blo Teens Read and Write: Fast, Fun and Sexy - City of Bones

Friday, June 19, 2009

Fast, Fun and Sexy - City of Bones

I happen to be in love with urban fantasy, which of course means I fell head over heels for City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. For those of you who haven't heard about it here's a paraphrase of the book jacket...

"When Clary Fray heads out of a local nightclub in New York, she didn't expect to witness a murder--much less a murder by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. But it's hard to prove the murder when the body disappears into thin air before her eyes and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.

When Clary's mother disappears and demons attack, Clary gets pulled into the world of Shadowhunters - a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to rid the world of demons - in an action packed attempt to find her mother as she struggles to survive attacks on her life. Why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? The Shadowhunters would like to know..."

I read to be entertained, to be pulled into a different world. If books are your escape, I highly recommend The Mortal Instruments trilogy. I'd have to agree with Holly Black, "Funny, dark, and sexy," is a great description of City of Bones. And Jace has got to be one of my favorite fictional characters of all times, a constant, arrogant flirt. I'd like to trade my Team Cullen and Team Jacob shirt for a Team Jace shirt. Yikes, lost a few Twilight fans didn't I? I love the Twilight hunks, but they come in second and third to Jace now.

If you're a guy, it's a great book. There's sexual tension, but the romance isn't the main storyline like the Twilight saga. Plenty of fighting, Ironman like sarcasm/humor, and plenty of bloodshed, mostly demonic bloodshed, but blood is blood. I prefer action to romance -- take me to see Die Hard over The Notebook almost any day of the week. Bottom line, City of Bones is a book both genders can enjoy as long as urban fantasy is your genre.

I've read reviews that tear the book apart, saying there's nothing original, but if you're a writer, you know that there are no new ideas just new ways to present them. And Cassandra Clare had me enthralled and in love with her characters and their adventures -- so much so that I'm seriously considering not waiting for the third book to come out in paper back. Yes ladies and gentlemen, I might spend the extra bucks for hardcover.
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