[Review #38] City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Book one
Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: 27th March, 2007
Publisher: McElderry Books

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Young Adult
Rating: ♣♣♣

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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.


I started reading this book at the beginning of this year. I put it back down after a couple of chapters. Mainly to do with the tedious and long winded descriptions of everything that happened and everything that Clary saw. Then I was convinced to pick it back up again with the promise: “It really does get better”. And, thank god, it did.

I struggled through the first half of this book. I was not interested in any character or story line for that long. Nothing grabbed my attention and the places that were described felt morbid because of the amount of detail given. It made me dizzy. So whenever I pictured those places I actually started to feel nauseous… I am not kidding. I do get motion sickness pretty easily though, so if I felt dizzy because of the descriptions then I obviously pinned that feeling to the pictures I imagined.

Suddenly and quite unexpectedly just after the half way point, this book did a one eighty. It got really interesting, it was written better with less descriptions and explanations. I suddenly fell in love with Jace, I hated Isabelle because Clary hated her and I felt bad for Simon who was forgotten most of the time.

So I will not do an in depth review of this book mainly because I do not have the energy or the will to think about this book any more that I have willed myself to. The first half of this book made me dizzy and took me over a week to read (Not including the six months I didn’t touch it after first starting it), the second half of this book made me anxious and took me one night to read. Funny that.

The last half of this book was its life saver. I would have never gotten to that part of the book if I had not already owned the book and had not had people telling me I needed to finish it. Needed to, in their opinion. I’m glad they convinced me.

Now I can’t wait for the second book of the series. The twist was so shocking and practically horrifying that I must know what happens next. And it definitely did get better. I may have had, at first,  a horrifying experience reading this book but now I really can’t wait to read the second book. I’m sure the next book will be an enjoyable experience to read! I hope.

So overall, this book was so all over the place for me that I would rather move on to the next book in the series and enjoy that rather than remind myself of the experience I had to go through to get to the best parts of this one. It was worth it though!

Miss J


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