Thursday, April 1, 2010

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City Of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare.
Publisher: Simon Pulse.
Pages: 485.
It’s after dark in New York City, and Clary Fray is seeing things. The best-looking guy in the nightclub has just stabbed a boy to death – but the victim has vanished into thin air. Her mother has disappeared, and a hideous monster is lurking in her apartment.

With her life spiraling into darkness, Clary realizes that she has stumbled into an invisible war between ancient demonic forces and secretive Shadowhunters – a war in which she has a fateful role to play ..

I think I’m one of the last people to pick up this series. For some reason, I just had absolutely no interest in reading it. I heard it was incredible, I saw the high ratings on Goodreads, but nothing motivated me to pick it up. I take great pleasure in telling you all that I am a gigantic idiot.

City Of Bones is awesomely intense, action-packed and very hooking. With a world full of fantastically written magical elements, frightening creatures, and some seriously ass-kicking teenagers, it’s obvious why so many people rave about this book.

I absolutely love the characters, especially Clary and Jace. Though I knew from the beginning that I was going to be a hardcore Jace/Clary shipper, their banter and arguments had me cracking up. Clary, though she proves to be a brave and loyal character, still has her weaknesses and flaws. She wasn’t one of those over-the-top independent female leads. And I was happy to see that even though this group of almost superhuman teenagers were fiercely strong, they all had their issues.

But this is one of those series that you have to really pay attention to. If you’re not reading it seriously, don’t read it at all, because you’re going to miss something. This is not a simple demon story; it’s intricate and at some times, confusing, but it’s a thrilling process to uncover the clues and foreshadows that the author throws at us.

Overall, City Of Bones (and the rest of the Mortal Instruments series) has landed a spot on my favorite shelf. Complete with nail-biting action, sweat-inducing passion and a page-turning plot twist that will leave you speechless, it was the perfect first book to an incredible series.


  1. Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! You're very right about having to pay attention to things. I think if I went back and re-read I'd catch a lot of things I didn't the first time.

  2. This is a great series. Glad you enjoyed.

  3. Great review!I might have to listen to what everyone says about this book and actually buy a copy soon!

  4. I have to agree with you: this series is on my faves shelf, too. It's so epically packed with action and romance...and I just love the diversity of the characters so much. <3

  5. I loved this series. I wasn't expecting much when I began reading it, but it swept me off my feet with all the action.

  6. I must have been the 2nd to last to read this series. I loved it too! :)

  7. Excellent review! Wow, this series sounds amazing. I've been hearing lots about it but haven't had the interest to find the books anywhere. After reading this post, I'm having second thoughts!

    from Une Parole

  8. Yes, yes, yes! I LOVE THIS SERIES! Just reading this brings out the fangirl in me and makes me want to reread it. I found this unputdownable.