Clary Fray's normal, quiet life takes a surprising turn one night when she witnesses a murder at the club Pandemonium. The only thing is, she's the only one who can see the killers and their victim. The next night, her mother disappears and her apartment is ransacked. It's then that Clary discovers that the killers she saw are really Shadowhunters, demon killers who live in secret. And the people she saw at Pandemonium, Jace, Isabelle, and Alec are the only one who can help her make sense of this strange new world of vampires, warlocks, werewolves, and demons, and help her find her mother.
Cassandra Clare's writing is illuminating and imaginative, and her talent for building imaginary worlds remarkable. City of Bones is a weighty novel, but even the most reluctant of readers will find themselves swept away by the quick wit, fast thinking, and beguiling creatures. The book moves rapidly and seamlessly as Clary and her new friends move all across the city, uncovering hints as they go along and running into all sorts of trouble. The setting details really go a long ways towards making Clary's world more believable; Clare is constantly dropping names of landmarks and streets in and around New York City, as if the reader is actually there and is familiar with the city. The ending is exhilarating, with a twist you'll never see coming that will leave you eager for more.
I was utterly disappointed with this book. With all the hype built up about it with the film and fandom I expected more. The lead character,Clary, is extremely boring, the story line never really takes off and the supporting characters, who you could come to like, barely get enough credit. There are 5 more books, but I am struggling to get through the second one. I highly recommend you not read this book if you're fed up of typical teen sci-fi romances. … more
Review Courtesy of [...] If Harry Potter and Wicked Lovely had a book baby it would be City of Bones. I had been looking forward to reading this book for a long time, and I really have no good reason for waiting as long as I did. Good world building is paramount in urban fantasy, and City of Bones, if a little small feeling at times, doesn't disappoint. In the Bible, Nephilim are the children of humans and fallen angles, but in City of Bones (COB), they are the … more
When Clary heads out to a local club with her BFF, little did she know that her whole life would be altered. She definitely wasn't expecting to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and yielding bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. No body, no blood and it seems that no one in the club can see these kids other than her. This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters. Shadowhunters are warriors dedicated to ridding … more
Over the course of a single day, Clary's whole life changes. When she goes to Pandemonium Club, she sees the murder of a blue-haired boy by three strange-looking teens wielding strange-looking weapons. But what she can't believe is seeing the body disappear before her eyes, as if it was never there in the first place. And after that, Clary's mom disappears and Clary is attacked by a mysterious creature, only to be saved by one of the strange teens from the nightclub. And with that, Clary is dragged … more