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City of Bones: 02/17/12

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first of the Mortal Instruments series. It opens with Clary Fray seeing something unbelievable at the Pandemonium Club. Her eyes open to a parallel society that involves vampires, werewolves and other magical creatures opens her to danger. To make matters worse, her mother goes missing.

For the first 2/3 of the book I enjoyed figuring out the mystery along side Clary as Jace tried to show her the ropes. Much of the world building is done through Clary's education.

And then it goes pear shaped, becoming a Frankenstein's monster mashup of Scooby Doo, the Wonder Twins and Star Wars. Except for the first two seasons of Scooby Doo, I'm not a fan. This mash up was not a good thing for me. Seriously, the YA twin trope has to die a horrible death. The sooner the better.

I have the remaining books in the series because my husband read them first. I do plan to finish the series, but I'm not as enthusiastic about that prospect as I once was.

Three stars.

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Comment #1: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 13:39:53


I have these 3 to read too but haven't got round to them yet. My best friend loves them and I always see such good things about them but I think I hesitate because I'm worried they won't live up to the hype.

Thanks for the honest review. I will still give them a go but maybe not expect as much.

Comment #2: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 19:06:33


My husband has read the rest of the series and says it gets better. I will read them. I just need to figure out where my husband has put them.

Comment #3: Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 16:20:57


This one gave me a lot of grief. I do plan to read at least the second book, just in case I like it better, but it's definitely a low priority.

Comment #4: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 19:08:02


My husband says they do. He liked the others enough to read the entire series. I do plan to keep going.

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