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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
I Bookishjessp have finally gotten into The Mortal Instruments series. There had been a few times in the past in which I tried to get into it, but couldn’t get myself past the first chapter. I knew that I wanted to read this series, but just couldn’t get myself to. In July though, I picked up The Shadowhunter’s Codex and read it. After reading it, my interest in the series really picked up and got me excited to read the series. I also recently watched the movie for the first time (did they read the book?) and my interested peaked to the point of starting to read the series.
Now I had this plan of how I’m going to read a book that I received to review and then reward myself with a book from The Mortal Instruments series. I also broke the books down into chucks of five-day periods in which I will read each book. Well it only took me 23 hours to read City of Bones. This time once I started reading I was hooked.
I had gone into the book excited to look out for the changes from the book to the movie, but also for more Isabelle and Magnus in my life. Granted once I got into it, I could careless about finding the differences (cause it felt like a whole different story), but I was so engrossed by the story line. Cassandra Clare did a beautiful job with creating such an interesting cast of characters all with different personalities, that she developed throughout the story instead of leaving them one-dimensional.
As much as I love Isabelle, Magnus and at the end Alec (can’t wait to see more development of him in City of Ashes) I fell in love with a character most don’t think of, the New York City that Cassandra created. Yes, NYC is the setting, but with how involved it is to the story, I see it as its own character. I mean one moment you have just plan old NYC, but the next there is this whole magical twist to the city.
At last, I’m sure plenty of people are wondering, do I ship Clary and Jace. Well, as of right now I do not ship them. I did ship them for a fraction of a second near the middle of the book, but for the most part they felt awkward to me. Maybe as the series develop I will start to ship them. That being said, I do ship Isabelle and Simon as a couple I want to see, as well as Alec and Magnus. If either or both of these ships happen I will be one happy reader.
I am giving City of Bones 5/5 stars, which if you would have asked me the four other times I tried reading it, if I would give it a 5/5 rating I would have laughed and said no. I am now a true fan of The Mortal Instruments series and I’m sure I will love The Infernal Devices series once I get to those books.
About the Author:
Cassandra Clare was born to American parents in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family, including one trek through the Himalayas as a toddler where she spent a month living in her father’s backpack. She lived in France, England and Switzerland before she was ten years old.
Since her family moved around so much she found familiarity in books and went everywhere with a book under her arm. She spent her high school years in Los Angeles where she used to write stories to amuse her classmates, including an epic novel called “The Beautiful Cassandra” based on a Jane Austen short story of the same name (and which later inspired her current pen name).
After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines and even some rather suspect tabloids where she reported on Brad and Angelina’s world travels and Britney Spears’ wardrobe malfunctions. She started working on her YA novel, City of Bones, in 2004, inspired by the urban landscape of Manhattan, her favourite city. She turned to writing fantasy fiction full-time in 2006 and hopes never to have to write about Paris Hilton again.
Cassie’s first professional writing sale was a short story called “The Girl’s Guide to Defeating the Dark Lord” in a Baen anthology of humor fantasy. Cassie hates working at home alone because she always gets distracted by reality TV shows and the antics of her two cats, so she usually sets out to write in local coffee shops and restaurants. She likes to work in the company of her friends, who see that she sticks to her deadlines.