The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret group of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.”

I first saw the blurb and immediately wrote this off as another Twilight-type thing – werewolves, vampires, forbidden love, blah, blah. It sounded ridiculously boring and since I didn’t particularly like Twilight, I put reading this off for a very long time. But I read it anyway, and it was better than I expected.

The main character is called Clary Fray, and to be honest, she was what I liked the least about this book – well, the entire series, actually. She’s pretty dull and doesn’t have much of a personality, but if you overlook that, it’s a pretty good book. The book starts when Clary and her best friend, Simon, are at a club where Clary witnesses the murder of a demon – and that’s where you meet the Shadowhunters: Jace, Alec, and Isabelle. The body vanishes seconds later, and it’s pretty difficult to call the police when there’s no body to show and it turns out that Clary is the only one who can see the murderers at all. This is Clary’s first introduction to the world of Shadowhunters: warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons. Covered in bizarre tattoos and holding strange weapons, it becomes clear pretty fast that they aren’t entirely normal. Within 24 hours, it’s evident that Clary is part of this world – otherwise, what would demons want with Clary’s mother, Jocelyn? Turns out Jocelyn was also a Shadowhunter and has passed the ability down to Clary.

It’s gripping, not particularly fantastic but one of those books you can’t seem to stop reading.

Jace keeps popping up in the subsequent chapters and it becomes pretty obvious that he’s going to be Clary’s love interest in the series. In this book, I quite liked him: he was snarky and sarcastic and generally an awesome character, looking like an angel and acting like a jerk. We don’t learn much about Alec until later books, except that he seems to despise Clary with a passion. And then there’s Isabelle: she’s pretty, wears dresses and heels at ridiculously inappropriate times, is an amazing fighter, and is horribly shallow, which is what put me off. In general, though, the book is pretty good, with some interesting characters to balance out the bland ones – I’d say it was for roughly 13/14 year olds, but I think you could read it at an older age and still enjoy it, even though it’s quite an easy read.

As you probably know, there’s a movie for City of Bones – it’s not particularly good. I found it quite dull – I mean, it had its moments, but I spent most of the film readingCity of Ashes (the next one) and looking up every ten minutes or so to see what was going on. The casting wasn’t particularly fantastic and it wasn’t exactly what you would call captivating, though I know a lot of people who loved it – but even more who were put off reading the rest of the books due to the film’s general dullness. The book was better by far and I’d definitely recommend it.


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