Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Posted September 17, 2012 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra ClareCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 27th, 2007
Genres: Angels & Demons, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Vampires, Werewolves, Young Adult
Pages: 485
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

3.5 Stars

Maybe I should give this a half orange extra? I dunno. I liked this book. Considering how much hype it’s gotten I thought it was definitely worth checking out. And I went in with pretty much the lowest expectations ever because the paranormal genre is usually not my thing. I suppose that probably helped.

The biggest flaw that I can think of that no moment really “blew me away” or whatever. I’d seen spoilers – so the ending revelation about Jace was nothing new to me. I am interested to see how that will be resolved – since I already sort of know that too. Ugh spoilers. And yeah, I guess the “shocker” about Clary’s father also wasn’t surprising to me – I guessed that within the first few chapters.

It was enjoyable to read though. The writing, the prose, it’s solid. Really good. Much better than some of the other YA crap I’ve been muddling through. Just. Third person. Thank god. It reads so much better for me. It was action packed, so it was hard to stop reading I suppose.

I’m not normally a fan of love triangles, but this one got me. In the first few chapters Simon is so charming I was totally “awwww”-ing at him. And I appreciate that with Jace it wasn’t instalove. It was actually a pretty damn good build up. I dunno, it’s actually a love triangle that’s got me sitting on the fence, hahaha. So mission accomplished I guess, Cassandra Clare, good job! xD

Clary as a main character is sufficiently enjoyable. She is relatively strong, considering all she has to deal with in this novel. She’s not constantly thinking about boys, thank god. I absolutely LOVE that she’s an anime fan. To put that in your main character. Major props. Thank you for making it clear that not all anime fans are freaks. And I appreciate that Trigun reference at the end. That was good. Very good.

Jace is pretty dreamy. Simon is adorable. Luke is cool.

…And, yeah. Better love story than Twilight. But that’s not hard is it?

I look forward to continuing the series 🙂

Recommended To:

Fans of paranormal romance.

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