Book Review | City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1

Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Publication/Year: Walker Books • 2010

Page Numbers: 432

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"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."
My Rating★★★★.5

Quote(s) I Like:
"He's not a liar at all. Not about important things. He'll tell you horrible truths, but he won't lie. That's why it's generally better not to ask him anything unless you know you can stand to hear the answer." - Isabelle

"It wouldn't be my move. First the candy and flowers, then the apology letters, then the ravenous demon hordes. In that order." - Jace

"What welcome? I'd say it was a pleasure meeting you, but it wasn't. Not that you aren't all fairly charming, and as for you -- call me?" - Magnus

"It was the only time I ever felt sure about who I was. Where I belonged. It sounds stupid, but I kill demons because it's what I'm good at and what I was taught to do, but it isn't who I am. And I'm partly good at it because after I thought my father died, I was -- cut free. No consequences. No one to grieve. No one who had a stake in my life because they'd been part of giving it to me. I don't feel it anymore." - Jace

My Thoughts:
I guess since I watched the movie prior to reading the book my rating is as such. I love Clary more so in the book because she was sarcastic and witty. She definitely seemed more "I can do anything" in the book and really had her mind set on things. Simon, what can I say...I feel bad for the poor guy because he's in love with his best friend who doesn't love him back. Jace Wayland....still a yummy piece of cake. I love is sarcastic conversations with Clary. The two of them can turn a simple topic into a comedy show.

As for them being brother and sister...I feel bad because they both have fallen in love with one another. Valentine seriously irks my damn nerves and just needs to die already! He just destroys everything whether physically, verbally or emotionally.

Overall Conclusion:
Moving on to book 2: City of Ashes sometime soon.

Have you read this book?


  1. Great review!
    Still haven't read this, or seen the movie!

    1. Thanks! Read the book and then watch the movie. I did it backwards and ended up not liking the book as much.


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