Review: City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):

“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…”


I, somehow, managed to have never read any book in the Mortal Instruments Series. I was always a bit skeptical because I just kept hearing about this faux incest plot. That being said I’ve heard some great things about other books in this series and world that I have wanted to check out. So here I am starting up this series.

I think reading these as a 29 year old hurts me a bit, most of the time I don’t think this affects reading anything ya fantasy. With this book, I was very aware that I am not the target audience. A majority of the characters kind of annoyed me, especially Jace. I did really enjoy the world building, and the potential for what could happen and what could be incorporated. Alec, Isabelle, and Jace all treat Clary and especially Simon horribly, but yet I’m supposed to believe that they would be against the teachings of The Circle.

City of Bones did feel all over the place plot wise. Like I understood wanting to introduce different aspects of the world, but maybe I don’t need Simon turning into a rat and the rescue of him. It just felt messy and disjointed. The flow overall wasn’t great. I also thought the ending felt awkward. Obviously, there is more than one book so I knew that Valentine wasn’t going to be thwarted. There has to be set up for the future installments, but it was building to this big conclusion and instead the ending just whimpers out.

Overall, I think there is a lot of promise with this series. I enjoyed the world the story is set in and the gradual reveal of the history behind everything. While feeling familiar at times, I think it sets itself apart enough to intrigue the audience. I’m interested to see where the series takes me.

RATING: 2.5/5

Have you read any of this series? What books should I be excited for in this series?

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