Saturday, April 13, 2013

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I  do not recommend this book
I should get a trophy for finishing this book. This is by far one of the worst books I have ever read. Honestly I'm offended that this trash was ever able to be published. Cassandra Clare manages to write a trashy paranormal novel with absolutely no unique features. This book heavily borrows from Harry Potter, Star Wars, and even Supernatural. Granted there really are no original ideas anymore because everything's already been done, but still. It was so in your face obvious. There were times when I would think to myself this is exactly like supernatural. With zero redeeming qualities I find myself wondering how on earth this book got to be so damn popular.

Lets talk about the characters. Starting with Clary. She's boring. I found her to be one of the most annoying female lead characters I've ever had the misfortune to read about. She's dumb. How about Jace? He's an assclown. It was clear Clare meant for him to be a heartthrob but he ended up just being jerk, and at the end he was just pathetic. Then we have Isabelle a sassy typical bad-ass that is found way too much in YA literature. Alec? He's also an assclown. The difference is he's a gay assclown. Which would normal cause me to automatically love the book, but somehow it didn't help change my opinion in the slightest bit. Simon is the only character I actually liked and even he had terrible flaws. My biggest problem is that they all have the same personality. Sassy, sarcastic, and rude.

Now let's talk about all the romance. Simon like Clary but Clary likes Jace but Alec likes Jace but wait does Simon like Isabelle and does she like him back but also does she like Jace? BREATHE. Notice how everyone and their mother likes Jace? I did. It was annoying. There was way too much romance and not enough action. Oh and lets not forget that Clary and Jace are brother and sister but don't know it until the end so then their romance is just fucking creepy. However I did just read online that they aren't really brother and sister which is good but it's still creepy because they think they're brother and sister and still like each other.

Well, was the plot any good? No! At first it looked like it was going to be good, but the further into the book I went the worse I felt about the plot. First it was like oh lets get Clary's mom back, and then it was like lets get this cup thing. Lets stop this guy Valentine. And then I got bored with it.

I think what bothered me most was the way it was written. I normally have negative feelings towards a book when it's written in third person. I much prefer first, especially for YA books. Then I found the descriptions to be lacking and there to be more dialogue than story. But what really made me angry was the fact that Clare repeats herself so much. I don't need to know the same piece of information thirty times, thanks.

Overall I am very disappointed with this book. For all the hype it gets I thought it would have been okay at least. I don't even think I can read the rest of the series. I promised Mary I would read the second one. But if that is as bad as this one then I'm done.

I give this book half a star

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