Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)

Overview – 

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: February 2008
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
  • Format: Paperback , 512pp
  • Sales Rank: 5,190
  • Age Range: Young Adult


A deliciously exotic urban fantasy that is sexy, mysterious and dangerously good fun!

When 15-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.

My Thoughts

So I know that this book has been reviewed a lot but I am still going to take a quick pass at it so I can move on to the next book.  Cassandra Clare built a fantastic world of mystery and unknown – not an easy task to accomplish with all of the other books out there that are attempting to do the same thing.  Clary and Jace are both written so well that I feel like I could meet them on the street and they would have jumped right out of the book.  The story is written well and I didn’t find any plot problems.  I now completely understand why people are looking forward to the movie but I hope it does not disappoint.  I am so glad I picked this series up even though it meant going back a few years.

My Rating

4.5 stars.  While I really enjoyed the book, I don’t know that it is for everyone.
*I purchased this book and all opinions are my own.


Filed under 4.5 stars, book review, Books

5 responses to “Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  1. Mia

    TMI is definitely one of my fave series! Although, I loved City of Ashes compared to City of Bones. Looking forward to your review for City of Ashes 😉

  2. I have this one sitting in my TBR pile, I feel like the last person to read the series! 🙂

    I'm glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Hey Lisa,
    So I just started listening to it in Audio form (while I drive) and I am enjoying it too but Jace REALLY annoys me lol.

    Great review missy!!

  4. Hey lisa,
    I agree that clare built a wonderful world…I high suggest Clockwork Angel the prequel set in the 1800's…just as good

  5. I agree that Clare created a great world. I really suggest Clockwork Angel…it's a prequel that was in 1800 – It's the same “world” too.

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