2021 Book Review Book Reviews Fantasy

City of Bones

City of Bones By Cassandra Clare

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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…

First Impressions, Thoughts, & Experience

I know I’m late to the game on this book, but it was really fun and entertaining. I love the way Classandra Clare incorporated all aspects of fantasy and created a structure for her Shadowhunter world. The “rules/structure” of her world were easy to remember which made following the story a lot easier. I definitely think there are some parts of this story were unnecessary or could’ve been written differently, but in the end I still enjoyed this book.


Was it just me, or was Clary really taking advantage of her relationship with Simon? She would always ask him for favors and he would always help her without anything in return. She never seemed to fully grasp her friendship with Simon even though he always treated her with kindness. Even when they had their little fight and she asked for forgiveness, she didn’t seem to entirely understand what she was asking forgiveness for and Simon forgave her anyway. I don’t think their relationship is healthy, but Simon is too good to do anything about it.

*Spoiler warning*

Clary and Jace’s relationship was a little disgusting to me. In the beginning of the story they had a connection and seemed like a potential couple. They even kissed! But then Cassandra Clare came around and slapped us in the face at the end and revealed that they are actually brother and sister. I really wish the story would’ve taken a different turn, but that’s obviously not what happened. I’m really hoping that in the next book we find out that it was just a trick and they’re not really related.

*Now spoiler free again*

Despite this revelation, I really enjoyed the playful banter between Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabell, and Alec. I enjoyed the dynamics between all these characters and especially hope that you get to see more of Alec in the next book. I feel like his character has a lot of potential to grow and could greatly affect the upcoming storyline. 


In the end, I enjoyed reading this novel for its captivating charm. I would recommend this book to anyone trying to get out of a reading slump or looking for an easy, lighthearted read. Even though there are some small flaws in this book, the overall story created an amazing atmosphere that makes reading it worth it.

Let’s Talk:
  • Should I read the next book/is it worth it?
  • What do you think about Clary and Jace?
  • Any other book recommendations?

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