City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
So many of you have read this already and probably don't need a summary, nut here is one for the benefit of those who haven't.
Clary learns that she is rather special when she foes to a nightclub and sees people who aren't visible to those around her. With this first, things, of course, spiral out of control with demons, half-demons, and demon hunters coming out of Clary's ears (not literally0. An old enemy of this new underworld that Clary has discovered has come back despite being believed dead for many years, and Clary is out to stop him. Along the way there is a cute guy, Jace, who kicks some demon ass and a best friend, Simon, who adds some love drama to the mix.
Given Cassandra Clare's background of starting her writing in Harry Potter fanfic, I suppose it isn't particularly surprising that her debut mirrors a lot of the ideas. Granted, she does add some of her own twists, but I can't help but think that this is Harry Potter chick-litified with demons instead of dark wizards.
I will admit to enjoying Jace's cheeky bloated ego. The dialogue he has with Clary are quite amusing, and these scenes are the only one where Clary's constant sarcasm seems less rude. Simon, besides being a potential love interest and source of angst, doesn't seem to play much role, and therefore, doesn't seem to have much meaningful character development (besides some sulking).
One minor thing, I kind of get the title but not really. Also, the ending was interesting, and although not entirely unpredictable, at least different. I'm not really sure why this book was so popular, but I can see how it might be a nice guilty read.
Star Rating: 2.5/5.0
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