I give this book a 3.4. Lots of points for the good lines, but definitely lots of negative points for that love triangle. And Jace's behavior at the end is totally out of character. I liked many of the characters, just not the ones that were supposed to be likable. Those ones were shallow, predictable, and jerky. Food-wise, it was like good sandwich meat. It had great extras and the stuff that makes a really good sandwich (or book), but it was missing the bread. If just a few of the basic bits of the book were different, like getting rid of the love triangle and making better main characters, it would be amazing.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Clary is a normal girl who likes to do normal things. Until she sees a murder that isn't a murder where invisible people kill someone whose body simply vanishes. That's how she begins to figure out that all is not as it seems. She really gets the message when her mom mysteriously disappears and she gets attacked by a giant monster. This book was much better the second time I read it, probably because the predictability of it didn't bother me as much. It had several good lines, but it had a seriously messed up love triangle. The book could have been incredible if it focused more on the plot and less on the crushes the characters developed, then screwing with their relationships. I also liked the demons more than the Shadowhunters, the demon killers. When the book started, there was a boy, who was actually a demon, and he walked around and thought about all the life he could suck out of humans. Then he died on page 14, and I was stuck there thinking about the fact that I was holding another book in which the bad guys were better than the good guys. It's really hard to feel bad as the protagonist struggles when you know that each blow she takes is a victory for your favorite characters. The characters who were supposed to be the good ones were really annoying. Okay, so Jace's idiocy is supposed to be funny, but he's really just a jerk.