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Mar 05, Heather rated it it was amazing. I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones , and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older, wiser, and should know better. I've also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it. I'm glad that I get to love it. What else can I say? You found yourself immersed in a world where demons roam the night, weres run a bar, vamps occupy abandoned hotels, warlocks cast spells while rockin glitter in their hip hugging jeans, and the law is upheld by Shadowhunters, a race of humans blessed by the angel Raziel.
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Hell yes! Even the setting, NYC, was so palpable; it became another character in this vibrant story.
I thought the Shadowhunter world was funny, sleek, dark, sexy and hopeful. More importantly, the characters came so alive for me that they jumped off the pages. I felt as though I were in the story with them as opposed to merely following along in their journey. Regardless of the types of books you prefer to read, or the characters that endear themselves to your heart, I think we all read to for some type of enjoyment. What evokes that enjoyment varies from reader to reader, but I still find excitement within these pages. To me, that is the mark of a fantastic book.
View all 56 comments. A great and interesting books. I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time. It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well. The book is very well written and fast paces. We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist. One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises sh A great and interesting books.
One night in the local club, Pandemonium, she realises she is a witness to an attack, the strange thing is that the victim of the attack disappeared right before her eyes, and when security arrives, despite the attackers standing right in front of them, she is the only one who can see them. Clary descovers she is part of the world of Shadow Hunters and demons. Shadow Hunters are demon slayers. She learns stories of Vampires and Warewolves are more truth than fiction.
She is attracted to Jace the most accomplished of this group of hunters. Much to the chagrin of her best friend Simon, and Jaces' hunter brother Alex. She learns years ago a charasamitic, powerful, and high ranking Shadow Hunter, called Valentine created his own circle to cleanse the world of all demonic blood. Weather they were good or bad, their existence was enough of a crime. He was ruthless to the point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything human or demon as calateral damage. Now after 17 years Valentine has seemingly returned from the dead to finish what he started.
Clary must learn of the ways of the shadow hunters if she is help her friends stop Valentine. Great story, good drama, the characters are ok, the only failing I found in the book were the fight scenes. I think these are not the writer's strongest area yet. All in all a great book, not as action packed as I expected but the story makes up for this. View all 27 comments. I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book.
I was wrong; I found this completely unforgettable. For being a trainwreck. Listen, I'm sorry, I know this isn't everything, but I really Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it's al I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book.
Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc, it's also just I hated I read The Infernal Devices this year and it was fantastic, and books two and three basically emotionally killed me inside. But this was not fun for me. Our redheaded lead character, Clary Fray, is a slightly stupider version of Ginny Weasley. Simon is Harry [again, not a very good one], and Isabelle is Hermione, if Hermione were there exclusively to be slut-shamed by the angelic virgin protagonist.
I mostly said this to point out how utterly fucking dull these characters are, but If you match the characters up to her fanfiction [which is not hard], the pairings fit. You know that thing I linked up above? I mean, fiction doesn't have to be original to be good.
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But again, it's basically boring, boring, boring, offensive, boring, jace is hot chapter, boring. Although I will point out that the original fanfiction this was based off of got taken off fanfiction. And then there were Sherrilyn Kenyon's plagiarism accusations. I mean, I think fanfiction and original fiction used to be considered very different things in a way they almost aren't today, but I've established at this point that the characters are flat, it's all painfully derivative, and the books themselves are Beyond the issue of Clary's I'm-not-like-other-girls thing, there's also the issue of messily handled lgbtq stuff.
So, yes, it's , and I'm willing to excuse this While it's fair to mention that Cassandra Clare has improved her lgbtq rep - several sapphic friends of mine would like to notify you that The Dark Artifices is awesome wrt this - it's not good in this series.
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Alec is barely a POV character in the first three books of the series, despite being marketed as a major character, and feels super tokenistic. Also, just At one point in this series, his mother, who is a supposedly likeable character, tries to kill him and his boyfriend for being gay, which he forgives her for [how? There is later on a lot of explicit biphobia towards Magnus [who is my favorite.
I love Magnus] that is not subverted or criticized at all, and in this book especially, there's an intonation of that slutty bi trope [though the character is allowed to develop beyond that, man, it is there. No, Cassandra Clare would rather focus on something else: a sideplot where Ripoff Ginny Weasley believes Hot Draco Malfoy is her brother for two fucking books. It is exactly as terrible as it sounds. But here's the thing; they're still in love when they believe they are.
Do you know how many hours I spent trying to wash my eyes out after reading this? Why, exactly, is sex between two people who literally think they are siblings an enjoyable thing to read about?
It's not good. I don't know. I guess not everything is bad? The worldbuilding was possibly something cool ten years ago, but it's pretty typical nowadays. I'll also give Clare a bit of credit - she's pretty great at writing dialogue. The moments where the characters are chatting or hanging out in squad dynamics are a lot of fun.
But overall It's full of tropes, there aren't really any plot twists, and it's honestly just boring. I'm sorry, I really don't understand the hype. Like, come on, besides being an example of all the worst bits of YA literature, from the underdeveloped characters to the lackluster worldbuilding, this first book truly takes the cake as one of the worst I've ever read.
Oh, and I'm just going to say it: Jace and Simon have huge crushes on each other. I am NOT giving up this opinion.
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I don't really give a shit about either of them or care about this relationship, I'm just saying that factually, they talk about each other like they want to have wild sex. I'm ALSO saying that the ending scene of book two reads like shitty vampire smut. I'm picturing it on fanfiction. I'm somewhat shocked to say that it gets a little better later on , but this one is objectively terrible. Maybe just skip to book two if you genuinely want to read the series [listen, I like The Infernal Devices].