City of Bones

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments
City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments

Title: City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments
Written by Cassandra Clare
Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: McElderry (March 27, 2007)
Rated: 4.5/5

When Clary Fray goes out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she expects to have fun dancing and talking to her friends; just like any other night.  The last thing she expects to see is a murder.  She wants to call the police like she knows she’s supposed to do, but she doesn’t know what to tell them; since the body disappeared.  And the three teenage murderers are invisible to everyone, everyone but Clary.

Surprised that Clary can see them, the three teens explain that they are Shadowhunters: a secret society of fighters dedicated to the eradication of demons on Earth.  And what they had just killed was a demon.  Within 23 hours Clary’s mother disappears and Clary is attacked, and almost killed, by a ghastly demon.  

What has happened to her mother?  Why can she suddenly see all these things that she previously couldn’t?  And why is the tall, blond, and powerful Shadowhunter Jace pose such a strong attraction for her?  Clary doesn’t know what is happening to her, but she’s determined to find out.  

Guys, I don’t know if it was timing or what, but when I picked this up at the store it CALLED TO ME.  It said HEATHER.  READ ME.  NOW.  So I listened and boy am I glad I did.  I took this and it’s two sequels with me on my beach trip and I sucked down all three of them, all 1500 PAGES of them (give or take) in like, 4 days.  I could not PUT THEM DOWN.

If you liked Stephenie Meyer’s books, these are better (and please keep in mind, I liked Twilight).  If you like the dark faery books of Melissa Marr, these are right up there.  If you liked Wings by Aprilynne Pike, Libba Bray’s Gemma Doyle series, Lesley Livingston’s Wondrous Strange, Holly Black anything…you will LOVE this.  If you love Urban Fantasy, this is right up your alley. And I’ll tell you why.


If you think Edward and Bella are hot, Jace and Clary blow them out of the freakin’ water completely.  There are also faeries, vampires, werewolves, love, death, unrequited love and Clare has a fantastic, witty voice that I very much enjoyed.  It is also one of the few series where I actually though each book got better.   Seriously.  These are SO GOOD.  Please read them because I desperately need someone to talk to them with.  I’m begging you.  It’s a great series, loads of fun.  If you’re lucky like me, Sam’s Club has all three in hardback at around $12.00 apiece. 🙂

Also by Cassandra Clare:

City of Ashes, City of Glass, Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd, Vacations from Hell

Also reviewed by:

Becky’s Book Reviews | Em’s Bookshelf | Reverie Book Reviews | Love Vampires | The Book Reader | Bookshelves of Doom | YA Reads | Reader Rabbit | Save Ophelia | Persnickety Snark | (reviews the set) |

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18 thoughts on “City of Bones

  1. Great review, love the enthusiasm! I've read book one and really need to get started on the other two. Don't have a Sam's Club where I live but I found all three at Wal-Mart for $8 a piece – they have such deals on YA fiction.

  2. I've read City of Bones, and I need to read the next 2 books. I plan on buying City of Ashes very soon.

  3. I already had in mind to read this one, but now I really, really want to! And very soon! You make it sound so good, I may have to break my vow not to buy books this week! 🙂

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