Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2007
Page Count: 485
Film/ TV Adaptation: Yes*
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 1 of The Mortal Instruments series
A satisfying young adult book with the usual love triangle and paranormal elements.
*Interesting plot twists *Attractive characters
*Long build up to conclusion
“The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.” Clary Fray is thrown into the world of Shadowhunters when her mother violently disappears from their apartment. The handsome Jace Wayland brings her into their world where vampires, werewolves, and mermaids exist and demons must be hunted and destroyed to keep humans, known as mundanes, safe. When Clary learns that this hidden universe has been kept from her on purpose her whole life, can she ever return to her normal existence when danger threatens those she loves?
When they make a movie adaptation of a book I know I’m definitely way behind on the “it” book. So I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon (because they finally put this series on sale at my local recycled bookstore) and see what this series was all about. At the end of the book I was not like “oh my god greatest book of my life!” However, I did enjoy the book to the point that I ordered the next five books on Amazon.It’s a bit predictable with the usual love triangle and the paranormal elements when we’re talking about a young adult novel. But, I was really attracted to Jace and his dry humor; without him the book wouldn’t have that much edge. There were also some really original and shocking twists (well it would’ve been shocking if my friend hadn’t spoiled it for me),which is why I was so interested in continuing on with this series.
For some reason, the book felt like it dragged a bit and all the juice of the story is really at the end. Now, this book is definitely not boring, but it took awhile to flush out the tension between the characters, as well as the reason Clary’s mother was taken. It was not a huge issue for me because Clare uses this time to develop her world and the characters, but I just wanted to get to the point. There was almost a feeling of plot ADHD because the characters are always traipsing around New York for some shadowhunter reason or another, and it is only at the end where I felt that there was a clear path of where the main character needed to go and what she had to do.
At this point, City of Bones is a must read if you’re into young adult novels. They made a movie (haven’t seen it yet) and the books are everywhere you look so why not give it a shot? It’s a fun universe with interesting characters that are worth getting lost in. Plus these books are more than likely for sale with deep discounts on Amazon or at your local recycled bookstore, so you don’t have much to lose!
*Film Adaptation: (Starring Lily Collins 2013)
TV Adaptations: (Starring Katherine McNamara 2016)