City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series. It tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Clary Fray and her journey with the Shadowhunters of New York City. This is going to be a spoiler-free review of my experience reading my first ever Shadowhunters book!
Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhatten. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.
I will just note that I am planning to read this series in publication order and if anyone would like to start this series and is interested in a post on how to read it, let me know in the comments and I will get straight on it. Okay, review time!
The Characters and World Building
I love how Cassie built up the characters in this book. Instantly I was intrigued by Clary and her strained relationship with her mother. I didn’t find anything about the characters and their relationships to be predictable or corny. It felt real almost. My favourite character so far has got to be Magnus. He is so sassy, much like myself, teehee! I loved how his character was so unique. He threw his fare share of shade but also proved to be a really loyal friend and help to the group as well. I’m really excited to see how his character develops as the series continues.
Although not necessarily set in a fantasy world, I still felt really engrossed into the settings. Able to imagine the different places very vividly in my mind as I read along. Cassie is incredibly detailed in all her descriptions. I appreciated her descriptive writing of the world, characters, weapons, everything! It helped so much to feel like I could fully grasp every scene in all its glory.
The Story Progression and Plot
Again, without revealing any major story details or spoilers I would like to address the incredible story progression and plot twists in this book. It felt so good to experience a good juicy plot twist and genuinely be shocked! I threw the book down at several points in this story because I just didn’t see any of it coming at all. In addition, The pacing of the story was perfection! I never felt bored or that things were moving too slowly. All the scenes were relevant and none of them felt like pointless filler for the word count. I was gripped from start to finish. I found it so hard to put down towards the end and I hope it continues that way into the second book.
Overall Thoughts and My Rating
I LOVED City of Bones. I’m so glad I got it, I had no idea if I would like it or not or whether I was ready to get stuck into such a long series but I am so ready! Though I am only at the beginning, because it started off this well I have extremely high hopes for the rest of my journey reading The Shadowhunters Chronicles. I rate this book a solid five out of five stars with absolutely zero complaints!
Have you read City of Bones? What did you think of it? Stay tuned for my next review which will be of City of Ashes.