Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BOOK REVIEW - THE CITY OF BONES by CASSANDRA CLARE - THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES #1

By: Cassandra Clare
Published by: Walker Books
Release Date : Available now
Details : Paperback 442pages

RATING: 5 STARS Loved this book!!!

Book Blurb ( 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....


CHARACTERS:

CLARY FRAY : Almost 16 , brave, fiesty female lead with a past

JACE WAYLAND : Cocky, sarcastic , tough, uber smexi male lead, Shadowhunter

SIMON : Clary's bff/wanna be boyfriend , mundane, witty, funny kinda sidekick character.

ALEC LIGHTWOOD: Isabelle's brother, Parabatai to Jace ( pair of warriors fight together, closer than brothers) In love with Jace, Shadowhunter.

ISABELLE LIGHTWOOD : Alec's sister. Whip carrying, sometimes self centered, fearless, Shadowhunter.

MAX LIGHTWOOD : Little bro to Alec and Isabelle.

HODGE STARKWEATHER: Tutor to Alec, Isabelle, Jace, and Professor of History

MAGNUS BANE: High Warlock of Brooklyn

JOCELYN: Clary's mum

LUKE : Jocelyn friend

VALENTINE : Evil dude/ Shadowhunter thats taken it up a notch.

MADAM DOROTHEA : Hedge Witch , lives downstairs from Jocelyn and Clary.

THE SILENT BROTHERS: Creepy trio that help when called upon.

CHURCH : The Institutes cat

MUNDANES : Humans

DOWNWORLDERS : Night Children ( Vampires) , Warlocks, the Fey, Werewolves, magical folk of this dimension.

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS : A Cup, A Sword, A Mirror.

IDRIS : Shadowhunter home country..somewhere slotted in Europe near France but not...
 

BOOK REVIEW :

I just SOOOOO love this book series. I would do a happy dance  ( Elaine from Seinfeld style) whenever I got to read another one. There will be 6 currently in the series of TMI  ( The Mortal Instruments), hopefully more......hint...hint!!!!! Cassandra is one of those rare authors that captures soo much magic in her writing. If you love Harry Potter and J. K Rowlings magically creative writing , you will love this series. I can't recommend it enough!!! Both authors know how to fill their pages brimming with wonderful characters that will stand the test of time. Every person I recommend to read this series end up loving Jace and loving Cassandra's writing:D


From the first chapter , Cassandra Clare has you off on an exciting adventure. From the moment Clary saw Jace at the Pandemonium Club and he stalked her at Java Jones Coffee shop I knew Jace was going to be Clary's hero.


Clary seems to fit into the downworlder world quickly, bringing Simon into the chaos with her. Jace is saving Clary's life after being attacked from a rather disgusting Ravener Demon.


Runes and Stele ( weapon used to draw healing runes etc..onto Shadowhunters skin) and Seraph blades are what Shadowhunters are packing when they arrive to send demons back to their realm. Plus a kick butt attitude.


A few days away from turning 16 , Clarys life kinda turns inside out. Simon is hilarious as the sidekick bff. Poor Alec and his jealousy over Clary and Jaces feelings for her. The smexual tension is great and only gets more smexual when Clary and Jace discover a secret .
Cassandra has a wonderful imagination bringing sooo much to her writing. The characters, weapons, runes, creatures, downworlders, mystery and her books are filled with funny , sarcastic quotes.


Simon and Jace have some really cool , fun, sarcastic lines. Everything around Clary that she is discovering gets neatly interwoven to make a brilliant series of books.


I hope my kids will read them when they are older as well everynow and then a book series comes along that has everything in it for a YA rating.
 
FAVE QUOTES:


Clary remembered how it had felt to be lifted up by those hands, his arms holding her up and the stars hurtling down around her head like a rain of silver tinsel.



"I see, " Clary said.
There must have been something in her voice, because he turned to look at her. Her hand cracked across his face, a slap that rocked him back on his heels. He put his hand to his cheek, more in surprise than pain. "What the hell was that for?"
"The other ten percent  " she said, and they rode the rest of the way down to the street in silence. 



" I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners."



"Get the hell off me, you pretentious asshole," the intruder snarled, shoving at Jace.



"Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein."



"At least he has you," said Clary awkwardly, and she thought for a moment of Jace, who thought of love as something that broke you into pieces.



"I wouldn't feel too sorry for him," Jace said. "That's probably the closest he's ever gotten to second base."



"Don't ." Clary raised a warning hand. "I'm not really in the mood right now."
"That's got to be the first time a girl's ever said that to me," Jace mused.



"Why? Does it hurt?"Clary asked.
"No . I have a high pain threshold. In fact, it's less of a threshold and more of a large and tastefully decorated foyer. But I do get easily bored." He squinted at her. "Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you'd get dressed up in a nurse's outfit and give me a sponge bath?"
"Actually, I think you misheard," Clary said.  "It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath."



Jace's smile was as bland as buttered toast. "Go on, go after him. Pat his head and tell him he's still your super special little guy. Isn't that what you want to do?"



"Don't tell me ," he said. "You've got a drawing emergency. You need a nude model. Well, I'm not in the mood. You could ask Hodge," he added, as an afterthought.



He laughed again. "Sorry , are you telling me that your demon-slaying buddies need to be driven to their next assignation with the forces of darkness by my mom?"



"So what's with the 'hey' thing?"
..."That's why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don't say anything, they just nod. The nod means, 'I am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,' but they don't say anything because they are Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain." 



Michelle

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