City of Bones

City of Bones❮KINDLE❯ ❄ City of Bones Author Cassandra Clare – There is an alternate cover edition for this ASIN hereWhen 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 comm There is an alternate cover edition for this ASIN hereWhen fifteen year old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium City of Epub / 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 boyThis 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. IMPORTANT EDIT 11418Fam I wrote this review in 2011 All of y'all commenting in 2018 need to get over it I've moved to a different account I've moved past Cassandra Clare and while I maintain that this book is a blatant rip off of about 1000 other books and while a lot of you insist that she's an original author like it or not she does have a history with plagiarismbad behavior I haven't read any of her new stuff so I can't tell you if she's continued to toe the line with plagiarism or write poorly In fact I can tell you that a lot of people whose opinions I trust say that she's become a much better original writer I've even considered reading some of her newer books If you enjoy her writing good for you If these books she's written are important to you I'm happy for you My opinions are my opinions you don't have to share them What's really gross is the amount of bullying and personal attacks that are going on in these comments and in messages I've received While I do regret some of the harshness of the original view attacking me or anyone else in the comments on either side of the fence is gross I've received abuse about my looks about my writing abilities I don't write about my sex life people implying I should get laid about my mental health and even a few messages telling me to kill myself All because you don't like my opinion of a book Guys even if you hate this review you have to see that this is way too muchI've grown up since writing this review and I sincerely hope that some of you have matured too since writing some of the hate that I've read some of of which I've deleted in these comments Please stop Please move on Review from 12411I've been deliberating for a few hours over doing a Serious Business review of City of Bones and outlining the infinite number of problems that lie within but I decided that any critical thought that I could flesh out isn't going to be anything that you've never heard before Therefore I choose the low road sarcasm and mockeryOh Cassie Clare you so crazy I can only guess that after writing almost a million words of Harry Potter fan fiction a bunch of people sucking your e cock for stealing whole paragraphs from books and uotes from Buffy simply wasn't enough No I understand You had to capitalize on all that time spent typing up whole paragraphs from books and outlining plots that pretty blatantly ripped off from various films books etc I get it I'm sure that's how the Mortal Instruments came to fruition It is painfully obvious that your dopey red haired ingenue and snarky blond asshole were essentially Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy in Original Character clothing Ditto Simon being a hybrid of HarryRon and maybe Isabelle being a slutty Hermione But wait you didn't stop there Hodge is LupinPeter Pettigrew 20 and Luke is better known by his other name Sirius Black and I am not entirely sure why you didn't just call Valentine by his true name Voldemort And seriously though why not just call the Mortal Instruments by their true name the Deathly Hallows? But wait it gets betterStrong with this novel the Force is because somehow there's a creepy Luke and Leia thing going on with Clary and Jace which for the record dude that's nasty How dare you let them make out and then discover they're related Because I had to know in order to keep myself from hurling up my dinner I did discover that this little detail does get resolved eventually but I reiterate that's nasty I thought the point of this book was to make teenage girls hold their hands to their hearts and swoon not make them want to upchuck with what I find to be your disturbing affinity for incest seriously you had the whole six episodes of Star Wars to steal uh draw inspiration from and you pick the creepy incesty parts? But it's weird because if Jace and Clary are Luke and Leia does that make Simon Han Solo? In a weird way I found Jace's whole over confident demeanor to be like Han which I guess is pretty on point with what happens in later novels In other news I will no longer be referring to Valentine as simply that; he is now Darth Valentine Yes I said it I guess this makes Jocelyn Padme except she's not dead yetI must give you where credit where credit is due though Clary isn't a total dumb annoying doormat heroine which is essentially my biggest pet peeve in the entirety of fiction Instead Clary is just dumb and annoying Why the fuck does she slap everyone? It doesn't make her a strong venerable female it makes her a psychotic bitch especially since there wasn't a single justifiable slap she delivered Also she's a moron Blind deaf babies knew that Simon was in love with her My dog knew that Simon was in love with her and the most complicated thought he has in a day is 'gee I think I'll lick my junk today' I have no idea why it's such a surprise to her really