For those of you who are not aware, there is a lovely booktuber called Book_Roast who has decided to do something called Book In A Jar every month. Now it may sound odd but yes it does mean there is a book in an actual jar. The idea behind it is that each month a book is picked with Book_Roast invites you to read along with her. At the end of the month she will post a book diary. This will contain snippets taken thoughout the month of key things that she finds are intereting, issues she may have, feelings etc. These snippets are recorded at the time of her reading the information so it is showing as she reads it rather than as an afterthought.
February was the first ever month that Book In A Jar took place and the selected read was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare which is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series.
Before we get to my review and thoughts on the book I will post the 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…
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
Ok so where to start with this book. Admittedly I had mixed thoughts about this when I first started. My inital reaction was boredom. I felt that the book begin just like every single other YA novel out there, the same generic descriptions and sterotypes. However it hit about chapter 2 and I started to enjoy it more. The storyline was still a tad cheesy, and in some respects very predictable but the characters started to warm to me.
I didn’t particularly have any strong feelings about Clary but I adored Simon from the start.
When Clary’s mum gets kidnapped it was something that didn’t suprise me however from that point onwards the story started really getting interesting. I loved the concept of the Institute and I liked the introduction of the other characters.
My favourite part of the book is probably the introduction of Magnus Bane and the Vampire party scene where Simon gets turned into a mouse.
Fast forward to the last few chapters. I didn’t expect some of the twists which I found quite refreshing. I did think that Valentine would turn out to be Clary’s dad however I did not expect Hodge’s betrayal and I certainly did not expect that Jace would be Clary’s dead brother Jonathan both of these were welcome additional stories and they broke up the predictability of the entire story. Oh and Luke (Lucian) the werewolf…also predicted…
When I hit the end of the book I was actually fully engrossed, so engrossed that the end was a shock. I didn’t want it to end and I longed for more. Unfortunatly I will have to wait a little while to continue the series as I have a huge list of review books to be read but even now when I think about it I am eager to start the next book City of Ashes.
All in all despite the slow start I really really liked the book. I would defintly recommend this book to any lover of supernatural, vampire of werewolf reads.
It is very much a strong 4.5 from me (only losing half a point due to the slowness of the beginning).
I enjoyed this month’s Book In A Jar. Next month’s pick is Girl Inturrupted by Susanna Keysen.
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