Wednesday, January 4

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Age Group: Young Adult Pages: 485

Summary: 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.

My Thoughts: Yep, I might be the last person to jump on the Mortal Instruments band wagon. I finally read City Of Bones. What did I think? I thought it was freaking amazing and I loved it!

We are introduced to Jace who is a shadowhunter and Clary who has lived a normal life. Along with her best friend Simon, Clary is thrust into the Shadowhunter world. She never even knew these people existed.

Oh gosh, how can I summarize this book and not give away anything or everything?

Vampires exist, werewolves exist; so many creatures that Clary thought were fairy-tales exist.

Clary's mom is taken, and Clary is left to find her.

Clary learns who she really is in City Of Bones.

Instead of giving away the whole plot and everything in the book, let's talk about the boys. Simon and Jace. Simon is Clary’s best friend, a mere human or mundane. I could tell he was a sweet patient guy who I could see myself falling for. As for Jace, he's a Shadowhunter and perfect to me in every way. He has tattoos, he's a bad boy, he fights, he's good with weapons, and he's not too bad to look at either.

Clary is torn between both boys I could tell from the get go. She's attracted to Jace but Simon has always been there.  What team am I??? Right now, I think I'm more team Jace.

What happens to Clary and her friends? Who is she "really"? Read the book to find out!!

Overall: I'm not going to go on and on about this one, because everyone and their dog has already read and reviewed it. I will just say that I loved it. I loved the characters, I loved learning all about the Shadowhunters and their past. I LOVED THIS BOOK! I can't wait to dive into the next book! Oh man, so excited!  I haven't been immersed in a book like this in a long time.

Cover: It's neat. I like all the covers!  Fits perfectly!

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Emidy @ Une Parole said...

Loved your short & sweet review! Haven't started this series myself, though. Glad you enjoyed it!

Unknown said...

I finally bought this book a couple of weeks ago, and hopefully will get to read it soon. I did recently read Clockwork Angel, by the same author, and that was amazing too!

Simply_Megan said...

I love this series!!! I also recommend reading Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince; I think I might like them better than The Mortal Instruments. Both series are amazing, though.

Unknown said...

I have not read all of this book yet, I got about half way. Looking forward to getting back to it.

ansindt said...

This is on my top ten book list. I LOVE it=)

Sophia said...

Ahh! I really like the Mortal Instruments series. It's really good, but I prefer the Infernal Devices more. So I highly recommend reading both series! :)

Cathy De Los Santos said...

This series is amazing, so glad you joined the band wagon. Great review!

Maji Bookshelf said...

so good news? you're not the last person to start this series. I still need to read it!! everyone is in love with it. I also love love triangles if done right!! not a big fan of the cover though

great review!!

- juhina

Vivien said...

YAY, glad you loved it. This series completely hooked me in from the beginning. I couldn't stop! Glad I waited until the original 3 were already out.

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I jumped on this band wagon late too, and I ended up loving it just as much as you did :)

Sandra Stiles said...

I too am a late comer to this one. My students have been bugging the dickens out of me about it. Now if they will just check it back in so I can read the series.


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