Review: City of Bones, Part II

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

So yesterday, after I posted Part I on here, I received a few emails from some Harry Potter fans informing me that Cassandra Clare actually wrote a FF entitled "The Draco Trilogy," and that it is the predecessor of City of Bones. I haven't read the fan fic, so I can't really say whether or not I find it similar to The Mortal Instruments series, but once I have read it I promise to let you all know my thoughts.

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Now let's get down to business.

City of Bones, Part II: Easy is the Descent

Things I love

- Like I said in my last entry, I think it's a pretty interesting twist in the story that by the end of Part I: Dark Descent, Clary finds out Valentine was (is?) Jocelyn's husband. I liked the whole explanation about The Circle and as I said before, as much as you want to hate all of the members you find that you just can't!

- P. 152

"Dinnertime!" It was Isabelle, standing framed in the door of the library. She still had the spoon in her hand, though her hair had escaped from its bun and was straggling down her neck.
"Sorry if I'm interrupting," she added, as an afterthought.
"Dear God," said Jace, "the dread hour is nigh."
Hodge looked alarmed. "I-I-I had a very filling breakfast," he stammered. "I mean lunch. A filling lunch. I couldn't possibly eat -"
"I threw out the soup," Isabelle said. "And ordered Chinese from that place downtown."
Jace unhitched himself from the desk and stretched. "Great. I'm starved."
- This episode was followed by this very funny antidote from Jace when discussing Valentine wanting to get Jocelyn back:

"I kind of doubt he sent a Ravener demon to her house because he wants to 'get back together,'" said Alec, who had turned up when the food was served.....
"It wouldn't be my move," Jace agreed. "First the candy and flowers, then the apology letters, then the ravenous demon hordes. In that order."
- The Mortal Cup makes more shadow hunters? It's kind of like the idea of living forever with the Holy Grail, but spread out over many decades of shadow hunters. It's not immortality for one solitary human being, but immortality in the sense that the race never dies out. I kind of like it.

As a side note: an idea just popped in my head as I was typing the whole Mortal Cup thing. Since you guys mentioned the Draco Trilogy (and I can't get it out of my head), I started to think about Dumbledore and his "Greater Good" slogan, which holds a resemblance to the idea behind The Circle. The idea of a "purer greater race of people rising above those below them." Hmmm... coincidence?

- When I read the "dream" on page P. 161 I literally went, "what the hell?" It's not until I finished the book, and went back to read a second time, that I realized what Clare was talking about. She's giving us a total heads up about Simon and City of Glass. Things I love now about the passage:

A) Love the little nod to City of Glass
B) Love that even before the Simon-rat-Dumort-vampire-bite (which I'll be getting to) incident, we get the line: "This place is for the Living." I'm sure you know what I mean and if you don't you will soon.
C) Idris. Idris. Idris!
D) Does Clary have some precognitive powers we don't know about yet? Ones that perhaps she can't control? Or perhaps this is just part of what she is(again see City of Ashes review when I post it)? If so, is this why she fell asleep in the hall and doesn't even recall doing so? Because otherwise, it kind of weird that she spontaneously fell asleep while walking to her room.

- Love that Jace reads poetry, not to mention quotes it. Yes, Jace. You are sexy. Oh, yes you are.

- Love that Clary can spot out Blake when it's quoted, not to mention realizes a line by The Doors.

- When Jace and Clary talk about how the Mortal Cup produces more shadow hunters, Clary wonders why they would need the cup in the first place. She asks, "Aren't you, uh...reproducing?" Jace's response: "Sure, we love reproducing. It's one of our favorite things." haha.

- Bone City is creeeepy, but in an awesome kind of way. I really like that the ashes of the fallen shadow hunters are used in order to build the city. The idea of being productive even in death is kind of intriguing.

- Favorite scene in bone city... Clary hurts her arm whilst trying to recover her memories and asks Jace, "Is this when you start tearing strips off your T-shirt to bind up my wound? Jace's reply:

Well actually, the line is "If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked." Cheeky and amazing. Also, tell me, how attractive is that guy in the picture? Umm, super?

