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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The Mortal Instruments #1

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City of Bones is a book that is a well-beloved series among the reading enthusiasts. I have attempted to read City of Bones back when it was first published back in 2007. But at the time, I couldn’t get into it. Looking back, I would say that I had no interest in demon’s stories and Clary as a main character. 

Why might one ask? Well, I would say I was more interested in reading Tomora Pierce books and reading Wicked than reading a YA Fiction novel. But alas, taste has changed, and I embraced this book with an open mind and arms.

Now going back and read this as an adult, I decided to give this book a try once again. And I have to admit, this wasn’t half bad.

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Format: Paperback

Pages: 510

Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy

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Sometimes when I come across YA fiction written in the early 2000’s, the young adult characters can come across a little too immature. Where their attitudes make you realize that you may have acted like that at one point in your young adult life. Makes you want to throw your book against the wall because of the way they were acting. Yeah, that immature type of behavior from characters.

I mean in City of Bones; these characters were acting their age, but it wasn’t super annoying to read for once.

Now, I am not super in love with Clary. She is trying to be a hero, but she is failing quite a bit. Where the side characters are picking up the slack when it comes to the heroism and fighting. She has been, let’s go do this, and I have to do that to save this person!!! She will bring her sidekicks along to do most of the dirty work, while she freezes or sometimes do the talking to the bad guy. 

Clary has the strong, CHOSEN ONE vibe that can get annoying in a story. Not writing her off completely, but I am wondering how her character will develop in the series. If she will grow to be a stronger person to protect herself and not depend on others.

My favorite character is Jace in this read. I like how smart butt that he is as a defense mechanism. The way he thinks on his feet in almost a calculated but reckless way. He knows how to defend the people that he cares about, and he won me over once the story transitioned to being at the Institute.

One thing I would say is slightly annoying in the story is where there are times in the book where it seems drawn out. Like moments where “come to the dark side….no don’t do it…. come to the dark side….no that’s not who you are.” Like there is way too much dialogue when it comes to the villain talking to the hero or vice versa.

You can see some of the plot lines miles away, but it is more like asking yourself when it will happen more than anything. But Cassandra Clare wrote it in a way where she sets up the backstory of each unfolding plot really well, so it doesn’t seem like a total surprise.

Also, if anyone who reads this book knows about the weird love triangle that happens in this book. So, I am wondering what is going to happen next on that front.

Either way, I am looking to see how this story and characters develops. I know that The Mortal Instrument series a well-loved story among the book community, that I am looking forward to developing my own opinion of these series.

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