The City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster Children’s)
Age: YA 13+
This is my second time attempting to read this book. I tried several years ago when the movie was coming out and just couldn’t get past how annoying Clary is. But I was able to get through it this time & truthfully I’m not sure if I’m going to continue with the series. It was ok but it wasn’t earth shattering so we’ll see.
In this first book of a now complete series we meet Clarissa (Clary) Fray & her mother Jocelyn. They live in New York upstairs from a gypsy woman. Clary has had a pretty normal life so far. Her father was killed in a car accident when she was young so she has no memories of him. She has no other family that she knows of aside from her mother who is a brilliant artist. Simon is Clary’s best friend who is really geeky & also very in love with her. One night while the pair are out on the town trying to get into a club called Pandemonium Clary spots a trio of strange teenagers. The only problem is no one but she can see them. Getting mixed up with the group out of concern & curiosity she finds out that they are Shadowhunters who are there to kill a demon. Jace Wayland & Alec & Isabelle Lightwood all reside in a place they call The Institute. They live there with the Lightwoods who are currently away, a man named Hodge, & a very smart cat named Church.
It isn’t long before Clary realizes she’s in a little over her head. Her mother has been kidnapped by a group of Downworlders lead by an evil man that was thought to be dead named Valentine. He is after something called The Mortal Cup & will do anything to find it. Jace & the rest of the Shadowhunters plus a very scared Simon all band together to help Clary find her mother & stop Valentine. Along the way the group battles werewolves, almost gets eaten by vampires, falls through portals, fights demons, & encounters The High Warlock of Brooklyn. But after their journey will it be enough to save Clary’s mother & stop Valentine from using The Mortal Cup to destroy man kind?
Likes: This book was very fast paced & you get a broad understanding of the world & characters
They made this book into a movie several years ago & I enjoyed it although it was slightly different from the book
The world that is portrayed in this book is also connected to ours which makes it more believable
Dislikes: The world however is slightly confusing, there is a lot of back story that I’m sure we don’t get to hear all of just in this first book
Very long book, almost 500 pages!