- Taki's. Two things:

- "Now we're detectives? Maybe we should have code names."... "Good idea," said Jace. "I shall be Baron Hotschaft Von Hugenstein." lol

- Now this should actually bother me since I do 'ship Jace/Clary, but I find confidence sexy so when Jace mosey on ups to the waitress (who he obviously had been involved with at some point) and puts an arm around her, I can't help but be that much more attracted to him. Again, confidence is supremely sexy.

- Now, for those of us who have read Twilight, I think I can safely assume that one of our favorite scenes is when Edward sang to Bella for the first time. So, while this isn't romantic the way the lullaby is, I still like that Jace is telling Clary a bedtime story (even if the story is really quite horrible). I also really like the banter between them at the beginning. "Once there was a boy," said Jace. Clary interrupted immediately. "A shadowhunter boy?" "Of course." For a moment a bleak amusement colored his voice."

Anyhow, I present to you Jace's story (compliments of Drenched in Cyanide on Deviantart). Click to enlarge:

- Love the whole Clary in a mini dress - Jace scene, especially:

She looked up from closing it to find Jace watching her through hooded eyes. "And one last thing, he said. He reached over and pulled the sparkling pins out of her hair, so that it fell in warm and heavy curls down her neck. The sensation of hair tickling her bare skin was unfamiliar and oddly pleasant. "Much better," he said, and she thought this time that maybe his voice was slightly uneven too.

- Love that Clary called Isabelle a bitch. *applause*

- The whole Hotel Dumort scene was pretty exciting.

- P. 296, I love this whole exchange:

"Do you remember back a the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you'd get dressed up in a nurse's outfit and give me a sponge bath?"
"Actually, I think you misheard," Clary said. "It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath." Jace looked involuntarily over at Simon, who smiled at him widely.
"As soon as I'm back on my feet, handsome."
- Love the conversation between Clary and Jace when he asks her to have a picnic with him.

- Jace and his bathtub of spaghetti. Greatest birthday wish ever.

- "You know, when most girls say they want a big rock, they don't mean, you know, literally a big rock." Hilarious.

- At last, Jace and Clary kiss!

His mouth was hard on hers, unyielding; then he put both arms around her and pulled her against him. His lips softened. She could feel the rapid beat of his heart, taste the sweetness of apples still on his mouth. She wound her hands into his hair, as she'd wanted to do since the first time she'd seen him. His hair curled around her fingers, silky and fine. Her heart was hammering, and there was a rushing sound in her ears, like beating wings...

- And very possibly my favorite lines from the whole book:

"In the future Clarissa," he said, "it might be wise to mention that you already have a man in your bed, to avoid such tedious situations."
"You invited him into bed?" Simon demanded, looking shaken.
"Ridiculous, isn't it?" said Jace. "We would never have all fit."
Jace, you're SUCH an asshole....and I love it.

- I still have a soft spot for Simon, so his confession of love to Clary kind of broke my heart. Still loved it though.

- Speaking of Jace and funny quotes:

"Don't tell me," he said, drawing his words out in that way he knew she hated. "Simon's turned himself into an ocelot and you want me to do something about it before Isabelle makes him into a stole. Well, you'll have to wait till tomorrow. I'm out of commission." He pointed to himself- he was wearing blue pajamas with a hole in the sleeve. "Look. Jammies."

- Love that Clary can draw extremely powerful runes and even realizes where her mother has hidden the Mortal Cup.

- The whole Mortal cup- apartment scene, especially the fact that Simon saved the day.

- Love that Luke redeemed himself. Love that he's a werewolf. Love that he saved Clary. Love Luke. Period.

Things out of place

- Alright, here's the thing. I knew since this quote:
"...He would have sacrificed his own son for the cause and could not understand how anyone else would not."
"He had a son?" said Alec.
"I was speaking figuratively," said Hodge, reaching for his handkerchief.
That Jace was Valentine's son. That coupled with the fact that he didn't want Jace to see the photo of The Circle (I assume because he would recognize his father). I just wonder why in the world he didn't tell Jace for so many years. Why did he allow Jace to think he was Wayland's son? I really don't get it. I mean I know he ended up using Jace, but c'mon. Letting a kid that you supposedly care about believe they are something totally different for years upon years? Cruel? Demented? Just a little.

