“better(ish) the 2nd time around, wanted to re-read before watching the movie. not great, but now I feel obligated to finish both series (3/8 so far...) super teeny-boppery / underworldly, but OK”kayel wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. I was totally liking Clary and Jace together until the end. ”Courtney J wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Funny story: I bought this book back on Friday, July 17, 2009 at a Borders (aww, I miss Borders) when I was on set for Remember Me.
"So I left to go eat something at the cafe they got at Borders on 54th(?) and Park Ave. Also bought a book Erin recommended, book one of Mortal Instruments Series, City of Bones. Who knows when I will get to it."
HA!! So I finally got to it, because I saw the movie a while back.
So first I am going to address the Cassandra Clare plagiarism scandal. I only found out about this less than a year ago. By then I already bought City of Bones and the 2 sequels and the prequel series called Infernal Devices. When a friend recommends a book/book series to me, my first thought is not I should look up the author to see if they ever plagiarized. Maybe I should from now on. However, I bought them and might as well make use of the money spent.
I saw the movie first and found it entertaining, but not epic. The sequel has been "shelved" - a.k.a. it's not getting made. Bones did not bring in the box office revenue as was expected.
The movie was way different from the book as I discovered. So many details were omitted or drastically changed. The final confrontation, the freaking climax of the book was COMPLETELY changed for the film.
However, it was an enjoyable read and a fast one. Kept it interesting. The characters were witty. Lots of mythology and history to remember.
I totally saw the similarities with Harry Potter. The Circle = Death Eaters. The Mortal Instruments = Deathly Hallows.
Also, even though this was not a fandom that was mentioned in the bodies of work Clare stole from, I saw similarities with Star Wars. ("I am your father," anyone? Though I see Valentine more as Palpatine than Darth Vader.) Long lost siblings. This is kind of spoiler-ish but I guess because I already know it is an elaborate lie, I can't believe they fell for it. Why not ask for a DNA test? It was only after I reread some passages again that I can see how they are being deceived. Still, get a DNA test. I want to see how they find out they are not really related.
3 out of 5 runes. I had to give it 1.5 off because Clare is plagiarist.”
“The characters were engaging and the plot moved swiftly and there was lots of action. The main characters were witty and the backstories of the Shadowhunters (especially Jace's with his whole "to love is to destroy" thingy) were believable and sad. The premise was really cool and reminded me a bit of the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel because they used bits from different bits of mythology and stuff. There was a MASSIVE plot twist at the end which totally surprised (and depressed me a little) - a great read. ”Sabrina K wrote this review Sunday, October 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“"City of Bones" by Cassandra Clare is one of those books you regret wasting your time for reading it cover to cover. To begin with, the characters are unoriginal, it's as if Ms. Clare went on the morphing site and then created her characters from the results of morphing characters from the Harry Potter series. I'm a HUGE fan of the HP series, so I'm very protective of the characters such as Ron, Hermione, Ginny, and Fred and George. Furthermore, the plot and characterization was horrendous. It reminded me a lot of the "Twilight" series, which is badly written. Even though the "Twilight" series are badly written, at least the plot was a almost a mirror of the plots from great classics such as "Wuthering Heights" and "Jane Eyre." "City of Bones" was simply badly written with flat characters, predictable world, and there was a shocking lack of linguistic imaginations: the similes were cliche and overly simplistic.
Genre: Horror and Supernatural, Series, Fantasy
Interest Level: Grade 10
Grade level equivalent: 5.0
Lexile level: 720L ”
“more in depth than the movie, interesting ending with the bad guy being the winner, technically.”Kabub wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ “ Love is to destroy and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed” - This is one of the mind-gripping quotes Cassandra Clare revealed in her book with the genre of Fantasy - Young Adult Fiction “The City of Bones - The Mortal Instruments” Not only does it profoundly affect the book, and the characters, but it also changes the readers perspectives, which demonstrates the level of deep thinking one must be ready to face. The book exhibits the power of truth, in an audacious journey to therefore, find the truth, followed by revenge and love. It is told in the narrator’s voice (third person) by Clare.
