City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: City of Bones

Author: Cassandra Clare

Published: March 27, 2007 by Simon & Schuster

Number of Pages: 496

Rating: 5/5


‘Didn’t I read your tea leaves, Shadowhunter? Have you fallen in love with the wrong person yet?’

“Jace said, ‘Unfortunately, Lady of the Haven, my one true love remains myself.’

“Dorothea roared at that. ‘At least,’ she said, ‘you don’t have to worry about rejection, Jace Wayland.’

“‘Not necessarily. I turn myself down occasionally, just to keep it interesting.'”


I have tried multiple times to write a review for this book, all in vain. I hope that this time around, I will successfully relay my opinions without sounding like a babbling, excited idiot – which is exactly what this series makes me.

These books caught me from the get-go and wouldn’t let me run away until I’d read every last word. Gripping and full of hilarious characters, City of Bones, along with the remainder of The Mortal Instruments series, will force you to the brink of [healthy] obsession.

Clary is an ordinary girl. She’s friends with a guy named Simon who just happens to be lovable and in a really crappy band. While at the minor’s club, Pandemonium, in New York, Clary spies three teenagers murder another. She’s witnessed the death of a demon at the hands of Shadowhunters, and it’s not long until she realizes that the Shadowhunter world will never be apart from her again, and that perhaps it wasn’t quite a stranger to her before.

As if being plunged into a world drastically unlike the one we live in, where there’s hardly such thing as a myth, weren’t enough to send a girl over the edge and into a deep, dark abyss, Clary finds herself struggling to pick and choose between the “best of both worlds”, while simultaneously trying to find her lost mother.

My friends and I loved these books. We went totally “gaga” over them, as silly as it sounds. I read and read and read, skipping my writing for a few days. When I was reading parts of books two and three, my cousin had me read aloud over the phone, although she had already read them. I found myself calling and screaming, “What the heck?! Please tell me that’s not true!” I was immediately hooked in the throat – there was no way of getting these books out of my system.

The novels are well-written and the characters are fantastic. The banter between them was often hilarious and occasionally painful, just as it is in life. I loved the frequent sarcasm that added an underlying tone of humor to everything. Time for a random quote:

‘It wouldn’t be my move,’ Jace agreed. ‘First the candy and flowers, then the apology letters, then the ravenous demon hordes. In that order.'”

The Shadowhunter world, full of demons, warlocks, faeries, and vampires (no, not too many vampires), was intriguing standing alone. With the addition of characters who you became incredible invested in, you can’t help but suck the words in. Cassie Claire’s one of the YA authors who hit young adult right on the mark. This book will appeal to so many people, simply for its cleverness and page-turning plot.

Clary is a strong, reasonably sassy, and well-grounded character. She’s one of my favorite female teen protagonists of all time (along with Katniss and a few others). She never irritated me with whining or too much insecurity. It’s always a pleasure to read from the POV of a character who’s at least semi-sure of him or herself. Jace was amazing and my cousin and I “fell in love” with him (although many people find him incredibly rude. He just needs to grow up a bit, that’s all). His hilarious yet natural comments make this series special. As I said, the dialogue in these books is fantastic. Simon was also a perfect side-kick/friend who everyone should love.

My friends and I, and now my little brother, who just finished City of Ashes (book two), are eagerly awaiting the fourth book in the series, titled City of Fallen Angels, which will be released next March. I’m certain that I’ll be reading the entire book out loud while nearly deprived of sleep, as I did with my ARC of Catching Fire. Cassandra is also publishing a sort of companion series (The Infernal Devices), which takes place in the Shadowhunter world of the Victorian era, and the first book is coming out this September (The Clockwork Angel).

So, while we’re waiting with baited breath and a ridiculous overload of excitement, why don’t you take a look at City of Bones?

One Commentto “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare; Review”

  1. I love the quotes 🙂 Especially the first one. I actually read this book, and really liked it…except the ending :S it kind of turned me off from the whole series, so I haven't read the other ones yet. I will one day though, I just, I dunno, can't right now 😛 I've heard plenty of awesome things about it though.

    Awesome review!

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