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City of Bones is a very intriguing read- I was eager to finish it, just to see what happens, and am eager to pick up the next in the series. It did, however, get off to a rather rocky start, for me, anyway. While the action launches almost immediately, as the premise unfolds, it feels a bit...cheesy. Teenage demon hunters? It took a little pushing to get into it, but once I did, I was glad I stuck with it, because this world is definitely well-written, action-packed, and full of interesting characters. Again, perhaps I'm getting too old for YA literature, but the love triangle- because every YA novel apparently has to have one- was a bit tiresome for me, and seemed to distract from the overall plot, but, as in real life, love is the driving force behind most of the characters' actions, so I guess you can consider it necessary. The major love triangle is brought to a messy end through a rather confusing end to the book, which I won't spoil here, except to say that the back-story to this series involves several cases of severely mistaken identity. I'd like to hope that the dissolution of the love triangle is Cassie Clare's way of stabbing that trope in the heart, so to speak, to prove that it's not necessary for the existence of entertaining YA literature, but maybe that's giving her too much credit? Either way, I'm excited to follow Clary, the novel's protagonist, through the rest of her adventures in the world of the Shadowhunters, protecting us "mundane" humans from the evils prowling all around us that we can't even see.
Have you read any of The Mortal Instruments? Did you enjoy it? What did you read this month?