Monday, November 29, 2010

Book Review: CITY OF BONES by Cassandra Clare

Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 454
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: March 27th, 2007
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars!

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....

City of Bones is the first book of The Mortal Instruments, a Young Adult urban fantasy series, as well as Cassandra Clare’s first full length novel.

Two words. Absolutely brilliant! Cassandra Clare should definitely be called the Queen of YA!

Clare is such a talented writer. She wrote the story with such intricate details thus creating a whole new world filled with Shadowhunters, Demons and Downworlders. The premise is absolutely unique, I have never read anything quite like it.

CITY OF BONES is about 15-year old Clary Fray who has beleived all her life that she is just a normal teenage but when she witnesses a murder and meet sexy boy Jace Wayland, her whole life changes. She learns her mother has been keeping dark secrets from her all her life. Clary is now thrown into the world of Shadowhunters, Nephilim who rid the world of Demons and keep the Downworlders in check.

So much thought was put in when writing this story and you can definitely tell. Clare gave us a whole other world to explore and devoure. I felt like I was watching a movie the whole time as I was reading and it almost hurt to put the book down. The characters were so vivid and realistic, you got to know each one of them personally. I loved the little sarcasm remarks throughout the book that swoon-worthy character Jace makes. I was laughing almost every chapter.

Filled with mystery, suspense, humor, romance and action; CITY OF BONES is a book that will have you devouring each page until you are running to your room to pick up the next book!

*Look out for my reviews of CITY OF ASH and CITY OF GLASS!


  1. I agree :D

    This is a really good book, but you really have to read all three.

    She's writing another three about Clary's part-demon brother - I have a feeling he's gunna become a better baddy than his daddy!

    I think the next three will also include stuff about the clockwork angel books, which is all very exciting.
    Hopefully Tessa will come back into it, she should be able to, what with being a warlock and all she could be immortal, like Magnus ;D

    LOVE THE BOOKS xxxxxx

  2. Oh Gosh, I'm so happy you read this book! The rest of the series is just as addicting, welcome to the Cassandra club! :)