For Christmas in 2014 my sweet husband surprised me with The Mortal Instruments box set. All 6 books, brand new, hardcover. I was in love 😀 I’d never read the series before but knew it was something I would enjoy and wanted to read. Well, I’ve finally started them and I have to say it’s taking everything in my power to not just devour the entire series in one sitting. They are THAT good!!! Why did I wait so long to read them?!City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments, #1
Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books on 2007-03-27
Length: 485 pages
Reviewing Hardcover from My Book Shelf
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.
So I finally jumped on The Mortal Instruments bandwagon and started reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare last week. I devoured the book in under 2 days. It was an amazing read and everything I had hoped for from the series! I’ve heard so many things about it and knew it was something I wanted to read and I’m SO glad I wasn’t disappointed.
City of Bones introduces us to the world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. When Clary and her best friend Simon head out for a night on the town, Clary didn’t realize that her life would be changed forever. She witnesses a trio kill a demon right in front of her. The problem, she’s the only one who can see them. She thinks she’s going crazy and I’d be inclined to agree with her, until Jace (one of the trio) shows back up to see her. Then her mom disappears, leaving behind a wrecked apartment and another demon. What has happened to Clary’s seemingly normal life?
I LOVED Clary. Rather than breaking down and blubbering like all the other girls her age would do, she sucks it up and asks Jace what she needs to do, what will get her mom back that is what she wants to know. She can breakdown later, she doesn’t have time now. I love that attitude in a main, leading character! Clary accepts everything she learns and just keeps going. Now does that mean she doesn’t have a few moments of doubt or blubbering, no because any sane person would. She just doesn’t let it control her.
Then there’s the inevitable love triangle between Simon and Jace and Clary. Simon is Clary’s best friend, he’s normal and always been there for her. It’s obvious from page one that he likes her. In fact it is obvious to everyone but Clary. Isn’t that always the case though? Everyone else can see it but you don’t? Jace is a Shadowhunter, an orphan, and there is something about Clary that intrigues him. I must say I shipped him hard! Their chemistry is off the charts! BUT View Spoiler »what the HECK?! They’re brother and sister?! *shudder* I feel SO dirty shipping these two. I hope and pray that this was misinformation and they aren’t siblings. Their chemistry is just too good for that!!! « Hide Spoiler *shudders*
The plot for this book centers around Clary and her mom. Who are they, how does Clary have Shadowhunter abilities. And then there’s Valentine. The name that seems to be haunting Clary’s steps and all her encounters with Downworlders. Valentine is the ultimate baddie but when he actually shows up in the book I was a little disappointed. He wasn’t all that scary. Manipulative, yes. Scary, not so much!
Overall I loved this book. I cannot wait to continue reading the series. I went out and bought the prequels (Infernal Devices) after I finished it. Now I’m trying to decide when to read those. Any suggestions are welcome 😉 If you enjoy urban fantasy, amazing world building that leads to its own mythology, and a touch (just a touch) of romance, I highly recommend you grab a copy of the book and start this bestselling series. You’ll regret it if you don’t!