Book Review: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Rating: 4.5 stars

Official Synopsis:

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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

My thoughts:

This book left me speechless. The first time I read this, it was through a sketchy pdf format and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience. Now that I managed to get my hands on a hard copy book, I just COULDN’T put it down at all! I read it on trains, in restaurants, in Target (while my family shopped), in supermarkets, and… yeah you get the idea.

It was indeed a “smart, sexy thrill ride”, as quoted from Libba Bray. The plot twists in this novel came swiftly but unexpectedly, taking you on a 180 degree turn and lunging forwards towards the next turning point. It was a constant ride of suspense, exhilaration, humour, and having your heart at your mouth. There were constant moments of “open-mouthed gaping” throughout the novel, as the mysteries of the characters’ past continually revealed themselves. Clare’s strategic plotting could be seen in the way details of the novel are so intricately woven and connected together.

Despite all the mystery and adventure brought by the dark, supernatural world, Clare also manages to inject moments of humour and wit in the dialogues, presenting the novel in a way as enjoyable as it is thrilling . She also manages to incorporate emotions and circumstances so relatable to the real world, it makes her characters as human as can be.

I started out initially disliking Clary, thinking of her as a brash, rude, and hot tempered cnaracter. But as the plot unfolds, her bravery and love for Luke, as well as Jace’s attraction for her eventually rationalises her character in the first half. And speaking of Jace, I might have just found my biggest fictional crush, ever.

Read this book if you have a lot of time on your hands. Because it’s likely that you’ll jump straight into the second book, and the third, like I did, and before you know it, you’ll be spending days, even weeks, thinking about the entire series. It’s that addictive.

Favourite quotes:

  • “It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234’.”
  • “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.”
  • “The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”
  • “If there was such a thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood.”
  • “When there is feeling that is not requited, there is an imbalance of power. It is an imbalance that is easy to exploit, but it is not a wise course. Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.”

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