This brings me to my second greatest pet peeve and yet another trope that you liberally borrowed from well everyone all the boys want Clary What the hell is this shit? Clary isn't even likable You stole it off of Stephenie Meyer who stole it off of LJ Smith and frankly? You keep copying copies the shittier looking and harder to read they get You are not an exception you are the ruleAlso okay So the Clave is like the circle of Jedi right? And the Circle is like the Order of the Phoenix and the Death Eaters sort of but bad So like Order of the Sith kind of? Also is Darth Valentine channeling Magneto from X Men The Last Stand with his whole 'purifying the race' bullshit? I think he is Now that I've brought the X Men into the picture I can see the vast similarities there too; Clary is film version Rogue and Wolverine Rogue because she can't be with the person she loves physically Rogue's life sucking power Clary's being in love with her brother and Wolverine because of the whole not having any memories thing and wondering why he has all this power Also The Institute The Knight BusHogsmeadeThe Leaky Cauldron because sometimes the Institute boards travelers and there's bad food at all three places much like Isabelle's cooking and also Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters and Hodge is kind of Professor Xavier ese his inability to leave the institute Professor X's disability and also The Jedi Training Academy and also possibly Starfleet from TrekYou know what the funniest thing about all this is Cassie Clare? You aren't even stealth about stealing You know when most people shoplift they maybe do a cursory look for the cameras and stuff something in their pocket when they think no one is looking but you're that chick that goes up to the clerk asks a clerk a uestion about a product you have in your hand while winking that you just don't have the money to pay for it In this book there were blatant reference to both X Men and Star Wars Magneto and Prof X by name and the dice hanging up in the Millennium FalconNow that I've drawn all necessary attention to your totally original content I want to talk about the story in general I read this book because it was handed down to me by my recently turned eleven year old niece I figured okay I'll figure out what the big deal is with this book since everyone and their mom no really I think my mom too has read it My niece isn't what anyone would call fastidious; she hates cleaning her room and at dinner she likes to mash all of her food together and make a sculpture with it and then eat it Imagine my surprise when I saw that the portion of the book I borrowed from her had pages upon pages of highlighted words I figured aw cute she highlighted her favorite parts But no my eleven year old niece had gone through the book and highlighted grammatical errors There were misspellings comma splices and just general bad phrasing all throughout She had also highlighted words that she saw in multiples Seriously Cassie Clare I get it Every time a wolf shows up in your book you don't have to describe it as 'brindled' I get it Did your word of the day calendar run out? Did you lose your thesaurus? Do you have a short term memory problem and forget that you used the word 'brindled' to describe a wolf eight times? I can't even talk about the metaphors and the similes I can't I used to like them Now they make me want to punch toddlers in the face because your book is full of approximately nine hundred and thirty three million of them I am also not going to talk about your bizarre tense changes and the random chapter you threw in from Luke's point of view which was completely out of character for both a man and a human let alone Luke no one talks like thatAnother thing that I want to reference is this whole stele thing In Tatiana's review she mentioned that there didn't seem to be any parameters with this stele; it seemed to be a fix it for whenever you had written yourself into a hole I may not have noticed it had I not read the review first given that as I was trudging through I was filled with an irrational rage It's a very good point though But since I read your book in three days just to get through it I'm feeling like an asshole and I want to ask the following uestions can the stele make me look like Scarlett Johansson?; can the stele magic a cheeseburger out of thin air? These are uestions of vital importance Because if the stele can't maybe you want to consider it in case one of your characters gets stuck on an island with no food for three years or somethingIn conclusion Cassie Clare OF COURSE YOUR BOOK IS GOOD YOU STOLE EVERYTHING IN IT FROM OTHER PEOPLE I just want to say that I sincerely hope that you makehave made a lot of money off your books; I also hope that the people you blatantly stole your content from take it all from you when they sue youHere is the Reader's Digest version of this reviewThe Mortal Instruments Harry PotterStar WarsX Menpossibly Star TrekClary Fray Ginny WeasleyPrincess LeiaRogueWolverineUhuraCassandra Clare herselfJace Wayland Draco MalfoyLuke SkywalkerHan SoloWolverinepossibly Captain KirkSimon HarryRonCyclopssometimes Han Solopossibly SpockIsabelle Slutty Hermioneone of the green chicks Captain Kirk always hits it withone of Jabba the Hut's slavespossibly