I vowed, as part of research into new genres (sure, research *snicker*), to read more this year. I struggled with deciding how many was enough to realistically handle. Plus, my budget is in order, seeing as how I never go to the library to get books, I just buy them. Most of the time, I end up loving them and wanting to reread them. And if I really don’t, I pass it on to someone who might. So they never really go to waste. But it’s a habit that can quickly get expensive, if you know what I mean.
A common meme I saw going around LiveJournal was 50 books a year, with a little post to chronicle your progress after each book. I think that’s a very reasonable goal. So I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Why not? It’s always good to 1- promote more authors, and 2- make recommendations. Everyone’s looking for something new to read.
So here it is. Book 1:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Imagine the world we know, but different. A world where things crawl and exist right under our nose that we know nothing about. They’re Downworlders: demons, vampires, werewolves, and monsters of the likes you can never imagine. And they live among us. Most people don’t know. They can’t even see them, or tell them apart under their glamours. But some can. In fact, there’s a race of Shadowhunters who keep the Earth from the Downworlders meant to harm mankind.
In enters Clary, a mundane, who somehow manages to see three incredible looking teens, Alec, Jace and Isabelle (woohoo!), as they kill what looks to be a normal, blue haired teen. Turns out, they’re Shadowhunters. And he’s a naughty demon. Now the question is, how can she see them? And why? And is this all related to the reason Clary’s mom suddenly goes missing?
The journey begins there and really only gets more interesting, with the history of the Shadowhunters, the Institute, some neat-o parties and side characters, and the cool underground world Miss Clare has created. The whole rebel sanction of Shadowhunters fascinated me. Their history, their purpose, it was all really great stuff.
Only thing that really bugged me: the twist. Every story has that major twist. This one, I didn’t see coming. Usually that’s a good thing. This time… well it’s such a twist that it kind of made me gape at the book. And I don’t mean that in a good way. I mean, I was stunned into silence. I’m not even sure I could give the book a high rating, the way I probably would, because of this twist. I won’t give away what it is, but I’m hoping she’ll somehow fix this in her next book. Otherwise, I think I’ll be very disappointed.
So yea, overall, I’d give the book a: B-.
Stay tuned. I’ll be back a little later with a quick review of Juno, which I saw in theatres!