Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction, Adventure Fiction
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9781416914280
Audiobook Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Audiobook ISBN-13: 9780743566575
Length: 12 CDs (approximately 14 hours)
Disclosure: I purchased a copy of the book for my personal collection and checked out a copy of the audio from my local library. This is my honest review!
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Clary Fray goes to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend Simon, never expecting to witness a crime, but when she notices two young men following another young man into a closet at the club she can’t help but follow. There she witnesses the death of her first demon, and discovers that she has the ability to see through glamour. When her mother suddenly disappears, and she is violently attacked at her apartment, Clary begins to discover her mother has been keeping a number of secrets, secrets that could get Clary killed. Filled with demons, action, mystery, and a touch of romance, City of Bones will keep you on the edge of your seat.
This is another of those books that I probably should have read a long time ago. I have heard they were good, but I just never had time to pick them up. One of my coworkers even recommended that I read them, and still I hesitated. I’ll admit it is hard for me to start a series when it has been out for a while. I still haven’t picked up Vampire Academy though everyone tells me I need too. Sometimes you get so swept away in what is coming out that you miss those older titles and sadly never get around to them.
While I really did enjoy this book, I found some parts of the novel extremely predictable. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy reading it, but the whole confrontation with the villain at the end was kind of cliché to me—been there done that. Evil guy, wanting power, controlling hero, etc… Not much original territory.
I did like the characters, Clary was well portrayed and likable enough. At times she was a bit slow to comprehend what was going on, but I can forgive her for that—she was dealing with new circumstances. She was completely blind to Simon’s feelings, but that happens in real life too sometimes. Jace was the typical antisocial, sarcastic hero. He was always quick with a comeback or snarky comment, but that was merely a façade to hide behind. Simon, is the good guy best friend who the heroine loves, but not in the way that he would like. I would have liked to spend more time with both Alec and Isabell, because I think they could both be interesting characters rather than just sidekicks. And Hodge, let me just say—I saw that coming a mile away.
The story is action packed and will definitely draw readers in, keeping them hooked until the very last page. There is so much we have yet to learn about this shadow hunter world, and Clary is still ignorant of so much.
The audio book was produced by Simon & Schuster Audio and is free of flaws or disturbances. Ari Graynor reads the novel and does a reasonable job on most voices, but has a little difficulty with the deeper older voices—they sound a bit off. This is common when female narrators have to capture deep male voices. Otherwise the performance is extremely enjoyable, and a good way to experience the novel. This is a long one though. I consists of 12 CDs which equals roughly 14 hours of listening. A great pick for a long trip.
Overall, this book was very enjoyable. If you are looking for something original, you might want to look somewhere else, but if you don’t mind a familiar storyline, you will find a lot to enjoy in this novel.
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