Jubilee or another dumb irrelevant mutantAlec token gay characterC 3P0??Luke Sirius BlackChewbaccaJocelyn PadmeHodge Remus LupinPeter PettigrewProfessor XavierValentine VoldemortDarth VaderMagnetoThe Institute The Knight BusHogsmeadeThe Leaky Cauldron12 Grimmauld PlaceXavier's School For Gifted YoungstersStarfleet AcademyChurch the cat Mrs NorrisR2D2the portals Floo NetworkDisapperatingBeam me up ScottyEDITSomeone pointed out that mundies muggles GOOD POINT YO 15 year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club Interesting thing nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators As it turns out there is an entire invisible to regular people world and Clary is an unwitting important part of it City of Bones is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love Jace mania all around Needless to say I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and get me some Jace Who am I to deny myself a pleasure to fall for a fictional hot sarcastic and brooding guy? Imagine my disappointment when I found out that this book was one big pile of hot mess Sorry ladies I said it it's badI had the hardest time sticking to the story and for uite some time I couldn't figure out why Then gradually I realized that there were several reasonsLet me start with the editing I don't really think this book was edited at all actually Errors were endless and visible to even my untrained eye wrong words noise instead on nose; missing words in sentences; strange mix of POVs the book is mostly told in 3rd person from Clary's POV but occasionally I saw both 3rd and 1st person narration in the same paragraph describing the same events then there was a page from Jace's POV and a chapter from Luke's; Clary's father was called Jonathan in the beginning of the book but John in the end I can go on but these were the things that I would normally overlook if the story itself was good Unfortunately it wasn't and the errors stood outI didn't think that the story was cohesive it just didn't uite flow for me It read as of a series of events rather than a novel I thought there were some parts in the book that served no other purpose but to give our hero an opportunity to act knight like I am talking about the entire rat Simonvampires extravaganza This story line could have been edited out completely without any damage to the narrative IMO I couldn't uite relate to any of the characters either What made my friends sigh with adoration annoyed me I hated the sarcasm mainly because the jokes although funny felt often out of place plus all of the characters attempting to joke sounded exactly the same to me I didn't feel the difference in attitudes of Clary Simon and Jace If Clare had to make Jace a witty sarcastic type she should have made the wisecracks his exclusive trademark not everybody'sThe story itself was so ridiculously predictable I do not normally see what is to come in the books but in COB I saw every revelation coming Clare just doesn't have a skill to lead to them subtly it's always in your face Valentine is alive revelation who in this book who was thought to be dead was actually dead? a serious uestion your mother put a spell on you revelation the big fatherbrother revelation I could see them all and I am not the most astute reader out thereNow my biggest problem with this book I've readseen it all before Clare borrows so liberally from Star Wars Harry Potter and Buffy it is simply impossible to overlook Valentine VoldemortDarth Vader combo; JaceClary LukeDracoLeiaGinny if it is possible combo; the Circle reversed Order of the PhoenixDeath Eaters combo; the Clave Ministry of Magic; Luke LupinSnape combo; Hodge GilesWormtail combo I can continue but will stop here you get the picture Granted there is nothing absolutely original in paranormal genre but a skillful writer can re work an old theme and make it new fresh and uniue Whatever is original in COB is not uite thought through As an example let's take a stele After finishing this book I still have no idea what exactly it does do you only write runes with it? how exactly do you use it in a battle? why it can open some doors and not others? it can heal but not everything? it can make you be able to see through a wooden screen but is it because you write a special rune with it or you use it as a wand? It seems to me stele is pretty much used as a deus ex machina convenient whenever a uick solution to a problem needed And what's with all the shadow folk? There is just so much mashed up together fairies vampires werewolves pixies jinns You name any mythical creature it is in this book And what about magic? I read about spells made by a warlock stele rune tricks curses where does it end? The limits of magic possibilities were never defined Bottom line all these inconsistencies make for one unoriginal and messy imaginary world And this probably was the main reason why I couldn't connect with this book Finally I was a little surprised by some of Clare's creative choices I found both flirtations of at least 35 year old warlock he might be older his age was never mentioned with a gay teenage boy and reversed LeiaLuke extravaganza uite tacky if not disturbing Although I know how JaceClary family matter is resolved in the end I don't find possibly incestuous relationships appealingThis