City of Bones By Cassandra Clare – A Review

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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!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

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  1. 3rd May 2019 / 12:58 PM

    I never loved this book when I read it years ago but it is a series I have been thinking of revisiting because so many people love it. Great review 😀

    • Dominique
      4th May 2019 / 10:18 AM

      You totally should! Thank you so much!

    • 7th May 2019 / 9:51 PM

      I was thinking the same thing Jules! I liked the story well enough when I read it years ago, but hated the ending, so I didn’t pick up the next one.

      But when I see wonderful fans like Dominique raving about it, makes me think I should give it another shot.

      Beautiful review Dominique, thanks!

      • Dominique
        8th May 2019 / 5:14 PM

        Thanks Mollie! 😀 You should try picking up the next book and see if you like that one better maybe? If not I totally understand, the ending had me shocked and I can see why it wouldn’t be some peoples cup of tea, defo controversial!

  2. 4th May 2019 / 8:17 AM

    Great review! I literally finished re-reading this for the first time in four years this morning and had forgotten just how much I enjoyed it. The dialogue is great and there were lots of details that I didn’t remember. I hope you enjoy the rest of the series as well!

    • Dominique
      4th May 2019 / 10:17 AM

      Yesss! Its sooo good! thanks so much!

  3. 4th May 2019 / 9:26 AM

    Lovely review!

    Honestly, I didn’t really liked City of Bones or the TMI in general because of certain elements and characters thereby abandoning it after book 3 but I’ll agree that the world that Cassie has built is incredibly thought out and detailed.

    My personal love is The Infernal Devices series and yay! To Magnus because he truly is the star of these books.

    • Dominique
      4th May 2019 / 10:16 AM

      Thats fair enough! Im excited to get to The Infernal Devices, they seem to be a lot of peoples favourite!

  4. 8th May 2019 / 3:41 PM

    I really wish I had loved this book as much as you did! I read it last summer and really didn’t like it. I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters and felt like the plot twists didn’t make sense. Other twists I rolled my eyes and and I saw them coming from miles away.

    • Dominique
      8th May 2019 / 5:12 PM

      I have certainly felt that way with books before. I have heard that her writing improves as the series goes on but I’m not that far along yet so I cant say if it gets better or not!

      • 8th May 2019 / 5:26 PM

        I keep going back and forth about whether I should continue because everyone says they get better as she writes more and more. Maybe I’ll pick the second one up someday.

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