City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I absolutely LOVE this series. I think it may be one of my favorites, right up there with The Wheel of Time, Night World, and Vampire Academy. Cassandra Clare is a master of world building. The world of Shadowhunters and Demons and Downworlders and Angels is so believable. Not only is the world building phenomenal, but the character development is just amazing. Clary and Jace are the 'main' characters, but Alec and Isabelle and Simon and so many other characters are so real, I could almost expect to bump into any one of them on the streets of New York City. Well, maybe 'bump' into Simon or Clary. I think the others wouldn't allow me to be so clumsy near them.
This is actually my second time listening to this book in its audio presentation. The reader does a good job, but it's the story that I really love. Each character has a story arc and then the major story arc for all the characters and everything is so intertwined that it's just amazing how the pieces all fall together and create a mind-blowing, heart-pounding story. The relationship between Clary and Jace is just to die for. I won't spoil anything, but I must say I was devastated the first time I found out about the twist at the end. And oh, what an unfortunate twist it is, but it sets up a whole bunch of strife for book 2 to explore.
If you are a fan of Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Action, Adventure, Mystery, or Romance, you'll love this series too. And let me tell you, if you think book 1 is amazing (like I do), book 2 is going to blow you away!
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