review might make it seem like COB is the worst book ever written I wouldn't say so after all I've read Breaking Dawn and that book doesn't have any plot There were some nice JaceClary moments the greenhouse birthday party comes to mind But was COB the most blatantly unoriginal book I've ever read? Absolutely although I haven't read Eragon yet but I heard a lot about itIn all honesty I shouldn't give this book than 1 star but I will add a second one as a dedication to one Mrs Jace Wayland Would I recommend this book? Sure many of my friends enjoyed it immensely Will I continue on with the series? I don't think I will be able to convince myself to waste any of my time on being mad at a book I think I will just check out plot summaries on wiki and be done with the seriesPS I just read that Cassandara Clare is an avid and famous in certain circles fanfiction writer I guess that's where all the liberal borrowing comes from Mystery solved Wow I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to sayOk so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind So here it goesClare does a superb job of drawing you in Maybe the plot isn't completely uniue but the world she created is I kept telling myself this is sooooooooooo interesting The whole shadowhunter thing oozes with coolness I mean half angel half kick butt people It doesn't get much cooler than that The story is full of action and yes sometimes there are things added for dramatic effect but isn't that the point? If you were looking for something slow paced read The Mill on the Floss personally I'd rather pull hair then read this but moving onI'm a sucker for action seuences so this totally delivered on that front The author's take on werewolves was original and I gotta say they give the vampires a run for their money I actually guessed most of the twists but that's some of the fun Finding the hints and feeling the satisfaction of saying YES Score for me I got it right Let's do a little victory dance Insert some break dancing moves I personally cannot do here I think some people didn't get that guessing the twists is all part of the experienceSome people claimed all of this to be fluff but I don't agree Just look at Jace The whole feeling about belonging has depth to it Now for why I knocked off a star even though I REALLY didn't want to I thought Clary would be shocked about finding out her history You'd think with how much her mother pounded in to her that there was not such thing as magic she would resist the whole idea Also I think the author tried to introduce too many fantasy creatures at once Like the scene at Magnus Bane house was overdone for my taste We could have done without so many new faces Those are just little irks though my main one was Valentine I know this is going to sound outrageous but Valentine wasn't bad enough for me I shouldn't feel this way looking at his track record he is evil The thing is I wasn't scared of him A good villain has got to be scary plain and simple I'm hoping to see evilness in him in the next bookWell I think I've said enough I'm so glad I'm reading this series after all the books are out I totally expect to be blown away by the next installmentLater added Guess what guys? They are making a movie and here is the trailer Warning won't contain spoilers cause I didn't get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoilingOkay so let me get this out straight I have never NOT finished a book before Okay I'm lying The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte Why? Because they were boringBecause as I read them I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just to have something to doBut I have never NOT finished a Young Adult paranormal novel before And I've read some BAAAAAD books But I didn't finish this book because it goes beyond bad It makes the History of Sexuality seem amazingly interesting and colourfulTo be fair to Ms Clare I was not actually reading her novel so much as listening to the Audiobook The Narrator Graynor did a particularly craptastic jobTo be fair to Ms Graynor she didn't have much to work with I tuned her out I swear I was focusing on the actual prose taking in the story trying to get interested But the writing was terrible It was painful The characters were annoyingNow I've been fair to Ms Clare and I've been fair to Mr Graynor So there's only you left to be fair to nowAnd in order to do that I have to admit that I wasn't EXPECTING to like this book I was however expecting to be pleasantly surprised and I'll explain whyMany years ago Cassandra Clare was Cassandra Clair a VERY popular FF author in the Harry Potter and LoTR circles I actually greatly enjoyed her Draco Trilogy I've read it many times I had heard that this book was very similar to DT and so I was expecting to find it to be a guilty pleasure Something my moral compass told me to leave behind but that I would actually enjoy too much to do so But I was wrongYeah she plagiarized that work and I won't really go into it except to post a link because in the end I'm not reviewing her I'm reviewing her workBut here's the problem Jace is really just Draco from DT Simon is really just Ron and Harry amalgamated into one Clary is really just Ginny The bad guys seems too much like good ol'Voldie The plot is painfully similar