Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (A Wicked Read)

I am kicking myself that I waited so long to read City of Bones, the first in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare.

I picked up the first two books in a charity shop awhile back and left them sitting prettily on my bookshelf with all the other gorgeous books I can’t ever seem to stop myself from buying. It was only when a friend of mine asked could she borrow the books before she went to see the film that I decided to get moving and start reading City of Bones. Of course, I still managed to see the movie first – it intrigued me enough (despite the cringe-worthy dialogue and bloody awful cheesy music played in the greenhouse scene) to go right home and open the first page. Anyway, if you haven’t already guessed, I loved this book.

cityClary Fray is your typical fifteen year old. She loves to draw, hang out with her best buddy, the geeky and cute Simon, and bickers with her mom as most teenagers do. When she sees something she shouldn’t in a nightclub, her world is turned upside down. Soon she learns that everything she’s been told about her past is probably a lie and that she isn’t the ordinary human girl she appears to be.

The world the author created was intricate and fully developed, a secret universe of Shadowhunters – warrior humans with the blood of the Nephilim, and faeries, vampires and werewolves – the Downworlders. The New York landscape was vivid in its own right. Brooklyn, the East River, the streets were all clear in my mind. But then there were the buildings and places hidden from human eyes by glamours. The Gothic home of The Institute where Jace and his shadowhunter friends lived was beautiful and spooky. I adored the idea of such places being right under the noses of New Yorkers.

The writing is some of the best I’ve read in the Young Adult paranormal genre of late. The setting was richly described, the characters well developed – the central ones at least. The banter and sarcasm between Clary and Simon, and even Jace had me snickering. Simon was the best boy friend that we’d all love to have. I felt bad for the guy though. He’s been in love with the same girl for ten years, but she’s attracted to the charismatic warrior Jace, who shines in all his blond glory and rune Markings.

I’m almost finished the rest of the books. There will be 6 stories in total, the last not due for release until next year. How will I cope having to wait until then? These books are almost non-stop action, so fast-paced you have to take a breather and go make a cup of tea just so you can catch your breath. The buzz I get from these books reminds me of how I felt reading Twilight for the first time five years ago. *****

If this is tickling your fancy, check it out on Amazon & Goodreads.


Who’s read these books? What do you think of Jace and Clary? I’d love to see these two happy for just five minutes before the next big bad comes along. πŸ™‚


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18 Responses to Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (A Wicked Read)

  1. I haven’t read them, but I’m glad you enjoyed City of Bones.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    Emma, I loved the series and have been in withdrawal waiting for the last one to release. There’s also a prequel of three books called The Infernal Devices which is fantastic. I loved Clary and Jace (er, especially Jace, LOL) and the world-building the author did. Although I read the Twilight series, I wasn’t a huge fan (don’t shoot me), so this series was the first YA that really hooked me since Harry Potter. The depth of the mythology was every bit as detailed and intricate, with so many amazing characters. As for Clary and Jace….I’m crossing my fingers! Loved these novels and recommend them to everyone I know! πŸ™‚

    • Emma says:

      I can imagine the withdrawal. In a way I’m glad I waited until now to read them. Spares me the pain of a long wait for the rest of the books, though May 2014 seems ages away. I’m picking up The Infernal Devices next!
      I won’t shoot you re Twilight. πŸ™‚

  3. beckyday6 says:

    I skipped bits of this because I want to be clueless going into the books but I am so happy to see that you enjoyed them! I haven’t read any of the books or seen the movies yet which is making me feel very uniformed and out of the loop, but I’ll get there eventually. πŸ˜›

    Great review. πŸ™‚

    • Emma says:

      If you read the first one, let me know what you think. There’s lots happening. You shouldn’t be bored for a minute. In fact if anything, I felt the books needed some downtime. πŸ™‚

  4. fuonlyknew says:

    I’m the same as becky above me. Didn’t want to read too much as I have some of these and yet to get started.
    I am a Twilight fan. They are the books that got me reading YA and for that I am thankful!!

    • Emma says:

      I remember hearing about these books for the past couple of years but just ignoring them. I have no idea why. Twilight got so many people reading who otherwise would never have picked up a book. Thanks, Laura.

  5. Shannon says:

    I already added this to my Goodreads list!

  6. Thanks for the cool review! I’ve only recently read (well, finished! ;)) my first two YA novels. It’s fun to step out of our comfort-genres now and again, and it’s worth it for great stories.

  7. debsmerry says:

    Oh my! I am kicking my heals not with pleasure either, after reading your review of city of Bones plus asking what you thought of the book… a capital, YOU idiot to me. Why because I stood outside a second shop looking at the book recognising the cover name and author and not picking it up.. Oh why, why, why…. Also I didn’t know that there would be six books….
    Thank for the good review though Emma, in future I shall take the book home when I like the cover especially when I recognising it… Even if I have to put on the shelf to read Yes I am kicking my own Butt….
    as always best wishes

    • Emma says:

      Hi Debs, next time you come across them, pick them up. Of course I can’t guarantee you’ll love this series like I do, but if the first novel catches you, you’ll enjoy the rest.

  8. debsmerry says:

    Yes I am back again to let you know I took on your advice, seeing a good book shop (seems I cannot walk past the bookshops I have to go in) is it an addiction ! Buying just the first two books. which I did talk myself into only getting as I now know if enjoyed I can get the rest later. Poor Hubby stands outside and I just know he is thinking not again, Shame but I am so pleased

  9. Pingback: Book Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Enjoyable, but didn’t capture me like The Mortal Instruments) | Emma's Ramblings

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