City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Darkest Minds #1
Published by Simon Pulse on March 27, 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 485 : Paperback edition
Source: Purchased a LONG time ago
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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…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
I think I’m getting too old and too sick of this paranormal genre stuff. I was so let down by this book. After NINE YEARS of over hype, I was expecting a lot more from the story, the characters, and pretty much everything. I guessed both “plot twists” and the writing felt very lazy and very “2007” (i.e. it sounded so much like Twilight to me at times that I thought I was reading Twilight again *shudder*).
I’ve had multiple people tell me that it does get better from here, and let’s just say that I hope it does because I’m so meh about the whole thing at this point. But let’s rewind a bit; when this series first came out in 2007 and onward, I heard a lot about it and wasn’t intrigued. I was on the tailspin of my paranormal loving phase, and was so done with that side of things. Then someone in middle school told me there was a TON of incest in this (there’s not) and if you were seen reading it, you’d be “that kid” that reads weird incest books. Not something I wanted to be known for. The cover turned me off as well, and they still do. The premise is still sort of eh to me, and I really wondered as to why people get so hyped over it.
My reaction to the hype.
But this is written for a different audience. I’m five years older than the main character, and I just couldn’t relate to her that much. Or her friends. Simon annoys the hell out of me (he’s playing the friend-zoned victim and I’m having none of that shit). Disappointing.
Will I continue with the series? Yeah. Maybe. I’m not 100% sure yet. Half the people I talk to say keep giving it a chance, but the other half say it’s not worth my time. I have to wonder as to why I should devote so much time to a series for it to, at some point, pay off. I want it to pay off NOW. And of course, I have massive guilt over the whole thing because I received a Lady Midnight ARC, so I feel as if I should power through. Maybe I’ll just skip right to that one.
What have you thought of the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Did you read it when it first came out, or are you a late bloomer like myself? Leave a comment!