Saturday, September 17, 2011

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Synopsis: 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 basically went crazy over Clockwork Angel, and I felt the strong need to read the Mortal Instruments series as well. Everyone loved this series, so I picked up a copy from my library right away.
   Let's see... How can I put my thoughts into words?
   Maybe it was a mistake to read Clockwork Angel beforehand because Cassandra Clare's writing definitely progresses over time. What I'm saying is that the writing in CA is better than it is in CoB. Nevertheless, City of Bones was still fantastic.
   Clary and Simon end up being at the Pandemonium Club (which I'm completely confused by! it definitely was really different from the Pandemonium Club in CA, unless they're two completely different things) on the same night of a demon's murder. This introduced Clary into the world of Shadowhunters and Downworlders.
   This book was jumping with action, even more so than CA. There was also a lot more romance, the love triangle being very prominent. I think the characters in this book were outshined by CA's characters. But even with that, Clary was so kick-butt. I wasn't particularly fond of her (although I like Tessa more), but she was a very interesting subject.
   Jace... Oh my goodness. I haven't fangirled so hard over a male lead since Four from Divergent. I loved him. Jace was absolutely hilarious! I found him really similar to Will from CA, but completely different as well. He was such an awesome character! He was smart and witty, and I can't wait to read more about him in the next books.
   What completely killed this book (and not in the good way) was the ending. I really hated it. The relationship between Jace/Valentine/Clary was totally ridiculous and definitely uncalled for. I mean, sure, it was a surprise, and surprising readers is always the sign of a great author, but... really? I didn't believe it at all, not even for a second. I just scoffed... And I feel so bad, because the rest of the book was really great. I think I'm going to wait to read City of Ashes just because of the huge change that took place during CoB's ending.
   My CoB/CA comparisons:
   Clary < Tessa
   Jace > Will
   Simon < Jem
   Isabelle > Jessamine
   In conclusion, City of Bones was intense, romantic, and completely hilarious. The thickness of this book is wonderful, considering that every single page was interesting. But, if I could only read one series--between Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices--I would choose the Infernal Devices.
   Deciding on a rating was really hard... but I guess I'll go with 4 keys.

P.S. I tried super hard not to compare City of Bones to Clockwork Angel, but I failed miserably.


  1. I've never read Cassandra Clare, but I'm sure I will someday!

  2. Thanks for your review! I just read City of Bones last month and I think I'm going to finish this series before moving on to Clockwork Angel.

  3. I remember after I finished this book I threw it on the ground and refused to even pick up City of Ashes for a whole year. Because I hated the ending so much. Let me just say, I am SO GLAD I finished the series because it is AAMAZING. Don't give up! Read the rest, it gets better :)

  4. I really need to start reading this series. I own all of them (including Clockwork Angel).....I think I'm just scared since they have been soooo hyped up!

  5. yes I love t his book! I think the chronological reading of the series would be TMI first then ID... I love Jace and i'm really glad you liked him! welcome to the club! you forgot Alec > Jem though I'm not really sure about that lol great review :)

  6. Thanks for the great review! I think Angels are the new Vampires now :)

  7. Just read the Temple Wars Novel on Ganesha! The story is well told through a parallel protagonist Tarun who helps Ganesha retrieve his objects from the spirit world. It's a page-turner that will have you wanting more. You guys should check it out! Temple Wars


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