City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Genre: Young Adult - fantasy/paranormal
Synopsis: 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....

3.5 stars

Review: Since this is a rather popular book and series, I decided to do my review a little bit different than usual. I'll simply list the pros and cons, and my overall thoughts on the book.

Pros: The author, Cassandra Clare, sure is a natural story teller. I think to me it was one of the book's greatest strengths. It's somewhat of a lengthy book, but I was never bored with it mainly because she just knows the right way to grab a reader's attention. Her writing simply flowed so well, almost without effort, and the pace was fast and perfect. I liked the characters a lot, and thought they were very likable, especially the main protagonist, Clary, and her best friend, Simon. Generally, I thought that City of Bones was a great introduction to a promising series, and was very entertaining.

Cons: One of the things I want most in a book about a fantasy world, is originality. I thought there were a lot of sub-plots in City of Bones that simply reminded me of other story lines I have read before. There are are just so many recycled ones, it just turns me off from the story somehow.
Second negative thing is Jace. I am very indifferent about his character. He's cool and all, but there's just something not very likable about him to me. Maybe I just don't find the whole "bad boy" persona appealing, and I don't even think the way he was portrayed as one was believable either. Then again, maybe that's just me.

Overall: Ultimately, while I don't think it's the "best book ever," I do think it is as entertaining and interesting as everyone says it is. I recommend it to YA readers, and fans of fantasy/paranormal YA as I think that particular audience will appreciate this story line the most. It's a great story world to live in, and while I'm not running to get my hands on the sequel, I'd still want to read it in the near future, and I do think it is worth your time.


  1. I just finished this one last night.. I liked it, but I didn't LOVE it. and that certain twist at the end... well that was just plain wrong. you know what a mean lol

  2. I like your pros and cons review! That's what I do with my second opinion reviews (when I read books for the second time). The other books in the series get better---just keep reading!

  3. That was a great way to review books, with pros and cons. I approve it. Also, I appreciate your honesty with the story. But, like Kelli said above, just keep reading. City of Ashes is awesome, and City of Glass is so much more than just awesome. =)

  4. I really like the format you used to review this book. I've been wanting to read it for a while now and I think I definitely will now after reading your review!

  5. You're absolutely right. I think everyone should read these books, simply for the enjoyment factor. They aren't spicily original, but the familiarity of the theme lends them a "hi; you look sort of like my lovely neighbor, but different" kind of feel!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

  6. Sarah - Haha most definitely wrong.

    Kelli - Thank you, I will keep reading and hope it'll get even better.

    Raila - :) Will read them both when I get them from the library.

    Tara - I'd love to hear what you think of it when you get to read it.

    naida - Yes it is. Not for everyone, but interesting nonetheless.

    jewelknits - Hehe I like how you put that with the lovely neighbor thing. That sounds about right.