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Monday, April 6, 2009

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments Book 1 ) by Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing -- not even a smear of blood -- to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This book have adrenaline induced action scenes. I was really excited. Teenager killed in a club with bunch of other teenagers with strange tattos and out of this world weaponry, who wouldn't get excited? But as I progress through the pages, I have found plot holes (huge), inconsistent motives is #1 they're very blurry but then again this is the first book. The magic scenes lacks conviction. The love triangle has gone wrong; I shudder after realizing what just happened. I was greatly disappointed because I was looking forward on that part.
Her characters need more depth and development. Clary needs to stop acting like an idiot, because clearly she's not I wish she'd open her eyes and see how extraordinary she is, she has to start kicking ass. Jace is the typical badd ass - mysterious, protective, sure of himself, guarded (love him) and his passion on what he does best, I get it that he is not a stereotype, but he is also a wise-wise teenager so he can now stop quoting Othello, the Doors and some other classic literary genius and books, and do more of the stuff "sexy" characters are supposed to do. Alec, is probably the most complex of all Clare's characters, I could even emphatize on how hard he must be feeling considering the situation, I am of course talking about his homosexuality, I hope Clare makes him a stronger character. Love the plot, like I said it has so many potentials, Clare just needs to address this issues.
A world of fantasy that has characters like Downworlders (e.i: vamps, weres, faeries, pixies, etc... unpronounceable) Shadowhunters, Demons and were they call humans as Mundanes are interesting and an adventurous read. Weaving a fantasy world with the modern civilization is a good move, choosing New York as it's battle ground / headquarters works for me. I also like the quotes of John Milton, Virgil and William Shakespeare on the major chapters of the book.
A lot of people hated the book, I almost did too but do not let reviews discourage you, you might be surprised.

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