City of Bones by Cassandra Clare *Spoiler Free Review*

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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…”

Summary (1)

Clary: I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with her. Overall I enjoy her character and I like the fact that she is slowly getting to know the world of the Shadowhunters, she also makes decision herself. But there are some tropes involved in her character: girl hate (mostly when her best friend, for whom she doesn’t have any feelings to, gets attention from another girl), releasing the breath she didn’t know she was holding and love triangle.

Jace: I don’t really like Jace. Mostly, his remarks are just talking down on people. I feel that he feels himself better than others that is how I read him. When farther into the book, my dislike for him becomes a bit less, but I still prefer Simon over him.

Simon: I like his character, he is the type of guy who would be my friend. A bit nerdy, funny humor and quirky. I prefer him over Jace.

Summary (2)

The writing was okay, it wasn’t outstanding in some way, but it did pull me into the story. I really love the world building of the world. Throughout the book you will sometimes change from the point of view of the characters, but most of all you are following Clary’s point of view in third person. I didn’t see the ending coming at all. I do have to say that Cassandra Clare knows how to write a plot twist and with that also creating an opening for the next installment and with that already creating a problem the reader will be asking himself/herself going into City of Ashes.

Summary (4)

This was my first time reading the first installment of the Mortal Instruments series. I enjoyed it, but it isn’t outstanding and it doesn’t distinguish itself from other YA novels. The world is well developed and is very interesting, you get to know just enough to understand the world but still there is stuff which can touched upon in future books. I am pretty indifferent about the main characters Jace and Clary, but I am curious to see how they will develop in the next book. So yes, I will be continuing with this series.

16 thoughts on “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare *Spoiler Free Review*

  1. The first book is not the greatest, but they do get better as the series progresses and the world and characters become more complex.

    Sad to hear you didn’t like Jace. I know he’s a sarcastic, self-involved little shit but that’s why I love him lol And he’s actually not so bad if you can get past his front.

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  2. I only just recently started buddy reading the Shadowhunter Chronicles for the first time and this is so similar to my own review: the world-building is quite good and it’s easy to see why so many people were drawn into the series, but overall the book itself is pretty average.

    Simon is a cinnamon roll and Jace is wildly irritating and a bit too inwardly mopey for my liking. Clary is meh.

    I’m interested to see how you go with the next few books!

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  3. Definitely continue the series! I think the earlier books in the series are not as good (even the writing because it’s Cassandra Clare first starting out) When you get to the Infernal Devices or Dark Artifices series, you’ll be blown away by how much she’s improved as an author!

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  4. I really LOVE this series but I read them when I was younger and I’m not sure how I would feel if I read them for the first time now. Jace and Clary were characters I really liked in the beginning, maybe in the first three books but then for the last six I didn’t really like them much and it was the secondary characters (like Simon) which made the series for me! If you do continue to read I hope you enjoy the sequel even more.

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