Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

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. . . .

My Thoughts: So I finally read City of Bones. It only took me forever to get around to. So naturally, I’m mad at myself for not reading it sooner now! I loved it. I think it took me so long to get to reading it because I eventually waited so long and Clockwork Princess was about to come out, so I figured I would just finish up The Infernal Devices and then start this series so I didn’t accidentally mix up any of the details. Finally, the other day, I picked up City of Bones and started it. Later that day I closed it and picked up City of Ashes. Yup, I read it in a day. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to sleep though, since I had to put down the next one for bed shortly after I started it.

It seems like to me that everyone has already read this series, pretty much. I feel like I’m late to the game. I really am though. City of Boneprimarily follows around Clary (who’s a kick butt ginger by the way, bonus points for her!). She suddenly begins to see people that no one else can see and sees a group, which she learns are Shadowhunters, kill someone in a club storage room. The body just fades away to nothing though. She soon learns that demons are real, and that was what they killed. All of the stories are real. So Clary has to adjust to this new world, which she remarkably does fairly easily, or so I thought. Her mom has been kidnapped and her mom’s best friend has basically told her never to speak to him again. So it’s a bit rough, all she has left is her best friend Simon, who is getting mad at her because she has feelings for Jace, one of the Shadowhunters from the club that killed the demon. Jace is sexy, and knows it. He’s completely arrogant, but she falls for him anyways. Simon loves Clary but never said anything until it was too late. I personally think he’s a bit on the whiny side. So I wasn’t a huge fan of him. I liked Jace though, I always like the jerks apparently. At least this only seems to be in books.. So basically, Clary is trying to find her mom, who’s been taken by someone named Valentine, who is her mom’s ex husband.

Another character that I really love is Magnus Bane. I mean honestly, who doesn’t love him? He’s just awesome and I love that he’s a character that I already know. So there is someone familiar! He brings a lot of laughs with him for the most part since he’s generally a sarcastic ass.

There is a lot of drama going on in this book, and I loved it. There is a moment at the end that made me “ewwwww”. If you’ve read this, I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. But this is a really good book! I just love Cassandra Clare’s characters and world. Everything is just so awesome and fast paced. It was a really fun book to read and felt like it was flying by for me. I will definitely be continuing on in the series, obviously since I already have. I will also be recommending this one to everyone I can and I can’t wait to see the movie adaptation this summer!

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11 thoughts on “Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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  2. I loved your review! Your thoughts on the book were very similar to mine (along with the time frame in which you read it…) I just picked up Clockwork Angel from the bookstore yesterday, and I’m in the middle of City of Ashes atm (eeee) and “the ew moment”? Oh my gosh, I have a whole crazy ramble on that one. Keep on reviewing!
    -Biz
    (check out my City of Bones review! izbizbooks.wordpress.com)

  3. I knew you would love it!! I love this series, but only the first three books. I’m hesitant about the last three. I think I’ve read this particular book 3 or 4 times … it’s just so good!

    • I’m on the third book already..lol I started reading the series on Monday, so flying through! I only have the first four and think I might take a break and read another genre after #3. Just so I don’t get burnt out, but yes, really enjoying it!

  4. Yay, glad you liked it! I’ll be picking up the Infernal Devices soon, and I’m really glad that Magnus is in that series too, because he’s definitely my favorite character in the Mortal Instruments series. I mean, he’s just absolutely THE BEST! I am SO curious to read your reviews for the subsequent books in this series! And I’m glad that you got to read it before the movie comes out this summer! 😀

  5. It’s been a while since I’ve read this, but I definitely have positive moments of it. Even the ew bit! Even though it’s shocking and pretty gross, I thought it was funny Clare would go there because it puts the readers in such an awkward position. Wait, do we support this or no? Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Completely awkward position! haha! I have a feeling it’s all going to change around 😉 but yeah. Weird for now! After I read the secone book and what happens to Simon I was just like, What kind of a love triangle is this?! And now in the third book there aren’t really any love interests.. yet!

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