27 Mar 2015

Book Review / City of Bones by Casssanda Clare

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.

Published:    27th March 2007
Publisher:  Walker Books
Author Website:  Click here
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Book 1, Mortal Instruments
Source:  Bought

My Review

What I loved about this story...
This is one of those series that I have collected over the years but have put off reading honestly mainly because of all of hype around the series.  When a book is all hyped up I find that if I read that book at that time I find myself influenced by the hype and usually get very disappointed because I have hyped it up so much.  The other reason why I had held off reading this series is because I like to collect a series before I start reading it, that way I can complete immerse myself in the world and the characters.

I definitely was not disappointed with this book.  What I loved the most was the sense of history and secrets.  You have the main character Clary who is thrust into a world that she didn't know exist and I really enjoyed following her journey into discovering new people and places.  I  felt that she dealt with it in a very mature way and adapted herself to any circumstance that she comes across with.  Along with discovering this new world, there are a few secrets that Clary discovers along her way.  There is an especially surprising twist at the end of this book that I really wasn't expecting.   I can't wait to pick up book 2!

What I was not fond of with this story...
Even though I really did enjoy this story, I did feel that the story didn't hold may surprised - that is until I got to the end of the book!!!  Apart from that very surprising twist at the end of the story, I found the start and middle of the book very predictable which made it very hard to keep reading at times but I am glad I persevered!

About the Author
From Goodreads

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. 

Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.