Mortal Instruments: City of Bones book review

Dec
2013
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City of Bones is the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments series.

This young adult fiction starts with Clary Fray standing in line with her best friend, Simon Lewis, at the Pandemonium Club. She notices an attractive blue-haired boy trying to get in the club. The same guy then follows a tall, pretty, raven-haired girl in a dark storage room. Clary, it seems, feels a brief bout of insecurity; She thinks she is no match for Isabelle Lightwood’s femininity and obvious beauty.

As Clary’s gaze continues to follow the blue-haired boy, she then notices 2 other figures stealthily hot on the tracks of the guy she is slightly attracted to. Clary, now oblivious to Simon’s blabbering, decides to leave her best friend and nose around the storage area. In the dark room, Clary sees something she’s not supposed to see.

Little does Clary know that her life will forever be changed by what she has witnessed. The unexpected turn of events leads Clary and Simon to get acquainted with Isabelle & Alec Lightwood and Jace Wayland.

As the story progresses, the readers will find themselves caught up in the world of Shadowhunters battling demons. Cassandra Clare weaves a story so interesting, it’s so hard to put the book down (or in my case, the Kindle Paperwhite). At the same time, the main characters Clary, Isabelle, Alec, Jace, and Simon learn more about themselves and about each other as they fight Underworlders to survive.

I loved everything about this book. The twists were unexpected; Some parts were even heartbreaking, especially the scenes between Clary and Jace (you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read that part). I also got “stressed” when Clary had a fight with her mom. Being a reader, you’ll understand from the start that Clary’s mom, Jocelyn Fray, only wanted to keep Clarissa safe. However, to find out something big after all those years, you’d feel just as devastated as Clary if you were in her shoes. No wonder Clary acted the way she did in the middle and latter parts of the story. I can’t really blame her for those actions. After all, she’s in that phase where she’s not quite an adult, but feels the need to prove that she is one. You know the feeling. We’ve all been through this stage at some point in our lives.

Unfortunately for Clary, some of her impulsive decisions cause her and those around her to get hurt. Luckily, they have earned the trust of a mighty warlock, who aids them the best way he can.

I guess you can say that this story revolves on the battle between good and evil. It also touches on the human emotions: respect, love, friendship, responsibility, madness, etc. as mentioned earlier, I love every moment in this book. I started reading City of Ashes as soon as I was done with City of Bones. I recommend this piece of literature if you’re into YA. Actually, I also recommend this to other readers who would like to try reading young adult lit for a change. Yes, that’s how much this story got me hooked. I’m hoping you’ll love this series as much as I do.

City of Bones Book Cover

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