Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Book Review: City of Bones

City of Bones

By:  Cassandra Clare

Publisher:  Teen Simon and Schuster

Publish Date:  February 2008

Format:  Paperback, 485pgs, 5 1/2" x 8"

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  1st book in The Mortal Instruments series

Recommendation:  Oh YES!  Wonderful characters to read and love the demon hunting "magic."

When 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 odd markings.  This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons - and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line.  It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace.  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 an ordinary mundane like Clary?  And how did she 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 across his massive chest.

My Thoughts and Summary:
The book synopsis pretty well covers a great description of the book.  There is magic in the way of ruins and demons.  We have a small run in with vampires and werewolves show up too.  This book has a great combination of all the magical creatures and type.  We have growing relationships and ones that we fight for.  A book with a wonderful mixture of everything you could ask for.

I’m going to try something a little different with this review.  I’m going to share my thoughts and feelings as I was reading.

When I started the book I kept reminding myself to not think of the hype I’ve heard of this book, how everyone thinks they are amazing.  I asked myself why does everyone love this series so?  As I was reading through the first section of 147 pages, I thought there isn’t anything that spectacular.  Good characters, good reading, I’m enjoying this demon hunting idea.  Then at the end of the first section I sat back with one word echoing in my mind, What?  Yeah, I had a feeling that was coming but I enjoyed the way Cassandra played it out.

So I dive into the second section.  This is where I start to realized I am enjoying the characters.  They are well written and the adventure and action picks up.  Oh, we have our demons, werewolves, and vampires; all part of the Downworlders.  The story is more of saving friends and finding that shadowhunter cup.  The creatures met on this story are ugly and great.  In this section I’m reading and thinking on Jace.  He’s an okay character.  Then fifty pages later I realize I REALLY like his character.  I think to myself, When did this happen? How did the author take me to this point with this character?  He was okay before, but now he’s great! Hm. I’m starting to be impressed.  Then the, oh no the werewolves goes to Oooohhhh, the werewolves  I loved this twist.  The second section held several twists and turns for me, that I just were taken by.

Now, the third section.  I must say I can’t stop reading the book at this point, but I have not realized it yet.  Oh the action.  The explaining!  I’ve learned so much about the story and the characters.  Then I flip the page and stop. I say, Wait! What! No. Nononono. My heart is pounding and it drops with the characters learning some information.  I look at the clock on the wall and realize it’s midnight.  I have forty some pages left to finish the book.  I HAVE to keep reading.  But to finish will take at least an hour and I have to get up early in the morning to go to work.  Can I do it?  Can I get through tomorrow short on sleep? Hold up. When did I get that invested in this book?  When did it become unputdownable for me?  I’m loving it!

I ended the book all twisted around, backwards, and upside down with the twists and turns the author throw at me.   I found I loved the characters and enjoyed the paths the author took with the unexpected sharp turns she takes.

Really a wonderful read, and now I am WANTING the next book of the series!

I purchased this book of my own accord.


  1. As you already knwo I loved this one too. The world Cassie has built is so captivating, you really get sucked in...thankfully there are still more books to come :)

  2. I am really glad you enjoyed this so much! I loved the series! and am desperately waiting for the fourth to come out!!!

  3. I am so glad that you loved this book! I'm glad you were objective to begin with-- you never know what to believe! Just because someone loves a book doesn't mean you will. But in this case, I'm happy you liked it! Great review. :D

  4. Oh I need to get into this one. I have it and the second sitting on my self taunting me. Now you have taunted me with this great review. *sob* I need more reading time!

  5. I am glad to hear you enjoyed the book. It really is a great series.

  6. Mel (He Followed Me Home) - lol. This was a great fun read. :) And I'm really looking forward to City of Ashes and chatting with you both. :)

    Mflick1 - Hi! Oh, I have to get through my emails. I had to tell you right off the bat. :) I didn't forget about you. I've been off for a few days. I will get back to you. :) Oh, this was a great read. :) And I'm so needing to get into book 2. I can't wait! Hope you enjoy book four when you get it. :)

    Eli - Thank you! I was so worried that with all the wonderful things I've heard I wouldn't like it, that the hype would have over done it for me. But I really did enjoy it. :) And so now can see why others love it as well. :)

    Melissa (Books&Things) - Oh, I think you will really enjoy this one as well. :) You have to keep an open mind in going in, but in the end you will love it too. ;)

    Zia - Oh, this really was a nice surprise for me. I was worried that the hype would ruin it for me. :) but the secrets where well kept and I did love the book in the end. I'm really looking forward to the next book. :)

  7. It was a rollerocaster ride of action and info for sure. I think it's a book/series that I'll be able to enjoy again and again. You do get so invested in the characters that it begins to feel a bit like home...albeit a weird and wonderful home.

  8. Jackie - Oh, I don't think I will ever forget reading this series. It is one that I just fell in love with. :) The world and the characters. Just amazing writing here. One I will always remember that's for sure.


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