City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (review by Lavinia D. ’17)

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When Brooklyn teenager Clary Fray goes with her best friend Simon Lewis to a nightclub, the last thing she expects is to witness a murder – and to be the only one who sees it. Seeking answers, she meets Jace Wayland at the club, but suddenly, she is thrown into an unknown world fraught with danger, followed up with the news that her mother, Jocelyn, has been kidnapped by a man named Valentine in his search to find an object known as the Mortal Cup. Along with Jace and his adoptive siblings, Alec and Isabelle Lightwood, Clary starts to search for her mother and uncovers the truth about herself: she, along with Jace, Alec, and Isabelle, are part of a race called Shadowhunters – half-angel and half-human. In order to save her mother from Valentine’s evil clutches and retrieve the Mortal Cup, Clary must master her powers before it is too late. City of Bones was extremely riveting and had comedy thrown in at the perfect time. However, an overwhelming number of characters introduced in a short amount of time, made following along a bit difficult in the beginning. – Lavinia D. ‘17

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  1. When Clary Fray, an average sixteen year old teenage girl, discovers that she can see things that others can't, she is quickly dragged into a world of demons, Shadowhunters, and other supernatural elements that offers answers to her missing mother's whereabouts and her dead father. Along with Jace, a sarcastic, cold-hearted Shadowhunter who saves her from a rabid demon, and Isabelle and Alec, Jace's best friends, Clary sets off on a journey to discover the truth behind her mother's disappearance and why she, a normal human being, is seeing such bizzare creatures. Although Cassandra Clare has sculpted a very creative world full of supernatural elements and an exciting plotline, the characters' personalities and development throughout the book are ultimately generic and lacking. For example, the protagonist's personality is that of a typical female heroine: obstinate and strong, but lacking in height and a powerful stature, with the male lead saving her whenever she is in critical danger. The story itself is enticing and has a lot of potential to progress, but the characters' unoriginally modeled personalities lessened the impact of the novel.


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