to DT It was like reading her old work all over again And I think because she was really just redressing her old characters she didn't even both to give them any growth in this storyTo be honest I didn't read far because the writing was boring oh my lord the similes Someone save me from them and poorly constructed; the characters were boring and poorly constructed and the plot was boring and poorly constructedI'd already read DT so I didn't need to read this Okay so I’m far behind the curve on reading this but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim Shadowhunters and demons Clare constructed a vivid believable parallel world with great characters punchy dialogue and a winning mix of humor pathos and action I like her take on warlocks vampires and werewolves and of course I’m a big fan or urban fantasy where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life of New York Clary Fray is a sympathetic protagonist though I was eually drawn to the supporting cast I especially like that the villains are believably three dimensional Even when you do not support them you understand what motivates them There is no easy black and white good and evil dichotomy I’ll be interested in seeing where the series goes from here and what Clare does with her Victorian preuel series The Infernal Devices Clary just shut the hell up 19 Apr '16 Bet you're sick of my updates nowJust for reference on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra ClareKenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare's work to her ownRead and decide for yourself 15 Jun '13 update again Saw some stills for the movie and to be honest despite being slightly spurious in my casting of City of Bones I actually think my version is much better than the movie versionI mean look at Isabelle and look at ClaryCorrect me if I'm wrong but Isabelle is supposed to be way hotter than ClaryAnd don't even get me started on JaceI mean Jamie Campbell Bower was cute in a couple of his other films but Jace was supposed to be I dunno swoon on your feet panty wetting hawwwtAnd SimonI mean he has friendzone written all over him 12 Jan '13 I know this is now being made into a film and I know they've all got the cast sorted out but I imagined them very differently So here's how they all played out in my headSimon Aaron Taylor JohnsonFor some reason I always imagined Simon as young Eisenheim And a part of me wants to kick myself for associating the 2006 film with this book in any wayAlec Ezra MillerAnd no it's not because he's ueerIsabelle Jessica SzohrBecause I wanted to put this picture in here 'kay?Jace Draco MalfoyI mean come on Is there even a debate on this??Clary Kristen StewartOnly because her acting skills match the uality of Clary's personality 11 Aug '12 Also known as Why Readers CAN Review An Author As Well As HisHer Book And Why STGRB Are Full of Shit And Obviously Never Took English Lit Classes For Telling Us We're Not Allowed ToI heard about the whole plagiarism issue long before I even heard of Cassandra Clare's books so I tried getting into it as objective as possible given the circumstances All I know is that she pretty much copy pasted whole wads of text from another FF writer from published books from TV dialogue into her Draco Dormiens trilogy without providing any credit to the original authorsI also know that she lifted wads of text from Draco Dormiens into her published Mortal Instruments What remains a mystery though is whether these bits copied into The Mortal Instruments were her own original pieces of writing or some of them even plagiarized work?I won't go much into the whole plagiarism thing since if indeed any plagiarized work exists in The Mortal Instruments that is pretty much speculationHowever it does bring to mind uestions of ethic; should a plagiarist be published? Some people strongly believe in giving second chances I think people only deserve second chances when they admit to their errors and have truly proven their repentance Both cases which I have not as of yet heard Cassandra Clare doOther uestions popping into my head include shouldn't there be some sort of punishment for plagiarists? I mean if I did in university what Cassandra Clare did in Draco Dormiens and arguably The Mortal Instruments then I would've been kicked out on the curb and my pretty Master's degree ripped to shreds And similar to the whole Chris Brown debacle instead of condemning her far below ethical work habits we the consumers commend their artwork as if sending the message that whatever wrongs they have done it doesn't matter because people still eat their shit up There is no learning curve here; or at least no deterrence factorBut anyway I tried to suppress these nagging uestions while I read the book because I wanted to know if I would truly objectively enjoy City of Bones Especially after the whole GR Bullies absurdity where an increasing number of voices proclaim that Reviews Should Be About Books And Completely Separate From The AuthorWell ladies and gentlemen my experience reading City of Bones will provide evidence alongside many other ample evidence out there that no sometimes we as readers cannot keep the two things separate Sometimes our moral and ethic code just won't let us Reading is after all a subjective experience and all