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Thursday, October 29, 2009

City of Bones ~ Cassandra Clare

Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Copyright: 2008

Pages: 512

Rating: 5 Crowns

Synopsis: 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. . . .


Review:
Wow! Utterly astonishing! I know you've heard it all before but Cassandra Clare's Young Adult debut City of Bones is scrumptious!

City of Bones is an epic fantasy expedition that seduced me from the beginning & made me turn into something resembling Jello (the red one)! Yes, I was shivering from my Neiman Marcus Target slippers to my corkscrew curls.

City of Bones
was a fast-paced read that was jam-packed w/ action so dynamic I was flushed from excitement. Whew!

City of Bones is not your usual young adult tale littered w/ fluff or recycled plots resembling some overdone vampire theme. Over that. City of Bones is a vivacious saga resplendent in dialogue. Cassandra Clare penned an enthralling safari & her Mortal Instruments series exhibits Clare is one exceptionally talented scribe.

Clare's rendering of Clary as an unparalleled, three-dimensional, empowering heroine is simply a breath of fresh air (am I the only one who thinks Clary Fray is an uber chic rear kickin' fantasy version of Cassandra Clare).

City of Bones is plush in ambiance. Clare simply excels in this gripping young adult fantasy.

City of Bones
is as opulent as the highest budget Hollywood production; infact, the book just seems to come to life. It was an electrifying read.

Clare held nothing back when she created this mesmerizing legend. City of Bones delves in dealing w/ family secrets & coming-of-age themes w/ a deft hand.

City of Bones melds humor, romance & magic into exquisite subplots that seem immeasurable.

One word to describe Clare's arresting tale? Spellbinding!

Clary's puzzling feelings for Jace are written w/ compassion & understanding.

Kudos to Clare for handling all the perplexing emotions Clary experiences poignantly.

Clare pulls you into her vibrant world of Shadowhunters, demons, faeries, humans, vampires & werewolves! Whew! Genius!

I did have a few things figured out way before they were unveiled in the story, but that's because I have a vivid imagination.

City of Bones was like watching a movie ~ so darn theatrical ~ it was breathtaking!

What I love especially about City of Bones is the third person narration!

Aahh, Clare showcases more than one character’s experiences! Love that!

City of Bones is truly a jaw-dropping experience.

Grab a copy of City of Bones & be prepared for a thrill ride like no other.

Check out Cassandra Clare's website.

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10 comments:

elnice said...

I LOVED this series. I am so happy to hear the story may not be over.
Elie (Ellz Readz)

Jenny Girl said...

I'm glad to read these books live up to all of the hype. I may have to bump this up on my list.

fredamans said...

Looks awesome!! Great review!

The Book Resort said...

Hi, Elnice!

Yes, another installment is on its way & the movie deal... Yay!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Diane

Hi, Jenny Girl!

This was better than I thought & was skeptical w/ all the "hype" but it was an adventure!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Diane

Sharon said...

Wow! What a POSITIVE review. I don't think I'll be able to resist this book! Thanks.

The Book Resort said...

Hi, Sharon!

Thanks! Enjoy it & let me know your thoughts!

AlleluiaLu said...

I loved, loved, loved these books and can't wait for the series she is working on now. I read each of the 3 books in 2 days. I couldn't put them down. If you haven't read them, I highly recommend going out and getting them NOW!

Marg said...

I have really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and I am very much looking forward to the next one.

kt said...

I really need to read these books...

Awesome review, thank you!

Kate said...

This sounds amazing! Is it the first in the series? Superb review Diane =)