City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret McElderry
Released Date: March 27, 2007
Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
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.
How would you like a book that gathers all of your favorite supernatural beings such as Vampires, Werewolves, Angels and/or Fallen Angels and horrific Demons? Well, grab a copy of City of Bones, the first installment from Cassandra Clare’s phenomenal The Mortal Instruments series and you’ll find it all in there along with a remarkably splices of action, fantasy and adventure!
What I really like about this book is the plot. I’ve never read a book that includes all these supernatural and paranormal beings in one story. I remember the first time I’ve seen this book, I’ve always wondered why this book is making such a big fuss in the YA community. After reading it a few days ago, I knew exactly why.
To simply put, City of Bones has it all. Name it, Cassandra has it. From the first few pages, there’s already something going on and it will take hold of your attention and won’t it let go. Cassandra is such a wonderful story-teller; there is no doubt about that. Another thing I liked about this book is the world building. It was simply amazing and original. Cassandra has that distinctive ability to take you into another world and makes you wish to never go back. I am very impressed with the dialogues as well; they’re so strong and very expressive.
The characters are all well developed and genuine. Clary is such a wonderful protagonist. She’s funny, smart and affectionate. Her building relationship with Jace was just beautiful until that twist (which was spoiled by me when I accidentally read the brief synopsis of City of Ashes before finishing CoB. I know. Stupid much. Simon, on the other hand, was just as adorable. I really enjoyed his character and take note, he made me cry.
There were some parts of the book, though, that seems to be a bit predictable. But nevertheless, I enjoyed this book overall. I felt satisfied and honestly, I was too impressed because this is only the beginning of the series, yet there were so many revelations already. I can only wonder what else Cassandra has up on her sleeves.