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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Posted by Caitie F on February 28, 2012

Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Hardcover: 485 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon and Schuster imprint)
Pub Date: March 27,2007
Rating: ++++

Summary from goodreads:

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. . . .


This is another series that has been on my to-read list for a pretty long time. When a colleague was cleaning off her desk and asked if I wanted to have the first three books, I said yes. One day during my lunch break, I forgot to bring my current book so I picked this up. Two days later I was done.

It was good. Almost great. But it was not quite great for a couple of reasons. There were points when I could tell reveals were supposed to be shocking and crazy…but I had figured it out a chapter or two before. Or one of them I figured out ⅓ of the way through and it wasn’t revealed until there were less than 100 pages left. So that was disappointing.

There was also a lot of exposition…which is only a half bad thing. When learning about a new world, I get that the reader has to be told the backstory. And at least the main character was learning right along with us. And it was interesting and exciting exposition…but it still slowed the book down a little. I honestly don’t know how it could have been done any other way, but the amount was very noticeable.

But enough about the bad. Let’s talk about the good. It isn’t about vampires…but there are vampires! It isn’t about werewolves, but there are amazing werewolves! There are fairies, demons, and most importantly, Shadowhunters. And for the most part, they live in relative harmony (except for the demons who the Shadowhunters are killing). But there is this really bad and evil guy. I mean REALLY evil. Like Voldemort levels of evil. He wants to commit genocide on all Underworld creatures. And kill human children while trying to see if they can be made Shadowhunters.

So he is really bad and makes a completely amazing villain! He also has secrets! That I didn’t completely figure out!

There is also a totally cute potential romance that made me all kinds of happy and sad. Also, one that is unintentionally icky. When it is going on it is fun and awesome, but by the end of the book…not so much. I look forward to seeing how they deal with it!

So, the long story short, check out this book if you haven’t yet. It is fantastic and fun. Clare is a really great writer and I can’t wait to start the next one…right now.


4 Responses to “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare”

  1. I want to try Clare’s work. I went to one of her events and it was packed with squealing teens.

  2. Shonna said

    I just started reading this series too. I’ve read the first two and really enjoyed them.

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