Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre(s): young-adult; romance; paranormal fiction
Source: Paperback – bought

My Rating

Synopsis (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 Review:

Yes, I tend to come across or read books quite late if there is a certain hype about them. Don’t know why, though. But I’m glad I actually sat down and read this book, no matter how late it was because I really enjoyed it. I think it also had to do with the fact that the movie was coming out too and the trailer was beyond amazing.

Cassandra Clare weaves this incredible world of supernatural residing in New York – something that fitted quite well, actually. Fairies reside in Central Park, vampires in abandoned buildings, Shadowhunters in churches and werewolves, well there isn’t a particular place for them. New York being a jungle on its own it seemed rather fitting to procreate a jungle for all live in.

In all honesty I wasn’t quite sure what I would expect. I had come across quite a few spoilers, albeit accidentally, and they had already painted quite a picture in my head. Like the forbidden love between…Clary and Jace. No matter how intoxicatingly enjoyable to read it was. It was something that turned me off completely but somehow it left me with wanting more. Like, I am definitely going to read City of Ashes now. It’s been with me for a few days now.

Who doesn’t love to read about finding out that your father, who you thought was dead was actually alive and is feared and hated by all. In fact he is pure evil. I rather enjoy such conflicts. Makes for some amazing stories.

The whole book is about how Clary comes to terms with a life that was hidden from her and in the end accepts it as her own. How she uncovers answers to her past…by opening her eyes…literally! Life in general, completely normal if you don’t count the supernatural and other completely impossible things.

It is unlikely that you haven’t read this book. But if there are those like me, still having not broken the spine of City of Bones then I strongly urge them to crack it open, figuratively. I had a great time reading it and chances are that you will too!


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