CITY OF BONES (The Mortal Instruments #1) - by Cassandra Clare

CITY OF BONES - Cassandra Clare
Published: 2017 - Margaret K. McElderry Books (10th anniversary edition)
Pages: 512.
Genres: Urban fantasy / young adult / paranormal
Triggers/Content Advisory: Fantasy violence.
Format: Hardcover 10th anniversary edition.
Source: Thank you so much to Pan Macmillan SA for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

The tenth anniversary of Cassandra Clare’s phenomenal City of Bones demands a luxe new edition. The pride of any fan’s collection, City of Bones now has new cover art, gilded edges, over thirty interior illustrations, and six new full-page color portraits of everyone’s favorite characters! This beautifully crafted collector’s item also includes four bonus stories that have previously only appeared in limited distribution, and—best of all—a new piece written by Cassandra Clare. A perfect gift for the Shadowhunter fan in your life. This is the book where Clary Fray first discovered the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. The book where she first met Jace Wayland, the best Shadowhunter of his generation. The book that started it all.

Yes I finally read a Cassandra Clare novel. Finally! And if you're gonna get this book (which you should) get a 10th anniversary edition BECAUSE IT'S JUST SO BEAUTIFUL.

The writing reminds me so much of J.K. Rowling's style. It's a little heavy, and at first I was on the fence about it, but then then the story gets going and the writing isn't an issue anymore.The dialogue is witty and engrossing, the subtext is ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT, and the humour is perfection. I laughed and smiled so many times. It's amazing.

The story keeps you turning the pages. It's so fast-paced and exciting, and the mysteries all tie together incredibly. I love how hints are dropped and then come to a climax later on, and how even the smallest details tie together. It's so clever. And although I admit I'm not actually a big fan of the premise, the book totally suceeded in winning me over.

The best thing about this book - for me, at least - is how easy it is to be sucked into its world. It tangles you up in its racing excitement and beautiful imagination, and you're swept away on a rollercoaster of adventure. It's escapist perfection. You can get lost in a world and simply have fun. It's endlessly, endlessly, entertaining.

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' 
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself." ...
"At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland." 
"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

There are a lot of similarities to Harry Potter. A lot. But hey, it's still a great story. It may be very similar to Rowling's series, but I feel like Clare will make it more her own as the saga progresses.

The characters are a maelstrom of strong personalities. They're all so compelling and colourful, with my personal favourites being Jace, Isabelle, and Simon.
But I love everyone. I love their interactions, their relationships, and how dynamic their inner demons and desires are. All the romance subplots are also extremely entertaining, and I so enjoyed watching the characters fall for the wrong person, be blind to the romantic attention someone else was giving them, and basically just tie themselves up in knots. It made my heart break for every poor character, but it's so well done.

City of Bones is Harry Potter-like magic bursting with colourful characters and fantastic adventures. It's outrageous, it's heartbreaking, it's thrilling. 

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