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Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars 

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…

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…

As I mentioned in last week’s First Impression Friday post, people seem to either love or hate this book. Despite how skeptical I was to read it, I was pleasantly surprised and would consider myself among the “love it” crowd. I admit, the plot sounded a little bit too Twilight-y for me, which is what made me hesitant to read it in the first place. Aside from the fact that there are both vampires and werewolves (and some light, almost love triangle drama), that’s where the comparison between City of Bones and Twilight ends.

The plot was rich with interesting characters, both human and supernatural. Authors don’t always do the best job at creating a world where supernatural beings are smoothly integrated into modern human society. I didn’t feel like that was the case here. Everything blended together seamlessly into one world that feels somewhat familiar and terrifying at the same time.

Clary Fray is a good protagonist. Despite the fact that she has “the sight,” she never feels like one of those main characters who everyone treats as “special.” She’s not the chosen one. She was thrown into a situation and a world that she was never meant to be part of, but it doesn’t change who she is. I admired her loyalty to both her family and her friends, and the fact that her newfound ability doesn’t over-inflate her ego.

I don’t understand why so many people love Jace. He and the other Shadowhunters got on my nerves at times. All of them were a bit conceited and acted like complete assholes to the “mundanes” (aka Clary and Simon). I didn’t hate Jace, but he’s definitely not a fictional character I’m going to be crushing over.

I really enjoyed the plot of this book and the unexpected, complex situations that arose. (The last few chapters really sucked me in!) There were even some moments that made me laugh, which is always appreciated. I don’t think I’ll be watching the tv version, but I do plan on reading the next book soon.


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