Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: July 2nd 2007
Read it in: 3 Days
Source: A treat to myself from The Works
I really wanted to love this book. I really did. So many other people have loved this series, and since I really like The Infernal Devices Series, I wanted to love it. But for me it was just so slow. I don’t believe I enjoyed much prior to Chapter 12, Dead Man’s Party.That’s a good 200 pages that were just, in my personal opinion, boring. I got to the introduction of Magnus Bane and I genuinely had hope, I really thought the book was going to pick up and be awesome from that point onwards. I was sadly disappointed. It did pick up again around page 400 and following that it was a good read.
Lets rewind a little bit and let’s talk story and characters. First of all, what name is Clary? How do you pronounce that? It sounds weird no matter how I say it. But she’s a great character. I love that she was oblivious to Simon, even after Jace practically told her that Simon liked her. I love that throughout the whole book she was driven and consumed by her need to find and save her mum. This was a great personality trait for Clary.
I liked the story, the introduction of the Shadowhunters Jace, Alec and Isabelle, and the back story with Valentine and the Circle. That being said, I got so bored with the world building, that I did find myself skipping paragraphs – and it still took me 3 days to read this book! I am disappointed with this opening to the series, but given the ending, I do have faith that the next book should be good – especially all the world building is out of the way.
I was severely let down by this book, but I’ll be reading the next in the series before I decide whether to give up on the series or not.