City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
didn't like it it was ok liked it really liked it (my current rating) really liked it (my current rating)

Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry Books
Date Published: April 2009
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

I first read this book in 2011, when a friend and fellow bookworm recommended it to me. But today, August 14th 2013, I have finished re-reading it. I wanted to re-read it before the movie comes out and I see it. Of course, I loved it, just as I did the first time.

Clary and Simon go to Pandemonium, a popular club for teens one night and Clary see's a blue-haired boy about to be killed. And the best part? No one else can see these people. Next thing she knows, Clary's mother disappears and Clary is attacked by a demon intent on eating her. Clary teams up with the Shadowhunters--Jace, Isabelle, and Alec to find her mother.

That was a crappy description that doesn't do the story justice at all, but I'm awake too early to make it sound better. Anyways, this story is awesome. I hope the movie sticks to the book, because the book is great.

Things I loved about this book: Clary is kind of cute in an 'I'm short like a leprechaun with red hair but I'll kick your ass and burn down the world to save my mom.' I love that Simon gets turned into a rat. That's just so Simon. Jace is arrogant, but cockiness and arrogance can be just as hot as they can be infuriating. I love that this isn't just a werewolf book, or a vampire book, or a magician book, or an angel/demon/neph book; it's an everything book.

Thing's I didn't really like: The only thing I can think of is that the book was in third person. I absolutely detest third person, but I love the story so much I don't really care. So I guess it's really just a 'thing' that I don't like, not 'thing's,' plural.

The first time I read this was the best, probably because now I know what happens next in the other books, before I had to find out what was to happen and the anticipation made the book that much sweeter. But overall, an awesome book. And if you plan on seeing the movie, and even if you aren't, read the book first. It'll be worth it.


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. . . .



Leti Del Mar said...

Okay. I think I am the last person on this planet who hasn't read this. A problem I am going to fix ASAP!

Lectus Read said...

Hated it so much that I DNF it, but after watching the movie, I fell for Jace. I bought book #2 and loved..... well, I am obsessed now.

Oana Matei said...

I'm reading City of Bones now... started it yesterday. I love it so far. I watched the movie before reading the book, and the truth is I didn't like it much. It was so full of silly cliches, that it was impossible to enjoy. But I thought I should give the series a try, especially because it is so popular.

So, what did you think about the movie? Did you like it?

Oana @All Fantasy Worlds

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