sorts of things influence our enjoyment of it including our perception of the author And if that affects our enjoyment of a book then it damn well does belong in a review if we choose to put it thereSo Anyway Now that I'm off my soapbox The biggest thing that stands out while I read City of Bones was how inconsistent the writing was It was so lazy and repetitive information was handed over to us on a silver platter there was no subtlety or any depth going on But then there would be brief short scenes or dialogues that actually made me laugh out Those few and interspersed scenes surprised me like one wet and icky autumn day when I found a five dollar bill while raking up my neighbour's filthy gardenTry as I might to ignore it I was at a dilemma Should I enjoy this? I mean it's only five dollars Surely they couldn't miss it And I mean I'm working my arse off in this horrible weather because my mother owes them a lawnmower And anyway it might not even be theirs to begin withIn the end I took the money come on you would've too but I just didn't enjoy it as much as I would have And the delight I should have felt at finding money just wasn't thereThese funny bits of dialogues and scenes filled me with just as much inner turmoil as my five dollar note dilemma and even though I know that maybe perhaps it could be that these are all Cassandra Clare's own words I still couldn't shake off the icky suspicions out off my gut did she draw inspiration from some other unknown source here?In the end it just ravaged me with too much guilt and suspicions that what originally would have been a five star scene was reduced down to three stars and a really really sad faceAlso a part of the inconsistent writing was the inconsistent narration I know 3rd person omniscient gives the narrator the power to sift through characters' thoughts and emotions as they please but this is what made the narrative sound forced and contrived We would normally follow Clary as the novel progresses until it is convenient for us to see things from another character's perspective in which case off we'll jump into another person's headThese conveniences are just one example of what I mean when I say that the narrative lacked subtlety When we aren't directly being fed a certain character's thoughts and emotions through hisher own point of view we are blatantly told their feelings by the character themselves Rarely are people in real life so honest and self aware as the characters in City of BonesAn asshat? Jace looked as if he were about to laughWhat you said to Simon I was trying to save him some pain Isabelle will cut out his heart and walk all over it in high heeled boots That's what she does to boys like that You want to know what it's like when your parents are good church going folk and you happen to be born with the devil's mark? He pointed at his eyes fingers splayed When your father flinches at the sight of you and your mother hangs herself in the barn driven mad by what she's done? When I was ten my father tried to drown me in the creek I lashed out at him with everything I had burned him with everything I had burned him where he stood I didn't think you liked me all that muchIsabelle's brightness faded and she looked down at her silvery toes I didn't think I did either she admitted But when I went to look for and Jace and you were gone Her voice trailed off I wasn't just worried about him I was worried about you too There's something so reassuring about you And Jace is so much better when you're aroundThe point I'm trying to make here is that we get to know the characters because other characters are constantly telling us about them instead of us making our own informed opinions of them based on their actions and words This is why I say the writing was lazy and lacked depth And how Cassandra Clare tried to show us that her characters have background and troubles and are oh such damaged goods was or less through self testimonials such as the second uote up above where Magnus Bane so conveniently gave away his entire childhood to three random teenagers The chapter The Werewolf's Tale was another one of these self testimonials for another partially important character This is a whole new level of telling instead of showing Where unimaginative writers just unload all these information through descriptive prose Cassandra Clare was at least creative enough to hide it into her dialogue But the same underlying problem is still there we see none of this damaged goods I didn't need Sweeney Todd to tell me his past to know that he was a damaged troubled man His actions spoke it for meAs for information being handed to us on a silver platter all you need to do is take a look at the entire ending scene with Valentine to see my point The whole chapter was an infodump session Rarely do I read villains who are so eager to reveal their past and provide explanations to their potential victims The Harry Potter novels were slightly guilty of this especially in the earlier books but I believe a lot of other things about the books redeemed itself from this one faultJace was also a bit of an infodumper but I don't take away points for this I mean I get it it's hard to get on without one character at least explaining what the blazes was going onSpeaking of characters this is rather