Saturday, February 11, 2012

Book Review: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Release Date: January 1, 2007
Pages: 485
Read it in: 4 days

Summary: 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.

LC's Take:

Wow. I just need a minute here.

**Whew!** OK, I think I'm good.

Yup, that is pretty much my reaction to this book. So much happened and the ending was so crazy that I don't even know where to begin, but basically, City of Bones rocked! It wasn't perfect, but it had that energy and "special something" that just leaves you craving more.

So I can't really explain much of the plot since I don't want to give anything away, but the story starts out with Clary and her friend Simon who are at a club one night. Clary witnesses a murder that no one else can see and before she knows it, she is being pulled into a paranormal world of "Shadowhunters" who kill demons. Along the way she also finds out there are vampires, werewolves, faeries, and all kinds of other creatures-- and that the darkest and most dangerous of these has kidnapped her mother.

I absolutely loved Clary because she actually had a **gasp!** personality and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. She was strong, witty, honest and down-to-earth. While she was vulnerable, she could also stand on her own two feet and defend herself in a fight. No wimpy, wishy-washy character, Clary was also not "too" overdone to the point of being annoying or mean. And as the story went on? I only liked her more and more!

The other characters had just as much of a unique personality as Clary and this made all of them memorable-- they all had their own stories and struggles. Isabelle is the stuck-up and snotty beautiful vixen who turns out to have a sweet side. Her brother Alec was extremely stand-offish to the point of being violent, but then you learn that he is in a really desperate situation. Simon, Clary's best friend since childhood, has a dorky sense of humor but has secret feelings for a certain somebody. And Jace? Oh Jace, where to begin... I didn't like him at all but I think I'm going to as the story goes on! And even though I thought he was a mean, self-centered, egotistical jerk who treats Clary like crap, I thought he was a really well-developed and complex character. I am looking forward to seeing how he changes in the next books.

I also really loved the interactions between Clary and Jace. Why? Because they couldn't stand each other. But then they also had this crush thing going on. And then something ABSOLUTELY CRAZY happens towards the end, and I was totally thrown for a loop-- you're just going to have to read the book to find out what happens! But anyways yeah, it was so entertaining to listen to them argue and squabble back and forth.

I think what impressed me most about this book was that the plot was so intricate and encompassed so many different things-- demon hunters, vampires, werewolves, faeries, different worlds-- but it was told in a simple and uncomplicated way. There were maybe a few isolated parts that got me a little confused, but considering how detailed this story was, it ended up coming across as intriguing, not convoluted. This makes me think that Cassandra Clare is a really awesome storyteller.

And oh my gosh the ENDING!! I won't say anything but seriously guys?! This was one of the CRAZIEST plot twists I have read in a long time! I'm still getting over it, not sure I believe it. I guess I am just going to have to high-tail it to the library really soon to pick up the next book in this series! Cassandra Clare has successfully sucked me into the Mortal Instruments world, and I am dying to find out what happens next. I think this is going to be a dangerously addictive series!!

~Cover Talk~

Well funny story about this book and it's cover-- first of all, yes I do think it is pretty awesome. But... at the same time, I felt kind of awkward carrying it around in public because it has a gigantic picture of a half-naked guy on it! No I'm not a prude, but I guess I was just self conscious that people would think I was reading some paperback romance novel... or worse haha. So when I was at Delta Sonic getting an oil change the other day, I was very covertly trying to read it and not let any of the guys at the garage see the cover! But yeah, I guess it's still pretty bad-ass, and I'm in love with the other series covers too.

LC's Rating:
Non-stop adventure and plot twists, City of Bones was one crazy book! Not to mention the characters were awesome-- not all of them were likable, but regardless they were all done extremely well. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the Mortal Instruments series!


  1. YAY! I really liked Clary too she's a great character. And the ending was very *gasp* inducing! lol. The next books are even better! >.<

  2. I have yet to read any from this series, though they certainly look interesting and are very popular!

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  3. Haha! The cover part is funny. I used to read alot of romance series like Gena Showalters' lords of the Underworld. Every cover has a practically naked guy on it and when I took it to school guys would steal the books and read the sex scenes and I'd sit there and blush and try to get it back xD So then I had to be covert about it too. My boyfriend has read a couple books with covers like that also and he takes a guy magazine with him and uses that as a coverup xD

  4. I happened upon this book a while ago when I was at Books A Million. I picked it up, thinking it was another book, but when I realized it wasn't I put it back down. It seemed really interesting when I read the back cover. Now that I feel like I have to read it, lol. I love a good, jaw dropping/gasp worthy read. :-)

  5. I seriously need to re-read this book. The first time I read it, I loved it. But I never continued with the next book because other books got in the way, and that was before City of Glass was out! Crazy! I am definitely going to try and re-read it this year and continue on and get caught up. =)

    Great review. I'm glad you loved it! And love the new design. =)

    1. Ah! You sound like me and The Iron King series-- I LOVED that book but I never continued the series even though I KNOW it's absolutely amazing, other books got in the way and now, even though I bought The Iron Queen, I can't really remember what happened in the first book! Haha, oh well, hopefully I will get to them someday! :)

  6. I can't believe I haven't read this book yet! I teach high school English and my students loooove it! I'm going to need to find some time to read it! Thanks for the review...I love your blog! :)

  7. Great review! I read this book years ago, but I really liked it. I'm behind on the series, I might have to catch up soon :)

  8. I have to admit, I'm a little jealous that you're experiencing these books for the very first time! Such a great series, hey? And just you wait: you're in for a great ride =) I absolutely cannot WAIT for the next one! You should also read her Infernal Devices (if you haven't already): Shadowhunters in the Victoria era ;) Yum!

  9. I am so happy you finally read City of Bones. TMI is such a special series, my favorite(not including Harry Potter). Ah I can't believe you don't love Jace yet. But I know that will change when you keep reading this series lol. TMI is an amazing roller coaster ride, so many twists and turns and crazy endings. I agree you should also read the Infernal Devices. It's the prequel to TMI and there are a lot of names you will recognize. Have fun reading City of Ashes I can't wait to see what you think of it. Oh and I love this cover the best, not just because Jace is shirtless but that's a big bonus lol. All the covers are gorgeous but this is the first so it's why it's my fave.

    1. I will have to read TID series after these! :D

  10. I wasn't so sure about this serie, but I think that your review was the last push. I'm going to read it!


    1. Yay! Honestly I was really hesitant to get into this series too, mainly because of the book sizes, they're really long! But the pages fly by because the story is so engrossing, I highly recommend these :)

  11. LOL @ the cover! Yea, with the half naked Jace, it's easy for some to think it's one of those romance novels with the cheesy half naked dudes on the cover! So glad you loved this one! I did, too! I've only read this one and Clockwork Angel (do own all books in both series) and I adored both! :)

  12. I rated this book 4 stars too. I gave all the rest in this series 5 stars though. They had something special. Yes, Clary is a nice character, she's not so helpless like many other female heroines. And I LOVE Isabelle haha...

    As for the guys, me being a guy, I think Simon is a great character. I really like him and I'm really glad Cassandra Clare has written City of Fallen Angels focusing on Simon.

    I hope you read City of Glass and Fallen Angels soon

    Happy reading

  13. The Shadowhunters and their world is fantastic. Their adventure can only get better as this series progresses.


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