Review – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Posted February 10, 2014 by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction in Reviews / 2 Comments

Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: January 22, 2014
Pages: 220
Goodreads Rating: 4.13 stars
My Rating: 4/5 stars
My Content Rating: PG-13 (Nothing more than kissing, some violence)

Summary from 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.


I finally decided that it was time to jump on the bandwagon and read The Mortal Instruments series.  I’m not going to bother summarizing it, since I think I’m the last person on the planet to read this.  Instead, I’ll jump right in and tell you about what I did and didn’t like.


The negatives:
  • Writing style could use some work.  I was surprised, based on the popularity of this series, to find that Clare’s writing style wasn’t as polished as I’m used to in traditionally published books.  It wasn’t bad – it just felt a little rough around the edges sometimes.  There were times when the story dragged just a bit too.  Still, I liked the overall story enough to overlook this for the most part and I’m hoping that the writing gets better in future books.
  • Twists I saw coming.  Okay, there were some pivotal twists in this book that I saw coming and I wasn’t sure why the characters didn’t see it too.  There were still others that I didn’t see coming (and one that I definitely didn’t want to – eewww! – You know what I’m talking about if you’ve already read this book, although I have a distinct feeling that this twist is going to get untwisted in a future book and we’ll find out it’s not true – Don’t tell me whether or not I’m right, though!).
  • The action.  For the most part, I was sold on the plot of this book and I was drawn into the action of the story.  And there was plenty of it to get drawn into!  Clary managed to get herself into a lot of trouble and the danger factor in this book is high.  I can definitely see why they made this one into a movie!  (By the way, is the movie good?)
  • The characters.  I definitely found myself connecting with the characters – While Clary wasn’t the strongest or the smartest female heroine I’ve come across, I found myself rooting for her when things went bad (which was often) and I sympathized with her plight when she discovered that her whole life had been a lie.  I’m hoping to see her grow in future books.  I really liked Jace and definitely wanted to see him get past his idea that loving someone would just put them in danger.  His inability to connect made his connection with Clary that much deeper for me.  I also felt sorry for Simon, who pined after Clary throughout the book.  I’m hoping that things work out for him in future books.  The secondary characters were interesting to me too and I hope we get to learn even more about them!
  • The ending.  The ending of this book left me eager for more!  I’m not exactly sure where Clare is going to take us in the next book, but she left me wanting more!
So, I think that this was a good start to the series and I’m definitely eager to see where it all goes.  While I don’t think it was perfect, I’d say that, for me, the book is a solid 4/5 stars.


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2 responses to “Review – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  1. Alecia

    I can’t believe I still haven’t read this series yet! A movie, tv series and newly rebranded covers recently published in my country still haven’t pushed to read them but I will eventually. Great review!

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