The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Director: Harald Zwart
Writer: Jessica Postigo
Based on: Cassandra Clare’s novel
Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Jemima West, Robert Maillet, Kevin Durand, Godfrey Gao, Lena Headey, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Aidan Turner

Plot:
One night at a club, Clary (Lily Collins) stumbles upon three teenagers – Jace (Jamie Campbell Bower), Alec (Kevin Zegers) and Isabelle (Jemima West) – who kill a boy they claim is a demon. She calls her best friend Simon (Robert Sheehan) for help, but he can’t see the perpetrators or the victim. The next day, Clary runs into Jace again and she receives a frantic phone call from her mom (Lena Headey), telling her not to go back home again. Then her mom goes missing and Clary finds herself in over her head in a world that is suddenly filled with magic and demons, and intriguing Jace.

City of Bones is actually a rather decent adaptation of the book. But since I’m not a huge fan of the book and since that meant that the movie also pretty much copied every flaw, it didn’t blow me away. But it was pretty entertaining and the headdesk-worthy moments are few and far between.

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City of Glass (Cassandra Clare)

City of Glass is the third novel in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. [Here are my reviews of the other books.]

Plot [with spoilers for the previous books]:
Clary found out that her mother is not in a coma, but under a spell and now her heart is set to go to Alicante, the shadowhunter city, to find the wizard who made the spell and make him revive her. But Jace is not too happy about Clary coming to Alicante, as he fears for her safety because of her abilities. And Valentine is still out and about anyway. But then things get screwed up and Jace ends up in Alicante with Alec, Isabelle and Simon, while Clary goes there on her own illegally, closely followed by Luke. But that is really only the start of the troubles.

There were several things in City of Glass that rubbed me the wrong way. So much so that I needed to take a break after finishing it and haven’t continued with the series since. (Though I probably still will – they didn’t rub me that hard. ;)

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City of Ashes (Cassandra Clare)

City of Ashes is the second book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. [Here’s my review of the first book.]

Plot [with Spoilers for City of Bones]:
After the events of City of Bones, Clary’s life has fundamentally changed. Her mom is in a coma, she’s living with Luke, her mom’s best friend who turned out to be a werewolf, her feelings for Jace remain unchanged by the fact that she’s his sister, while she tries to make it work as a kinda-couple with her best friend Simon. And to make things worse, Valentine is still out and about, killing left and right, Jace is under suspicion of spying for him and is locked up and investigated and things just generally don’t look too well.

While there is much I didn’t like about City of Ashes (this series generally probably won’t ever be my favorite), I’m still enjoying it a lot and I’m still engaged in the story. And I already started reading book three, so there’s that, too.

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City of Bones (Cassandra Clare)

City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

Plot:
One night at a club, Clary stumbles upon three teenagers – Jace, Alec and Isabelle – who kill a boy they claim is a demon. She calls her best friend Simon for help, but neither he, nor the club security can see the perpetrators or the victim. The next day, Clary runs into Jace again and she receives a frantic phone call from her mom, telling her not to go back home again. Then her mom goes missing and Clary finds herself in over her head in a world that is suddenly filled with magic and demons, and intriguing Jace.

City of Bones is an engaging read with a nice sense of humor, but it’s also way too predictable. But if you’re looking for the next young adult fantasy fix, you could do much worse.

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