Review – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Title: City of Bones
Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Next Book: City of Ashes
Source: Personal purchase

Description 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…


I have put off writing this review for about a week now because I still am not sure how I felt about City of Bones.

I had heard a lot about Cassandra Clare and City of Bones over the last couple years, but I had heard several mixed reviews. However, with the movie coming out, I knew that I’d have to check it out before seeing the movie. I’ve noticed that most people either love or hate the series, but I honestly felt neither. I think I fell more in the middle.

I was actually a little confused when City of Bones first started, but I quickly caught on. Honestly, I was surprised that it was written in third person perspective. It’s funny because when I first read Twilight, it took me a while to get used to the first person narrative, but so many books are written in first person these days that the third person took me by surprise. I actually thought that the third person worked really well, though, because we were able to get more of the story than we would have from just Clary’s perspective.

Speaking of Clary, she really got on my nerves. I’m not even sure what it was about her, but she just rubbed me the wrong way. I’m sure part of it is that I can’t stand the story line of “Best friend in love with boy/girl, but boy/girl is too oblivious to see it.” SO annoying. Jace was arrogant, but mysterious. I felt like Clary got a little better as the story went along, but for a while, she just annoyed me.

I felt like City of Bones started off pretty well, but then it slowed down quite a bit for a good part of it. It did eventually pick up again, though, and I thought it ended pretty well. However, I found that some parts of it were pretty predictable. There’s also a big twist near the end that I had previous had spoiled for me, unfortunately, but even knowing it was coming, I didn’t really like it. It just seemed annoying and unnecessary.

I know that overall this review is fairly negative, and I’m having a hard time finding anything specific that I liked about City of Bones, but I did actually enjoy the story. I didn’t think it was spectacular, but it was a good read. I plan on seeing the movie and continuing the series.

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2 thoughts on “Review – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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