I finished City of Bones! It was really good. I really like the author’s style; it’s somewhat like mine and it just works. I don’t know any other way to say it. Cassandra Clare uses dialogue, the perfect amount of description, and I never was like, Ugh, I don’t wanna read it.
SPOILER ALERT! If you want to read the book, do not read below, unless you want to be spoiled.
I really enjoyed the characters; they seemed so real and truthful to the world. Clary, the main character, is a mix of qualities. She’s funny, lovable, sarcastic, pretty, smart, a little clueless, but so creative. I thought her friendship with Simon was very real: Best friends for ten years, never romantically involved, and then, boom!, Simon says he’s been in love with her all that time. I think many boy-girl friendships do turn into that.
Alec and Isabelle are siblings, and very close. You can tell they have a bond, which I think is sweet. They’re close in age, so closer together. And Alec is always saving Isabelle and Jace, even though he’s never killed a demon. Isabelle is very kick-butt and strong. Girl power! She uses a whip as her weapon, which I think is pretty cool. None of the guys have one. Isabelle is also very stylish: a fashionista. She combines weapons with accessories, like her bracelets that have stuff certain creatures don’t like to repel them. She kind of reminds me of those scantily-clad anime girls in TV shows or comic books.
Jace reminds me of Jason from the series by Rick Riordan, Heroes of Olympus. They’re both super powerful, have weird pasts, and look kind of the same. Jace is also very proud. At one point in the book he says, “My one true love is myself,” and I thought, Ew! That guy is so self-centered! At the beginning of the book I didn’t like him much, mainly because he always wanted to be the hero and save the day and blah blah blah. (He’s also the stereotypical “hot guy” which bugs me.) But towards the end I warmed up to him because he and Clary had a thing and he was very nice to her and sweet. I love the scene where they’re riding a flying motorcycle and Clary has her arms around his waist. So cute and somewhat cliché, but, hey, I’m a sucker for stuff like that.
Near the very end, the last chapter before the epilogue, Clary finds out that Jace is her brother. I was just like, whatdaheck?! When Valentine was telling them, all the pieces fit together: JC=Jonathon Christopher=Jace, Valentine ran off with Jace, mom thought JC died and has his lock of hair plus pictures, that’s really Jace. And I thought it was a really cool plot twist until BAM. Clary (duh) is in love with Jace, and he probably is in love with her, too. But now they’re siblings!!! Whatdaheck, Cassandra Clare?! Now there isn’t Jary/Jarissa!!! (I made those ship names up right now.) They were perfect!!! (Awkward thing: they kissed.) NOOO!!!!
The plot was amazing. Everything caught me off-guard, from Valentine and Jocelyn being married to Hodge betraying them. Way to go Cassandra Clare! How in the world did she think all that up?
To conclude this review, what did you think of City of Bones? Who was your favorite character? And no spoilers for the next books, please.
I hope you didn’t spoil it for yourself! If you haven’t read City of Bones, will you? I promise, it’s like eating ambrosia.
Also, I updated Nakoma last night. I know you’ve all been waiting for the tenth chapter for a very long time. I worked hard on it. Please give me feedback!
Now I have to figure out what book to read next… Recommendations, por favor?
Until next post,