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Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare


City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 485 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 27th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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I read the Finnish version, “Luukaupunki”.

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…

This reread took longer than I’m willing to admit. I didn’t enjoy this as much as over 10 years ago but I still plan to reread the whole Shadowhunter except maybe Tales From Shadowhunter Academy. That one I only read few years ago and it hurt a lot.

I absolutely love the relationship between Alec and Izzy. He’s so protective of her even though he knows that she’s a kickass shadowhunter with a whip. I even like his relationship with Jace even though he’s jealous about Jace’s feelings for Clary.

I actually liked Simon more than Izzy this time around. He’s the youngest of three children like me and he can’t stand injustice. Izzy on other hand was acting like one of those bitch characters that are usually mean to main characters because they want the guy main character is into.

I never realized what a bad friend Clary is. She didn’t only drag Simon to this world but he often has to repeat things like six to seven times and she often even forgets he’s there while she’s painting etc. I just don’t like the fact that he ‘practiced’ dating girls while waiting for her, like other girls were just his play things.

All in all the plot was pretty good but I didn’t really enjoy the characters and it took me forever to finish, I even found some parts boring. Hopefully there will be more chapters with Alec in book 2.

3 stars

9 thoughts on “Book Review: City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

  1. So sorry to see you didn’t like it as much this time around! To me, this series is kind of what Harry Potter is to me as well; I get really sentimental about it haha. I think the first books in this series aren’t as strongly written as the books later on, and I feel this about the HP books as well, but I still really enjoy re-reading them. But the books Clare has written later on are definitely a lot better I think.


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