Drumroll… Yes I finally read the first book in The Mortal Instruments! This was long due since practically the entire book community has read it AND I have watched both the movie and the TV show…
Need I really mention what this is about? I don’t think so.
This is not really goint to be a book review because its popularity is too overwhelming for me to write a review, but I still wanted to talk about it, so here we go, here are my random thoughts on City of Bones!
First thing I wanted to share is that the more I delve into The Mortal Instruments, the more I like Simon! He is such a great character, he kind of reminds me of Stiles from Teen Wolf for now, and I really enjoyed all the scenes where he was present!
I really liked this book, but the fact that I had watched both movie and TV show took the suspense away from me, so it wasn’t that much of an incredible read for me because all of the big surprises and plot twists were not surprises anymore. But don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed it! I just think (and hope!) that I will enjoy the others more since I don’t know what happens. I’ll just have to keep away from spoilers (and I’m really bad at doing this, sadly…)
Overall, I gave the book 4 stars. I really like the characters, and I find Clary rather relatable (except that I don’t actually find Jace boyfriend material). I really like Izzy and Alec, as well as Simon as I mentioned before.
I also thought that Valentine was extremely good villain material, even more than in the TV show. He’s just mad, he’s evil, and that obviously makes him a great villain.
I find the story quite unique. I heard that at first, it was meant as a Harry Potter fanfiction, so I tried hard to find some parallels, but Cassandra Clare really worked on her first draft, and I could only make guess and notice faint similarities.
The world of the Shadowhunters is a really interesting one. Of course, there is the question of Good and Evil which was raised by the Circle. There is the question of purity, and I believe many parallels can be drawn with the real world we see today, with issues of racism and what not. As a matter of fact, I believe that if the Circle had won when it was at its peak instead of being destroyed, the world of the Shadowhunters would be a kind of dystopia, with one ruler and no freedom. There are those who want the Downworlders dead, and those who believe differences make her stronger, and we can see similar aspects today with some people who are intolerant, etc. But the lesson is, I believe, that the deeds of one person do not represent the deeds of a community.
I can’t wait to return to the Shadow World to see what will happen to the Cup, Clary and the rest of the characters!
In the end I can say that this book is really hyped, and it deserves it. I don’t know what else to say, I feel like everything has been said. If you have read this book – which you probably have – please give me your opinion in the comments! And please no spoilers for the rest of the series as I haven’t read them!