Cassandra Clare, “City of Bones”

Published July 27, 2011 by Jennifer Elizabeth

In all honesty, it took me a long time to get into this book. It was much different from anything I had ever read. I had a difficult time believing what I was reading—and to a certain extent the “believability factor” when reading any fiction book is huge.  If it’s too off the wall, I end up loosing interest real fast. However, I did begin reading this book right after my second son was born and so I only had the opportunity to read bits and pieces whenever time permitted. It took me close to a year to actually read this book in its entirety. Also, the closer I got to the second half of the book, the more I was able to set aside my disbelief and just enjoy it. In the end, I loved it! I am a huge fan of Cassandra Clare and again, just like that of Colleen Houck, I am amazed and impressed at Clare’s ability to imagine such ideas.  The writing and description is absolutely out of this world, literally. The way Clary describes the stench of slayed demonic creatures is enough to make the reader cringe and want to remove her/himself from the scene as well. Major props to Clare for her creation of such out-worldly creatures and scenes.

In my opinion, I feel that this book is a bit more mature for those younger readers. While there isn’t sexual content or explicit language, it is a more difficult read. And a longer read. Older teens would do fine, but younger ones may find it hard to get through.

Now, I have yet to begin City of Ashes; however, I am desperately hoping that Jace and Clary are really not what the book says they are…(I refuse to give anything away in the event someone reads my blog but has yet to actually read the book.)  Book 2 is sitting on my bookshelf and I cannot wait to jump back into the world of shadowhunters!

“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 elseand 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.”

Publishing Details

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Pu
Date: February 19, 2008
Edition: Bk. 1
ISBN13: 9781416955078
ISBN: 1416955070
BINC: 9093723
Age:14 – 17 years
Grade: 9 – 12
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