Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review of City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A sweeping, time sucking, life consuming epic saga. While that description may sound over the top and even slightly mocking, it doesn't even come close to City of Bones. I finally bucked down and bought the first of this series when I learned about the upcoming film adaptation. And ever since Lord of the Rings I've made a point to read the books before watching the movies. I'm so very glad I did so with City of Bones. It's the kind of story that makes you feel like you've fallen down the rabbit hole, or some kind of parallel universe where monsters, fairies and nightmares walk among us.
Clary is a perfectly average, normal teen with the usual mother issues and a secret thrill for the unknown and dangerous. Her best friend Simon isn't simply some wimpy sidekick, but a fully fleshed surprise. Can't even begin to describe his transformation. Both of them are thrown into the world of the supernatural when they meet Jace, Isabelle and Alec, three Shadowhunters.
Jace is simply delicious and complex. I love how Clary peels aside his layers bit by bit. And the build up till the end of the novel leaves your heart in twisted shatters, until you're a victim of classic teen angst.
I have to say that this book far surpasses any other YA epic that I've read so far. Because of Clare's willingness to boldly go where few YA authors have gone before, and offering us not just a rich tapestry of words but fully fleshed out characters. Buy, borrow or read this book as quickly as you can because I guarantee you won't be disappointed. For anyone who craves the "sight" I recommend this book. But beware, readers, once you've entered the rabbit hole, you might not be able to come up anytime soon.

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