Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy/ Romance
Publication date: 2007
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…
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare is one of my favorite series I’ve read in the past few years. It is a teenage drama mixed with a lot of magic, action, witty remarks and unrealistically attractive teenagers 😀 I can see why it appealed to me then and I kind of still think it’s awesome. A bit childish at times, but the story is interesting and the characters are exciting.
City of Bones, the first book of the series, follows Clarissa Fray, a normal teenage girl who finds herself at the wrong place at the wrong time – or maybe the right place at the right time? She becomes a witness to an unusual murder performed by a few weird people covered in weird tattoos. From that moment onward her life, everything she thinks she
knows, goes to hell. She is drawn into a world of magic, demons and creatures of legends – a world she never thought existed.
The whole concept of the Shadowhunters isn’t exactly new but I love how the author twisted it to make it her own. The whole society, the Shadowhunter city (you’ll learn more about that later on) even the divisions between humans vs shadowhunters vs downworlders vs demons, is awesome. And I definitely like the tattoos part. I am still considering getting an angelic rune tattooed 😀
So when Clary is thrown into a world she had always been a part of she realizes that her mother had been lying to her all her life and hid the truth about their legacy away. Clary’s past and her mother’s secrets conveniently come to bite them in the ass soon enough and Clary is forced to turn into a shadowhunter of her own. With her mother in a coma and her father being a notorious bad guy you can bet the tension and drama are through the roof.
I am also bound to mention the character of Jace – the first instance of a sarcastic, arrogant, handsome boy I read about when his type was not yet a trend. I always enjoyed the scenes he was part of, he got the most memorable lines of them all and who doesn’t like to read about a boy that is trying to be nice for the right girl?
I am fairly certain that if I read the books now I’ll find some things that will annoy me, having grown and bit and all, but all in all the series are a great read for relaxing pastime. They are easy to read, unburdening and funny. One of the later books (you’ll get review for it too) grabbed me so much that I read it in a single day. That isn’t that big of a deal for me since I am an obsessive reader but I have so many hobbies that when I choose reading over all else for a whole day you can bet it is for something interesting.
I wasn’t planning to involve the movie adaptation and the TV show for the Mortal Instruments but… well 😀 I personally liked the movie more than I like the show itself. Maybe it was the actors, maybe it was the acting but I feel that the movie stayed more true to the story than the TV show. I know the producers of the TV show have to make 13 episodes out of a tiny book with a lot of action and little else but I feel like they created a whole new story there. What do you think?
Anyway, City of Bones gets from me 5/5 rating. It did its job marvelously – it provided interesting story and different characters and it managed to win me as a reader for the whole series. For me, that is a successful book.
What about you? What rating would you give? What are your thoughts and takes on City of Bones?