City of Bones - Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

By Cassandra Clare

  • Release Date: 2009-04-14
  • Genre: Fantasy
City of Bones book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 3,859 Ratings)

City of Bones Cassandra Clare Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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.

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User reviews about this book

  • Amazing

    By Dragonfish1829
    I love this book I was hooked from page one and I finished it in two days! I just couldn’t put it down.
  • One of my favorites - Still

    By MeleahKathleen
    I read this series in my teens, and re-reading it again as an adult I still love this story. Still one of my favorites all these years layer. Clare does an incredible job bringing you into this world and making you fall in love with everyone in it. Will continue to be my favorite forever.
  • Kill Simon

    By JBag84
    Simon should be killed off.
  • Best book ever

    By Simone Wycoff
    It was the best
  • So dang good!

    By Tam4Eva
    I swear, this is one of the best books ever written! Jace Wayland is my future husband!
  • More than just a love story & vampires

    By Miss Autumn Rain
    Very creative and well written. I hadn’t heard of Cassandra Clare and this was the first book of hers I read. (My apologies if this is her first book I know there are many more after this that are great as well!) After reading this I am definitely a fan!! Her characters are creative and so many more going beyond slightly redundant werewolves and vampires. Easy to read hard to put down! Great start to a entire series of great books! Definitely recommend!
  • Love these books!!!

    By jjjjo:)
    I have reread this series many times. Definitely recommend reading all. Their love story(clace) is so unique. Well written characters and amazing plot. Really makes you want to live in this fantasy world lol. You’ll love it!
  • YA friendly - 18+ meh

    By ReaderMoriah
    I was excited to read because of all the positive reviews. While it says “young adult” - I’ve read plenty that captivate my attention and keep me on the edge of me seat from beginning to end. City of Bones on the other hand, has dragged. The monsters are described almost unbelievably and cartoonish, the dialog is “young” and the plot slow. The entire first book is over a course of a week? I wish more time was focused into Clary and her development into this new, unimaginable world. I will say there are tons of unexpected and expected twists that some books don’t have. I won’t be continuing the series but do recommend to those looking for an intro into the romance fantasy world.
  • Just do it

    By magnus4life
    Once you are done reading this one read the next one. Even if you don’t want to finish the series do it. You won’t regret it. It starts looking up. You may not want to but just do it. Trust me when I say it will all be ok. Hopefully you know what I’m talking about.
  • Captivating!

    By Lia of the Unknown
    Cassandra Clare introduces the unique world of the shadow hunters. She brings to life myths and legends into an intricate plot. If you are considering of starting the journey into that Shadow World this book will definitely hook you. I initially was interested with A Chain of Gold, but as I watched reviews of this book, I realized I should start with the beginning. The City of Bones is action-packed, mixed with teen drama, and made for fantasy lovers. The chemistry between the characters was undeniable. This book was also witty, and comical. Cassandra Clare made use of her words and helped expand my vocabulary. Clare can sometimes describe things in a way that I I can’t picture what she’s describing. Nonetheless I am hooked to the Mortal Instruments. Full of twists and turns, City of Bones is indeed captivating!

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