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Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he'd learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” 

Name: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: Book 1 of The Mortal Instruments Series

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

2020 has been a year of reminiscing for me, and one of the things I've been wanting to do the most is re read my favorite books from years ago. I read City of Bones back in 2015 and loved it. I fell in love with the world and the characters. This year I decided to tackle some re reads starting with this series and see how my perception of them have changed.  I remember falling in love with Jace Wayland back in 2015 and I can thankfully say the love is still the same. I thought that after reading a little higher fantasy and more adult fantasy like A Court of Thorns and Roses, these series would be a little childish to me. Honestly, I am so thankful that it wasn't. It is nice to see the different portrayals, specially understanding the ages of the characters and I feel this time re reading the series I am going to pay attention to the character growth and development that will exist between this books.  I don't completely remember how I felt about Clary in these series, but I unfortunately like her very little in this re read. I didn't enjoy her childish behavior, however I am also aware that in this first book she is just 15 years old so expecting her to not be scared and start running of with Shadow-hunters is a totally common thing. So, although I didn't love her I also understood her mindset as per her age and maturity.  I had forgotten all the witty remarks and how funny the book actually was. This time around I started noticing the small details and paid more attention to the dialogue, something I don't think I did before. I am able to not only comprehend this book in a more deeper level but in a way enjoy it more as I can actually dwell a little deeper into comparing these books and seeing how much these characters and the whole world per say will grow within the series. I am happy that I remember some elements, but there are a lot of twists and turns that I believe will catch me off guard as I read them so long ago. I am excited and happy that this book is still a 5 star read to me.  “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?' Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself." ..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland." "Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”  --- 5 stars ---