City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
(The Shadowhunter Chronicles)
Clary Fray, as she’s been called, well since as long… as long as she can remember really, is the story’s primary protagonist or in other words unassuming heroine. The former is fairly ordinary statement to make, considering most, if not all people don’t remember being born and hearing their name for the first time, and for the majority of their infant lives. And so feel it’s safe to assume their name and their life has always been the way it is now, especially if everyone around them acts like it has been that way too. Besides there aren’t many ways the person in question could stumble across proof that says otherwise, especially if someone has gone to great lengths to hide such information and anyways there aren’t many reasons why one might go looking to prove that everything after the youngest stages in their childhood was a lie. So Clary Fray is soon to find out her bloodline is not what most people might consider partially ordinary or in other words normal, even after she finds that most all her life to this point has had lies riddled to it’s very core. All these lies Clary is later to find out, were because her mother wanted desperately to protect her from someone or something big and potentially dangerous, hidden in amongst a world which was hidden in plain sight and was in it’s self filled with many big and potentially dangerous things. Such as Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies… and you get the idea, who contrary to popular myth and legend are quite docile, when prompted to by certain peace accords. So, what could be so dangerous that an entire world filled to the brim with dangers, pales in comparison to what Clary’s mother is afraid off? The falsified but, relatively safe little world Clary’s mother has built up around her daughter, is sooner or later going to have to come crashing down, on it’s own or otherwise. And when it does will Clary be ready to face the truth? Despite how ugly or undesirable it may be. Or will she be unable to cope and lose it in a moment of madness, when she’s needed most?
Teen Rating: I’ve really wanted to read this book for quite a while now actually, but never quite got around to reading it. But now that I finally have, it was undoubtedly a worthwhile experience. Clary is a strong female character who faces the exact same challenges that most if not all teens are likely to face at one stage or another, making her easily relatable too and a perfect heroine for the next generation of reader to look up too. 13+ 4.1/5
(For when you’re finished reading this book, that is if the cover is the same version as the one on this post, take another look at the book’s cover and you might notice some major spoilers hiding in plain sight. Which you probably didn’t notice at first or for those of you who did, thought nothing of it.)