Monday, September 17, 2012

"City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)" by Cassandra Clare

485 pages

Fifteen-year-old Clary has always been pretty normal. Though her dad has never been around, she and her mom have made a good life in New York City. Things start to get weird, though, when she witnesses a murder in the Pandemonium Club. A murder committed by three teenagers with bizarre weapons and elaborate tattoos all over their bodies. Then the body disappears, and no one in the club except Clary seems to see the killers. When Clary confronts the teens, she gets her first glimpse at the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons and keeping the peace among Downworlders--vampires, werewolves, faeries, and other magical creatures.  And it turns out that there's a reason Clary could see the Shadowhunters when no one else can. She has a stronger connection to them than she realizes, and her life will never be the same. 

I really got sucked into this story. I love the creepy, exciting, mystical world Clare has created here. The action is paced well--it moves along quickly but there's room for characterization and even a bit of humor. Clary is a good, strong role model, but she's not so perfect that I couldn't relate to her. My only complaint is that the writing itself sometimes annoyed me. It's generally too dramatic and angsty for me. I enjoyed the story enough, though, that I can get past that and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. 

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