Book Review: “City Of Bones” by Cassandra Clare


I have been wanting to read this book for a long time. I remember when it first came out because I would visit the book section at Wal-Mart all the time and I was curious but not enough to consider reading it in the beginning, possibly for the fact that it is a massive book! It wasn’t until the film came out in 2013 that I found myself wanting to see what all the fuss was about, because there wasn’t a lot of happy people when it came out in theaters. I ended up loving it more than I thought, but I don’t usually watch the film version and then read the book afterwards, so I would watch it all the time until we had to get our DVRs updated and it was deleted in the aftermath.

I had hoped that it would appear on our movie channels in the last seven years but it hasn’t but I feel in my own bones that it might in the future now that I’ve finally read the book.

When I started doing my reading challenge, I had hoped that the book would be apart of Prime Reading because they usually have a wide range of fantasy books in their catalog but it wasn’t until we got KU that I found it and took full advantage of the opportunity.

055c57b555c80ebe15494ad70ad84e24When 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…

taken from Goodreads.

For someone who hasn’t watched the film in seven years and only seen a few episode trailers of the Shadowhunters show on Freeform, I had a very vivid images of all of the characters floating around in my mind as I read the book. It was a tad bit difficult to stop comparing them all together but I think it happened me lots on building everything else that was talked about in the story.

Once I began my journey I quickly realized why the book itself looked so large on BookTube, because the author made sure to describe everything for her readers to both see the amount of detail she created for her readers and understand how important it is to basically look beyond the lines, whether that meant a story itself, a person or building. I, myself, have never been good at creating lots of things within various scenes. This has always been my downfall, even in school, we had a standardized test every year and the section where it allows you to write long answers, I wouldn’t give anything to describe what is going on and I would fail that part every year. I had never seen so many words to help visualize the surroundings of what was going on with the characters.

As I was seeing the various structures in my mind, I was also enjoying the banter and bickering among the characters too. I really loved Clary and Simon’s friendship and the scene where they go to Magnus Bane’s house and the poor guy is turned into a rat, cracked me up! I feel like that was perfect because only a mundane would grab a random cup to drink at a warlock’s party! I think the perfect way to sum up how much Clary cared for Simon is shown when she discovers him missing from her backpack and they get ambushed at the vampire lair. Again, it was perfect and I ended up enjoying that whole scene the most I think.

Another character I loved more in the book than anywhere else was Hodge. He gave me serious mentor vibes, and every scene he was talking to Clary about the past or general information about a Shadowhunter’s life was so interesting. I felt as though I was Clary in those scenes and just absorbing as much information as possible, but I wasn’t planning on feeling betrayed when he stabs them in the back. I was genuine upset by it! And the entry of Valentine scared me as much as it had Clary. It probably didn’t help that I was seeing Jonathan Rhys Meyers in my head as I think he has the intimidating factor well-generated into himself. So, anytime he was in the same room with Clary, I was feeling nervous for her.

I really hope I am able to start on “City Of Ashes” soon because I want to know what happens next between Clary and Jace, especially after that big reveal at the end. I’m still fairly confused by that but I’m choosing to keep it to myself as I feel like anyone who reads this will think I just ruined the ending for them, so I’m stopping here.

Have you read “City Of Bones” by Cassandra Clare yet? If you have watched the film and show first and then starting reading the series, what were your initial thoughts about this story?


REVIEW | Shadowhunters


So I don’t know why I decided to record and watch Freeform’s Shadowhunters but I did. In some ways, after I found out they were coming out with a TV show inspired by Cassandra Clare’s series called The Mortal Instruments. I was mad at myself because I’ve been meaning to read the series since I watched the movie, but I haven’t been able to. Anyways, if you haven’t read the books, watched the film and TV show versions but thinking about it, you might want to take a rain check reading this post! Because there will be spoilers and comparisons discussed below!

First let’s talk about the movie!

I actually loved The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones a lot! I have a love/hate relationship with movies being inspired by books I’ve never read especially if they’re part of the supernatural kind of genre. I remember watching the film wondering more about Jocelyn (Lena Headley) and Valentine’s (Jonathon Rhys Meyers) world. Where did they originate? You know a backstory to get familiar with to see what we’re dealing with beforehand, however in a way I think of how Clary (Lily Collins) found out about her mother and Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower) and everything about shadowhunters, runes, etc was all needed to start too.

I was very confused about everything that was in the film the first time I watched it, but the more I watched and paid attention to the little details of the story and characters the more I liked it. I’ve never watched a film that had demons in at night. This film came out in 2013, I was 23 and still not have watched anything with demons in it at night. I was trying to finish and it got to the part where Clary and Jace were visiting the neighbor below their apartment to see if she knew anything weird about her mom’s past and Dorothea (C.C.H. Pounder) turned into this disgusting demon. It was like 8pm and I was just silently freaking out underneath my covers. It mustn’t been too scary since I watched the whole damn thing in one setting!

Let’s talk about the first episode now!

Okay, I don’t know what Clary’s hair in the book but can I say how annoying and orange this girl’s hair is?!?! Gosh, I’m starting to sound like my old art teacher!  Other than that, she’s not bad. There are some scenes where I thought were too much and yet some were so good that I actually felt her emotion. Jace is going to be a character that’s going to drive me nuts. The “new” Clary Fray is played by Katherine McNamara and Jace Wayland is played by Dominic Sherwood. I already don’t like the chemistry between these two. I like the new layout of the characters cover story this time around. Clary is applying for colleges for art school and Luke is a police officer. Despite the fact the beginning shows Jocelyn trying to call Luke, there’s no real connection between them in front of the audience.

Anyways, I recorded the first episode four days after it premiered. Despite my opinions on the actors, I was very pleased with the ending result. The whole episode is an hour long, and even though I was skipping through my commercials to see what would happen next, there wasn’t anything that would grab at me. I do what to see what happens in this week, so I’ve decided to tape it because it was on the same time as Agent Carter.  I’m still trying to get through the second episode right now!

All right time for some notes:

  • I still prefer Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathon Rhys Meyers, and Robert Sheehan as Jace, Valentine and Simon.
  • The club scene was better in the movie, especially the way everybody was dressed. Dark colors and goth vibes. Heavy metal sound, my kind of nightclub honestly!
  • Clary and Simon’s friendship felt more real in the film, adding a third into their scenes was a bad choice.
  • As for the special effects, they looked more realistic in the film. They’re just awful on the show! Those spheres look too Star Wars like.
  • The demons are scary as hell on both, but worse on the show!
  • The first episode seemed to rushed in the beginning, it’s an hour show, you can take your time and leave certain stuff off, especially if you’ve already seen it in the movie!
  • Is Luke a demon in the show?
  • This new Valentine reminds of Hugh Jackman when he shaved his head for the film Pan. 

Reminder: Please don’t rip me apart with this review, I mean it’s all my opinion! If they would have kept it in film format we wouldn’t be having this bit right now. So what are your thoughts? What did you like or didn’t like about the first episode? 



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