Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare *Book & Movie*

Posted August 26, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review , , / 3 Comments

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare *Book & Movie*City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 7, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy, YA
Pages: 485
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also by this author: Clockwork Princess, City of Bones

Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture in theaters August 2013!

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.


We just wrapped up our City of Bones Read Along. Thank you for following along with us.  This will be just a short recap since I put most of my thoughts on the discussion posts.


I completely forgot how much I loved these characters.  This is the 3rd time I’ve read this book, and it never gets old for me.  Especially, when I pick up on little details that I had forgotten.  Clare has done a fabulous job of showing us a gritty world, where not everyone plays nice.    I thought there were things that happened in this book, but I was just mixing the storylines of the series up.  I’m ready to read the next books in anticipation for the release of City of Heavenly Fire.


I was pleased with the movie overall.  The beginning felt kind of rushed, but I totally understand.  There’s no way you can fit all of the details from the book into the movie.  I loved how easily the actors seemed to slip into their roles.  There was a part that I didn’t care for, and few things are a bit different.  But I still think it was good.  Those that have read the book will be able to pick out the differences, but the movie will also appeal to those that haven’t read it.  I think it’s awesome when movie adaptations can pull both crowds in.   I was lucky enough to go with Nessa and my sister to a midnight showing.  If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments!


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Katrina @ Bookish Things

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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

3 responses to “Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare *Book & Movie*

  1. I did see it and I actually enjoyed the movie more then the book, lol. But, I had more allowances with the movie because I had read the book- does that make sense? Probably not, I’m confusing myself. Great, quick thoughts!

    • That makes sense. I totally get it. I liked that they explained a few things too. It may have been different from the book, but at least the audience isn’t left feeling like they missed out on something that only the readers would know.

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