City of Bones


Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series #: Book 1 of The Mortal Instruments Series
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 27, 2007
# of Pages: 485 pages


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder — much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My Thoughts

This was such a fun read! I absolutely loved every minute of it! Cassandra Clare is such an amazing author for having such talents! Ms. Clare had created a very unique and exciting world full of warlocks, demons and shadowhunters (something very new to me). There were several concepts of the book that I really loved. First and foremost, I loved how the book had mystery to it from the beginning to the end. It definitely kept me at the edge of my seat. Secondly, I loved the fact that it included unique concepts that are not commonly found in YA novels (or at least in the ones that I’ve read) such as the secret relationship between two particular male characters ;). I absolutely loved it! It kept my sister and I giggling every time their relationship was brought up. Thirdly, the adventure/action part of the book was so well written, I felt like I was in on the action as well. Finally, the romance. The romance feel of this book was so well balanced with the adventure/ action/ fantasy feel to it. I was all giggly at one point due to the romance developing between two particular characters and then smoothly transitioned to the “at- the-edge-of-my-seat” feel.  I certainly can’t wait to read the next book! 

I really liked Clary as a character but I liked Jace even more. Clary was fun to read about as she started out as some plain Jane in the city of New York, trying to look fun on her birthday but got more than what she wished for. Additionally, Jace was such a fun character because of his witty and sarcastic remarks. I mean, apart from his physical description, his personality certainly added to his appeal. Another character that caught my attention was Simon. Poor Simon. Poor, poor Simon. Not that I enjoy reading of his emotional turmoil towards Clary but it certainly does add an interesting ingredient to the romance of the book. I do hope that his love life improves as the series continues.

My Rating

BIC Rating System5

Would I recommend this book?:  Yes.

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