City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Title : City of Bones
Author : Cassandra Clare
Genre : Fantasy
Published Date : March 27th 2007
Publisher : Margaret K. McElderry Books
Pages : 485
Source : Bought
Rating : ✿✿✿✿✿

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 had been eyeing this book for months in my local library before I got my hand on it a year ago or so. The blurb got me all hyped up, and I have never heard a word ‘Shadowhunter’ before, which probably was one of the reasons I had decided to give this book a try. And have to say, I’m so in love.

"Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited."

City of Bones began as our main character, Clary Fray, was going to a club with her friend, Simon. Once she was in, she unexpectedly saw quite a scene. Two boys, tailing a girl and a boy, with a knife on their hands.
Panicked, she followed them into an abandoned storage room, in which she witnessing what she thought was a murder. Only, the victim disappeared into the thin air, with no trace whatsoever.
It was that, and the kidnapping of her mother, that finally brought Clary to the dark world of Shadowhunter, and to the fact that would put her world in the brink of destruction.

The main character, Clary Fray, was a bit unappealing for me. It wasn’t that she was all whiny and annoying, bu t I think she didn’t stand out like she supposed to be. She sure had some character, but I think it wasn’t enough to make her quite distinctive. 

On the other hand, I loved Clary’s counterpart, Jace Wayland. He could be as annoying and sarcastic as he could be, but caring and loving when he thought he wasn't being watched.
It’s nice to see another part that he tried to hide, his soft and loving side, surfacing in some parts of the story.

I also love Isabelle Lightwood, Jace’s sister-in-heart. I found her quite unique, with the mixture of fashionable, loud, devil-may-care, and badass. She was also fragile behind her strong facade, and that was exactly what I love about her. It made the character feel alive and truly blood and flesh.

The plot was quite interesting too, and I totally love Clare’s world-building. The Shadowhunter culture was deeply told, and it was detailed and believable without giving too much. The twist on the end of the book was very nice too, making the readers want more and eagerly waiting for the nest book, curious about how Clare would unfold and solve all of the problems (Which, trust me, seemed pretty much unsolvable).

The thing I don’t really like about this book was when Cassandra Clare told us a little bit too much about the surroundings, and when she tried (sometimes too much) to tell us something and comparing it to other thing. It was fine at first, but when I found it over and over in one page, it could become slightly annoying.

Overall, as an urban-fantasy chick, I absolutely love this book. And if you like fantasy and would love to immerse in Clare’s world of Shadowhunter, I totally recommend this.

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  2. I've heard of the title of this book before but never found out what it was about. Thank you for your review because now I know. The book does sound interesting and the fact that you gave it such a good rating makes it even more appealing. However you mentioned that Clary Fray is somewhat of an unappealing character. That makes me kind of wary of this book. I think I'll read it if I ever see it at the library otherwise I'll pass on buying it.

    1. Hi! So glad that my review could be useful! :D
      Thanks for the feedback :D

  3. I liked the cover and the title of this book and had seen it on other sites. I like paranormal but didnt know if it would be good. Your review has answered that question and with a high rating and the synposis of the book, I will purchase this one.
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    1. Aww, thanks so much !!
      So glad that my review could be useful :D

  4. I have been very curious about this book for awhile. Thanks for your review...Its gotten good ratings all around so I think I may just pick it up one day :)

  5. This book was soo long but soo good! I love the world building in this one. Now all I need is time and some energy to get through the rest of the books. I refuse to watch the movie until I've read all the books.


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