tough Many reviewers despised Jace because he was such an asshole Clary herself accuses Jace of being an asshole plenty of times But I've lived a fair amount of years and I was friendly with uite a few assholes during my own teenage years And let me tell you one thing Jace is no asshole He's a guy with daddy issues trying to act tough And that is as deep as any of the characters get I guess he would be my favourite character out of the whole lot not my favourite character as in the one I liked the most but the character whom in my opinion was the most developed without self testimonials or other characters telling us about himBut remember my five dollar note dilemma? Yeah Jace was without a doubt a direct cut and paste of the Draco from Clare's Draco Dormiens trilogy who by default is a creation of JK Rowling's So forgive me if I can't separate the book from the author because frankly? If I enjoyed this book simply because of Jace that doesn't say much about the rest of the book or the uality of writing because Jace is not even Clare's original characterFurther illustrating the inconsistencies of Clare's writing though was the sudden and drastic change in Jace's character during the scene with Valentine There is no way one person in such a short amount of time could thoroughly convince and change Jace into such an obedient? passive? receptive? character No matter who the person claimed he was or what evidence he brings to the table Even if Jace believed in everything Valentine told him there is no way it would have drastically changed him in such a manner and such a short timeJust as unlikely was the way Jace was ready to walk the ends of the world with Valentine build a new life with him and in the next moment after a few words from Clary was ready to throw that all away once again The double inconsistencies astound me Clare simply does not understand human psychology or even human nature enough to make solid charactersThe other characters were forgettable to say the least They all sounded the same I'm afraid Witty dry sort of humour It gets tiring after a while Also the Magnus and Alec thing? Can I just say ew? Magnus is like what? Forty? And Alec is sixteen?Even Valentine the Villain was not much of a villain He didn't frighten me or even daunt me I kept reading how Clary was disgusted at how manipulative he was during his scenes but reading the pages myself reading his words his actions? He wasn't particular conniving or ingenious really it was just that Jace was so ready to have a family back he was willing to lap up every bit of contradicting information he heardPlot progression and twists were unsurprising Uninspired No wait they were inspired By Star Wars and Harry Potter to name a few Perhaps even a bit of Buffy in thereAnd this is where my final dilemma lies To like or not to like? That is the uestionFor light fluff it has entertainment value enough But what little entertainment value there was was lifted off other better pieces of work out there To say that I did not enjoy City of Bones would be a lie; but the uestion is did I enjoy City of Bones or did I enjoy the bits of Harry Potter and Star Wars in City of Bones?I'll let you decide if it's fine to like a book filled with other writers' characters other authors' plot twists other screenwriters' dialogue Perhaps I'm being too uptight but here's how I see it New York with Potterverse and Star Wars Take that away and what are you? A great and interesting books I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter the teenage drama of Buffy and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well The book is very well written and fast pacesWe follow Clary Fray a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself not uite sure if she is goth cyberpunk or just a temperamental teenaged artist One night in the local club Pandemonium she realises she is a witness to an attack the strange thing is that the victim of the attack disappeared right before her eyes and when security arrives despite the attackers standing right in front of them she is the only one who can see themClary descovers she is part of the world of Shadow Hunters and demons Shadow Hunters are demon slayers She learns stories of Vampires and Warewolves are truth than fiction She is attracted to Jace the most accomplished of this group of hunters Much to the chagrin of her best friend Simon and Jaces' hunter brother AlexShe learns years ago a charasamitic powerful and high ranking Shadow Hunter called Valentine created his own circle to cleanse the world of all demonic blood Weather they were good or bad their existence was enough of a crime He was ruthless to the point he was willing to sacrifice anyone and anything human or demon as calateral damage Now after 17 years Valentine has seemingly returned from the dead to finish what he started Clary must learn of the ways of the shadow hunters if she is help her friends stop ValentineGreat story good drama the characters are ok the only failing I found in the book were the fight scenes I think these are not the writer's strongest area yet All in all a great book not as action packed as I expected but the story makes up for this I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones and that enchantment still holds four years and at