City of Bones [Review]

Posted July 20, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 5 Comments

City of Bones [Review]City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on March 27th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 485
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Series Rating: five-stars
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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.

“Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?”
Jace said, “Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.”
…”At least,” she said, “you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.”
“Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.”

“Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?”
“If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked.”

Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it’s 5 a.m. I figured you’d be less cranking if you had something nice to look at.

Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.

A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book more than I thought I would have. I stayed away from this series and other series because I just wasn’t sure about it with all of the hype and I have heard positive and negative things on all the books. Now, there are parts that irritate me with this book (and I’ll get to them) but all-in-all, I really enjoyed this. I’m glad I finally picked it up and gave it a shot. And honestly, I have the movie and the upcoming TV show to thank for me picking it up.

I started with the movie on this one. So there weren’t too many surprises for me when I got to reading the book. So I knew about the possible sibling thing. Which is one of the main things that irk me about this series, because really? Possible siblings yet they’re in love with each other… Just kind of creeps me out and I don’t like it. However, I know that they are not siblings so I keep rooting for them. And I just want to get past the part where they find out that they really aren’t brother and sister so that they can finally be together.

I personally really liked Clary. I love that she’s artistic and she’s quick-witted and well, she’s a redhead! We all know that I love a main character with red hair! Not to mention I loved her attitude and spunk. Now, Jace… Oh Jacey. <3 Your sarcasm/smartass-ery is superb. I love it and I love you. 🙂

If you haven’t read this series yet, I think you should at least give it a shot. I almost didn’t but I’m glad I did. Because I am looking forward to the TV show that’s coming out in 2016! 🙂 Get on it before the show comes out! 🙂

Let’s talk about it. 
Did you read City of Bones? Or any other of Cassandra’s books? What did you think of them? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂

5 responses to “City of Bones [Review]

  1. Nicole Karam

    Yes, I have read the TID and I need to read the last 2 books of TMI, I love them, but I have my favorite between them and that is TID . You have to read TID.

  2. Alecia

    I still haven’t gotten around to starting this series but now I don’t really know if I want to. The movie and the tv show had all this hype around it and they both fell very flat (although the movie is far superior than the tv series). There’s also the fact that I pretty much heard all the big spoilers and plot twists and now I just feel so underwhelmed by it all. The sibling thing is just gross IMO like really CC couldn’t come up with something other than incest-but-not-really-incest plot? I am intrigued by her new series though which I do know is set in this world but at least I haven’t been spoiled AND it seems everyone loves it!

  3. Debbie

    I feel like I’ve just heard too much about this series to the point where I’m underwhelmed by it all. The plot does seem kinda interesting but again I’ve just heard too many spoilers and I’m sure I’d be correctly guessing every twist and turn that would come my way. The romance well I already know what happens and I think it’s pretty gross so yeah not sure I’d be shipping that. Otherwise great review!

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