Jan 6, 2010

Review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1)

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

From Goodreads:

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.

I’ve heard so many great things about City of Bones, and though books like these don’t really hold my interest, I was willing to give it a try. I’m so glad I did..I really really liked it.

City of Bones really takes you on a adventure where warlocks, shadow hunters, vampires, werewolves, and more all exist in plain sight to “mundanes”(that would be us simple non-freak humans). I love that it wasn’t complex, and hard to follow. I was able to compartmentalize all the different kinds of, what should I call them….unmundanes, I guess. The plot was very interesting. As you turn each page you get more engrossed. I do have to say the ending was fabulous (wasn’t expecting).

City of Bones had really unique characters, and they were all great. Even Valentine was a good villain. Simon, the mundane, running around with the shadow hunters was fun. Why not have a ordinary human who wears glasses have some fun too. Clary wasn’t clingy or na├»ve, she was scared, but yet determined. I felt she was ordinary strong, by that I mean she wasn’t written like a superhero, she was real. She had fears, and doubts but kept pushing along…strong.

I’m so glad I gave City of Bones a try, and now I’m really excited to start book two City of Ashes. Thanks to all the bloggers out there who wrote so many good reviews on this one, because of you all I picked it up.

Rating: 4/5


  1. I joined this challenge also. I tried Uglies, it was so not my norm and I didn't enjoy it. Glad you did and 4stars WOW


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