Don’t judge me but I am late to the party with this series, I can remember when The Mortal Instruments had just started out and everyone was reading it however back then I wasn’t into YA or Fantasy as much as I am today. With a Netflix series, The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices and a series of books dedicated to Magnus it is hard to avoid this series for long and so I finally took the plunge and picked it up. Not to mention I have some friends that have read it and definitely encouraged it. Sadly I have to be honest and admit that I have seen the movie version of the first book and although the plot was ok I found the characters a bit irritating which increased my reservations but I am glad to have finally picked the book up and give it the justice it deserves.
City of Bones is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series; it seems that everyone knows about this series either from the popularity of the books or the Netflix drama. I had a slight idea about the plot and what the books are about such as otherworldly creatures; vampires, shadow – hunters and ‘down – worlders’ but other than that I didn’t know what to expect.
I found the book to be fast paced, easy to read and hard to set down. Apart from the early noughties references with fashion, music and dialogue I felt this book was modern in its fantasy styled setting however there are some elements of juxtaposition between today’s writing and City of Bones which was first published over ten years ago in 2007. However this isn’t a criticism as there is something original in the writing as I can remember The Mortal Instruments being one of the first series to become so popular in this genre of mystical creatures and secret societies whilst keeping the vampires and werewolves as the foe. Of course any reader would know you can’t take two steps in a bookstore now without coming across a vampire love story.
The characters in this book are intriguing, I secretly love the dynamic of plots when it’s lead by a team of primary characters all exhibiting different personalities. With Jace’s bad-boy and misunderstood façade, Isabelle the strong female lead and Alec as the sensitive yet still ass-whooping shadow hunter, this book has a lot of angles for the plot. Hesitantly though I have to say Clary was a tad naïve making her a little bit irritating. So one day she witnesses something and just agrees to go live with a bunch of people she doesn’t know but who claim to know about an underworld…granted she doesn’t have many options but still she just goes with hardly any questions asked. My brain keeps trying to justify her actions given she is 15 but still I’m a bit sceptical.
It’s no surprise that I gave City of Bones a 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads however I feel my initial experience of reading this book was tarnished by the movie. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series without the influence of an adaptation so I can finally be transported by the plot and delve deeper into this world.