Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 01/12/2016: The Mortal Instruments I - City Of Bones

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For review all books in this series: Go here.

Another book that I bought for its book cover was this book, City Bones - the first in The Mortal Instruments series - by Cassandra Clare. And for the comment by Stephanie Meyer on the top of the book. Perhaps this time my instincts failed. I wasn’t very impressed by the book, although it has been made to a movie now. Here’s my take on the book.

It was a very normal evening out with her friend for Clary Fray. She and her friend Simon went to the Pandemonium Club for a dance and some fun. Little did Clary know that the fun was about to turn into an adventure that she would have never dreamt of. She witnesses the murder of a vampire by three Shadowhunters whom she is the only one seems to be seeing them. No one else, not Simon not the bouncer or the people around. A first time encounter with three of the Shadowhunters - Jace, Isabelle and Alec - for Clary that changed the course of her life. Shortly after this encounter her mother, Jocelyn, vanishes; more like kidnapped by someone that she would need a lot of help from Shadowhunters to rescue her from. After a near-death escape from the daemons, Jace takes her to The Institute to unravel this mystery and aid her in finding her mom.

The story proceeds further revealing vampires aka downworlders, shadowhunters, daemons and the werewolves - pulling Clary further and further to this intriguing world. What happened to her mother? Who was Valentine? Why was he bent on taking Clary and her mother? Is she a Shadowhunter too? What is Luke, Joceyln's boyfriend, has anything to do with this? In finding answers to these questions, Clary also falls for Jace and shares her first kiss with him. But what is Jace to her? Will she sacrifice her feelings once she knows the truth? Simon, being a good friend and in love with Clary, follows her blindly everywhere, protecting her, rescuing her. What will become of his fate? What happens in the City of Bones?

Plot is interesting, intriguing and requires quite a bit of imagination for one to follow while reading it. However, there was a disconnect for me between the characters, lacked genuinity there. A bit gory for a book that targets teenagers. Didn’t like the fact about depicting incest love. However, I would still read the remaining books in the series for the sake of my principle and also hoping that the future books would redeem themselves of my opinion.

Stars: 2.5 / 5
My Recommendation: More of a read for adults over 20 years than a teenager. Interesting pick when you don’t have anything else to read.
Tags: books, critique by amateur, mortal instruments, reviews

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