City of Bones

I had mixed emotions about Cassandra Clare’s “City of Bones.”  The story revolved around sixteen year old Clary who discovered she can see people others can’t.  She was immediately thrown into a world of supernormal Shadowhunters who are protecting the earth from demons.  When her mother suddenly disappeared, and a demon attacked Clary in her apartment, she realized she may have an important connection to the mystic people she sees and the other world they live in.

The fantasy themed book was filled with portals to other lands, vampires, magic, werewolves, and demonic creatures, which was interesting and creative.  After learning that her father is a powerful man in the other world who is seeking to destroy young children and create an army, Clary decided she had no other choice but to join the cause and fight her father.

The story was a little too predictable and the writing was a bit too simplistic.  The bratty declarations of Clary that she is mature because she “is sixteen,” really lowered the book to a young adult level, when the story had the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages.  The conversations between the characters were also a little too convenient and neat.  Clare created such a complicated back story that many of the dialogues were used to fill Clary in on the history of the Shadowhunters without enough motivation to do so.

Not a huge fan of fantasy to begin with, I lost interest when the story just became too predictable- I knew someone was going to jump out of the bushes, I knew after the characters, too easily, broke into the house of another he would return… Overall, it was ok, but I wouldn’t recommend it.


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