Quote of the Day: City of Bones

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“Don’t touch any of my weapons without my permission.”
“Well, there goes my plan for selling them all on eBay,” Clary muttered.
“Selling them on what?”
Clary smiled blandly at him. “A mythical place of great magical power.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“Can I help you with something?”
Clary turned instant traitor against her gender. “Those girls on the other side of the car are staring at you.”
Jace assumed an air of mellow gratification. “Of course they are,” he said, “I am stunningly attractive.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“Just because you call an electric eel a rubber duck doesn’t make it a rubber duck, does it? And God help the poor bastard who decides they want to take a bath with the duckie.” 
― Cassandra Clare,

 “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“That’s why when major badasses greet each other in movies, they don’t say anything, they just nod. The nod means, ‘I’ am a badass, and I recognize that you, too, are a badass,’ but they don’t say anything because they’re Wolverine and Magneto and it would mess up their vibe to explain.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

“You’re an idiot.”
“I’ve never claimed to be otherwise.” 
― Cassandra Clare, 

Book Review: City of Bones

I discovered this book in middle school and it had me hooked within the first few chapters.

What got me interested was the hidden world. Regular people went about their regular lives with no knowledge of what was going on behind the scenes.

Truth is, there’s demons and monsters, angels, vampires, and who knows what else hidden right in front of our eyes.

That little bit of mystery and magic is one of the things that will get me interested in a lot of books.

I ended up reading the entire series, and unfortunately I would say this is the worst book in the original trilogy. That’s not saying it is bad though! I still think it is a solid fantasy/romance novel.

The strongest part of this book for me was the character development. We follow about a half dozen teenagers and their adventures when Clary discovers the Shadowhunter world.

Each of the five main characters is distinctly different from each other, and each offer such different characteristics.

Jace, Alec, and Izzy are all a part of the Shadowhunter world. Jace is a confident, kind, all-star. Izzy is strong, independent, and fierce. Alec is quiet, smart, and loyal.

All three of them are so different, but they bounce off each other so well. This was my favorite aspect of the whole series.

Even the other characters that are introduced are all so unique and all so well written. I did a re-read a few years ago and I was still fascinated by the characters.

We see each character go through some serious stuff within this book alone, and the ways they react, the ways they cope with it, and the ways they interact with others differently afterwards are, in my opinion, amazing.

There are only a handful of books that I can think of that the characters stand out as so completely different like this, and most of them have a few hundred extra pages a City of Bones.

Other than the characters, we get a bit of mystery, drama, romance and action.

They all fit together nicely to help tell this world’s story to Clary, who is discovering it for the first time.

It uses one of the more simple fantasy-world explanations — teaching everything there is to know to a person who has no experience in the world — but it is done well.

It’s a common form of story telling, but to me it is one of the most effective and timeless ways to introduce a new world to readers.