City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Genre: YA Fantasy

Release Date: March 27th 2007

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback)



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 have been hearing nothing but praise for the Mortal Instruments series and I am no stranger to the books in the series. I have a friend who has been a fan of Cassandra Clare’s books since City of Bones has been published. With the amount of popularity the series is gaining and the movie adaptation of the book, I decided to finally read the book.

When I found out that the story is essentially about angels versus demons, warlocks and faeries, I got totally excited. Who doesn’t love angels versus demons, good versus evil? It is classic. I am also a lover of different mythologies and City of Bones uses myths from different cultures as backbone for its plot.

One of the things that make me love a book so much is the strong heroine and Clary Fray is no exception. There are so many things I admire in her. She is one strong girl and even if she is bleeding and dying or even if she knows she is going to lose she still keeps on fighting.

Jace, on the other hand is one badass boy. At first glance he is all dark and mysterious but he is really charming and he is not bad with the ladies, either. He is witty and has a very good sense of humour.

The book has an abundance of lovable and memorable characters like Simon, Hodge and Luke to name a few. I also noticed it is widely compared to the Harry Potter series and it is said that there is a lot of similarities between the books. As for me, both of them are great reads and while there are some similarities between them, it doesn’t bother me at all.

Seeing that the series has made a legion of fans around the world, I knew a movie adaptation will come eventually. So I was not really surprised when news about its film adaptation broke out. I remember the film shot to Twitter’s Worldwide Trend when it was released and I am getting a mix of positive and negative feedback. I guess the only way to find out if the movie lived up to the book is to watch it myself and I must say I’m pretty excited.


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13 thoughts on “City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

  1. I had a hard time getting into the series, but I did enough after I got far enough into it. It was sad that the movie was done poorly and the movie script was a lot different than the books.

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  3. I’ve always been hesitant about starting this series because all of the books in the series are so think! Was the pacing good? This seems like a series I would enjoy and I’m glad you liked the characters. Great review =)

  4. I’ve read the first and second book in this series, but haven’t gotten to the rest just yet. While I didn’t enjoy the first one very much, I was incomplete love with the second book. I’ve been thinking if I should give City of Bones another chance, just because it was more than three years ago when I read it.

    Thank you for this review!


  5. My mom watched the movie and said it was good, but I haven’t seen it. Lol. I know this book has been quite popular with a lot of people, but it just feels a little intimidating to read the series. There are so many books and they’re all thick. Expensive too. I want to start out with The Infernal Devices first and have a feel for her writing and whatnot. I have yet to start with my copy though. 😛

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