Title: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Ideal Age Range: YA
Mass Market Paperback: 485 pages
Copyright Date: 2008
Synopsis: (from Goodreads.com) 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.
My Rating: (★★★★) I went into reading City of Bones after purchasing the movie on itunes in order to watch it. I am really glad I watched the movie before I read the book! (For once) Normally I try and read the book before seeing the movie but I'm almost always disappointed in the movie when I do that, except for The Hunger Games, loved them both!
If I had read the book before seeing the movie I would have been irked by what Valentine looked like in the movie, no hate for Jonathan Rhys Meyers or anything but he's NOTHING like how Valentine is described.
But, whatever, I liked the movie and I liked the book! Valentine sounds a lot more scary and formidable in the book than on screen. I thought that the characters were pretty likable, and even though I think that the love triangle in Young Adult (especially paranormal) books is a bit overdone (cough The Hunger Games cough The Mortal Instruments cough Twilight), it was fine in this book. Poor Simon though!
I liked the chemistry that I found between Jace and Clary, until I got to the end. The whole brother/sister thing squicks me out and frustrates me because I liked them together so much. The ending from the book to the movie is SO different too. I don't know how they're going to do that if they continue the movies, they won't be close to the same as the books at this point will they?
Anyway, I love the Shadowhunter world, can't wait to continue reading them! (I'm actually finished with both City of Ashes and City of Glass but am taking a break to read other things before reading City of Fallen Angels).