City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
Reviewed by Clover Brooks
Amazon Rating: 4.4/5
Content Warnings: Swearing, mentions of alcohol
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…
Oh gosh, where do I even begin? I guess I should start from the very beginning.
A couple of my friends are OBSESSED with Cassandra Clare’s world. They would talk about it all the time, raving about the world, the character development – everything, really. This really intrigued me and made me want to read the book. So, while I was in the book binge reading stage, I bought it from a thrift store for a dollar and started it.
And holy crap. It was so good!
I was warned ahead of time that the City of Bones would be hard to get into due to world building, but I didn’t have a problem with it. The pacing was great, the characters felt real to me, and the world was cleverly put together. It was everything I could ever ask for and more – and for a dollar, no less!
The one thing I really want to focus on in this review are the characters. By all things glorious, they were impressive.
Clary was a great main character, and it really helped me to settle into this brand new world. Everything was new to her and me, so it strengthened a connection between her and me, which was grateful for. Her reactions to things had a sense of truth to them (something I greatly appreciate), her motivations were well plotted, and I honestly just enjoyed the ride with her.
Jace, on the other hand, was a butthead. I didn’t really like him at first. He’s a cocky, arrogant teen who thinks he’s everything – and then some. Over time, however, I warmed up to him once I discovered what made him tick. Understanding why he did what he did helped me like his character more, and let him be as arrogant as he wanted.
The other characters, such as Simon, Alec, Hodge, and Isabelle really made everything pop. Simon is my absolute favorite out of the bunch (so far) and I can’t wait to read what happens to everyone in the next book! (You should probably expect another Mortal Instruments review).
In closing, I want to say just one last thing: the plot blew me away.
I highly recommend reading this series if you haven’t already. It is astounding.