I am kicking myself that I waited so long to read City of Bones, the first in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.
I picked up the first two books in a charity shop awhile back and left them sitting prettily on my bookshelf with all the other gorgeous books I can’t ever seem to stop myself from buying. It was only when a friend of mine asked could she borrow the books before she went to see the film that I decided to get moving and start reading City of Bones. Of course, I still managed to see the movie first – it intrigued me enough (despite the cringe-worthy dialogue and bloody awful cheesy music played in the greenhouse scene) to go right home and open the first page. Anyway, if you haven’t already guessed, I loved this book.
Clary Fray is your typical fifteen year old. She loves to draw, hang out with her best buddy, the geeky and cute Simon, and bickers with her mom as most teenagers do. When she sees something she shouldn’t in a nightclub, her world is turned upside down. Soon she learns that everything she’s been told about her past is probably a lie and that she isn’t the ordinary human girl she appears to be.
The world the author created was intricate and fully developed, a secret universe of Shadowhunters – warrior humans with the blood of the Nephilim, and faeries, vampires and werewolves – the Downworlders. The New York landscape was vivid in its own right. Brooklyn, the East River, the streets were all clear in my mind. But then there were the buildings and places hidden from human eyes by glamours. The Gothic home of The Institute where Jace and his shadowhunter friends lived was beautiful and spooky. I adored the idea of such places being right under the noses of New Yorkers.
The writing is some of the best I’ve read in the Young Adult paranormal genre of late. The setting was richly described, the characters well developed – the central ones at least. The banter and sarcasm between Clary and Simon, and even Jace had me snickering. Simon was the best boy friend that we’d all love to have. I felt bad for the guy though. He’s been in love with the same girl for ten years, but she’s attracted to the charismatic warrior Jace, who shines in all his blond glory and rune Markings.
I’m almost finished the rest of the books. There will be 6 stories in total, the last not due for release until next year. How will I cope having to wait until then? These books are almost non-stop action, so fast-paced you have to take a breather and go make a cup of tea just so you can catch your breath. The buzz I get from these books reminds me of how I felt reading Twilight for the first time five years ago. *****
Who’s read these books? What do you think of Jace and Clary? I’d love to see these two happy for just five minutes before the next big bad comes along. 🙂