Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

on Dec 7, 2013
Blurb: When Clary Fray heads out to Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder. Much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with odd markings. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons-and keeping the odd werewolves and vampires in line. It's also her first meeting with gorgeous, golden-haired Jace. 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 an ordinary mundane like Clary? And how did she suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....

Genre(s): Young Adult / Paranormal / Romance

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

Review: City of Bones has been gotten a good lot of attention recently, mostly in part to it's movie adaptation, but even before that the book and its sequels have been fan favorites. Which leads me to believe that mayhap I am missing something.

This novel is a good read, obviously aimed at younger teen girls, however, I fail to see what launched it into the Twilight/Hunger Games region. Then again I still don't understand how either of those books became so popular anyway.

Moving on...

Cassandra Clare seems to be a fan of having normal, unmagical people react surprisingly well to magical/supernatural creatures. This tends to be far too unrealistic to the reader. Honestly would any of us be any semblance of calm after learning that vampires and goblins are real, or after seeing a demon in your apartment.

My favorite character was actually Luke, the mystery and intrigue surrounding his loyalty and motives made for truly interesting reading. Clary was...alright. I feel that with her and other characters we only see the surface of their personalities. It would be nice to be given a little more insight into her, then again this is the first book of a six book series so I can give a little leeway. Jace wasn't attractive to me personally. I found him annoying and read through the scenes with him extra fast so I could move on to more compelling material.

*Spoilers* They are siblings!?! What the heck! I mean really, this is Luke and Leia all over again. And did any of us honestly need to relieve that? I mean I'm hoping and assuming that this isn't true. Mostly by the fact that there was no other male lead who could by Clary's romantic interest. Still it was one of the worst, possibly worst twists I've ever read. Ugh.

The ending just left me very confused. Everything felt sloppy rushed, nothing was really explained and it moved so fast I had no idea what was going on.

All in all if your looking for another teen, pop read this is an okay book.  

About the Reviewer: M. A. Bronson is a bookworm, book reviewer, and aspiring author. Since 2012, she has been reviewing indie and traditionally published books at She spends her time reading, drinking tea, writing, and ardently shipping RumBelle. M lives in Upstate New York and works at a library, happily surrounded by thousands of stories. Connect with her on twitter and instagram @theprincessmab


Lectus said...

I DNF this one! But after the movie, I fell in love and read book #2 and loved it!

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