3 “Cups” to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Posted Apr 25 2013, 12:00 pm in , , ,

This month’s Book Hungry pick comes from our newest member, Blake Leyers. We’re so happy to have you join us, Blake! 

Cassandra Clare’s first book in The Mortal Instruments series and soon to be a movie is about 15-year-old Clary’s newly-discovered ability to see the Shadow world and all the creatures of stories gone by like vampires, demons, and the like. Also part of the Shadow world are the Shadow Hunters, like the adorable Jace and his troop of demon hunters, Alec, Isabelle, and Hodge. When Clary’s mom disappears under highly mysterious circumstances, Clary turns to the Shadow Hunters for help. 

As far as stories go, it’s got something for everyone. There’s the cute boy, the best friend, the love triangle, the special powers and magical lore. My only complaint is that it gave me a little sense of deja vu. First, Clary and BFF Simon are ‘mundies’ — which means mundane. They can’t see the Shadow World. Until Clary suddenly can. This sounded a lot like ‘muggle’ to me. 

SPOILER ALERT: Then, you’ve got a whole Star Wars family dynamic that took the story into ‘creepy’ territory for me, but this is book 1. I’m curious to see if what we know in book 1 is true or just supposition. 

Finally, some of the dialogue felt way older than teen to me. I don’t know any teens who even know what ‘laconic’ means, let alone use it in a sentence. 

If you can forgive a few little issues like those, you’ll enjoy this book. The action and the fight scenes are vivid and the emotion/angst is gripping. Overall, I’d give 3 out of 5 ‘cups’. Why ‘cups’? So glad you asked! In this story, whoever holds The Mortal Cup gains all the power. 

Don’t take my word for it! Please visit my Book Hungry sisters’ website for their reviews. 

Have you read City of Bones? What did you think? 







6 responses to “3 “Cups” to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare”

  1. abby says:

    i’d say this is a fair, honest, and balanced review and i still say (i know i know, every time) the way you rate the books is my favorite. :)

  2. Linda Grimes says:

    Cups? Cute. But I still like pickles better. ;)

  3. i do love the way you rate books patty. and this is a very fair, honest review.

    that said, when i was a teen, i did know what the word laconic meant and i used it in sentences (well, mostly to piss my parents off for using $10 words all the time) what can i say? i was a smartass back then ;)

  4. Blake says:

    Thanks for the welcome, Patty! I agree with Abby — this is a nice, balanced review and I love the way you rate books. This whole thing about pickles? Well, let’s just say that it makes me all the more curious to read Linda’s IN A FIX. ;-)

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  6. I agree with Karla (and you know how that pisses me off) I enjoy you rate the books as well.