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.
Goodreads rating – 4,12/5
Plot – City of Bones is a strong start to the series. It is certainly not the best book in the series, but it does give us a clear intro to the shadowhunter world and its badass characters. The plot was interesting and fast paced which is good because it is a fairly large book but I flew through it. It has a good balance of character development, world building and action.
Characters- Jace reminds me of myself at times with his witty humour and stellar sarcasm. Even when he is being an idiot I love him as a character and I think that even though he is but a character, he is portrayed in a very realistic manner. Even though he does fit the stereotype of the ‘Golden boy’ he also makes mistakes and isn’t perfect.
Clary annoyed me at times because she just came across as whiny and useless, but towards the end it was clear that she was growing out of her childish antics and becoming a true shadowhunter. Her friendship with Simon was really cute and I loved how Simon was portrayed as the awkward nerdy type.
Izzy is perfection. She is badass and doesn’t coddle Clary unlike many of the other characters. She helps Clary step out of her bubble and enter the real world. Plus she owns a whip and is absolutely stunning… I mean how much more convincing do you need of the fact that she is amazing? Lastly, Alec… every book has to have a brooding character that hovers in the background and cause conflict even though the protagonists have world threatening issues to deal with. I don’t like his character because he doesn’t come across as a very nice person but I know that his attitude will change throughout the series.
Overall this is an awesome series that everyone should read! Cassandra Clare is amazing! x
My rating – 3,5/5 stars
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