least half a dozen re reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older wiser and should know better I've also read countless reviews both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground you either love it or you hate it I'm glad that I get to love it What else can I say?image error I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book I was wrong; I found this completely unforgettable For being a trainwreckTo be uite honest I think 75% of the hype for this series comes from nostalgia Listen I'm sorry I know this isn't everything but I really don't get why these first three books are hyped on any level Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature and the slutshaming and the etc etc etc it's also just boring and also I hate every single character I hated almost everything about this until book three which I thought was okay because it didn't take me four months you think I'm kidding? and also for ending the incest plotline Yeah thatListen I am not opposed to fun trash I read The Infernal Devices this year and it was fantastic and books two and three basically emotionally killed me inside But this was not fun for me Okay so first of all because we've all talked about this The Mortal Instruments is kind of based off Cassandra Clare’s Harry Potter fanfiction no I'm not kidding and it is painfully obvious There are basic things like that humans are known as “mundanes” while in Harry Potter they are known as “muggles” But then there's also the fact that the characters kind of feel like not good fanfiction interpretations of various Harry Potter characters Our redheaded lead character Clary Fray is a slightly stupider version of Ginny Weasley Her love interest Jace Wayland is essentially Draco Malfoy if everyone excused his actions because he’s super hot I really don't like Jace Jace becomes a member of the Ripoff Death Eaters in like book two because his father is Ripoff Voldemort his name is Valentine which is actually hilarious Simon is Harry again not a very good one and Isabelle is Hermione if Hermione were there exclusively to be slut shamed by the angelic virgin protagonist I mostly said this to point out how utterly fucking dull these characters are but listen I'm not actually wrong about this If you match the characters up to her fanfiction which is not hard the pairings fit You know that thing I linked up above? Well it discusses how the fanfiction trilogy I mean kudos for that dedication is endgame DracoGinny and HarryHermione with subtext between HarryDraco I'm so sorry I'm laughing typing this The endgame of this series is JaceClary and SimonIsabelle with subtext between JaceSimon Do you think I'm kidding But listen you'd think that after ripping from fucking Harry Potter Clare would’ve at least come up with something interesting? I mean fiction doesn't have to be original to be good But again it's basically boring boring boring offensive boring jace is hot chapter boring I don't even know where I'm going with this I just need you all to know that this originated as Harry Potter fanfiction Although I will point out that the original fanfiction this was based off of got taken off fanfictionnet after plagiarism accusations And then there were Sherrilyn Kenyon's plagiarism accusations I mean I think fanfiction and original fiction used to be considered very different things in a way they almost aren't today but it's important to knowAnyway I've established at this point that the characters are flat it's all painfully derivative and the books themselves are boring But there is so much Beyond the issue of Clary's I'm not like other girls thing there's also the issue of messily handled lgbt stuff So yes it's 2005 and I'm willing to excuse this a little bit Alec Lightwood's entire presence in this book is to Create Some Angst through homophobia and it feels so much like a plot device not going to lie While it's fair to mention that Cassandra Clare has improved her lgbt rep severalsapphic friends of mine would like to notify you that The Dark Artifices is awesome wrt this it's not good in this series Alec is barely a POV character in the first three books of the series despite being marketed as a major character and feels super tokenistic Also just his treatment At one point in this series his mother who is a supposedly likeable character tries to kill him and his boyfriend for being gay which he forgives her for how? There is later on a lot of explicit biphobia towards Magnus who is my favorite I love Magnus that is not subverted or criticized at all and in this book especially there's an intonation of that slutty bi trope though the character is allowed to develop beyond that man it is there “You're not gay are you?Simon's greenish color deepened If I were I would dress better” this is not funnyNo Cassandra Clare would rather focus on something else a sideplot where Ripoff Ginny Weasley believes Hot Draco Malfoy is her brother for two fucking books It is exactly as terrible as it sounds For two full books I had to live through Ripoff Ginny Weasley’s angst over her crush on her brother and about their forbidden love or whatever the shit Yes I KNOW view spoilerthey eventually realize they weren't related But here's the thing; they're still in love when they believe they are hide spoiler