City of Bones By Cassandra Clare
Release Date: March 27, 2007
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Age group: Young Adult
Pages: 496
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Synopsis (from Goodreads): W
hen 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.... 

Lush, gripping, entrancing. City of Bones was all this and more. The opening hook sucks you right in and you find that you cannot put it down until the very end. I instantly fell in love with the characters and the world that they inhabited. I was introduced to a whole cast of characters that I became involved with. Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Hodge, Jocelyn, Valentine to name a few. Some I loved, some I definitely didn't even like but I wanted to see more of them all.

The story is one that I feel will appeal to both young and older readers. The characters, although young, are faced with real world issues and dangers and handle them as adults. Also, a strong point of City of Bones is the setting. The story takes place in New York (a city that I have always wanted to visit) where mundanes (regular humans) are oblivious to the world of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. Clary, our heroine, is oblivious to this world until one day she encounters Jace and Isabelle at a club. Jace kills a demon, who looks like a boy, or does he? This is the beginning of Clary's adventure.

While I did love the book as whole the ending did leave me shocked and baffled. Not to give anything away but the revelation at the end was not how things were presented in the book and so there was a bit of a disconnect. Nevertheless, the story was exciting until the end.

If you are looking for a fantasy novel that will captivate you City of Bones is it. This is one that is just too good to miss.

1 comment:

  1. I've read a lot about this series but have yet to pick it up. I will say, the teaser widget for Book 4 is driving me crazy! I'll have to start the series pronto because I want to know who does the "betraying"!

    Jennifer (An Abundance of Books)


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