Tuesday, July 20, 2010

City Of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Book:  City Of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1)
Author:  Cassandra Clare
Published:  March 27, 2007 from Margaret K. McElderry
My edition/number of pages:  PB/485

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Bookstore
Series?:  Yes.  First book.

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….

This might be one of the hardest reviews I have tried to write.  I honestly don’t know what to say about City Of Bones.   Also, I know that I am one of the last people to read this series so most of you don’t even need a review for it.  I guess I will start out by saying that my expectations for this book were very high and I wasn’t disappointed even one bit.

Clary Fray is a normal teenage girl with an unusual new ability.  She has the Sight.  She can see demons, Shadowhunters, vampires, everything.  This new gift really helps out when her mother is kidnapped and Clary is attacked by a demon in her home.  After that the Shadowhunters are forced to step in and help her.  From there things only get crazier.  With the help of some new allies, will Clary be able to get her mother back or will they be too late?

The thing about City Of Bones that I loved the most was how unique it was.  After reading so many novels that have similarities to others, it was refreshing to read a book that is all it’s own.  The world that Cassandra Clare created was beyond my wildest dreams.  The crazy creatures, the awesome weapons, and the cool runes were amazing.  I loved reading City Of Bones because I couldn’t guess what was coming next or how it would end.  Unlike with so many other books, I didn’t know if this one would have a happy ending.

Overall, City Of Bones is a new favorite of mine.  If you haven’t read the series yet, check it out!  I know I am one of the last bloggers to cave and read it but it’s totally worth it.  The reviews are not lying.  It’s spectacular!

First line:  “You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.

Writing:  5

Characters:  5

Plot:  5

Ending:  5

Originality:  5

Overall:  25=A++

Cover:  5=A++

17 Comments

  1. Chapter Chicks

    Haha, you tried to ignore the calling from your bookshelf! But you couldn’t! Welcome to the group of Mundanes who are in love with the Mortal Instruments. It’s nice to have you.

  2. Sarah

    That’s okay if you just started reading it. We’ll still accept you, haha. :) I agree with you on the point of this series being so refreshing from the other fantansy books out there. I can’t wait till you get to City of Ashes!

  3. KM

    Great book, but the series went downhill for me – each one was a little less good than the one before it. By the third one, I was disappointed. But having said that, I always loved the tension between Jace and Clary. That never lets up, and I think my favorite moment between them comes in the second book. Two words: faerie court. That’s all I’m gonna say, but it was SUCH A GOOD SCENE!!!

  4. Sue Jackson

    My 15-year old son just finished City of Bones yesterday! He loved it, too – a close friend of ours (a 16-year old girl) loves this series and has been telling Jamie to read it for years – he’s glad he finally did.

    Glad you liked it, too!

    Sue

  5. Anonymous

    This was the first supernatural series I read and it has always stayed my favorite series of all time but tying with hunger games. I’m an aspiring author and find that Cassandra Clare’s style of writing is just great and wish I could write like her. Aedile books :)

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