Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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....

I've had The Mortal Instruments series sitting on my bookshelf for months and waited until just now to pick it up. For some reason I thought the story wouldn't appeal to me. As usual, I was wrong. Cassandra Clare is amazing at description. I could literally picture myself standing in the institute or hotel fighting battles alongside the characters. The setting is in New York which definitely helps give this tale a modern twist.

The leading lady, Clary, is one of my favorite people of all time. She's strong, independent and genuine. Jace is a tough and cocky shadowhunter that has secrets of his own. I love how much these two grow throughout the story as people. The supporting characters were well developed and unique.

One of the aspects I love most about this book was the sense of humor all the characters had. I found myself laughing out loud so many times during this book. Even in tense situation there was always comic relief. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Jace, Clary and Simon. These two boys are polar opposites, but Clary holds both of them close to her heart.

Even though I ended up really enjoying this book and have started on City of Ashes, I found it quite hard to stick to reading it. At some points I felt like it could have been broken off into a separate book or not even added at all. But then if it was omitted then there would have been something missing... I'm rambling, I'm just not sure how to word it.

It had some major twists from the three books told to me as some evil ploy by a friend so I knew what was coming. And I strongly, strongly dislike the twist at the end. I just kept thinking "Why?! Why must you do this Cassandra Clare?"

Characters: 5/5
Creativity: 5/5
Voice: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Impact: 5/5
Overall: 5/5

Awesome Quote:
"So when the moon's only partly full, you only feel a little wolfy?"
"You could say that."
"Well, you can go ahead and hang your head out the car window if you feel like it."
"I'm a werewolf, not a golden retriever."

You should definitely check out this book. It's the paranormal adventure of our generation.



  1. You've won an award!

    Kate @ Literary Explorations

  2. awesome review!! i have had this one on my shelf for a long time too :)

  3. I have this book too but I just need to find the time to read it. I've got a friend who's crazy about this.
    awesome review! I can't wait to start reading this, it's been on my shelf too for a long time.

  4. Great review!!
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