City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

by Samantha Bagood

Pandemonium is the capital of Hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost. It’s also the New York City club in which Clary Fray witnesses a murder. Well, at least she thinks she does. The body disappears into thin air and no one can see the murderers—except her.

Clary soon realizes that all hell really did break loose from the Pandemonium Club when she learns the murderers are Shadowhunters, a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, her mother disappears. Suddenly Clary, with her mysterious past and her ability of Sight become the object of interest for both hunters and demons…

I heard of Cassandra Clare’s urban fantasy series. I saw a couple of teenagers reading it; I passed by it on the shelf; I even opened it up, reading the flaps, the back cover, the first page. But I couldn’t decide if I wanted it enough to buy it and read it through. Although the premise sounded great, the book just didn’t grab me.

When I had the chance to read it for free, however, I took it.

The beginning didn’t quite hook me as fast as I thought it would. Although the Pandemonium scene was pretty cool (I liked how Isabelle tricked the demon), it didn’t seem to have as much energy as it could have. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood. Perhaps it was that explanation bit of what demons are in the book. When Valentine was mentioned, I immediately knew he would be the main antagonist of the story. I enjoyed many lines. For example:

The wind tore her hair as they rose up, up over the cathedral, up above the roofs of the nearby high-rises and apartment buildings. And there it was spread out before her like a carelessly opened jewelry box, this city more populous and more amazing than she had ever imagined…

Things started getting interesting when Clary’s mother and Luke entered the story. What they were hiding intrigued me.

I like Simon’s quips; he’s a funny guy and he seems sweet–typical best guy friend. I love how he compares the adventure to Dungeons & Dragons. His “skill” from camp blew me away. It sparked my interest in him more.

But Jace—frank, somewhat reckless, enjoyably egotistical Jace—his story broke my heart more than I thought it would. The tension between him and Clary was more palpable than Simon’s relationship with her. The big reveal in the end shocked me, definitely making putting Simon in the backburner for a bit. I obviously did not put the pieces together. It makes me wonder how the relationship between Jace and Clary will turn out in the second book. I hope Jace doesn’t get too angsty..

I liked how Clary stayed strong throughout the book. While she did have her moments, no matter what was thrown at her, she stood up and faced it. I surprisingly ended up admiring her. She accepted help but also did what she could.

The adventure aspect was fun; some scenes had more energy than others. Cassandra Clare took me through a couple of twists I did not expect, which made for a better read. Some of the explanations were a bit dragging. But I’m still interested.

I want to know what will happen to the characters. I’m expecting something big with the Clave. I have a feeling about Hodge. I want to meet the Lightwoods (parents). When will Jocelyn talk!?

Although I’m interested in learning more, I’ll be taking my time reading this series. I heard a lot of hype about the first novel. Unfortunately, it just didn’t live up to it when I finally read it.

3 thoughts on “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  1. I’ve read all of those books ( City of Bones, City of Ash, and City of Glass ) and I liked them. I agree that City of Bones did lack some energy in its beginning, but all-in-all it was a good read. My favorite part of the first book was when Clary gets caught with Jace outside her room by Simon. I just love those scandalous parts of books!

  2. My favourite book series of all time. I thought they were amazing. I think the more the characters develop, the more likeable they become.

  3. The Mortal Instruments series has to been one of my all time favorites. I love all the books, and I found that I was really, really gripped by the beginning. I couldn’t put it down! I loved the Pandemonium scene and I agree with Jordan Lawrence, the slightly “scandalous” scene was well written. I cannot wait for the fourth and fifth and sixth books to arrive in stores. In the mean time I’ve contented myself with loving every page of the first book in the spin-off series by Cassandra Clare, the Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel.

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