City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
First published March 27th 2007
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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.
I finally did it guys! I read the first book in The Mortal Instruments series! I’ve been wanting to read for quite some time now and to be honest I was a bit afraid that I wasn’t going to like it. I thought it would be a bit too young for me, and that although I thought I would have loved it when I was a teenager, I wasn’t going to enjoy it now. But I’m so happy that I was wrong! I actually really liked this book.
City of Bones was amazing! I definitely get the hype. It has pretty good characters, some of them even memorable *Jace*. It has a plot full of interesting twists and a lot of action. I did like the writing and it has a hell of a lot of imagination. And to top it off, it has a snarky type of humor.
But the best thing about this book is that it’s so damn believable! I loved the world building. It talks about a side of the world that is invisible to mundanes (meaning us, people without any powers *sigh*). That “world” belongs to the shadowhunters and to the downworlders. I also loved how complex everything was. Both the world and the characters.
I heard that The Mortal Instruments was a fanfiction ¨¨¨´Harry Potter, and I can see some resemblances, but overall it’s very different, which I loved. This book is kind of a mix between HP, Supernatural, Twilight and so on. But with a nice new storyline. And it worked pretty well, I must say.
The characters are very interesting and for a first book, I ended up getting bit attached to some of them already, and hating others, which is not very common for me. The characters are very well drawn, not only the important ones, or the good ones, but the villains and the somehow minor characters. Everyone has a bit of a background, some more than others but I loved that the author was careful with that. Jace and Clary are the ones that are most present in the book.
Jace is the best character ever. I just love his sense of humor! He is kinda badass which makes him pretty sexy and entertaining. But he is also very trustworthy and damaged. Ah, I adore him! And hopefully that will still be true in the next books. *crosses fingers*
Clary tho… I’m not sure yet. I like her spirit and how she wants to save her mother. I like how she doesn’t really care about others’ opinions. But it wasn’t that easy to connect with her in a long part of the book.
Trying not to stop an overload of talking, I will just mention that I really enjoyed reading about Luke and Simon, they seem like pretty cool characters and very different from our principal ones.
Also this book is the most weird thing I’ve ever seen in terms of love interests. Everyone is completely blind, really. But I can’t say it didn’t give some funny moments!
As I said, I did like the writing. It described the world perfectly, I was able to see it so clearly! I loved it! Sometimes it might have been slightly too much, but I didn’t really mind, because the pace in the book was great and it was pretty easy and fast to read. I did feel it was a bit too much tho. It’s the type of book that whenever everything seems finally fine, something even worse happens, and it becomes piling action. I don’t know how that will go until the end of the series. I’m a bit worried…
But overall I really enjoyed this book and I’m very excited to be continuing with the series! I would recommend it if you like a more young type of reading with a lot of action and supernatural stuff (but not scary), but I don’t think I need to, because apparently everyone has read this already.
I actually really enjoyed this movie! I was a bit afraid because I saw a lot of mixed opinions… But it was actually pretty good. You can see more resemblances in the movie to Harry Potter than in the book but it doesn’t make it bad at all. If you saw the movie I am sure you made the connection in certain parts, so the only thing I will say is *door* not to spoil anything.
I really enjoyed the characters and the graphics in the movie. It was quite long but it was interesting to watch. It follows pretty well the book, and the changes that it has are good ones, which is quite rare nowadays. The only thing I have to say that I though that was very different was Clary’s attitude. She was way more heroic than in the book. But it worked well in the movie, since there’s no sequel.
Plus Jace and Clary looked amazing! I would definitely watch it again someday!
What’s your favorite part in this first book? Why?