So, there's this thing I do. It's mostly unintentional. I am ALWAYS behind on the book hype. I only got to enjoy the agony of waiting for the last two or three Harry Potter books because by the time I started reading them, the others had already been published( not my fault though, I had a hesitant mother). Same thing with Twilight. It actually took me watching the movie and thinking, okay, not a terrible movie, I bet the book is better! I either know nothing about the book, or all of the hype and fangirling scares me away. Since I've had my Goodreads account, this has begun to change, but I am still playing catchup with some great books!
Enter Cassandra Clare and her Mortal Instruments series. I actually found out about these because I fell in love with her Infernal Devices series, which is essentially about the same "set" of people, just set in a different time period. Okay, let's be outright honest here. These two series are set in different time periods and they have different main characters, but they are very, very similar. Beautiful young girl meets sexy shadowhunter boy through some dangerous occurrence. She is sucked into the shadowhunter world, and learns amazing things about who she is. Throw in a love triangle and some cool plot twists and there you have it! Now, I'm not saying this to deter you. I am telling you this because while they are wildly similar(and most would knock Clare's inability to be original here. While they have a point, I like the stories, so I'm not going to) there are things about each that are different. I also began reading City of Bones with the knowledge that it was going to be similar to the Infernal Devices series, so I was able to enjoy it instead of being held back by that.
Okay, onto the goods.
ENTER THE SPOILERS
Clarissa Fray's life is pretty normal. She has a beautiful, artistic mother and a great best friend, Simon, who she has known most of her life. When she hits a New York night club with Simon, all she wants to do is enjoy the night. But when she notices figures in black pursuing a boy, she has the inexplicable feeling that something is very wrong. When she witnesses a murder, she is horrified by these young people who seem so relaxed, even elated, about just having killed a young boy. Or was that what he really was? But without a body, Clary is forced to act as though she has seen nothing. She hopes that she can forget what she saw, but she quickly realizes that not only is there more to what she has seen, but these brutal people are the only ones who can help her when her mother goes missing and Clary is attacked herself.
What can I say about this book? I love the world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. I wish that I had read this series first because it does a better job of explaining all of the little things that are a part of their realm.
Clary. I actually liked Clary. I know a lot of people don't. I really felt for her because she was put in a lot of tough spots that weren't her fault and I can't blame her for reacting the way she did.
Jace. Ohh I fall for this character every time. I can't help but look past his flaws and see the wounded side.
As for Simon, it's not that I dislike him, I just like Jace more.
I don't have a lot to say about the plot except the twist at the end. Now, I beg of you...
IF YOU HAVE NOT READ CITY OF BONES, PLEASE DO NOT READ FURTHER!
Clary and Jace are brother and sister..... WHAT!!!???
My brain rejects this. And from what I have accidentally read online, I am pretty sure that Clary and Jace end up together, which means that Clary is right, Valentine is a big, fat liar. Because when it comes down to it, Valentine's story is full of holes.
Right now I have several other books that I have to read before the end of February for some book club challenges, but as soon as those are out of the way I will be pouncing on City of Ashes. It is currently sitting on my shelf, taunting me.
Until next time!