Tuesday, October 13, 2009

City of Bones, Mortal Instruments Book 1 by Cassandra Clare


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 by odd markings. The 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-haird 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...


Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 9/10
Overall Enjoyment: 10/10
Ending: 7/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 10/10
Total Score: 64/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Yep, there is some. Not that much, though.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Short mention of teen use of the drug ecstasy, but nothing beyond that. One teen character gets dunk briefly, as well.
Sexual Content: Sexual and crude humor, etc.
Disturbing Images/Violence: A lot of head-chopping, stabbing, etc, but mostly not of human creatures.


Wow. This is quite a book. I admit I was skeptical when picking it up. The synopsis makes it sound...predictable. Normal. Ha! I have never been so wrong.

City of Bones is a thrilling, action-packed read. The characters are interesting and the plot is very well developed. This is a good guy/bad guy kind of story, but unlike how you would think because the villains aren't wholly evil, just twisted. And perhaps some of them aren't bad at all...

Written with a dark wit and a sarcastic sense of humor, I instantly fell in love with it. At first, I disliked Clary, for she seemed childish and stupid. But that faded quickly, and I have come to love her. And Jace--don't even get me started on Jace. He's mysterious and sexy and hilarious, but made all the more endearing by the fact that he isn't perfect. He's as human as Clary, and that makes for a much more realistic relationship.

Cassandra Clare really has created a hair-raising, dramatic, spine-tingling thrill ride of a book. It will keep you up late at night, make you laugh, make you cry, freak the heck out of you--and all of it leads up to a hugely massive twist that will make you scream in shock!! If you've waited this long to read it, get going!


  1. I love this series! I'm glad you liked it, hope you like the others as well!

  2. I was skeptical about this series too. It took me about a month before I decided to pick it up.
    But TMI is now my favorite book of my summer break. I fell hard for this series. Cassandra writes a great story. :) Thanks for the review and I hope you enjoy the next one!

  3. Just wait till you read City of Ashes. It's GREAT! I haven't started the third yet, but I'm sure it'll be wonderful.

  4. So glad you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorite series.


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