Review: City of Bones ( The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones ( The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare 

  • Pub. Date: April 2007
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Format: Paperback 485
  • Series: 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."

First Sentence: "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms around his massive chest.

After recently picking up Cassandra Clare's Clockwork Angel and falling madly in love with it, I picked up a copy of City of Bones the book that I have seen on bookshelves for the past few years and constantly passed up at BN. I can't say I fell in love with this one but I did find it an enjoyable read. Not something I finished in one sitting but still devoured it within a couple of days.

I love the urban fantasy genre and the world created by Clare was a very entertaining one to read about.  The world building was of course on point and I could visualize everthing that I was reading. The dialoge flowed and characters seemed  real enough, although I didn't find myself attached to any of the characters and I personally couldn't stand Simon.

What really made me upset was the ending the whole Jace-Clary-Valentine relationship took me a minute to take in and than I had to go and ask some of my other fellow blogger buddies if things changed later in the series because otherwise I would have stopped at book one.

Overall I did find this to be a fast read full of intense situations and filled with action packed pages. I did not find it to be what all they hype around it claimed but it still made for an interesting read and i'll be picking up the second book.


  1. Great review! I really loved this book a lot!

  2. See, I found Simon the most tolerable of all. It was Jace who got me. Did you read Clockwork Angel first ? If so that's an interesting perspective.

  3. I devour this book! I fell in love with Jace Wayland the moment I read this book. So sad he didn't much win you over with his charming and snarky personality.

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  4. @ Kat C..yea I did and honestly I feel that maybe if I hadn't read CA first I would have loved this one even more but CA spoiled me.

    @ Jay So glad you enjoyed the book, i'm hoping as I continue the series I will grow to love Jace more but right now not so much.


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