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Book Review: City Of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

August 15, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
Simon and Schuster, 483 pages

Free ARC provided by Simon and Schuster for my honest review. 

Clary Fray heads to the Pandemonium Club in New York city, not expecting to see any actual, well, pandemonium. Never mind, witnessing a murder, a murder only she can see. As she tries to find out more about the teenagers with strange tattoos and arcane weapons, Clary learns about the world of the Shadowhunters, who are trained to hunt demons. And she has a deeper connection to that world than she ever could have expected.

I’d seen this book and The Mortal Instruments series: on blogs, in bookstores, all over Tumblr and Twitter. So I knew it was out there. And it certainly has aspects I’m predisposed to like. Supernatural YA with plenty of action and rich internal mythology and magic. Banter between characters. Some excellent fight scenes. Romance that doesn’t take over the plot. And it’s set in New York.  Urban fantasy like this is in the sweetest of my sweet spots, especially and particularly when it’s set in New York.

So the real question is: Why the heck haven’t I read this before now?

cover image, Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare, movie tie-in coverCity of Bones is about to be a movie. In conjunction with the movie, Simon and Schuster have released it with a movie poster cover. And the nice publicists sent me a copy.  Also, a word on the cover/the movie poster: Ordinarily, books with movie-tie-in cover art annoy me to no end… However, I think this is a really pretty design. The best part is that it doesn’t show any of the actors or the characters, so I’m left alone to picture whatever I like. (I’ve been scrolling past certain posts on my Tumblr dash to keep my innocence about what the characters look like. I’ll see the movie eventually)

I was between books. So I started to read.

And pretty much didn’t move for the next several hours.

I tore through City of Bones in the space of a weekend. Which, even for how fast I read, was pretty fast… it was a busy weekend that cut into my reading time! So, when I read, I zoomed along!

And then I wanted more of the series.

Know what happens at the library, when it’s summer, and a YA novel is about to be a movie?

The hold list for the sequel at the NYPL was about 40 people long, on just a few copies.  For the e-book and/or the paper book.

I told myself I was going to resist, was going to be patient, that I could save money, that I could wait my turn. I have plenty to read! I’d just been to a book swap! And there’s still a massive pile of books from the Book Expo. Heck, there are books from my trip to Scotland in 2011 that I haven’t touched.

But… I didn’t want those books. I wanted more Shadowhunters! I tried to tell myself that 40 people wasn’t a bad hold list. I tried to be patient.

My resolve lasted about three days.

I cracked this morning. Being able to snap up e-books with just a click is oh so very nice. And now I am digging happily into the next book of the series. I’m thoroughly hooked on Clary’s adventures, cheering for Simon and Luke wanting more of Alec, and thinking that Jace needs either a good smack or a sharp poke with a stele.

The nice Simon and Schuster publicist who sent me this book also sent two companion volumes released for the movie. Because I haven’t wanted to alter my reading experience with movie visuals yet, I’m sort of hiding them from view. But! Exciting news! I’ll be doing a giveaway of those very movie tie-in books next week, to coincide with the film. Stay tuned!

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  1. August 16, 2013 7:28 am

    That was how I had felt. Having read the ARC for her other series, I ended up buying the all the books in one pack. Only afterwards did I become aware of “Ms. Clare”‘s horrific reputation re: plagiarism and critic harrassment. I know that the story is the story, but I couldn’t help feeling ashamed that I had given a not insiginificant (for me) amount of money to a person who engages in behavior unbecoming any writer much less a popular writer. I’d love to hear your opinion on this.

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