10/21/2013

Review: City of bones by Cassandra Clare

City of bones was a confusing read. Did I like it? Yes and no. It's not a bad book, but I had some issues with the way it came out. Let's see what I mean.

Our main character, Clary, first meets Jace, Alec and Isabelle. They're a group of young shadowhunters, who protect the world from evil paranormal creatures, mostly from demons. Then demons attack Clary's home and her mother disappears without a trace. Neither she or the shadowhunters know the reason for the attack, so they start to resolve the mystery together. The fantasy part was what I liked the most about this book: I found the rules and history of shadowhunters interesting, and their weapons were fascinating. I also liked the way the author built the relationship between Clary and Jace.

The plot of the book is full of twists. I didn't mind it at all, but I was surprised by the little time that was given to the events. There was twist after twist and everything happened really quickly. I was also wondering why the characters didn't seem to react to the twists at all. They just moved on. That made it very hard to see if an event was important. The story was lacking in emotion, which was sad.

Clary felt somehow distant. I can't say I disliked her, I just had a hard time trying to figure out how she felt and what she was thinking about the things that happened in her life. It was strange because usually it's the main character you can relate to. Clary left me asking who she really was. Confusing. On the other hand, I liked Jade a lot. I understood him much better than Clary and liked him from the start. His sarcasm is brilliant, and he's sensitive inside. For me, he was the most touching character in the novel.

The last issue was that I felt like the book could have been set almost anywhere. I missed descriptions of New York City, something that makes you think only New York. 

Even though there were many flaws in City of bones, I'm willing to read the whole series and see if things get better. And I definitely want to know how it all ends with Jace and Clary.

3.5/5

10/14/2013

Songs from the playlist (2)

I'm revising chapter two, so I think it's time to share another song from my playlist. It's called Louder than ever and it's from Daughtry's third album, Break the spell. Their fourth album comes out soon and I'm so excited! I just can't praise their music enough.

Louder than ever always makes me smile. It's full of happiness and energy. That's why it inspired me when I wrote the Tenerife chapters, and I'm sure it will help me with the revisions, too.





And here are the lyrics:


Heard that song on the radio
and it got my gears turning
Like a real life time machine

You were there in the front seat
Windows down we were burning
It was just like movie scene
Those dashboard lights
and your pale blue eyes cutting through me

Two hearts on the getaway
Feels just like yesterday
Young love on the freeway
Singing louder than ever

Those nights that we used to sing along
We were living in a love song
Those days might be gone
but I hear it louder than ever

We spent that whole summer long
You and me in the moonlight
Chasing dreams in a fast machine

No way it could wrong
When it all felt so right
Feeling like California queen
I cannot get all of the ways that you loved me

Those nights that we used to sing along
We were living in a love song
Those days might be gone
but I hear it louder than ever

Two hearts on the getaway
Feels just like yesterday
Young love on the freeway
Singing louder than ever

I can't help but to turn it up
No it can't get loud enough
Yeah I just wanna hear it
over and over
Over and over

Heard that song on the radio
and it got my gears turnin'
Like a real life time machine

Two hearts on the getaway
Feels just like yesterday
Young love on the freeway
Singing louder than ever

Those nights that we used to sing along
We were living in a love song
Those days might be gone
but I hear it louder than ever