Book Review: City of Bones


City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1) – Paperback, 442 pages – Published July 2nd 2007 by Walker Books

I’ve heard so much about this series, so I’ve got the whole series out of the library. It’s nearly midnight; I’ve stayed up reading until I finished this book!

This sounds like any other paranormal YA book really, and I suppose it is pretty much the same as all the others in many ways. But it’s a great read, with its own unique twists and advantages.

Clarissa, a 15-year-old red-head who lives with her mother, is the protagonist of this novel. She’s just like any other girl – until she sees someone being followed by people that nobody else can see. After witnessing these people destroy a demon in the storage room of a club, Clary knows her life is never going to be the quite the same.

Accompanied by Jace, Isabelle, Alec and her good friend Simon, Clary begins to learn about her heritage, just as her mother is kidnapped by a monstrous creature. The rescue mission is complicated – people often turn out to be different than who they first appear to be – and not without it’s difficulties. Clary has to unravel the lies that her life has been built upon, all the while dealing with the confusing emotions of both her and her friends.

This book is full of action! Fight scenes galore! It really is an exciting read, which is somewhat surprising due to the length. I often find that longer books get a little too dragged-on, but that was not the case with City of Bones. I’m really excited about the rest of this series.

The characters and the relationships between them are wonderful. I don’t want to include any spoilers, but things between Jace and Clary are so complicated, and it’s fascinating to see how their relationship is affected by the occurrences in this book. The less prominent characters, such as Hodge and Luke, are also full of emotion and depth. Their back-stories are amazing, and I found it easy to feel the same emotions towards them as Clary did at any given time.

Another thing that I really liked is the little details in this book. The foreshadowing, for example, and the inclusion of Alec being gay, but not openly. It’s the little things that really submerge you in the world of a book.

I really did enjoy reading this, but it isn’t quite in my favourites. It’s thrilling and full of action and emotion, as well as tons of plot twists. I’d say 4.5 stars!



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