Wednesday, February 12, 2014

City of Bones by Casandra Clare

Title: City of Bones

Series: The Mortal Instruments #1

Author: Casandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Date Published: February 19, 2008

Pages: 512 (paperback)

Genre: YA fiction, action, suspense, thriller, romance

Age Range: 13+


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....


I want to see the movie so I read the book first. At first I wasn't so sure about it because I don't like to read books with demons in them, but this book is so different from any of the other books I've read with demons. Cassandra Clare doesn't focus on the demons so much, I mean it is part of the book, but it isn't really the main focus. There's so much going on in the book that Cassandra doesn't really zero-in on the dark side.

This book is so action-packed it's amazing! There is a good bit of violence in this book, but not a whole lot. There is blood, and killings, but it does not go into detail. It isn't gruesome. There are a few swear words, but very little, maybe like 3, but that's it.

Anyway, the book is really good, better than I thought it would be. The plot is rather slow but the writing is good, things are confusing in the beginning of the book, but things make more sense as you continue on. You can definitely connect with the characters, and really dislike others because there are 'evil' characters. The main character, Clary, is a good, head-strong character. In my opinion, in the beginning she should have been more scared and confused, and more weary of the Shadowhunters.

This book is also a movie, though it wasn't very good, wouldn't recommend seeing it.

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