Sunday 30 October 2011

Review: City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan.  Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

The Mortal Instruments Series:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls (2012)
City of Heavenly Fire (2013)

The Infernal Devices Series: (Prequel Series)
Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess (2012)

Visit Cassandra Clare's website or the Mortal Instruments website for more information

I feel like I'm one of the last people to join the Mortal Instruments party, I've seen so many people raving about these books that I have no idea why it's taken me so long to start the series - all I can say is that I'm glad I finally did!  Despite the fact that City of Bones is a long book it was a surprisingly quick read and once I got started I found I couldn't put it down again.

Clary discovers the secret world that is hidden within our own by accident when she sees a boy attacked at a night club.  Even though she doesn't know the boy she is brave enough to step in and try to help him but when she does she gets a lot more than she bargained for.  She is quickly drawn into a world where demons, vampires and werewolves really exist and although humans are unaware of this fact they are being protected constantly by shadowhunters (demon hunters).  The deeper she is drawn into this world the more secrets she uncovers about her family and about herself - her life will never be the same again.

I liked Clary from the beginning, as I've already said she is brave and will do anything to protect those she loves but I'll admit there were a couple of times I wanted to shake some sense into her.  My favourite character would have to be Jace, he may be arrogant and full of himself but I fell for him anyway.  I loved the banter between him and Clary, they were constantly arguing with each other but you could see all along that they were attracted to each other.  Another favourite would have to be Clary's best friend Simon, he is drawn into this new world because he cares for her and although he is human and has no special abilities he was very protective of her.

There are plenty of things going on, you don't have a moment to get bored while you're reading.  I had actually guessed the main twist (although I wish it wasn't true!) but there were still plenty of things that did surprise me and I definitely enjoyed the journey.  I'm looking forward to continuing with the series and if you're like I was and haven't started it yet then I'd strongly recommend giving it a try.

Source: Purchased

Other Reviews:
Reading Shy With Aly
If you have reviewed this book on your blog please leave a link to your review in the comments & I'll add the link here.


  1. I love this series so much.. great review :)

  2. Such a great series, one of my favs for sure

  3. @ DBookWhore - I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series, I enjoyed the first 2 books & am sure it just gets better & better :o)

    @ Jessica - it is a fab series from what I've seen so far :o) I'm looking forward to the rest of it!

  4. A great first book of the Mortal Instrument series

  5. I really enjoyed this series! And I enjoyed reading your review of it. It was a great Review! You can find a review done by myself on Reading Shy With Aly

    1. Hi Aly, I'm glad you enjoyed this one too :o) I'm about to check out your review now



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