Wednesday, 29 September 2010

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Author: Cassandra Clare
Date of release: July 2007
Number of pages: 448
Publishe: Walker Books Ltd
Also by this author: City of Ashes, City of Glass, Clockwork Angel.

Book Girl Rating: * * * *

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn to a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love. (taken from back cover).

15-year old Clary Fray leads a normal teenage life until she sees a boy murdered in front of her, who disappears almost as fast, apparently by people that no-one else can see.  Clary is whipped into the inexorably scary world of Shadowhunters, encountering the complex and sinister nature of another world, which seemingly exists alongside the human world.   Clary Fray’s life is about to change in big ways, and in a world she never knew existed...

This book was amazing; therefore I devoured it within a matter of days.  Cassandra Clare has created a supernatural world of impressive proportions.  The mixture of creatures and ideas in a story world that is full of complex, compelling characters is fantastic.  The normal world in contrast with the multitude of sinister forces that exist is brilliantly described and the storyline is fantastic.

The bare bones of this story is Clary’s normalcy and then her transition into discovering she’s not really normal at all, then leaving it all behind.   Cassandra is intelligent and  has this wonderful descriptive style of writing, drawing you into the story - it's powerfully intriguing.

Clary’s relationship with Jace is possibly the reason I was so addicted to this book. The characters are well defined and developed; Clary is independent and strong as a protagonist and then there's Jace.  My oh my, he looks like an angel, but certainly doesn't act like one.  He's gorgeous, guarded and fierce.  However, when they come together, and grow closer, Clary begins to see a different side to Jace.   

The characters make such a huge part of this story.  Not just Jace and Clary but Isabelle and Alec, the gorgeous and deadly brother and sister duo and Simon, Clary’s best friend – possibly the coolest geek to ever walk the earth.  A crucial comment to make about this book is its addictiveness.  Writers tend to have this inexplicable, mystifying effect on me, so when I like a book, it’s on my mind when I’m reading it, when I’m not reading it and the characters are floating around constantly inside my head!

This is one lady with a fantastically complex imagination and another author who is fantastic at surprise and excellent plot development.  Not once did I guess at the surprise she unveiled at the end, but of course it left me anxious to find out how things would end up.