The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book One) by Cassandra Clare.
Young Adult Urban Fantasy (Wikipedia said so.) Rating: 4/5
Everyone just bear in mind that this is the first book I’ve done. There will be many different genres, but it just so happens that I’m re-reading this series at the moment, so they are the freshest in my brain.
Clary, our heroine, thinks she is just a regular teenager living in New York, until she discovers a dark underworld that no mere mortals know about *GASP* She stumbles upon three gorgeous, sexy, badass teens whilst they are killing a demon. Jace and his foster brother and sister, Alec and Isabelle, are Shadowhunters - a race of human/angel hybrids (sort of) whose purpose is to rid the world of the demons that are infesting it. The bad guy is Valentine, he kidnaps Clary’s mother, and that’s about all I’m going to say on the matter. Shit gets hectic/romantic/hilarious/tragic.
It’s a surprisingly good read. The first time, I was a little put off by how immature the writing seemed, but the witty dialogue and interesting storyline kinda made up for it. The second time I read it, I had no qualms (my brain is deteriorating perhaps?)
The main character, Clary, is an immature bitch (nowhere near as bad as in the third book, though) but because the other characters liked her, I found myself disliking her less. Jace *EEE* is great. I can understand the fangirling - he’s sexy, cool, witty, unnaturally talented and tortured - the perfect man. My favourite part of the book (possibly even the whole series) is the scene where Simon, Clary’s best friend, interrupts them (from what? :O) and Jace makes a joke about them not all being able to fit in the bed together. The sad part is, that the author is female, so it’s really her making up all the witty/deep lines the male characters say that make us fall in love with them. Boys like that don’t actually exist D:
I’m one of those people who only wants to read about/watch beautiful people (yes, I know, how shallow of me!) I can’t think of a single ugly (relatively main) character in the book, which should definitely make for a very aesthetically pleasing movie >:)
I’d recommend it if you like action and romance (sexual tension). And if you’re like me, and begin to lose interest because of the simplicity of the writing, just stick with it and you’ll soon get caught up in the plot, and hardly notice the small faults.
Cassandra Clare is a super funny person, check out her Tumblr, cassandraclare, and she really cares about her fans :)
And my favourite TMI blog is badlydrawnmortaldevices. BEWARE OF SPOILERS, though. This series is kinda based around all the twists and “OMG! I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT WOULD HAPPEN!” moments.
Also, the movie is currently in the process of being made. The casting so far is alright, but I wouldn’t be able to stand it if they cast Nicholas Hoult as Alec. That’s my one casting opinion haha. For all of you who are pickier than me with actors, here is a 31 Day TMI/TID Dreamcast Challenge.