Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (March 27, 2007)
Hardcover:  485 pages
Rating: of 5 stars

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.


Jace is the good guy wrapped up in a deliciously bad boy exterior. His confidence and impertinence makes for a good combination when tempered by his inate goodness. It’s not surprising to see how quickly Clary fell for him.

Simon was the character I knew I’d feel sad for. Obviously in love with Clary, he’s a good friend to her even if she’s blind to his feelings.

The story starts off with a running start with Clary coming across Jace, Alec and Isabelle as they were dealing with a demon. Things spiral away into madness from there. Clary’s life irrevocably changed (whether it’s for good or bad is up for debate).

From the summary, I felt that Clary had plenty of potential to become a very annoying character. But Clare makes Clary a solid, teenage girl who’s very easy to root for. Not perfect, Clary shows room for growth as a person that’s fitting with a character of her age.

Most definitely a book for any YA para-romance fan.


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0 Replies to “Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare”

  1. I agree completely about Jace. He is one of the reasons I love this series. I also really like the world that Cassandra Clare created. Great Review!

    1. Jace makes me so happy sometimes. Though, in one of the following books he did anger me a bit with his actions. Understandable what he was trying to do … But still. And I also agree with you; I thoroughly enjoyed the world that was created. It was interesting to read, different, but still easy to absorb.

  2. This is one of my favorite series, I love Cassandra’s writing! Can’t wait for the movie, too! 🙂

  3. I love this book. I admit I like the Infernal Devices more. Cassandra has great characters. Great review. <3

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