City of Bones Book Discussion Week 8

Monday, May 23, 2011

Hey, everyone! Welcome to the City of Bones Book Discussion! I’m so glad you could join me! Over the next six weeks, I’m bringing on some awesome-ness to spice up your life! That’s right, I’m about to get the party started, but I have to set a few ground rules first (*trying to make a stern face*). This is how each week will play out:

• Each week I will do a detailed discussion of the plot of that week’s chapters (every Monday!). I will also highlight characterization, quotes, favorite parts, random scenes, and ask/answer questions.
• Argh, thar be spoilers ahead, matey!! While each week will be spoiler-free for the next chapters in the book, all of the previous chapters I’ve read will become free game. So to keep this discussion fun for readers who have not read the amazing series try to keep your comments spoiler-free, from the next chapters, as possible.
• At the end of each post, questions will be asked. Feel free to participate every week! We’d love to hear your opinion but you don’t have to answer everything. The questions are only there as guidelines but I’d love to read your tangents on that week’s chapters. And if you feel totally inspired about this book, as much as I am, you could always discuss your own opinion in a guest post: just fill out the form HERE.

For an entire schedule of our discussion (or just in case you’ve missed a post), you can go HERE. And I am also giving away a copy of City of Bones, to enter the contest, go HERE. Finally, on to the moment you’ve all been waiting for. *drumroll*

Chapter 15: High and Dry

Wolves just barge into Hotel Dumort like they own the place.  Which they don't.  It must be a serious situation when wolves overstep their boundaries and come into vampire lairs.  "Something must have happened.  This is bad.  Very bad" (281). 

The wolves want Clary, for some reason.  That can't be good.  Jace and Clary and the rat Simon make a run for it.  They are trapped by a locked or rusted-shut door that Jace can't even open.  He tries to break down the door by throwing himself against it.  "My shoulder will never be the same.  I expect you to nurse me back to health" (284).  The wolves come for Clary, running up to her.  Clary throws a knife and it hits the mark.  I was impressed.  Jace finally gets the door open and they run up the stairs that leads to the roof.  Wolves are running toward them and it seems that they are cornered.  No where to go but down and down doesn't seem like an good option. 

I can almost see the light bulb come on in Jace's mind.  "He had reached the tarpaulin and was tugging at the edge of it.  It came away, revealing" (288) a motorcycle.  Vampire motorcycles run on demon energies, which basically means that there are no keys and when the sun comes up, it's all over.  Jace hops on the motorcycle and starts it up with his Stele.  Clary grudgingly hops on behind him and they are off, flying into the night.

All is going well, except for Clary who dislikes heights with a passion.  And when the sun begins to rise.  The bike starts to plummet to the ground.  Jace lands somewhere close to the bike, breaking some bones but otherwise is unharmed.  Clary is thrown some feet away from the bike, landing in an icky puddle.  Simon is no where to be seen, until he shows up caressing Clary's shoulder, in his human form.  "She put her arms around him.  Everything about him was familiar" (294).  Jace pretended not to notice.

Chapter 16: Falling Angels

Hodge wasn't too happy with Jace.  He put them in the infirmary until Hodge was ready to heal them.  "But you'll just spend the next few days in the infirmary with Alec and Isabelle fussing around you.  You'll probably even enjoy it" (296).

In the infirmary, Jace and Simon lie in beds, waiting for Hodge.  Simon wants to talk to Clary.  "I'm going to my room.  Come and see me after Hodge fixes you up" (297).  Simon kisses her on the cheek, leaving Clary to ponder over what this means as she makes her way to her room.  Alec meets her in the hallway.  He thinks Clary should go home.  Alec fights with her, accusing her of putting Jace in danger.  Clary begins to angry, "You can rant all you want about honor and honesty and how mundanes don't have any of either, but if you were honest, you'd admit this tantrum is just because you're in love with him" (300).  Alec pushes her against the wall and leaves her with a threat. 

Clary goes to her room and doodles in her notebook.  Simon finally comes in.  He thanks her for saving him and makes the point that "I've always been the one who needed you more than you needed me" (303).  Clary and Simon talk, staring at the ceiling from the comfort of her bed.  He falls asleep and leaves Clary no room to do the same. 

Jace shows up in his all-gorgeous beauty at her bedroom door.  Jace was told that tomorrow is Clary's birthday.  He wishes to celebrate with her.  He wants to have a picnic with her in the greenhouse.  Clary agrees.

If you could celebrate your birthday with Jace Wayland how would you celebrate it?  

REMEMBER: Please try to give a minimum of spoilers unless it is about the chapters we have read already. Also, every comment (one per post) on our discussion posts gives you extra entries if you are entered to win a copy of City of Bones.

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  1. I love that at this point we aere gey in more information about the past of some characters.