Review: City of Bones

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
City of Bones 
by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: March 27, 2007

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. . . . 


City of Bones is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. At first I wasn't even sure I wanted to read it, considering there are already four HUGE books out and a fifth to come. But I sucked up my laziness and bad attitude and plunged head first into the novel. And boy am I glad I did! This book is very original, and even more complete with characters who have depth. 

For those of you who have read the book, you know probably are in love with Jace (at least I am.) He's sarcastic, confident, and a little bad ass. I've been reading lots and lots of books lately and I've been drudging through boring male characters. They don't even have to be funny, I just want some substance to grab on to! Well, Cassandra Clare hit the mark with Jace. He's a guy that has a lot of baggage and some messed up childhood memories. In fact, I could connect with all the sub characters. From Simon to Alec, Clare made an ensemble cast that fit well together. 

Her writing was another great aspect of the book. Constantly when I was reading it I felt like I was reading Harry Potter. I didn't know why, but the style kind of brought me back to J.K. Rowling's style a bit. Besides the overuse of similes, I felt like it was a very well written. That being said, I did think that there were some places that could have been edited down. Maybe it's just me. I'm not a marathon reader...I'm a sprinter. I like to get through books as quick as possible so I can either read the sequel or move on to another one. That and marathon's make me tired...and depressed, considering I don't even think I could finish one. Anyway, the book was fantastic despite it's length. 

I would recommend this for anyone who loves witty guys, similes, and original story telling!

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  1. I have to admit when I first got City of Bones I didn't really know if I was going to like it either but I'm so glad I read it because it was amazing! I love Jace's character too btw! =)

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  2. I am in love with this series, great review..I agree I love Jace, all the characters actually. I never thought about the length but now I may look closely when I read the next book.

  3. I remember reading this book when it first came out and really liking it :)
    I'm re-reading it this month as part of my book club and I can't wait to get back into it again.
    I'm with you; I totally love Jace. He's just so gorgeous and funny :) yum!

  4. I just recently got this and have not yet read it. I am glad you found it fun, will definitely move it up the TBR :)

  5. I love this book! Actually, I love every book Cassandra has ever written! :D Can't wait to watch the movie, I'm so obsessed with Jace! :D

  6. I lovee this book! I want Jace for me *U* can't wait to watch the movie!