Friday, January 2, 2015

Teen review: Urban Fantasy

City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare, is a fantastic young adult supernatural adventure that can and will enthrall readers everywhere! It is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series and is 485 pages long.

The story begins when Clary Fray and her best friend Simon decide to go to a club. The club is called Pandemonium, and it’s the hottest place to be for any teenager living in New York City. But, when Clary witnesses a murder that no one else can see, she is thrust head first into the world of Demons, Downworlders, and Shadowhunters. Shadowhunters are a race of half human/half angel people who live amongst "mundanes" (everybody else) and are sworn to ridding the earth of demons.

To make matters worse, within one day Clary’s mom is captured and Clary herself is attacked by a monstrous demon only to be saved by another shadowhunter named Jace. Jace (along with his shadowhunter friends) becomes intrigued by her. She seems to be a mundane blessed with the Sight, but those are very hard to find. When fighting and searching for her mother, Clary discovers just how deep her connection with the Shadowhunting world is.

On a scale of 1-5, I would give this book a 4.5. In the beginning it’s a bit slow and this causes many readers to give up on it. But I urge you, continue reading! It truly is a fantastic book, and after this the series just gets better and better! The characters are relateable, and you immediately form a connection with Clary because she’s just so darn lovable! One thing that I really and truly enjoyed about this book (and this series) is that you can tell that Cassandra Clare put a lot of effort into creating this world with these characters. In addition, all of the mythology terms she uses are accurate (ex ; the race is referred to as the Nephilim, and in mythology, Nephilim were the offspring of angels).

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys adventure, plot twists, angsty romance, and supernatural/fantastic beings. I think it would be best for anyone in grade 6 or higher.

Reviewed by I.M.C., grade 9

Editor's note: BPL has this as an audio book as well, and we also have the movie (although the book is soooooo much better!). We also have the rest of the series, as well as Clare's other steampunk series, The Infernal Devices.

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