Title: City of Bones The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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.
As a huge fan of Cassandra Clare, I jump at the chance to read her books and the year-long read along hosted by EmmaBooks was a great way for me to leap back into the world. This is my fourth time reading City of Bones and I loved it just as much as the first few times around. It was so refreshing to ease back into the world and hang around with my favorite characters. After rereading City of Bones I can definitely see the difference in Clare’s writing and how her writing has evolved and gotten even better (I don’t know how that’s possible)! Overall it was great, and if you haven’t read this series yet, there are 11 books currently out (all set in this world) and you NEED to read them.
This book is a little slower than the others since it is introducing these whole new world. There is quite a bit of setting things up and as such (in my opinion anyway…whatever that is worth) it isn’t quite as good as the rest of the series. I have read this book quite a few times at this point so there weren’t any surprises. It still strikes me how well this series has been plotted out and that is evident especially with a lot of things being laid out in City of Bones. I love Clare’s writing and the humor in this book always make me laugh (especially Jace’s one liners). There were a few things that made me annoyed in the book-the way they all treated Magnus and Clary’s inner monologues about Isabelle-but overall this book was just amazing.
Have you read City of Bones? If yes, what is your favorite part of the book? If not, what are you waiting for? Pick it up!