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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

City of Bones

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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."


City of Bones is the first installment in Cassandra Clare's expansive YA fantasy series The Mortal Instruments.

I went into this thinking I would like Clary for some reason, and I was dead wrong. This sums her up for me - "It wasn't unreasonable, but she reacted unreasonably." Clary was just another insufferable lead who veered strongly on the impulsive side.

Magnus on the other hand, is the saving grace of this book. He is more of a neutral character who is very self-interested and I like how he isn't jumping to help the shadowhunters because he has no reason to. He couldn't save the fact that Clary still ruined the book for me though...

Why everyone thought that bringing her into all these dangerous situations was a good idea when she is pretty much useless in a fight and all she does is scream is beyond me. I also thought that she just wasn't really a good friend to Simon and tended to blow things way out of proportion.

This is a beloved series, and I know that a lot of people think that The Mortal Instruments were the weakest of the series, but my desire to read anything in this universe, despite being an interesting concept, is all but diminished.

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