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Mommy's Reading Break

I'll read almost anything if it sounds good, but I tend to read mostly YA, and a lot of those are paranormal or dystopian. I have started to branch out into more contemporary lately.

Currently reading

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Jim Dale, J.K. Rowling
Eat, Brains, Love
Jeff Hart
Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Kevin Collins

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones - Cassandra Clare I had heard a lot about Cassandra Clare and City of Bones over the last couple years, but I had heard several mixed reviews. However, with the movie coming out, I knew that I’d have to check it out before seeing the movie. I’ve noticed that most people either love or hate the series, but I honestly felt neither. I think I fell more in the middle.I was actually a little confused when City of Bones first started, but I quickly caught on. Honestly, I was surprised that it was written in third person perspective. It’s funny because when I first read Twilight, it took me a while to get used to the first person narrative, but so many books are written in first person these days that the third person took me by surprise. I actually thought that the third person worked really well, though, because we were able to get more of the story than we would have from just Clary’s perspective.Speaking of Clary, she really got on my nerves. I’m not even sure what it was about her, but she just rubbed me the wrong way. I’m sure part of it is that I can’t stand the story line of “Best friend in love with boy/girl, but boy/girl is too oblivious to see it.” SO annoying. Jace was arrogant, but mysterious. I felt like Clary got a little better as the story went along, but for a while, she just annoyed me.I felt like City of Bones started off pretty well, but then it slowed down quite a bit for a good part of it. It did eventually pick up again, though, and I thought it ended pretty well. However, I found that some parts of it were pretty predictable. There’s also a big twist near the end that I had previous had spoiled for me, unfortunately, but even knowing it was coming, I didn’t really like it. It just seemed annoying and unnecessary.I know that overall this review is fairly negative, and I’m having a hard time finding anything specific that I liked about City of Bones, but I did actually enjoy the story. I didn’t think it was spectacular, but it was a good read. I plan on seeing the movie and continuing the series.This review was originally posted on my blog, here