City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare

Book: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: McElderry
Date Published: Feb 19 2008


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.

Why did I read this Book:

This was another book I kept seeing at Chapters and doing nothing about.  After spotlighting the authors newest to be released books on my Waiting on Wednesday I felt I really needed to read her.


So lets start with what didn’t work for me.  The info dumps.  The first scene started with a character giving us information that didn’t seam natural.  And I cringed but let it slide.  The thing is though this continues to happen throughout the entire book.  And there are people giving away information and doing things that are counter intuitive to their nature.  They are doing them only so the plot moves.  This of course bothers me.

The bright side is this book is Harry Potter kind of fun.  I was vastly amused by it and found it to be a relatively quick kind of read.  Girl discovers secret world that she is a part, finds out she could have some powers, girl starts getting to know this world.  Find out some family secrets that could make your skin crawl, and falls in love with her brother who she doesn’t know is her brother (oops that’s a major plot spoiler) while alienating her best friend who is madly in love with her.

The author is also good with her prose.  She has a way of describing things that isn’t overdone, yet enough to feel like your getting the entire picture.  I wish their was more New York in this story though.  There was that moment when they were flying at the bridge that was most definitely New York, but I didn’t get a large New York vibe from it.

Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a female Harry Potter magical kind of world, with a happily ever after kind of story, this is it.  It is funny and amusing and has a good plot.  It’s most definitely entertaining.  Stunning and breathtaking and moving it is not, but is also does not try to be those either.

Rating: 7/10


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