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Book Review: CITY OF BONES by CASSANDRA CLARE

Hello Readers, welcome back to my blog.

This is the first book in the mortal instruments series.

SUMMARY

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

After years of being in love with the shadow hunter movie and T.V. series, I decided to pick up the books. I researched a lot on how to get into the series because there are so many books and finally decided to go with the order suggested by the author which meant starting with City of Bones.

The narration was not easy for me to follow, it was supposed to be from Clary’s POV but it felt sometimes as though her vision was narrow so you couldn’t see or experience everything, like she was in a haze so the reader was as well. It was very disorientating. I prefer books with more than one POV so I was glad to see things from Jace’s POV at the end of the book which was a lot clearer than Clary’s.

I found myself making comparisons between the screen adaptations and the book, looking for differences and similarities which took a little away from the experience. If I hadn’t watched the screen adaptations and read this book first, I might not have continued after the first chapter. It was not easy to get into because I didn’t like the writing, it felt off to me.

Unlike the series screen adaptation Magnus didn’t seem instantly aware of Alec from Clary’s POV but the movie adaptation was closer to the book as it showed little to no romantic interest between Alec and Magnus. I am hopeful for the rest of the books in the series because Magnus and Alec were the reason I fell in love with shadow hunters. I look forward to the other books although the first book hasn’t given me much encouragement.

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