularly when Alec is such a sweet cinnamon roll!)
I was kind of loving Magnus Bane, and I really wanted to get on board the Magnus/Alec ship, except . . . did anyone else find that a bit creepy? Magnus is kind of old for Alec, and Alec is so inexperienced and . . . I don’t know. Again, maybe I’m a little too old for this series now, because things like that bother me more than they once would have.
And that whole Clary/Jace reveal at the end . . . come on!!! I’m not going to believe that for a moment! (Peeks ahead at spoilers.) Yeah. Told you. Didn’t believe it.
Still, all things considered, City of Bones is a fun, sparkling, exciting ride, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing, and plenty of LOL moments to brighten up the sometimes really dark world. I probably won’t rush out to buy the next book, but I’ll look forward to dipping into Cassandra Clare’s imagination again someday soon.