Retro Friday Reviews is a feature/meme hosted by Angieville where you write a review of an older book or an underrated book on Fridays.
I think something is wrong with me because I am totally meh about City Of Bones, the first book of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I read this book back in June 2010, so forgive my foggy memory, but I wanted to write a review anyways just in case I decide to read the rest of the books (I have this weird thing about reviewing books in a series, I usually prefer to review them all and feel a little odd about reviewing books from the middle of a series — CYBILS notwithstanding).
So pretty much the premise of City Of Bones is that there’s this girl, Clary who has awesome red hair. She goes to Pandemonium Club in NYC and sees a murder. The murderers are totally shocked that Clary can see them because actually they aren’t murderers, but warriors called Shadowhunters who kill demons. Oh yeah and her BFF Simon can see the Shadowhunters too! See, normal humans are not supposed to be able to see Shadowhunters and are thus mundane. OH and her mom was kidnapped by this d-bag named Valentine LOL. I lol because Valentine is a male name that hardly inspires fear. SO Clary ends up in the Shadowhunter library headquarters with Simon and forms a growing attraction to Jace, WTF, a shadowhunter, while they try to figure out how to get her mom back.
YOU GUYS, what the hell is the appeal of Jace? Is it because he is a male and an asshole that he is therefore worthy of our attention (10 points if you get the reference)? I’m sorry but he came across as a dick to me and guys like that just aren’t attractive. Sorry I don’t care how chiseled your body and face are, being treated like shit isn’t my idea of an awesome date. And then SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT SPOILER ALERT ITS YOUR FAULT NOW IF YOU SPOIL YOURSELF SPOILER ALERT I could be wrong but I think the internet told me that Jace is Clary’s bro which is GROSS. Sorry just say no to incest. Team Simon, yo. Team Simon straight up. Because Simon does not come across as a dick to me and he’s not Clary’s brother. Even better.
However, on the upside, there’s a lot of action. The plot of City Of Bones isn’t slow and I just loved Simon as mentioned above he would be WAY better for Clary than fricken jerkwad Jace. AND I also liked all the creatures and the idea of the runes on their bodies. I liked Isobel Lightwood’s clothes (she’s a Shadowhunter) and also the fact that there are gay characters, YAY.
I’ll attempt the other books in the Mortal Instruments series and keep an open mind, but at this point, I find Clockwork Angel vastly superior to City Of Bones.
Disclosure: I purchased my copy.