Sunday, December 30, 2012

SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW - City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

SUMMARY from Goodreads:
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. 

I had a really difficult time getting into this book. I put it down 3 times because it didn't capture me at first. Having said that, at about the 1/3rd mark I started to enjoy the book and found it genuinely entertaining. I can see how it would translate into a great Hollywood film. My one critique of the book is that it is not enough. I am left with too many questions. How will Clary and Jace resolve their relationship? What role will Simon play in Clary's life? What will it take for Clary's mother to come out of her spell and will Luke FINALLY get his chance? There are too many unresolved issues and as a reader, I am left a little dry. I appreciate books that entice you into reading the next in the series, but get upset with books that force you to do so by leaving you thirsty.

I recommend this book, but expect to put aside enough time to read the next stories.

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