First of all I have to say that I've read this book in June 2010, so you must be wandering why I am ranting about it almost three years later. Well, it's because of the darn movie, that's why. And it's not a rant exactly... It's more of a short explanation why City of Bones did not appeal to me.
I distinctly remember being very disappointed after finishing the last page of City of Bones, and for several reasons. The most obvious one, and the most outraging, is the incest thingy (technically it wasn't ... but the ones who've read it know what I'm talking about) which I did not see coming, so I was pretty baffled. This is not a good twist! This is disgusting!
The action scenes were exciting and tension-building, but the rest was so boring I almost had to fix toothpicks to eyelids to avoid falling into a boredom induced coma. Characters' age didn't help matters. I had trouble identifying with 15 year olds even back then!
So these are the main things I remember disliking about the book which is a lot, considering my Swiss cheese memory disorder. It just goes to tell how strong my feelings were toward City of Bones. Now, after 2,5 years after reading it I am curious if I would still have the same opinion and reactions toward the book, so I've been considering re-reading it for quite some time now. Plus, the trailer for the movie looks very appealing so I want to go watch it in August!
And when I go to Goodreads, I see that almost all my friends have rated it 5 stars and I keep wondering if I read the same book as they. So please tell me, kind people, a good reason (or two, or three) why I should read the City of Bones again and continue with the series. That would really help convince me!