Friday, January 27, 2012

City of Bones - a review (kind of)

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare - 496 pages

What's this? A book with vampires and angels and werewolves and flyin' freakin' motorcycles? Sure. Sign me up I said. I don't care that the main character is a girl who has the whole love triangle with her male best friend and a blond haired dude thing going on. Sure, keep recommending this to me, Goodreads, Amazon, everyone else; I'm so sure I'll like this (insert eye roll).

Simon. The best friend.
Clary Fray is the one with the love triangle. Jace Wayland is the one blond hair. And Simon is her nerdy best friend (think Anthony Michael Hall in Sixteen Candles).

Lame Plot Breakdown that is Completely Unnecessary Because Everyone Else Has Already Read This: Clary finds out that angels do exist and so do all those other fairy tale creatures. She's out to rescue her kidnapped mother and there are demons and guys without eyes along the way (there's also this whole racist "angels are better than demons" thing going on the entire time but who cares when you HAVE FLYIN' FREAKIN' MOTORCYCLES!?).

"You named me Randy Giles!?"
After reading this book (it took one day) I did a Google search. I knew that this--book one of the Mortal Instruments series--had a large fan base. After I did a little searching around something stuck out in my mind: the comparisons to Twilight. Can I ask why? Why is this book being compared to Edward and Bella and their half-human half-vampire spawn child thing?

Comparing City of Bones to Twilight is like comparing apple sauce to pudding; sure they're both mushy and both are eaten when sick; but the taste is different, the texture, the variety. So if Twilight is apple sauce (plain and boring) than City of Bones is Jell-O Pudding (the S'mores kind).

If we're going to compare City of Bones to anything it has to be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Snarky vampires who ride motorcycles, a blond sarcastic guy, a female lead character with a penchant for getting in trouble, and demons? How has this comparison not been made yet?

The thing that I liked most about this book is that it doesn't try to hard. The humor is there, the plot is there (which the characters kind of poke fun at), and the rapid pace story is there. It's a good quick read. I'm not obsessed with it, I don't plan on being obsessed with it, but I can understand the obsession with it.

I think that's a compliment.

15 comments:

  1. THAT is a huge compliment coming from you! haha I don't understand the Twilight comparison either. I guess because if it's a hot ticket in YA, then it automatically gets that label? Sort of pisses me off. But whatevs.

    I am DYING at the Simon comparison. Oh dear lord.

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    1. I think that's it. My copy has a huge Stephanie Meijer blurb on the front of it. I don't think Twilight is the golden standard that every YA book has to be held up to and am disappointed that that's what's happening.

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  2. Oh man I love these books. They just keep getting better with each one too. Although I have only read thru the third one because cliffhangers give me near heart attacks and I've heard the book four cliffhanger will nearly give me cardiac arrest. So I won't be reading that one until I have the next one to go along with it.

    Also, go ahead and poke fun of Simon. Go ahead. And then just keep reading.

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    1. Oh I will keep reading. I might not be reading the sequels right away but I will get around to it.

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  3. "I'm not obsessed with it, I don't plan on being obsessed with it, but I can understand the obsession with it."

    Fair assessment, sir.

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    1. Thank you. I was worried a horde of fans were going to show up at my apartment and beat me senseless. But so far everyone has agreed with me.

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  4. I completely feel you on this. I'm not obsessed with and don't plan on being obsessed with this series either.

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    1. I am so glad everyone understands where I'm coming from. I do plan to read the other books eventually. So maybe my neutrality towards the first book will change but it'd take a lot and could go either way.

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  5. I bet I'm one of the few people that have never read this series. Or any Cassandra Clare books for that matter. I'll get there. I do think that the Twilight comparison gets thrown around WAY to often. Vamps don't equal Twilight.

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  6. I am maybe the only person in the world who hasn't read this book, but that's not important. What *is* important is that you mentioned Buffy and gave us a picture of Spike. And with that, dear sir, you have won my heart.

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    1. You really don't have to read the book. I could just give you a simple plot outline: girl finds out she's different and special from the rest of the human race, starts falling for a guy who has powers, the end.

      Also, Buffy was the most awesome TV show ever.

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  7. OK, I LOVE this series so much and I think Jace is one of the best, most complex male characters I've read so from a technical point of view, I'm still trying to figure out how Cassie wrote him like that so I can so something similar. Glad you liked the book anyway and I've never seen it compared to Twilight (maybe that's just me) but doesn't EVERYTHING get compared to Twilight these days? *insert eye roll here*

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    1. It really bothers me that everything has to be compared to Twilight or Harry Potter. In the case of Twilight there are much better examples of vampires done right elsewhere. In this case Buffy.

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  8. All it took was for ONE boy in my school to start reading the series, and then I had a whole slew of them wanting the books. I pitch it as "urban action/adventure with paranormal characters".

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