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City of bones by Cassandra Clare

City of bones (edition 2008)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:City of bones
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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I don't know why some people hated this book. I thought it was good. The concepts were different from anything else I've read. It had some of the same themes, but it wasn't the same regurgitated story. Or at least not to me.

Sadly I saw the movie first and I have to say it wasn't the best representation of the original text. I like it a lot less now that I've read this book. It wasn't completely horrible, but there were changes they made that I think were unnecessarily.

For example it was pretty much implied that Valentine had completely lied about Jace being his son, while in the book it seems as though it was the absolute truth. Now of course I have to read the rest of the series to find out what's truth and what are lies. I just feel like if they lied in the movie just to get Jace and Clary together that just dumb. If there HAS to be romance (because that has to be a plot device of everything these days, even if it wasn't meant to be) they already have Simon. And in the book it seems like Clary has some not-quite-friend-like feelings for Simon, so there's your romance right there.

No matter which way it goes, the small bit of question of whether or not they're truly related makes for great angst. I kind of hope they are siblings just because I'm sure most people to think it'll turn out that they're not and get to live happily ever after. I think a different kind of happily ever after will be refreshing. Anyway I liked it and will definitely continue with the rest of the series. ( )
  PriPri77 | Jun 26, 2016 |
This book was dreadful. I don't think I actually read more than a chapter at a time; I became a champion skimmer for this thing.

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  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
Rating 2.5

The movie ruined this book for me. Completely ruined it! I think I would have enjoyed this book much more if I had not watched the movie. Though this book has explored everything in more depth than the move, I still had a general idea of what was coming next, which led to a forced reading experience. The book is nearly 500 pages, and without a continued guessing game, it felt slow when it reality it had a steady pace. It's hard for me to judge this book. Reading experience wise, I'd rate it a two at best, but this is just because the movie ruined it for me. It muddles my feelings.

So, I'm just going to talk about how the new-to-me parts made me react. Cassandra Clare has a knack for imagining alternate worlds. She clearly has the world of the shadow hunters mapped out in her head, and it transferred well onto the pages. I could see everything clearly and had to wonder where she got some of her ideas. A flying motorcycle might not be too out side of the box, but she had it powered by demon something which was effected in daylight. Very interesting. I loved what happened to Simon at Magnus Bane's party and the aftermath of that event.

The mood throughout the book was anxious. The characters are trying to find Clary's mom and then the immortal cup throughout the whole book, but they keep having to face one thing after the next, never quite settled.

As far as the characters go, Jace is quite enjoyable with his constant, flirtatious banter. I'm sure why Clare likes him though. I get that he's hot and funny, but why? I would have liked to get in her head. Jace did help her on several occasions though, so I think they had a protector/damsel type relationship, though Clare is not really a damsel. I wouldn't call her kick butt, but she's not lazy or weak.

Simon, OMG, when he hoped out of the van and vanquished a demon . . . loved that!

I did laugh a few times during this book, but I didn't cry. However, I remember crying a lot in the movie, and the book had those same elements, so I'm sure I would have if I hadn't known what was coming. I take emotional response seriously because it's a genuine reflection of how the book made me feel. This one didn't evoke hardly any, and though I liked the characters, the plot felt drawn out and dull. But again, I really thing everything negative was due to seeing the movie first. The writing was smooth and even beautiful in some places. The characters all served a purpose, and the ending was satisfying.

Overall, I'm hopeful that I will enjoy the next books in the series more. I here it really takes off after book 3, so I'll be crossing my fingers until then. ( )
  ZetherBooks | Jun 15, 2016 |
I’ve heard so much about this series, so was definitely excited when my friend loaned me the first three books.

The story jumps right into the action as Clary and her friend Simon head into a club, running into the other three main characters, Jace, Alec, and Isabel. I instantly spot the personality stereotypes and while Jace is often funny and I liked his personality, he just never does it for me as a lead love interest. Simon is more impressive in that department as the ignored friend. I’m intrigued with Alec and his hidden interests in Jace. Isabel is a turn-off with her abrasive attitude. Clary is a decent enough heroine, the story being told mainly through her viewpoint, although nothing stands out about her much. I loved the magician Magnus! The villain is intriguing too and I’m curious what’s going on with Clary and her real connections.

I could tell from the first few chapters the story was heading into some kind of twist in the end. When it arrived I wasn’t too surprised and had predicted some of it. Still, it helps to form a promising start to a series that has strong potential on where it can go if done right.

There’s always something going on, even if the pace is not lightning fast, and there is plenty of ‘think time’. Fortunately there is not much angst, but the slight potential of a love triangle may loom. The book could have been better with a slightly shorter length, as I don’t think it holds enough story for the over 400 page count.

As a young adult, it works well establishing an interesting world of vampires, demons, magicians, and shape shifters. The young group bonds with a type of system that appeals to their age but works in a world filled with dangers.

Cassandra Claire writes well with action scenes and excellent dialogue, but some of the similes and descriptive phrases fall short. The chemistry of the two mains is obviously to be the heart of the story, but frankly I hold little stock in their bond. I don’t feel the chemistry myself and care more about the side characters and how they interact with the protagonists.

It definitely ends on some twists (some expected, some not), and I was anxious to read the next book so I could find out where the story would continue with the villain and his plan mingling with the world building and how this will affect the main character’s lives. I love the consistent adoration of reading and books too!

Overall it’s not spellbinding, but it’s a good, intriguing set-up for a series.
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  ErinPaperbackstash | Jun 14, 2016 |
I liked this book, but I thought it was pretty predictable. Am I the only one who wasn't surprised at all by the plot "twists"? ( )
  Krild13 | Jun 10, 2016 |
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I have not slept.

Between the acting of a dreadful thing

And the first motion, all the interim is

Like a phantasm, or a hideous dream:

The genius and the mortal instruments

Are then in council; and the state of man,

Like to a little kingdom, suffers then

The nature of an insurrection.

- William Shakespeare,
Julius Caesar
I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,

Taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down

The dark decent, and up to reascend. . .

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
Facilis descensus Averni:

Noctes antque dies patet atri ianua Ditis.

Sed grandium revocare superasque evadere ad auras;

Hoc opus, hic labor, est.

- Virgil, The Aeneid
The descent beckons

as the ascent beckoned.

- William Carlos Williams, The Descent
For my grandfather
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"You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
"Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt," she told him.
"I can't help it. I use my rapier wit to hide my inner pain."
"Your pain will be outer soon if you don't get out of traffic. Are you trying to get run over by a cab?"
"Don't be ridiculous," he said. "We could never get a cab that easily in this neighborhood."
"Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked."
"If you were half as funny as you think you are, you'd be twice as funny as you are now."
"Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
"Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."
"Unfortunately", said Hodge, "we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."
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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 else and 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...

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Trash about Shadowhunters
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Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

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