City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1)
by Cassandra Clare
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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
Rich, vivid, entrancing. City of Bones is all those things and more. I have to give it to Cassandra Clare for creating this book. It was a fantastic concept that kept me enthralled to the last page.City of Bones is a fantasy adventure. The characters are interesting, at times made me laugh, and had quirks and distinct personality traits that made them come to life for me. The setting is another character that I thoroughly enjoyed. This is a New York hidden behind the glamour. The mundanes (regular humans) have no idea what they are missing.
Clary Fray (main character) lived most of sixteen years having no idea about the world of the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders. If she saw something weird out the corner of her eye, it was easily dismissed. Until she encountered Jace and Isabelle at a club. Jace kills a demon, who looks like a boy, or does he? That’s just the beginning of Clary’s adventure.This book is a Young Adult book that I think most adults can enjoy just as much, especially those who have a serious love for fantasy and adventure. I thought that Cassandra Clare had just the right mix of sophistication to appeal to the youth of today, and the ageless wonder quotient like classic fantasy novels to make this book zing for both younger and older readers. The sense of risk is high, and there are no guarantees that the kids in this book will be safe. They might be youngsters, but their world is fraught with dangers. The action was intense and sometimes frightening. I never felt like there was a wall between me and the events playing out in this story. I felt like I was right there for every part.I met a whole cast of characters that I became involved with in this story: Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Hodge, Jocelyn, Valentine, the Silent Brothers.
I truly love this book, I must admit that part of the resolution in this book has me baffled. Although this book doesn’t have a true cliffhanger, there are some threads left unraveled which lead into the next book in the series. Honestly, I didn’t want things to play out the way they did.
If you are looking for a fantasy series that will captivate you and take you back to the golden days of young adult fantasy literature, I’d humbly suggest The Mortal Instruments series. In my opinion, Cassandra Clare has written a book that will be a new classic in this genre.