Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Warnings: Some mature themes
Summary: 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...
Alright, alright, I decided that it was time I hopped on the The Mortal Instruments bandwagon like almost everyone else and gave this series a shot, considering the last installment, City of Heavenly Fire, just came out. Admittedly, I was a bit apprehensive at first because I’d heard some mixed things about it and, well, in truth, I’ve been avoiding it for the past six years (sorry). I decided to download this on a whim last Sunday and I finished it in about two days. In its essence, City of Bones follows Clary, a young girl suddenly caught in the midst of a new world rife with Shadowhunters, demons, vampires, werewolves, and the like. Jace is a particularly important element in the novel, and he’s a Shadowhunter who’s, like, perfect and Clary’s kind of pining for him during most of the book.
Overall, I’d say I didn’t dislike it as much as I thought I would. In fact, for the most part I quite enjoyed it. At the beginning I was kind of turned off by Jace’s attitude and I didn’t really understand why everyone loved him, but even more surprisingly, I came to be very annoyed by Simon, someone who most readers of TMI love but I just…couldn’t. Toward the end of the book Jace had grown on me a bit more and I find that I’m okay with him. Overall, the story’s really fun and engaging and most of the characters are very amusing to read about. Right now I’m reading City of Ashes, and I’ll let you know how that goes. If it all goes well, I'll probably be marathoning the rest of the series.
I gave this book 4/5 stars on goodreads.