- I definitely didn't see the whole Alec being gay thing coming. I mean, I like the fact that he is because it adds dimension to his character, but I just thought it was so random. I don't think that sitting next to Jace a lot qualifies as a hint that he's gay. Sorry, but no. It wasn't until Clary points it out that I actually felt it was played up.

- Flying motorcycles? Sirius? What?

- I don't like that Jocelyn went to a warlock to get Clary's memories blocked. I mean, I understand why and I know we wouldn't have half the story if she hadn't, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. I just find it meddlesome that she would tamper with her child's thoughts.

- Illogicalness: The silent brothers can't help Clary, but Magnus Bane, a mere warlock, shows little Clary a few runes from a book and BOOM! Clary suddenly remembers! Now, please tell me why the Silent Brothers, the "librarians" of the shadow hunter world, didn't think of showing her the Gray book? They obviously have a copy, so why didn't they think to do that back like 50 pages ago! Doesn't. make.sense.

-Speaking of Magnus Bane, let's play up how gay he is by giving him rainbow hair! Again. No. Just no. I have plenty of gay friends and last I checked none of them display their pride through their hair. (Side note: I actually really love Magnus as a character and I love his dynamics with Alec... just really hate the hair.)

- Hate the portrayal of the vampire, Raphael. What is with the super stereotypical hispanic? Do not like. At all. Like that he's hispanic, but just hate how he's so over the top.

- Witchlight. Does that remind you of something? Lord of the Rings, perhaps?

- Why doesn't the institute have cars at their disposal? Why must they bother Simon for one? You would think that a place that is supposed to be able to host so many shadowhunters would at least have some mode of private transportation available to them in case they needed to get around...

- Hate that Hodge betrayed Clary and Jace. I do think that he will come back and redeem himself in City of Glass, however.

Well, this concludes Part II of City of Bones. I'm really sorry for any and all grammar errors there are, but I am entirely too exhausted to correct them at the moment. I will tomorrow though. As promised, here's my play list! Hope you enjoyed my latest installment!

  1. Okay, so I finally finished this (and it appears that I'm going to have to run out and get City of Ashes straight away) so I'll try to comment on some of your comments. (Does that even make sense?)

    The dialogue between the characters is classic (fabulous, if you will). It's smart, it's irreverant, funny, and actually plays a purpose in propelling the plot forward and developing them as characters (I am a hater of the drivel dialogue).

    In regard to your love of the Jace... I totally get it. To me he is more interesting that any other fictional male in young adult fiction. In my opinion, (Espcially as Part III unfolds) he's got to make hard choices--harder than Harry (who wasn't being lied to for all those years and only occasionally had to wonder whether he was a Slytherin or had dark tendencies within), harder than Edward (seriously, in Twilight his family goes crazy trying to save a girl that he has been dating [if you start counting their relationship as being an actual relationship in Port Angeles] for all of like a week). Anyway, he's got vulnerabilities and what-not, and the facade is so perfectly constructed that it's great.

    In regard to loving the circle, you're right. I think (in some little part of my heart) that Hodge will redeem himself... Clare has written him as such... moreso than I ever had faith in Snape's redemption as a member of the Order (even after he sacrificed himself in Deathly Hollows, I was still skeptical, can you believe it?).

    Gay characters, kind of love it. You could tell that there was a weird dynamic between Jace and Alec (especially on Alec's part), but I didn't necessarily know it was going to be homosexual--he was just insanely jealous (which could have been motivated by true friendship). It's weird because although Clare wrote Magnus as a blissed-out gay, I didn't really picture him that way. The photo that is on the Mortal Instruments website was much more in line with how I pictured him (and he's kind of hot in that anime).

    That's enough for now... I'll go read Part III.

    Posted on September 16, 2008 at 10:33 AM

  2. Anonymous Said,

    i enjoyed reading your blog.
    i'm currently reading the 3rd book of the mortal intruments and it kinda refreshed all the important parts of the story that i need to remember reading your blog. thanks.


