My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Finally, I got around to listening to Cassandra Clare’s first book City of Bones, I say listen to because I never have time to read all the books I want, but I can get though quite a few books on tape while doing chores or driving around.
City of Bones was truly a pleasure to listen to. I was immediately captivated by the world Ms. Clare has created. In my imagination, it’s very akin to the world created by the TV show Charmed; except here we have half-angels called “shadowhunters” instead of witches killing demons and forsaken, witches in this story have a very different role.
The teens in the story ring true, even though most are hardened hunters. There is good ebb and flow in the action and great passing. The descriptions were beautifully sculpted and the fight scenes were meticulous in their choreography you felt like you were inside the story. All the characters, even the minor ones, felt alive and had individual personalities that I could imagine as real people. Clary’s voice, the story’s main character, came through the narrative clear and inviting.
My only real criticism of the book is in one aspect of its writing: I was flabbergasted at the excessive use of adverbs through out the book! The thing that really threw me off was the fact that I even noticed how often they were used. I swear, if I had been reading the book I would have counted at least 5 or 6 unnecessary adverbs per page. Usually when a story is this good I have to go through the story a second time to critique the writing style of the author, especially when I’m listening to a book. But after one too many so-and-so said exasperatingly, mildly or flatly, or so-and-so stepped hastily I wanted to throttle Ms. Clare’s editors for not taking more of these unneeded words out of the story, the rest of her words were so strong I didn’t understand why they were left in.
Setting aside my irritation of adverb usage, I lost myself in the story of City of Bones. I think this is a series I can sink my “blunt teeth” into.
(By the way, I think that was one of the greatest descriptions in the book. A man in the room with a werewolf “smiled, showing his blunt teeth.” LOL! That was AWESOME!)