Hey guys, and Happy New Year! School has started back for me so I’ve been having a hard time balancing school, reading and my after-school activities. But that being said, I am getting back into reading again (thank you The Upside of Unrequited!) and I’m sorting out a blogging schedule. I will be posting soon about the things I’m most excited about this year, and the things I want to accomplish, but I thought I should do this one first.
I’ve had this review drafted in my notebook for weeks, but I never talked about it. So here I am now… talking about it.
This review is mostly non-spoiler, but I will include a spoiler-y section at the end, because there are some things I want to talk about. So, onto the review!
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Rating: 4 stars
So I gave this book 4 stars out of 5. It was a good book, but it just wasn’t absolutely mind-blowing. I think they’ll probably get better as they progress, hopefully. There was a cool cast of characters, I really liked Isabelle and Alec, and I also really liked Simon. Funnily enough, the two main characters were the people I liked the least in the book. I found Jace a bit obnoxious, and Clary was so annoying.
Spoiler: There was a scene where Simon turns into a mouse, and is kidnapped by a vampire (random, I know) and Clary literally screams at Jace to help her. And then when Alec tells her that she is leading Jace into danger, she tells him that Jace helped her because he wanted to. HE DID NOT WANT TO! Clary forced him to and then denies it to Alec!
The characters were a little angsty, but this book was written years ago, and then Twilight came out so it was just the norm. I found the love triangle between Clary, Jace and Simon ridiculous. When I was reading, I was forcing my eyes not to roll at every chapter.
I didn’t really know why Clary hated Isabelle with a passion, and in the first half of the book, I was almost forced to hate Alec. This might just be me, but that’s how I thought of it.
There were a few funny moments in the book, which I tabbed. I was reading the 10th anniversary edition, which I had got out of the library, and I think it was really cool to read it with illustrations and character files. I think it was slightly more immersive than reading just the normal paperback.
I loved all the creatures in the book, and I hope there’ll be more in the next books. I also LOVED the flying motorbikes. Like so much.
Now the rest of the stuff I want to say now are spoilers. There was a little spoiler section up there, but I didn’t think it was too much of a spoiler to put in here. So if you haven’t read City of Bones yet and you don’t want to be spoiled, I recommend leaving now. To my non-spoilery friends, Thanks for reading! Now onto the spoilers!
To be honest, I did watch the movie first, which I loved by the way, so I know the big brother-sister plot twist between Clary and Jace. And I know it may change as the books progress, and that they probably aren’t brother and sister, but I’ve only read the first book, and this is all I know.
So because I knew this plot twist, I found the greenhouse kissing scene disgusting. If I hadn’t watched the movie first, I would have thought the kiss was super cute. But the only thing going through my head was “Incest”, which wasn’t the best. I just felt very uncomfortable reading it.
Because I had watched the movie, I did think I would know every spoiler, but that wasn’t the case. I had no idea about Jocelyn’s past, and the mirror to go back to (place I can’t remember because it was a month ago since I read this book I’m crazy I know) was unexpected and really cool. When Jace finds out that Valentine is his dad, he does act really annoying, and when I was reading it, I just felt like slapping him across the face and saying “Dude! Stop being stupid and get you butt away from Valentine!”. Although I know I would never do that if I was actually there. But it was pretty annoying reading it.
So that is my non-spoiler and spoiler review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I hope you enjoyed it and I’ll see you again soon, Bye!