“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - Book Reading
“City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare

Back of the Book:

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.

From School Library Journal:

When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.

Pages: 485

Published: 2007-03-27

Format Read: ebook

[xrr rating=3.5/5]

The very worst thing about this book is either the predictability or the unoriginality. There are some unexpected moments, but overall it’s fairly predictable. Also, the author borrows obviously from other stories. Not that it is unusual to borrow, but it does seem unusually obvious.

The very best thing about this book is the world that Clare has created. The way the different species interact and their histories.


This book will be placed under the 2011 E-Book Reading Challenge, 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, iChallenges 2011 (iFae, iWere, iWitch, iVamp), and the Take a Chance Challenge.

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4 thoughts on ““City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare


I wasn’t impressed by this one either. actually, i think I wrote my most negative review to date on it. You said it very well: predictability or unoriginality. Hard to decide.

    Alysha DeShaé

    Hah! It was enjoyable to read, but it wasn’t anything special. And I’m soooooooo behind on reviews that I’m having to do very little in the reviews… Oh well, it means I’m reading plenty! :-p In order to organize myself with reviews, I had to get a list of all the books I’ve read so that I can jot down things while I’m running around to make it a little quicker when I’m doing the reviews. I’m working on some right now.

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