The novel The City of Bones is about a fifteen-year-old girl, Clary Fray who lives with her diligent mother and comedic uncle, Luke. She resembles Percy from the Percy Jackson series with her valiant, lively personality. The author incorporated the aspect of magical-realism, which was also similar to the basic plot of the Percy Jackson series as Clary’s magical life is hidden and seized from her, by her mother for protection. That was, until she witnessed the murder of a young boy committed by 3 strange teenagers with bizarre tattoos and armed with flourishing weapons.
This was Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, who devoted their lives to purging the earth free from demons. They lived on earth, but in a world hidden from normal human beings or “mundanes” as the shadowhunters call them. A special shadowhunter she had the privilege of meeting was Jace, who had the face of a star but an annoying yet smart personality. “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.” Stated by Jace. Within a day, Clary was dragged into the Shadowhunter world when her mother disappears and is attacked by a large, gruesome demon.
The author describes the Shadowhunter world introducing characters such as Vampires, Warlocks, Faeries and Werewolves, with beautiful cities, large secrets and surreal rules. The conflict begins, obviously, when her mother disappears. Although, when she learns her Valentine seized mother, a crazed shadowhunter who believes that Vampires, Warlocks and other creatures of the hidden world should be nonexistent, the madness begins. Valentine believes Clary’s mother thieved the mortal-cup, a powerful cup used to produce shadowhunters. But what does Clary’s mother have to do with shadowhunters, or magic? And Clary’s bewildered, how come she never noticed this odd world before? The author obviously intended for several questions to bicker in our minds, and cause confusion.
It’s compelling how this book incorporates the ideas of several themes. As mentioned earlier, the foremost important theme would be finding the truth, as revenge and love lie in the truth. The conflict substantially displays and develops the ideas of the themes. How? Because if Clary had never been brought into the shadowhunter world, or the Mortal Cup was never “stolen” from it’s claimed righteous owner then she wouldn’t have met Jace with whom she developed perpetual love. She wouldn’t have met her new shadowhunter friends. The conflict also uncovered the secrets of other characters, who have hidden their lives in order to seek revenge. In order to not ruin the story, examples won’t be stated. These themes both fall under the idea of “Truth” and it might be a small word, but it definitely means a lot.
A particular weapon known as a “stele” was crucial to Jace, and crucial to the book. It was used to carve runes onto the body of a shadow-hunter, which in fact were the bizarre tattoos Clary notices on the shadow-hunters in the beginning. Runes were known as marks that had specific powers for each one. There were healing runes, strengthening ones, all kinds of them. The idea of the rune could symbolize growth. "Most Shadowhunters get their first Marks at twelve" quoted Jace. For shadowhunters, their first rune represents their coming of age. It’s when their parents have reliance and confidence that their child is allowed their first rune. In the modern day, this could be when a child get’s their first phone. Having a symbol, in this case representing a “rune” aids the readers in grasping the significant meaning of room, which therefore leads to a higher understanding of the book.
The tone of the author was mysteriously unpredictable. Mysterious, because the narrator (the author) cleverly makes sure she reveals the perfect amount of information along the book, in a puzzling manner leaving the reader with unanswerable questions sticking to their head. "Seeing through glamour is easy. It's people that are hard." She adds short and brisk sentences with too much meaning. For example "I may be a killer," Jace said, "but I know what I am.” And unpredictable because the path which the reader thinks the book is heading is totally the wrong direction, in addition to a jaw-dropping ending. The mood set was short and simple - courage. The author demonstrates Clary, and Jace fighting for the truth with great courage and confidence; it brings optimistic joy in the reader’s heart, which could also help their own bravery.
The City of Bones is a little overwhelming at first with bunches of information being thrown at you at the start, but as you continue to read it starts to all make sense. Because the book has such strong themes, there seem to be morals too. It’s trying to convey the message “Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.” Quoted from the book. And it’s justifying that just because we live in a world with love, doesn’t mean we can exclude hate. Cassandra Clare is proving, yes, love IS frightening because even if it’s the total opposite of hate, they exist besides each other but you have to live with it. This book will be widely appreciated by young teenagers. All in all, it is indubitably absorbing accompanied by an ending, which words can’t describe.
“awesome book! recommend to read!”Natalia Jimenez wrote this review Tuesday, October 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No