City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
Read by: Ari Graynor
Published by: Simon & Shuster Audio on March 27, 2007
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Pages: 14 hours 6 minutes
: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . . . [x]
Review: I wanted to give this series a try as it is very popular. I watched the movie when it came out and have been watching the Shadow Hunters TV show on Netflix. Clary seems whiny on all platforms. And hearing her voices narrated made me cringe as the narrator captured the whiny-ness.
The “twist” was already ruined for me (well, I ruined it myself) as I already saw the movie. The world building was good and the other platforms helped me create the visual in my head. I think if I was to read the book myself I might have different views on the characters as my voice/narration may be different than Ari Graynor’s.
Currently, I’m definitely liking the Infernal Devices trilogy/prequel better than this series. But I am enjoying the world that Cassandra Clare has created. It wasn’t overwhelming to get into and I can understand everything that is going on.
At this point I don’t know if I’ll continue with the audiobooks or not. To be honest this could’ve just been left as a stand alone.
Rating: 2.5/5 stars!