City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

When Clary sees a few people that her best friend does not, and especially when she sees them kill a guy, she gets really frustrated. But then she finds out they’re shadowhunters and they kill demons, a series of events happen. Her mom gets kidnapped, Clary finds out who she really is, and she gets to know how many of the stories (think about vampires, werewolves, fairies etc) are actually true.

This book has been raved about a LOT. There are people who even buy the movie cover when they already have the original one. I’m sorry guys, but I’m just not part of the hype, I understand why people like it, but it was not my cup of tea. It was too much. Seriously. So many different creatures, it’s like Cassandra Clare didn’t want to exclude any creature that anyone might like. I’m sorry, but it’s just not for me.

I still liked parts of the book. For example Jace, I thought he was funny. And Simon is a really sweet guy, I would definitely want him as my best friend.
There was some action, and I like action scenes because they are fast and grab my attention. They get me reading, and I admit that I did finish this book in two days, so that was pretty fast… But still… I just can’t give a lot of reasons, but I didn’t like it. And the ENDING! Come on, Cassandra! That’s just…… no. Just no.

I have read Clockwork Prince after reading this, because I heard people say that that book is better than CoB, and they were right, I liked Clockwork Prince a lot more. So I might do a review on that one, but don’t count on it.. 🙂

I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides tries to kill herself but she fails. Though the second time, she does it right. This book is about the family of a suicidal girl, and the boys who watch them from across the street. Boys who want to understand these mysterious girls and their parents, but probably never will. The boys are the “narrator” of this book. It’s told like one person tells it, but the boy who tells this, always says “we” when he talks about him and his friends.

It’s a very interesting story, and I was curious to what would happen to the environment of these girls. How would they react, and their parents? How would their world fall apart piece by piece? But I never had the feeling that Euginedes told me about these things. I actually don’t have much to tell about the plot of this novel, because the plot is very simple: Cecilia attempts suicide and her family falls apart. The girls don’t get to go to school anymore and are not allowed to meet boys, they’re practically prisoners in their own home.

The first pages were very beautiful and exciting, I wanted to read about suicide (sounds macabre, I know), but then, after 10 to 20 pages I found myself skipping over sentences.  Eugenides was (imho) telling in a really slow pace, and besides that: he didn’t tell a lot about the subject that attracted me to this book. The end was exciting too, and because of that the rating is higher than I would’ve given it when I would only have read the middle of the book, which was just plain boring.

I would only have wanted to read the beginning and the ending, the middle part was just too plain and, I’m sorry to say, boring. I guess my expectations were too high for this novel, as I didn’t like it as much as most people do. But I will still watch the film. A lot of people like this book, so don’t hesitate to buy it if the plot interests you, it just wasn’t for me..
I gave this book 2 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

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