When I first hearing the title The Bone City, I though of the Bone Church located in the Czech Republic. Did you think the same too?
My sadness for not being aware of this novel until after the news of the premier of the television show is adamant. Though I am extremely happy through the television show’s publicity I have become a quick and easy fans of Cassandra Clare The Mortal Instrument series!
You might be wondering, Lia if you only knew about the The Mortal Instrument through advertising why not just watch the show first, then decide if you want to read the series. The answer to that is simple, The Percy Jackson Movies.
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My best friend persuade me to watch the movie after reading the series, even though he never read the books. After we watched the movies, he looked into my spectacle framed eyes to tell me that he thought he movies were pretty good. *sigh* I made him read the series which later he fully apologized for his outburst.
Thus this is why I wanted to read the books first before I dare judge The Immortal Instrument series, through the show versus the book, that war never ends well. Let’s get back to the review of course. « Hide Spoiler
City of Bones is the first book of a hexology. I’m not going to judge the book based on plot points because I am not sure the plot has truly been introduce to me yet. However the elements of character design, world building, character relationship, and environment rules/regulations are clearly illustrated that my heart has no choice but to sail away within this world Cassandra Clare as created.
I love the level of magical creatures in this book! We have werewolves; vampires; faes; witches; and so much more. I love Magnus he reminds me so much of Lafyette from True Blood!
I love how the magical world called Downworld
Characters and Character Relationship
Mother’s and daughters relationships are: infuriating; overbearing; empowering; loving, and over all complicated and the relationship between Clarissa “Clary” Fray and her mother Jocelyn Fray are no exception. Within the first chapters the relationship between the single mom and a 15, soon to be, 16-year-old teenager is pretty mundane to say the least. They fight, they argue, and then give each other the silent treatment, typical parental relationships. Even the parental need for a mother to protect her child stretches even in the setting Cassandra Clare’s fiction novel.View Spoiler »I love how their relationship is so strong hat Clary’s mother left clues that only her daughter would be able to decipher! That is a real loving connection. « Hide Spoiler
Jocelyn Fray has done what all mother’s would have done, protect her child or at least hide the truth before her. Until one day something horrible has happen to her, causing her to go missing and frighten Clary in the search to find her. View Spoiler »Did anyone notice that Clary’s mom told her NOT TO GO TO THE APARTMENT and she did EXACTLY what her mom told her NOT TO DO! I’m not saying she should have just got to Simon’s house because what could they have done without knowing the truth. But Clary took no time in disobeying her mom. It’s good thing there was already tension building in the home before the attack on her mom or else they would have both been captured. That would have been a very different story! « Hide Spoiler
The way that Clary deals with the situation in which she’s been tossed into is truly mature without being realistic!
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I like to think I’m creative but I would never have imagine hiding such a wonderfully creative hiding place. Who would have though of hiding an Immortal Cup in a tarot deck.
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There is some romance in the novel that involves Clary and Jace that I enjoyed though I did not see the plot twisting the away that it did.
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Can you say Award? Seriously did not see that coming! Can you imagine if Clare wrote a letter to Clary explaining why she decided to make that plot twist? It was like she was telling Clary
Hey this really hot guy that truly cares for you REALLY does care for you but not the way that you wanted. Sorry you’re related! Better luck next time!
Poor Clary was left like this:
Awkward 2.0! After the adventure of getting Simon back I really hoped that they would have a moment to finish the conversation they were having at the coffee shop. Can you say awkward? That’s the only word I can think of when Simon having a real chill-relaxing aka chillaxing time with Clary’s as if they are still in her old home, when BOOM! Not only does Simon wake up to find Clary’s not beside him, no that would be too easy but he FINDS her standing in front of the door kissing Jace.
Awkward 3.0! OMG How many more awkward moments are their left in this one book! How did Clary’s not realize that Simon didn’t love her! 10 years! 10 years of loving Clary’s only to realize that she quickly fallen in love with Jace. How heartbreaking was it that Simon’s mother knew that Clary’s would break his heart. How sad.
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Thankfully there are other characters whose romance story aren’t so complicated.
View Spoiler »Although I can’t believe the Lightwood would care if Alec was gay! OMG You are literally fighting demons constantly but the idea of two people being together that are the same gender. I wonder how Alec feels about Clary now that she’s his obvious crushes sister. Hmmmm interesting « Hide Spoiler
And I’m not even going to talk about the continuation from generation to generation of guys being put in the ultimate friend zone ever!
I gave this book 4 out of 5
I enjoyed the great character dialogue, character development and character relationship, world development.