City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) 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.

Originally published: March 27, 2007
Set in: New York, August 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Young adult fiction, Adventure



Well, well, well. Where do I begin? I’ll just start off by saying this was a pretty amazing book. It took me a little longer to finish than I had originally planned, but I enjoyed nearly every minute of reading this book. The suspense was great, and there’s just so many twists and turns. It really keeps you reading.

Now, the book has been out for a while now, but I am just discovering the series and after seeing so many readers rave about it (including the newer series, The Dark Artifices) I decided I should take a look and see what all the fuss was about. This book did not disappoint me. It was so easy to get to know the characters and form different bonds with them all. I say different because there are some characters that you won’t be very fond of. However this is not a bad thing, it’s all a part of the intricate story line, and in the end it will all make sense, for the most part that is. You’ll be reaching for the second book in the series (City of Ashes) rather quickly after you put this one down.

Another thing I really liked about this book, is that it doesn’t drag on for chapters upon chapters leaving you wondering if it will ever get good. It’s good from the start. It doesn’t waste any time dumping you into the immense world of the Shadowhunters and filling your mind with questions. Within the first few chapters we have already experienced some very intense moments and met some intriguing characters. It builds from here and there are hardly any dull moments.

Cassandra Clare also has a way of using descriptive language to paint a vivid image in your mind of the scene she wishes to create. I caught myself at times feeling as though I was right there in the middle of the action or in the dimly lit library gazing up at the vast shelves of books. I could almost see, hear and smell the world around me.

Lets look at some of the Pros and Cons of this book:


  • Grabbed my interest from the start
  • Loved the descriptive language
  • Great character building
  • Very suspenseful
  • Thrilling battles
  • Plot twists


  • Cliffhanger (not really a con, but you know)

Overall, this is definitely a great book and a wonderful start to a series. It left me wanting to read more and I’ll definitely be getting my hands on a copy of the second book soon.

Grab yourself a copy of the first book, City of Bones here.