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…
The City of Bones is a novel I pondered reading for a long time; I was hesitant to read this novel because the praise and hype was and is still massive so I was hesitant to read it in case it did not live up to my expectations. Upon finishing this novel I have to tell all of you lovely readers that I LOVED this novel; it exceeded my expectations and was definitely worth the hype! I am now proud to say that I am one of the many legions of fans of Cassandra Clare and am in awe of the beautiful world she has created, I am so happy to finally be a fan of this book and become a proud Shadowhunter! I am sure the majority of you lovely readers know all about this book and its series but in case you don’t then here is a brief synopsis of mine!
City of Bones tells the tale of an ordinary teenage girl named Clary Fray (can we first just appreciate how beautiful this name is?!) who suddenly has a Sight to see things that others cannot. She has been blessed (or cursed) to see Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks and much more demonic creatures. This was all thrown upon Clary and she was dragged into a world that she could never have ever thought existed and then gradually as a reader you realize that she plays a huge part in this mad but beautiful world. When her mother is attacked and goes missing Clary is left with vengeance and confusion so Clary is now determined to find out the secret past that was hidden from her for so many years and to rescue those she loves from the hands of evil.
Our novel begins with our fifteen-year-old protagonist Clary Fray as she goes to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend, Simon Lewis. Inside the club, she sees a blue haired boy and a black haired girl sneaks into a storeroom, pursued by two other boys; one armed with what appears to be a knife. She soon sends Simon for help but she cannot wait so she follows the group into the storeroom – which is very risky behavior, Clary! Sorry, my mum side is coming out! – where she witnesses the blue haired ‘boy’ being killed and then she witnesses him vanish from the room. She is told by the people in that room that demons “return to their home dimensions when they die”. Simon then enters the storeroom with the bouncer in tow and questions why she is there alone, and realizing no one else can see the others, she mumbles an apology feeling very confused and shook up.
When Clary returns home she does so to the scolding of her mother Jocelyn because of Clary’s actions and her staying out so late. I personally am with Jocelyn on this one! It is dangerous and unacceptable and if that was my daughter I would be furious. Anyway! The next day Jocelyn announces that they are moving from New York City to the country for the summer where Jocelyn’s best friend, Luke, has a home. Clary is, of course, upset by the unexpected move and confides in Simon that she knows almost nothing about her mother or her entire family. Soon Simon and Clary – who by the way has an excellent friendship – go to a poetry reading where Clary sees Jace; one of the boys she saw in the club. After she calms down after seeing him he then privately tells her all about demon-hunters called Shadowhunters or Nephilim and claims that Clary is not a mundane (ordinary human). Their conversation soon gets interrupted by a call from Jocelyn who frantically in a panic warns her not to come home and to tell Luke that ‘he‘ has found her and then the call ends abruptly and she can’t get hold of her again. Clary rushes home despite her mother’s wishes and finds her home in disarray with her mother gone. She is then attacked by another demon which she kills with Jace’s sensor (which is basically his knife!) as he followed her and feels the need to protect her. He whisks her off to the ‘Institute’: The local headquarters of Shadowhunters where she is introduced to numerous different Shadowhunters and it is already so fascinating at this point how the novel unfolds.
I think I should stop my synopsis here because I am getting way too carried away. See! This is what this novel does to you, it takes over your thought processes and all you can do is surrender to its beauty. What I can tell you though that the rest of the novel focuses on Clary discovering herself, a relationship, the finding of her mother and the mysterious Mortal Cup which people, good and bad so desperately want.
Personally, I do not read much Young Adult, why? I do not know but what I do know now is that I need to read more of it because if this is what these novels are like I am missing out! I think what puts me off them a little is that they all seem to have irritating love triangles or so this is what I have heard from a lot of lovers of YA. To be honest love triangles infuriate the hell out of me! I always find myself screaming at the girl “choose one!” because I believe it is not possible to love two people simultaneously. You can adore one but you cannot love two and if you truly loved someone then you would not be thinking about another man in the first place! I guess writers do this though because it can be considered as a great plot device for readers as they have something to root for! I really am finding myself loving the thought of reading YA more though because they seem to make a really lovely, light, enjoyable read so if you have any recommendations please comment below!
