Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Posted September 26, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

Review: City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 27, 2007
Genres: YA
Pages: 485
Format: Paperback
Source: Own
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Also in this series: City of Bones
Also by this author: Clockwork Princess, City of Bones

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.-Goodreads

First off I just wanted to talk about the movie and how much I enjoyed it. I really did love the movie and of course it’s not all going to be exactly like the book but I thought it was an excellent adaptation. My mom hasn’t read the book but she said the movie can appeal to those that haven’t read the books which is great to hear. I hear movie two is on a hiatus so I guess we will see what happens next for that. Now I am going to talk about the book.

I think we can all agree that City of Bones is an amazing book full of adventure, romance, and mystery. Some of it could be over detailed and I felt like certain parts of the book I didn’t get to fully enjoy because the over detailed parts made me zone out. The storyline is unique and refreshing even with its “wacky” parts. I don’t think family should be that tight knit. I could immediately tell it had been a long time since I had read City of Bones because there was so much I had forgotten. I think it’s interesting how when you get so far into a series that some scenes start to blend together.

All of the characters seemed to be either a big hit or a total miss to me. I do like Clary, but I wish sometimes she would just chill out. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jace and it seems like everyone thinks he is so swoony but I disagree. I like Simon, only as a friend for Clary and nothing more but I really enjoyed his character. And Isabelle is really my only favorite female character, I mean she was completely badass and I loved it.

There are a lot of secrets and betrayals going on in this book. I almost wonder if anyone told the truth or if everything started off on a lie. It seems like everyone has a dirty little secret in this book and some people had them revealed while others we caught glimpses. The creepy factor was spot on with the demons and of course the Silent Brothers which added a nice touch to City of Bones.

There isn’t much more to say without going into spoilers. I also felt like City of Bones was a jumping off point for The Mortal Instrument series. I believe we have only just scratched the surface into a beautiful series. If there is anything you can take away from this review it is this. I had a really hard time reading City of Bones and I cannot tell you how many times I started and stopped it. If you are hesitant to read it or if you were like me and had a hard time getting into it. Keep reading, just keep reading…and you can thank me later.

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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

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.

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