City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of BonesWhen 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 odd markings. This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons–and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It’s also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 demon’s be interested in an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

     This is one of those books you either love or you hate. It doesn’t really matter which books you like to read and which books you don’t; the reactions are pretty evenly split. I have this sort of odd emotional range when it come to this book because it depends on the mood I’m in whether I love it or not. Sometimes, I feel like the book is alright. Other times –when I’m in a fun, silly, adventurous mood- I love this book. I’m probably book bipolar or something but oh, well. This book is well written, funny, magically romantic, and jam-packed with action. The great thing about our heroine, Clary, is that at the beginning, she is just as clueless as we are about the entire world of shadowhunting. She learns things as we do, which makes everyone’s reaction genuine. This book will immediately capture you. There is a certain intrigue, I think, about the heroine of a book being a fifteen-year-old girl who also happens to be a demon slaying badass. The word heroine is used in the literal sense here because Clary isn’t just the protagonist of this story. No, she is actually saving people’s lives and kicking some serious butt during this novel. How can it get any better? Only if there was a love story entwined, right? Well, let’s all immediately applaud Cassandra Clare because she gave us that, too. Though, I didn’t quite like the odd turn it took towards the end. Have you seen the previews for the film? It looks amazing.

If you enjoyed The Mortal Instruments, you should definitely read Cassie’s other series, The Infernal Devices which I liked even more. The first book in that series is Clockwork Angel. It’s set in Victorian London. It’s got steampunk elements. Umm, hello? What more could you want?

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