City Of Bones(The Mortal Instruments #1)

This book was published in  2007, many of you might have already read it and with the movie releasing this year many more will be interested in reading the series if they haven’t read it yet.200px-City_of_Bones

City of Bones is the first book in the The Mortal Instruments series written by Cassandra Clare. It is a young adult, fantasy novel dealing with demons and demon hunters. To tell the truth I wasn’t that interested in reading the book but being me I  wanted to give it a try before watching the movie.

For those whose like this genre it will be a great book and for the others not so much. I found some parts interesting and others plain boring.The author has really good imagination, that’s for sure. The theme is that of another world hidden in plain view in our own much like Harry Potter. There are Warlocks, vampires, werewolves,magic,demons and demon hunters ( known as Shadow Hunters who are part human ,part angels), living in our own world without us even knowing. The name for normal human beings is mundanes. This too seems like an idea drawn from Harry Potter, remember the word “muggles”, right? The similarities end here, the plot is entirely different. It is another good vs. evil story but plot for each one is different right so not counting it a s a similarity.

The novel follows Clary Fray, a fifteen year old who gets involved in the world of Shadow hunters. While out in a club with a friend she seems a trio killing what she believes to be a human. The trio turn to be Shadow hunters, who are not supposed to be visible to normal humans but her being able to see them raises the curiosity of one of the Shadowhunters named Jace. Later Clary finds out that her mother has disappeared and is attacked by a demon. The rest of the story is about Clary learning more about the other world and she finds out that her family and past may not be the way she actually thought it to be. There is more in the story than this. So it’s not exactly a spoiler.

There is suspense, a little action and twists(one twist in particular is a really unexpected),those are the parts I liked about the novel. The movie might be better than the book because I think it’s one of those story which would have more effect when seen and not read. The trailer looks promising, I’m hoping it will live up to the hype.

My Rating : 2/5

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It sounds like a children’s book when you first read the title but I believe anyone of any age can read it. The book is the debut novel by Ransom Riggs and is  entertaining and will keep you interested till the end. I wouldn’t call it mind blowing but you wont feel like it’s a waste of your time and is worth reading. The author has done good job in creating a story from random vintage photos in his collection. The photos play a big hand in making this novel a good one. Eerie shots of kids have been used to give the story a supernatural element.

The story is about 16-year-old Jacob Portman who grows up listening to stories from his grandfather who tells him about growing up in an orphanage full of peculiar children with strange powers. Jacob has no real friends and has nothing much to look forward to in his life.He forms a special connection with his grandfather through the stories but as he grows up Jacob regards the stories as just that – stories, that which his grandfather made up. His grandfather’s  sudden death under mysterious circumstances lead him to follow his grandfather’s last words to go the island and find the orphanage.

Jacob arrives at Cairnholm, the island where the orphanage is to find out whether Miss Peregrine is still alive. At first he thinks that the orphanage is abandoned, which is what everyone on the island believes,  but later finds out that things are much more peculiar and that there was more truth in his grandfather’s stories than he could have ever imagined.

It’s not exactly a horror novel but more of a mystery created around a supernatural base. The characters are good and he story well laid out.You wont be left feeling like  it’s dragging on. I enjoyed reading and you might as well.

My rating : 4 out of 5

Even if you don’t read the book, you can see some of the photos used in the book here.

And here is a trailer of the book.