I read City of Bones at a perfect time. My last few reads have been very heavy, such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Gone Girl, Room, and Swimming Lessons and I have to say it was wildly enjoyable for me to read a book which was fun, light and enjoyable! Heavy reads take a toll on me if I read too many because of the shock I have experienced from reading them so reading a novel which is high-fantasy and a wildly fun novel was great for me!
It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy novel and I have to admit that I have missed the genre dearly! I absolutely loved being in this magical world full of magical creatures and magical people and let’s not forget awesome, bad-ass Shadowhunters! It was incredible to me and my mind was in pure reader heaven visualizing all of the things our author had so wonderfully described.
Cassandra Clare’s writing was magnificent and captivating. I was surprised how well written this novel was for YA because the YA novels I have read have personally been a childish, simple narrative but this was the opposite and if it didn’t have a young theme it could easily have passed for an adult book. The writing was intelligent and savvy with extraordinary action sequences which kept me on the edge of my seat so thank you, Cassandra Clare, for writing such an incredible novel!
I cannot possibly write about this novel without writing about the brilliantly created, diverse set of characters. The characters in this book were very ambitious but this is great in my opinion because the story is ambitious. I loved how Cassandra Clare took a few risks with her characters and plot because it shows that she is not afraid to test the boundaries of the Young Adult world. Every character in this spell-binding novel had something unique and special about them and this is so unique to come across these days. Normally in novels, a lot of characters fall short but I can honestly say that every character is amazing!
I found our protagonist Clary to be a very sweet girl but she packs a punch and I adore that about her. There were times in this novel that I was shocked by her quick tempered, fiery attitude and found myself applauding her for her fierceness. It was delightful to read a novel with a strong female protagonist, plus, she is a red head like me so how can I not love her!
Our other main character Jace was a delight and I was surprised by this! I had heard many things about him before reading this novel and heard that the Mortal Instruments fandom was obsessed so I did, to my shame dread reading about him. I thought that he was going to be a jerk in all honesty but instead he was a very fun character who brought some much-needed humor to the novel. Plus Jace and Simon were the perfect comedy duo and I laughed so much reading about them and their squabbles. This next paragraph contains a spoiler so you have been warned fellow book lovers! Spoiler.
When we found out that Jace and Clary were brother and sister I was shocked and a little taken a back why the author ever included this. I feel sorry for them because they loved each other before they found out the news so I am just very shocked that Clare even included this considering this book is Young Adult and 13-year-old’s read it. I have heard that this whole situation is sorted out as the novels progress but still, this is pretty shocking no?! What do you think of this? Let me know in the comments below! Spoiler Free
The City of Bones is an enchanting fantasy novel which is full of action, adventure and hints of humor. The imagery in this book is quite simply stunning and as you read the descriptions of this mind bending world your brain will visualize every part because the writing is so beautiful that your mind can’t help you but go into overdrive. I adored every part of this novel, the story, the plot, the world, the characters, everything! If you have a taste for Fantasy then I would recommend this book massively because it is brilliant! This wonderful book gets Four Stars from me.
As always thank you so much for reading book lovers! Comment below all those wonderful thoughts of yours and let me know whether you have read the novel or if you would like to! Also, for the people who have read the novel could you please tell me whether it is worth continuing the series? I have heard that it is not so great from this point onward’s so please let me know fellow book lovers!
Goodbye for now book lovers,
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Update* I felt a quick need to talk about the movie adaptation of this novel so that is exactly what I am going to do! In my opinion, the movie does not live up to the novel. I adored the casting but I felt like they changed too much. I know they do this from time to time but when you love a novel so much it is disappointing. These are just my quick thoughts on the movie but please do comment below what you thought of the movie if you have seen it! Thank you so much for reading!