City of Bones - Cassandra Clare
Well, I was right about enjoying the book more than the film. For the most part, it followed the same plot so I knew what to expect, but it was so different!
I think the film set me up for a quicker exposition of Clary's "talents", but I can see (now that I'm halfway through City of Ashes) that it is a very slow development for her.
I'm happy to wait though.
I really enjoyed reading City of Bones. I loved the pace and the characters were interesting. I knew most of the plot, but it was still engaging and I loved learning the 'true' story. I'm currently watching the film as I write this, and getting quite angry at the amount of changes!
The only chapter I found a little off was Luke's back-story / coming-out chapter. I got kinda confused halfway through and forgot he was telling it. Don't get me wrong, it was much needed and I love in-story history, but I did forget where I was.
And if that's the only complaint I have, then I must have loved it, right?
Simon is a much less pathetic person in the book. He has his weak moments and then steps up when it comes to dealing with Dorothea. He isn't really as scared as I think Clary paints him, but you can tell this is a major shock to him.
Also in the book, you understand Jace and Alec's relationship better. I could see why Alec had fallen in love with him, and I felt bad that he was being led on a little. I'm glad he's got Bane in his corner though. I really want that to happen. Also Simon/Izzy? Clary and Simon is such an obvious bluff, since the film ruined that they are not really related (Jace and Clary, I mean). I wonder if she'll meet her real brother and whether they will get on.
Like I said, I'm already halfway through City of Ashes and I can't wait to finish it. Very good story so far, and I like that fairies are portrayed in the proper way, not Disney-esque.