City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  • Name: City Of Bones
  • Author: Cassandra Clare
  • Pages: 506
  • Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
  • Series: Book #1 in The Mortal Instruments
  • Published: July 2nd, 2015 (Edition Pictured)
  • Publisher: Walker 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…

I first read City of Bones when I was probably 21 years old, so probably in around 2011. Back then I didn’t have much experience with reading and/or much to compare it to.

I now having much more to choose from not only in the fantasy genre but the young adult genre, I find I wasn’t as impressed as I used to be with this one.

However, saying that this book will always have a nostalgia factor for me. It’s very similar to Harry Potter or Hunger Games in that realm.

So even though now I wouldn’t necessarily still classify this book a work of art or a favorite, it does hold good memories for me.

So I lowered this from a previous 5 star rating to a 4 star rating for this reasoning. Should you read it if you never have? Of course! I honestly think everyone should read the top young adult, fantasy, middle grade, or thriller books. That’s just my opinion though. 😉


Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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