Sunday, December 26, 2010

Review of City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
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.

City of Bones seems to be a book that people either love or really didn’t care for. I’d heard very high praise of it and was also starting to feel like the only blogger who hadn’t read it, so I decided to pick up a copy for myself. I felt that while City of Bones was an original take on the paranormal, it had enough flaws that I couldn’t quite love it.

Who’s ever heard of a Shadowhunter before? I certainly hadn’t until reading this book. I found the mythology behind the Shadowhunters and The Clave completely fascinating, and I can’t wait to learn more about those aspects of the series. The rest of the plot kept me pretty interested until the end at which my brain just kind of said, “Really? Ew. No.”

I was kind of fifty fifty in terms of characters. I will say that I really liked Clary as a character, because she was strong and didn’t take any crap (even if she was a bit oblivious at times). Simon I loved. Jace, on the other hand, I wasn’t a huge fan of. While had a few funny lines, I found him too mean to be likable. I also must confess that while I know some people enjoyed Clare’s writing, I was not the biggest fan. Some of the metaphors and similes she used just didn’t quite work for me. I’m hoping that it will evolve and suit my tastes a bit better as the series continues.

Kelsey of Reading and Breathing told me that no matter what, I should finish reading this series, and I’m interested enough that I’ll definitely check out the next installments. Although City of Bones was good, I hoped and felt that it could have been more. Hopefully I’ll like Clare’s other work better.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.


  1. Very insightful review. I really enjoyed The Mortal Instruments series, although I do admit that Clare's writing isn't the most lyrical or poetic. Gets the job done, though, and I am pretty much in love with the story she wove together in TMI. Hope you enjoy the next books! :)

  2. I liked this book, but wasn't sure it lived up to all the hype (especially at the end of the book). I continued reading the series & loved the 2nd & 3rd book, although they were pretty predictable. I hope you like them better than the first.



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