City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

city of bones book review

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 wasn’t sure if I should start this series or not. On one hand I am glad that I have and on the other I’m not. I liked City of Bones, but when I finished it I just sat there and didn’t know what to feel. Normally when I finish a book there are definite feelings I have towards the characters of the book. This one, just a jumbled mess going on in that heart of mine.  While I don’t hate it, I don’t love it either. I will be reading the rest of the books in the series and I hope that things pick up (because we all know that book 1 of a series isn’t always the best). With this book I did find my brain taking mental walks through the park and I’d have to refocus.

Some Of The Characters:
Clary. Clary, Clary, Clary *shakes my head*. Where do I start? She is frustrating to me, at times infuriating…and I don’t know why!!! I keep thinking the word immature in regards to Clary. But she’s only 16, so of course she is immature. I will give her credit for handling being thrown into the Shadowhunters world and the curve balls that were thrown at her as well as she did.  She does need training if she is going to live in this world that she has been thrust into. Freezing up isn’t going to work for her anymore if she wants to keep moving ahead with this life that has chosen her.

Simon, I believe is one of my favorite characters from this book.  I kept thinking of him as one of Clary’s redeeming qualities as I was reading.  Very witty young man he is.  Even though he’s a “mundie” he brings some skills to the table. I’m really hoping that we see more of him in this series. Even if it’s only to bring strife and frustration to Jace’s life…he’s so funny when it’s teasing that boy.

Now for the other man in Clary’s life, Jace. I’ve read some reviews where people thought he was an asshole. I didn’t think that at all. I found his sense of humor pretty refreshing. And the small part of the book from Jace’s POV…was GREAT! I wish Cassandra Clare would have had more then that 1 snippet. He seems very loyal to those he feels that are under his protection, very quick to throw himself first into danger. Because of that, I got the sense that he was the “leader” of their small group of Shadowhunters. With that said, it was very frustrating that he would be so trusting in the scene with Valentine. That part was driving me batty. I kept saying out loud, “Seriously?! You are NOT that naive!!”  Plus in my opinion he had one of the best lines from the entire book, “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.” Well, to be honest I think all of the best lines were from Jace 🙂


I will continue this series and I’d even recommend it to a friend who enjoys the YA Fantasy genre. Cassandra Clare did a fine job with creating this world that she is sharing with us.


As the book is moving along and Clary is finding herself drawn to Jace, and Jace to Clary…it’s cute. Young love you know? I was hoping that they would end up together but NOT that way. Finding out that Jace is Clary’s brother was horrible! Very “Star Wars” if you know what I mean. I’m hoping that later on in the series we find that Valentine was lying to win Jace’s loyalty (because he seemed pretty gosh darn loyal to him at the end there!!!) I understand that Clary can’t just shut off those emotions when it comes to Jace, but it still gives me that squicky feeling reading about it.


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