Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

Published: March 27th, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Series: (
The Mortal Instruments" #1)

Format: Paperback, Hardcover,  E-book, Audio
Pages: PB- 485/ HC-512

Genre:Fantasy, YA

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Rating: 4.0


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 liked City of Bones. It definitively hit me with some surprises at the end. To say the truth, sometimes this book even made me mad, I think people who read it, without knowing what is going to happen in the next book, know what I am talking about.  In this first book I was kind of annoyed with some things characters said and did, but it made sense later on. I fell in love with Jace! I loved his sense of humor and  just how cocky he was! Without his character the book definitely would have lost all the spice;D Definitely one of my favorite characters! And did I mention how H-O-T he supposedly is?!  I can't see how Clary would of not fell in love with him.

 “Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?'
Jace said, "Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself."
..."At least," she said, "you don't have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland."

"Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.” 

I didn't know what to feel about Alec and Isabelle who are brother and sister and Jace's family. For me Isabelle was Hot and Cold, and Alec was a little bit of a mystery. I really liked the romance between Jace and Clary. Especially the birthday scene(: Simon is another character I didn't know how to feel about. He was Clary's best friend, and of course in love with her, secretly, not really. I do liked the arguments between Simon and Jace, their witty remarks made me giggle!

 “Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?" asked Jace.
"It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath."
"As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome," said Simon.
"I knew we should have left you a rat.”

Valentine, well I can't really say anything about him, I don't want to spoil it(;


  1. I appreciate your review of the City of Bones. I have heard this title a lot. I am now very curious an would like to read this and the next one. Thank you

  2. I felt closely as you about this book. But I did love how it flowed from one book to another as the story went on. Great review and honest!

  3. Great review! I like the quotes you chose. There will be a movie of this soon. ;)

  4. Love Jace and Clary ^^ Can't wait for the movie :D

  5. Jace is a great character. It has been a long time since I read this first in the series, but I still remember him. Moreso than any other characters!

  6. Your reviews give good coverage without ruining the suspense or giving too much away. I enjoy reading them.

  7. Nice review for this book. The author did a great job breaking into her own original work here.

  8. I've been torn on whether or not I should read this, especially with the movie coming out soon. I've heard a lot about the supposed love triangle, so I'm still on the fence with this one. Thanks for the review.

  9. I love The Mortal Instruments series! But for me, The Infernal Devices is the best, what can compare with Victorian London and steampunk! :) I hope the movie City of Bones will be as good as the book. :)

  10. Reading this as we speak!!! Love it so far!

    Morgan @Remembered Deservedly

  11. I, too, have heard this book mentioned quite a bit lately. I still can't decide if I want to read it. Your review left me still undecided, though I did enjoy reading it.

  12. I liked this book, but it took a LONG time for me to get into it. The ending was definitely unexpected. I still haven't picked up the next book.

  13. thanks for not spoiling the book! lol my wife is starting to read me this series! nice review!

  14. I think this quote from the book is hilarious:

    “Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?" asked Jace.
    "It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath."
    "As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome," said Simon.
    "I knew we should have left you a rat.”

    I am definitely purchasing this book.

  15. This has been one of my favorite series since it came out!!! great review

  16. I definitely want to try this series. I enjoyed your review. I want to read the series before watching the movie lol.

  17. I totally agree with you. I was extremely angry at first but had to keep going to the next. Jace is definitely one of faves also.

  18. I read this book and I really loved it! I also love how cocky and hot Jace is. He is super hot and I was completely swoon with the romance between Jace and Clary.

  19. I totally agree about Jace and Simon scenes, it's so tense and awkward :D

    1. Haha right! I wish there were more of them!



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