    Posted on November 28, 2009 at 10:15 PM

  3. Anonymous Said,


    Posted on February 10, 2010 at 12:22 AM

  4. Anonymous Said,

    Um..WHY WOULD THE SILENT BROTHERS HAVE THOUGHT TO SHOW CLARY THE GREY BOOK??????? That is silly thinking. Also, I think a parent has every right to protect their child however they think best! And children have no real right to scream at a parent who pays for their life! If I was Clarys mom, i would have slapped her. in fact someone still should. She is arrogant, ignorant and willfull. Also, she is fairly stupid. Now Simon shooting an arrow up and breaking the skylight, that is impossible. You can not do it. Things decelerate at 32 feet per second squared due to gravity, no matter their weight. It would just go plunk. Not break the thick glass. Also, why didn't he kill the demon with the sunshine comming from the door he just opened? Why did he need it to be from the ceiling? Thats just too dumb. Also, when Clary goes through the portal when her mom disappears, instead of shouting "no" at the stupid little CUnt, why doesn't Jace just physically stop her? In fact why does she even go through the portal just so she could see where her mom would have taken her if she had not been a bitch and run out of the house? NONSENSE.

    Posted on December 8, 2010 at 6:51 PM

  5. Anonymous Said,

    I swear, Twilight is one of the few books that makes any sense. I can actually see why edward would love Bella. She is smart, puts things together fast. Bella figured out that edward was a vampire herself, by doing research! Stupid Clary was told in the Pandemonium club right away what demons and shadowhunters were by Jace, and she still did not get it!! Bella never once whines about things not being normal, and that she just wants everything to be easy. Clary does nothing but whine. Clary HITS PEOPLE if she gets mad and can't think of what to say, she is always rude because she wasn't raised well. Ill bet she chews with her mouth open! Bella is polite and restrained. Bella is beautiful and never worries about it or what she wears. Clary is constantly jealous of other girls and compares herself to all of them. She is snotty to Isoble because Isobel is prettier. Clary needs constantly to be helped and protected, Bella asks to be turned so she can protect herself. Last of all, Bella always loved Edward, she doesn't change her mind all the time, or act like she hates him even when not pleased with him. Clary Hates jace when he doesn't do what she wants. I can not imagine any guy wanting anything to do with her. Only girls would imagine that to be romantic.

    Posted on December 8, 2010 at 7:02 PM

  6. Anonymous Said,

    To the person who compared this book to Twilight, I have some news for you. Don't hate on City of Bones, because Twilight has some pretty bad aspects to it, too. Edward tells Bella that he can read minds before he even admits to Bella that he is a Vampire. That makes NO sense! Also, at least City of Bones is realistic- Clary and Jace have a relationship that mostly everybody has- and yet Bella and Edward (of course) barely have any problems in the first book. Don't get me wrong- there is nothing wrong with this, but don't hate on City of Bones when Twilight isn't exactly the book of perfection, either.
    This brings me to another point. So WHAT if Clary compares herself to other girls. Every girl I know has at least once in their life felt like they weren't as beautful as another woman. How many people do you know that have self-esteem issues? And to Jace, Clary is beautiful, and that's all that matters.
    And if some demon hunters told you who they were, how would YOU react? To me, what Clary did and said was perfectly acceptable. To me, Bella's reaction to the Cullens being vampires was completely unrealistic. Bella only wants things to be easy so she can be with Edward. Imagine if she didn't like any of the brothers. I'm sure she would want to just get out of their lives. May I remind you that she thought about MARRIAGE with Edward only in the first book! Get real!
    Clary didn't hate Jace whenever she didn't get her way. She always loved him. I suppose her deep love for him pushed her into acting the way she did.
    Finally, of course Clary needs to be protected! And so does Bella, but being a vampire in both books are two different things. Clary doesn't have an option to protect herself that way. Bella does, so of course Bella will go for it. Plus, Clary is a Shadowhunter. She can protect herself, but because she has no training, what is she supposed to do? I love Twilight and City of Bones both. But don't try comparing them to each other. They're completely different books with completely different plots- learn to deal with it. Just because you don't like Clary in the books doesn't mean you go droning on about how you hate her. This is a City of Bones page, you had no right to bring Twilight, of all books, into this.

    Posted on June 21, 2011 at 10:39 AM


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