Book review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare.

(Note: I originally wrote this review October 22, 2013. I am copying and pasting.)


Funny story: I bought this book back on Friday, July 17, 2009 at a Borders (aww, I miss Borders) when I was on set for Remember Me.

“So I left to go eat something at the cafe they got at Borders on 54th(?) and Park Ave. Also bought a book Erin recommended, book one of Mortal Instruments Series, City of Bones. Who knows when I will get to it.”

HA!! So I finally got to it, because I saw the movie a while back.

So first I am going to address the Cassandra Clare plagiarism scandal. I only found out about this less than a year ago. By then I already bought City of Bones and the 2 sequels and the prequel series called Infernal Devices. When a friend recommends a book/book series to me, my first thought is not I should look up the author to see if they ever plagiarized. Maybe I should from now on. However, I bought them and might as well make use of the money spent.

If you want to know more, Cassandra Clare plagiarism.

So back to the review. I saw the movie first and found it entertaining, but not epic. The sequel has been “shelved” – a.k.a. it’s not getting made. Bones did not bring in the box office revenue as was expected. 

The movie was way different from the book as I discovered. So many details were omitted or drastically changed. The final confrontation, the freaking climax of the book was COMPLETELY changed for the film.

However, it was an enjoyable read and a fast one. Kept it interesting. The characters were witty. Lots of mythology and history to remember.

I totally saw the similarities with Harry Potter. The Circle = Death Eaters. The Mortal Instruments = Deathly Hallows.

Also, even though this was not a fandom that was mentioned in the bodies of work Clare stole from, I saw similarities with Star Wars. (“I am your father,” anyone? Though I see Valentine more as Palpatine than Darth Vader.) Long lost siblings. This is kind of spoiler-ish but I guess because I already know it is an elaborate lie, I can’t believe they fell for it. Why not ask for a DNA test? It was only after I reread some passages again that I can see how they are being deceived. Still, get a DNA test. I want to see how they find out they are not really related.

3 out of 5 runes.

2014 Book Challenge – so far

1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) (January 8) 4 out of 5 Runes
2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare (541 pages) (January 17) 4 out of 5 runes
3. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (476 pages) (January 21) 4 out of 5 automations
4. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (502 pages) (January 26) 5 out 5 swords
5. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (570 pages) (February 7) 5 out 5 Angels
6. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare (424 pages) (February 13) 2 out 5 morning stars
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare (534 pages) (February 23) 3 out of 5 diabolical brothers
8. Savage Girl, by Jean Zimmerman (404 pages) (March 11) 3 out of 5 suitors
9. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (382 pages) (March 23) 4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes
10. Divergent, by Veronica Roth (300 pages) (March 28) 3 out of 5 factions
11. Insurgentby Veronica Roth (315 pages) (April 4) 3.5 out 5 personality markers
12. Star Wars Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (462 pages) (May 1) 5 out of 5 midi-chlorians
13. Allegiantby Veronica Roth (314 pages) (May 13)  4.5 out 5 rebels
14. The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (56 pages) (May 18) 5 out 5 pieces of news
15. Proxy, by Alex London (379 pages) (May 23) 3.5 out 5 debts to pay
16. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (211 pages) (May 29) 4 out 5 basketball trophies
17. No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.5) by Danielle Paige (135 pages) (June 3) 2 out 5 tornados 


Book Con – May 31, 2014


Yesterday my friends and I went to Book Con. Originally, back in February, we had bought tickets to Book Expo America Power Reader Day. BEA is for people in the industry and book bloggers, but Power Reader Day is open to the public. Only this year ReedPop bought PRD and turned into Book Con. We were issued new tickets and our event was separated from the BEA events in the Javits Center. Ridiculous if you ask me, but I still had a great time.

Stared out the morning when it opened at 9am on the show floor, picking up whatever free books they were giving out. I only roamed around for an hour so I didn’t pick up much. The Book Con corner of the Javits Center was quite crammed and disorganized.

I did manage to get:
The Prophet, by Michael Koryta
The Family Hightower, by Brian Francis Slattery (It is an advanced uncorrected proof)
Interview With the Vampire, by Anne Rice (20th Anniversary Edition)

There were also a couple of samplers too.

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