So I finished pointing out the WTF moments of the chapter One of ‘City of Bones’. Now, that the chapter has come to an end, let’s discuss the overall chapter. This is where I get more specific on the things I did like, and the things I didn’t like . I hope that this will give you, a more three-dimensional outlook on this chapter. So let’s get started shall we?
What I Loved
First, and foremost I didn’t automatically hate Clary. Oh, she was bland, and a bit dismissive towards
her best friend, Simon. However, I didn’t hate her.
Who I loved the most this chapter was Simon. I can immediately identify and root for Simon, because he’s a sarcastic bastard and is obviously going to be the underdog in this book. I always love the human characters who often get overlooked (hence my love of such characters such as Stiles Stilinski and Xander Harris). To me, Simon really saved the chapter with his funny quips.
I also liked how Clare immediately hooked me in with the fight between what he we later find out is a blue hair demon, and the bouncers. Admittedly, it was a really good hook, and as a reader I did find myself wanting to know more about the situation.
I also really liked the pacing of this chapter. It didn’t drag on at all. The action was quick and to the point. And as a relatively straight forward person, I always applaud when an author gets straight to the point. What also caught my attention, was that Clare was surprisingly good at writing descriptions. The only drawback (which I will get into later) is her overuse of similes. Fortunately, I could still clearly imagine the characters, and the setting. To my surprise, Clare’s writing in this chapter didn’t have a lot of purple prose.
What really caught my attention was when I discovered that Clary had a backbone. I actually applauded Clary in the later parts of the chapter, especially at the part when Jace started to call her “little girl”. She promptly told him that her name wasn’t little girl, and she wasn’t afraid to challenge Jace and the others over their decision to play judge, jury, and executioner for the demon. I have seen too many YA heroines just roll over and take insults, but Clary stood up to Jace. I was also was pleasantly surprised at how well Clare managed to make her teenage protagonists sound like teenagers. A lot of YA authors (*cough* John Green*cough*) has that problem in spades, and it really kills my suspicion of belief. So I will diffidently give her kudos for that.