Monday, March 2, 2009

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, Book 1) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
If you are looking for a fast paced urban fantasy for young adults,this book is a pleasureable read. Fifteen year old Clary Fray has a typical life: she's taking summer art classes, has a wonderful boy (Simon) who's a friend but would like to be more and a mom who is just insane and completely maddening. Then the unexpected happens when she witnesses a violent act that Simon and others can't see. They can't see the dying boy or the three young people who killed him and claim he was a demon and they are demon hunters. Perhaps there is a reason for her mom's maddening behavior...perhaps Clary has some secrets in her family closet...perhaps this end of summer is going to become something outrageous involving werewolves, vampires, demons, traitors, a kiss and the appearance of family she thought were dead. Perhaps this is the most awful wonderful thing to happen to her ever as it finally opens her eyes to what she is, where she is and who she is with and should be with.

Given all that, I do have to say that the only disappointing thing was the ending. As this is Book 1, the author had to make a hook for the next in the series. I thought it ended a bit abruptly and without a clear resolution on some key plot points. That being said though, I still mightily enjoyed it and would recommend it.

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