City of Bone by Cassandra Clare Review

This is the story of a teen girl named Clary Fray. While at a popular nightclub Clary’s life changes forever. Clary is the witness of a murder; a very strange murder at that. Three teenagers covered in strange tattoos kill a blue-haired boy, when the boy dies, he vanishes. No blood, nobody. This is Clary’s first encounter with Shadowhunters. Shadowhunter protect humans from demons and help keep order in the world. Enter Jace, a cocky, gorgeous, blonde-haired Shadowhunter. Within the matter of one single day, Clary is pulled into his world. With a demon attack on her apartment and her mother missing, it is up to Clary and the Shadowhunters to find her. Why are demons after Clary? Why does Clary have the ability to see demons and Shadowhunters? What other secrets were kept from her? Who is she, really?
I have now read City of Bones twice. My overall opinion has not changed, I love this book! City of Bones remains one of my favorites. It is chock-full of great moments. There are serious scenes and some really funny ones as well. I’m not sure that I have just one favorite part. Cassandra Clare did such an awesome job building a world within the real world that includes the “shadow world.” She integrated fantasy within our world really well. Clare is an awesome storyteller. This book received five stars on Goodreads from me after both reading experiences.
Although this is one of my favorite books, it isn’t perfect. One thing I would have liked to have seen would be a stronger Simon character. Even though he was supposed to be the well-intended, quiet best friend, I found him too clingy to Clary and found his character overall annoying. During my second read, I was surprised by the lack of action as well. However, this did not severely impact my experience because the story was really well written.
Like I stated in my overview, this story was told extremely well. I fell in love with characters and every time I turned the page I felt a part of the story. I really enjoyed the relationship between Clary and Jace. Jace’s attitude really made him seem real. Clare also did a great job by not providing too much description. I really appreciated this because it really allowed for my own imagination to help create the story.
I recommend City of Bones to everyone, especially people who are wanting to try fantasy. This fantasy definitely isn’t too much. It is a good, quick read without an overcomplicated plot or theme.
“If there was one thing she was learning from all this, it was how easy it was to lose everything you had always thought you’d have forever.” -Cassandra Clare, City of Bones

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