August 12th, 2011

City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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Rating: 4.5/5 (2 votes cast)


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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.


Clary Fray is like most of the girls you know (knew?) from high school; loves to draw. Has an awkward best friend whom she spends all her time with. Sort of pretty. Nothing much.

Or is she?

Welcome to City of Bones. Hold onto your hats, ladies and gentlemen, ’cause it’s going to be one Hades of a wild ride.

By ‘wild’ I mean packed-full of sarcastic hilarity, mysterious Shadowhunters, and completely unpredictable plot twists that you never even saw coming.

When Clary discovers the world of Shadowhunters, her life changes. Who are these unfathomable people who hunt demons, tattoo mysterious runes on themselves, and have angel blood? What is the role of Downworlders, races of mystical creatures including vampires, werewolves and fairies, in this crazy parallel world? And, most importantly, why can she, unlike all mundane humans, see them?

And then there’s  Jace. *Dreamy sigh* Thank you, Cassie Clare. Thank you for the beauty that is Jace Wayland, City of Bones’s main male protagonist. Jace is sarcastic, endearing, amusing, and I can say with absolute honesty that he is the wittiest character I have encountered. Ever.

The only downside of City of Bones: your head will spin with questions until you either: A) buy and read the sequel, City of Ashes, or B) throw up.

I so, so, so badly want to give City of Bones 5 stars. But a 5 star book changes the way that you think. And although this book isn’t that, it’s the next best thing.

So: 4.999/5 stars. Perfect for you if you’re literate and possess a brain.


I’ll keep you posted,

City of Bones, 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings


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3 Responses to City of Bones

  1. lynnb.little says:

    Hahahaha, great review! My friends has this series. I am e-mailing her right now to borrow it.

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