City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

256683Okay, so I know I’m way late on reading City of Bones. It’s been one of those books that I was curious about but I guess not enough to actually read it. I was perusing the audio book selection of my local library and saw City of Bones and figured why not.

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, and her life is turned upside down when she meets Jace, a Shadowhunter, a warrior dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world when her mother is kidnapped and she is attacked by a demon. At first, I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons. Then somewhere around the kidnapping of Clary’s mother Clare lost me and it was painful to listen to the end of the book but I kept hoping that it was going to get better.

The plot doesn’t move smoothly, the transition between scenes is choppy at best. The lack of two syllable words was annoying. I understand that it’s a young adult book but that shouldn’t justify bad writing. But what really pushed me over the edge was Clary’s response to her mother’s kidnapping. At first I thought it was shock but soon realized that her mother’s disappearance wasn’t a top priority for Clary. When she eventually did react to her mother’s kidnapping it was lackluster. Clary was more upset when she was grounded in the beginning of the book than when she came to terms that she may never see her mother again.

I was doubtful that I would read the rest of the series. So I read about the other books on Wikipedia and yeah, now I’m sure I won’t be reading the rest of the series. :/

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