Thursday, April 25, 2013

BookHungry April Read: City of Bones.

We have a new BookHungry member so everyone please take a moment and welcome Blake to our little group. Oh, and she is the one who selected this months read.

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

This is the first in the Mortal Instruments Series.

I really, really wanted to like this book.  And it did get off to a good start.  

Okay here is the synopsis from Amazon:

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.

This book started off strong, but it didn't take long for me to see where this was going a la Star Wars.  If you've read the book you know what I mean.  (No spoilers here.) That just frustrated me.  Plus as we discussed during our book club meeting, these kids did not talk like kids.  I think that is paramount in young adult books. 

I finished it under duress and I don't think your reading should be under duress.  The premise completely took me in and I had this on my TBR list before it was selected by our book club.  There are four more stories in this series and chances are I will read the rest because I want to know how this series ends.  Especially since Blake promised that all is not as it seems.  I'm hoping this means we lose the Star Wars similarities.


Linda G. said...

Welcome to Blake! :)

Hmm. Maybe I won't start this series until I learn more about it. ;)

abby mumford said...

yes, welcome blake! and if i was able to read as fast as you, i'd probably read more of these, but since i'm me and read much slower, you'll have to send me reports after you finish each one. kthxbai.

Patty Blount said...

Yes and yes! I will give the series a shot because I want to find out if we're right about our deja vu thing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the welcome, ladies! Yes, if you decide to continue on, I think you will find the following books -- particularly the next two -- quite good. To say anything more would be spoiler-y. ;-)

Now... on to GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn.