City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – SPOILER FREE REVIEW


Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Series Name: 
The Mortal Instruments
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, YA
Publication Date: March 27, 2007
Pages: 505
Publishers: Walker Books
4 star

Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


I really enjoyed this book and the only reason I gave it 4 and not 5 is because I was expecting a little bit more from it due to hype that surrounds it and I have heard people on BookTube saying it changed their life and things like that, for me that wasn’t the case but it was an amazing book.

I am not taking into account that I already knew what was happening as I have seen the tv show and most of the main events stayed kinda the same. That was my fault that I watched the tv show before reading the books so I’m not taking points away for that.


I love Cassandra Clare’s writing style, it kept me intrigued and I never wanted to put the book down, I also like that she added a whole chapter that felt like was from Lukes point of view and was just Luke talking, if she had done that in the same way the rest of the book was it would have been boring or she would have had to cut half of it out, so I’m glad it was done the way that it was. I love the world building and character development so far and I’m keen to see how much further it goes in the rest of the series.


I enjoyed the plot but like I said earlier I knew most of what was happening thanks to the tv show, but there were still some things that were done differently as always happens in a book to movie or tv shop adaptations. It has been a little while since I watched the show and I didn’t really remember all of it and I’m still confused as to how some things fitted in as I thought the tv show was just the first book, but it must be more as there are things in the tv show that haven’t happened in the book yet. The plot was done really well!


I really enjoyed the characters! I love Clary’s fiery personality but sometimes I wanted to slap her for some of the things she said and did in the book. Most of it got sorted out in the end, though. Jace was also and interesting character and the character development for him so far has been a bit of a rollercoaster, you will know what I mean if you have read it. I really enjoyed Isabelle as well, her bitchy personality is great and I also loved how she let her guard done a bit in the end when it came to Clary. Alec was hard to read at the beginning but by the end of the book you get a bit of a feel for him and I am starting to enjoy him as a character, at first I thought he jus needed to chill a bit but it’s getting better. Luke was a really good character, in the start, you have to hate him but in the end, you learn his true story and why he did the things he did.
Valentine is one of those evil characters that you literally don’t know how someone could be such an ass. That’s the only way I can describe him.


I really enjoyed this book, just a tip is don’t go into this book thinking it’s going to be the best thing you have ever read and it’s going to change your life.

Let me know if you have read City of Bones and what you thought of it!

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