Currently Reading: The Mortal Instruments #1 – City Of Bones by Cassandra Claire

Hello Bookish Lovelies,

Quick post today but I wanted to update you on my current read for the month so far.

I’ve picked up City of Bones; Book one in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. So far I’m enjoying it, but not as much as I imagined. Then again, I haven’t had enough time to sit down for a good reading session and only managed to pick it up in small timeframes, so haven’t had time to get really stuck into the storyline yet.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

“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…”

The opening line drags you in and the immediate setting is quite intriguing. With the odd characteristics of the cast painting a pretty picture and the club setting connecting it to the younger audience. The description the author has used is creative yet simple, but I like it. Though compared to something like ‘Wicked Like a wildfire’ Its very plain. There’s a lot of speech within the text which I’m not sure if I like yet. Time will tell.

“The night had gotten even hotter, and running home felt like swimming as fast as she could through boiling soup”

Hands down favourite line so far. I connect to this at the moment because it literally describes what it’s like to be working in a retail store without a air-con, which has been my predicament in the last week. It’s been 28° C inside. Muggy and generally vile. Heat exhaustion started to kick-in. Which is also awful because I really enjoy the heat but its proving too much with the restrictive work uniform and no fresh air circulating the building. In fact I think I could deal with the swimming through boiling soup thing, if it was less like boiling soup and more like tepid soup. I need fresh air in my lungs.

Anyway, back to bookish things. I mainly picked this up this month because I wanted something great to read when I’m on holiday, end of July, and I’ve heard amazing things about this series. I managed to get hold of the second, third, and fourth books in paperback, in a bargain buy on Amazon and I need to get through the first book before we fly. I have the special edition 10th anniversary copy of Book #1 – City of Bones, and really don’t want to take this copy away with me because I’m sure it would just end up damaged… It’s so beautiful! (Plus it’s a hardback so its heavy for hand luggage)

Reading on into the book I hope I manage to get a bit more time to settle into this story, really get to know the characters and fall in love with them. I want to be excited to read the next in the series. I need a good series, it’s been so long. I also hope I can get into a more speech orientated read again. Pretty sure most reads I have now are very description orientated. But it shouldn’t take me long to get back into the swing of things.

Overall so-far-so-good and can’t wait to keep reading.

QOTW: what are you reading this week, is it a series or a standalone. What do you prefer?
AOTW: I think I prefer series but a good stand-alone thrown in the mix doesn’t hurt anyone.

Jazz x

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