Book Discussion: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

This quote affected me more that I would like to admit. And in a way, it perfectly describes this book. Because in this book, love is the element that drives everyone to react the way they did. I wouldn’t say that I loved this book. But I did like it a lot, and I would gladly continue with this series.

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 is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

The thing I found most unique to this book is its emphasis on the characters. I felt that the story focused more on the characters than anything else. And that’s a definite positive for me. I like that we couldn’t understand any of the characters totally and can’t guess how they are going to react. At least, I couldn’t guess anyone’s reactions to a particular incident. Another thought that I had while reading this book is that Jace is the character that shines through the most. Even though the story is mostly told about Clary’s experiences, Jace is more interesting to me. His sarcastic nature is obviously something I love. The continuous banter better the characters made me laugh out loud so many times. Let me tell you my favourite ones.

“It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”

or

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

and even

“It’s so dark,” she said lamely.
“You want me to hold your hand?”
Clary put both her hands behind her back like a small child.
“Don’t talk down to me.”
“Well, I could hardly talk up to you. You’re too short.”

There are so many of these situations. Humour and wit is something I love in books and so it’s no wonder that I liked this one. As I was saying, I felt that Jace took the center stage while all the characters moved around him. I would love to know all the characters in this book and I am pretty sure that I am going to start the second one as soon as I finish writing this.

Also, I was spoiled for this book by lots of people. I know that the thing about Clary and Jace is going to happen and I also know that its not really true. I am interested in how the story is going to play out to reveal that Valentine lied. Or whatever misunderstanding there is that needs to be cleared. I really like the world building in this book even though I have already read The Infernal Devices series and already know about this world. I am not going into particular incidents of this book. I just wanted to share what I felt about this book.

So, that’s all my feelings about City of Bones. Tell me how much you liked this book and also what is your favourite book in this series. Thank you so much for reading this! Until next time then!

Fin!

My rating- 3.75/5.

My Goodreads rating- 4/5.

-Sanchita.

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