Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #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 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. . . .

My Thoughts: So I finally read City of Bones. It only took me forever to get around to. So naturally, I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner now! I loved it. I think it took me so long to get to reading it because I eventually waited so long and Clockwork Princess was about to come out, so I figured I would just finish up The Infernal Devices and then start this series so I didn’t accidentally mix up any of the details. Finally, the other day, I picked up City of Bones and started it. Later that day I closed it and picked up City of Ashes. Yup, I read it in a day. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep though, since I had to put down the next one for bed shortly after I started it.

It seems like to me that everyone has already read this series, pretty much. I feel like I’m late to the game. I really am though. City of Boneprimarily follows around Clary (who’s a kick butt ginger by the way, bonus points for her!). She suddenly begins to see people that no one else can see and sees a group, which she learns are Shadowhunters, kill someone in a club storage room. The body just fades away to nothing though. She soon learns that demons are real, and that was what they killed. All of the stories are real. So Clary has to adjust to this new world, which she remarkably does fairly easily, or so I thought. Her mom has been kidnapped and her mom’s best friend has basically told her never to speak to him again. So it’s a bit rough, all she has left is her best friend Simon, who is getting mad at her because she has feelings for Jace, one of the Shadowhunters from the club that killed the demon. Jace is sexy, and knows it. He’s completely arrogant, but she falls for him anyways. Simon loves Clary but never said anything until it was too late. I personally think he’s a bit on the whiny side. So I wasn’t a huge fan of him. I liked Jace though, I always like the jerks apparently. At least this only seems to be in books.. So basically, Clary is trying to find her mom, who’s been taken by someone named Valentine, who is her mom’s ex husband.

Another character that I really love is Magnus Bane. I mean honestly, who doesn’t love him? He’s just awesome and I love that he’s a character that I already know. So there is someone familiar! He brings a lot of laughs with him for the most part since he’s generally a sarcastic ass.

There is a lot of drama going on in this book, and I loved it. There is a moment at the end that made me “ewwwww”. If you’ve read this, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. But this is a really good book! I just love Cassandra Clare’s characters and world. Everything is just so awesome and fast paced. It was a really fun book to read and felt like it was flying by for me. I will definitely be continuing on in the series, obviously since I already have. I will also be recommending this one to everyone I can and I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this summer!

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess

Cassandra Clare

Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy

Tessa Gray should be happy – aren’t all brides happy?
Yet as she prepares for her wedding, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute.
A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to Mortmain, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. Mortmain needs only one last item to complete his plan. He needs Tessa. And Jem and Will, the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, will do anything to save her.

My Thoughts: So in 2011, I was in a bit of a slump, addicted to video games and hadn’t really done much reading in six years. Well, then I found Goodreads and Clockwork Angel. I’ve read almost 200 books since. So of course I had to read Clockwork Princess. These are the books that got me back into reading. I have been waiting for what feels like forever for this book to come out. Well, the wait was definitely worth it. Don’t worry if you haven’t read it yet, I like to keep my review spoiler free if I can help it, nothing worse than coming across a spoiler before reading something you’ve been waiting forever for.

So in Clockwork Princess we are waiting basically for Jem and Tess to get married (I was pissed by the way! Team Will!) I felt so bad for Will, who thinks that Tessa doesn’t have any feelings for him and even worse for Tessa who won’t way anything to Will about her feelings, so as to not create false hope. I will tell you why I’m so Team Will. Jem is dying, and to me it seems somewhat selfish that he is asking her to marry him, knowing that he’s going to die soon. He could literally die any time. Some people might have been happy about this, with him getting some bit of happiness in his short life, but still.

I came into the book nervous about what was going to happen. To me if the series didn’t end a certain way, well I was going to be super upset. In case you’re wondering, it didn’t end like I had hoped. It was a better ending than I could have hoped! The ending was amazing and I’m pretty sure a lot of people were happy with it. It wraps everything up so nicely. But I’m not going to say what happens because that would be mean.

So Tessa is at the Institute, waiting to marry Jem, but never forgetting about the threat of Mortmain. He wants her and will stop at nothing to get her. She is safe at the Institute though. I really like Tessa as a character. She tries her best not to let people walk over her, a bit hard in the time period when no one will really let a woman do anything alone. She isn’t afraid to speak her mind to defend herself though. Sometimes she doesn’t think things through all the way, but she is brave and willing to do anything to keep her friends safe. Plus she is a big reader, so how can I not like her? I kind of want to read A Tale of Two Cities even more after reading this series, they talk about it so much.

I still love Will, poor tormented Will. He now knows that he wasn’t really cursed, but it’s too late and Tessa is engaged to Jem. His sister is at the Institute now as well and he is happy about it but not at the same time. He doesn’t want her to get hurt. I think I just always root for the bad boy/underdog really, but I can’t help but love Will and his snarkiness.

Jem, well, he’s still dying! I know, it’s mean to say. But really, he’s dying and he knows it. He’s on borrowed time and there’s nothing he can do about it. He does something really selfish too. He starts using more and more yin fen. Seriously, Will works his butt off to get him this stuff and he blows through his entire YEAR supply in TWO months!! I get that he doesn’t want to be sickly all the time, but he drastically just reduced his life expectancy to basically dying any day now. There is also no more yin fen to be found anywhere. So you see why I think he’s selfish?

All in all, I really loved this last book. Like I said, everything is wrapped up nicely. I wasn’t expecting the end at all. There are new characters to enjoy, Cecily and Gabriel for one. Lots of action and emotional bit. I was in tears for some points and stupid grinning at others. I get that way sometimes, so excited for what is happening in a book that I sit there with this giant grin on my face that literally hurts because I can’t stop smiling. There was one moment in particular that I got like this and started texting my friend to read faster because it was just too awesome.

So if you can’t tell, I loved this book and think everyone should read this series! Have any of you read it yet? Did you love it as much as me?