City of Bones by (The Mortal Instruments #1) Cassandra Clare

“That to love is to destroy and that to be the one loved is to be the one destroyed.”
– Jace Wayland

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.

Personal Thoughts:

Despite being almost 500 pages long, the City of Bones is a fast read. It’s hard to get board with this new world created by Cassanrda Clare in Mortal Instruments series. There are so much to imagine and so many characters involved. There are shadowhunters, angels, vampires, werewolves, faeries, warlocks, wizards, witches and demons. It’s full packed, action driven with witty conversations and interesting plot. Cassandra Clare created a fantastic world with such ease. She tells so much yet it’s easy to understand and imagine. As if you just step into a portal and transported in this new world she created.

The writing is neither poetic nor lyrical, it’s more direct and story driven. But it never spoil the description of the unseen world Cassandra Clare built. A new world that is dark, magical, enchanting and edgy. Written in a third-person point of view with different view points used, the story is unbelievably good. She switch views from one character to another without breaking the flow of events. She balances all viewpoints well, and each time, we want just a little more.

The characters are simply great. All are consistent and like-able. Clary as the protagonist shows a strong character. She may not have the physical strength like the other characters but she know how to carry her self. She is smart enough to focus on her mission saving her Mother. She didn’t let anyone push her around. Despite being attracted to Jace, she is not consumed by it, but focus on what is really matters in her life.

Jace is my favorite character in this book. He is good at what he does, quick-witted and sharp tongued. It’s fascinating that in-spite of his strong persona, he has this sense of humor that is so refreshing. I enjoyed his arrogance and sarcastic humor even sometimes it get a bit much, it was still fun nonetheless. The interaction between him and Clary often bring me to laughter. With his tragic past and shadow of mystery he is surely someone to look forward to the next book.

The supporting characters were all well developed and beautifully written. Cassandra Clare captures their distinct personalities incredibly well. Isabelle, Alec, Luke and Simon all played a fairly large role in the story even Magnus Bane and Hodge Starkweather. Each characters are creatively used in the story and not just get thrown around to used as plot devices. I can’t wait to see what Cassandra does with all the characters in the rest of this series.

Overall, City of Bones is a fun read. With a whole bunch of paranormal creatures, characters to love and a plot that makes almost 500 pages seems short this book is worth every page. Cassandra Clare will not just make you read each words she written but will let you absorb, experience and bring them to life. Definitely worth reading.

15 thoughts on “City of Bones by (The Mortal Instruments #1) Cassandra Clare

  1. A good series u hav City of Glass now? Well u should ^_^

    The TMI series are going to made into movies. Lily colins will play clary.. Alex Petyfer seems to be the hands down favorite to play jace.

    RANT: I just hate the way this series is almost always compared to Twilight. It’s nothing like twilight. It’s waaay better than twilight in terms of writing, plot and many other factors.

    If u enjoyed twilight, u’ll enjoy TMI a hundred times more ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • I just finished City Of Glass last weekend. I’ll try to write a review for that tonight. I’m still high about it that I can’t think how to write my review . ^__^

      TMI series is way better than Twilight of course. I love the three books and I’m really looking forward for the next books. It’s glad that Clare change her mind of ending the series in Trilogy. Can’t wait for the next three more books of the series.

      I’m also excited for the movie, can’t way to see how it will looks like on big screen.

      I’m also thinking of getting Clockwork Angel soon. have you read it already? Is it Good?


  2. Glad you liked it! CoG just really met my expectations as the climax for this trilogy. It was friggin good! I remember reading this book during typhoon Ondoy ,,! LOL! Well, maybe there were some dead moments here & there but only less than a handful. The rest of it just got on to me unlike the other YA books i’ve read so far.

    Clockwork Angel,,hmm..i’m really having a hard time rating this book. All I can say is u’ll find some similarities from TMI. And Cassie’s writing has definitely leveled up on this one . ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Clockwork Angel is a prequel of TMI. Is there any character present in TMI that is also in Clockwork Angel?
      I’ve read from Cassandra Clare site that there are characters in Clockwork Angel that will also be in City Of Fallen Angels (book 4 of TMI).
      Do you think it is better to read clockwork Angel first before reading City Of Fallen Angels?


  3. Clockwork Angel has Magnus Bane! XD ..It is set in the Victorian era

    “is it better to read clockwork Angel first before reading City Of Fallen Angels?”

    Well, thats just it..I myself sometimes wished i haven’t read TMI yet before I read clockwork angel. I keep comparing the characters.

    There isnt much relation as to the plot/storyline between Clockwork Angel & CoFA. CoFA centers more on Simon (& his invincibility! ๐Ÿ˜€ )


  4. Ohh I love this book! I’m in love with this book ๐Ÿ™‚ awesome review here! is it 500 pages long? didn’t notice it was like that since it’s a fun read! I love Jace and his snarkiness


    • Thanks Jayjay. I love this book too. TMI is one of my favorite series in YA. And yes, it is almost 500 pages long.. 485 pages to be precise but you wouldn’t really notice because it’s too engaging to read. Pages fly away easily till you reach the end and you even want more after you’re done reading ๐Ÿ˜€ and of course more of Jace and his snarkiness. He really makes this series fun as well as Magnus Bane and Simon.


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