City of Bones #1 By Cassandra Clare | Book REVIEW

3.5/5 stars

The first installment to Cassandra Clare’s 2007 EPIC urban fantasy, ‘The Mortal Instruments’ Series. Follows a Young teenage girl, Clary fray, where she goes on a journey to find her mother.

She is thrust into a world of angels and demons. The world where humans are called ‘Mundanes’ and half-angel warriors,  known as ‘Shadowhunters’ protects mankind from demons and Downworlders, consisting of Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks, Witches, and Faes.

Clary is human. A ‘Mundane’. Or is she?

Clary joins the Shadowhunters of New York to find her mother but then learns there is a much greater threat on the lose.

Where the past meets present, Clary must make the right decisions which could change not only her future but all worlds.

Preceded by (optional): The Infernal Devices Trilogy
Followed by: City of Ashes (#2 The Mortal Instruments series)

Main Characters:

  • Clarissa “Clary” Adele Fray, main protagonist of the series (*spoiler* also Shadowhunter)
  • Jonathan “Jace” Christopher Wayland Lightwood, adopted son of the Lightwoods and most skilled Shadowhunter of his generation
  • Simon Lewis, Clary’s ‘Mundane’, geeky BFF
  • Alexander “Alec” Gideon Lightwood, eldest son of the Lightwoods and Parabatai (AKA Shadowhunter BFF) of Jace
  • Isabelle “Izzy” Sophia Lightwood, only daughter of the Lightwoods, known to be rebellious
  • Magnus Bane, High Warlock of Brooklyn (AKA GLITTERY HOT STUFF)
  • Valentine Morgenstern, Leader of the Circle (AKA bad guy who was supposed to be dead)

Side Characters:

  • Jocelyn Fray, mother of Clary who goes missing
  • Luke Garroway (*spoiler* AKA Lucian Graymark), Clary’s mother’s friend who helped raise her, also Leader of a Wolfpack
  • Hodge Starkweather, the eccentric tutor of the New York Institute, forever cursed to remain indoors
  • Hugo, the ‘spying’ bird of Hodge
  • Maryse Lightwood, mother of Alec, Izzy, Max and Jace (Head of New York Institute)
  • Robert Lightwood, father of Alec, Izzy, Max and Jace (Head of New York Institute)
  • Max Lightwood, youngest son of the Lightwoods
  • Madame Dorothea, anti-social, fortune teller on the first floor of Clary’s apartment

Our Review:

Let us introduce you to a sizzling, exciting, new universe that Cassandra has (ever so kindly) created for us fangirls (and fanboys – we know you’re out there 😉 ). This is the start to an entrancing series, you can feel it in the way Clare suspensefully unfolds the mysteries of the ‘Shadowhunter’ world.
We immediately fell in love with the quick-witted sarcastic, bold and undeniably handsome Jace Wayland Lightwood

Unlike most heroines, Clary Fray is a believable, relatable character. Clare made her an independent, artsy, humourful character – where we see her character develop (not only in the series but in the FIRST book as well). We see how reckless she could be (from the START!!) – where she follows shady looking people (AKA Jace, Alec, Izzy and blue haired demon dude – who she thinks looks ‘cute’) without any care of the world. Don’t know if she’s brave or just downright clueless. Come on Clary don’t you know that ‘cute’ guys are demons?? It’s not like she didn’t just walk into a club called ‘Pandemonium’ where ‘DEMON’ is literally in its name. We could go on with all the characters we love and how awesome they are, but we won’t. Why you ask? Because in order to understand how AWESOME they are you MUST read it (also because we’ll be here forever and we don’t want that now do we?!?).

City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments he is seriously attractive though, glittery or not.

Well after the rocky start, the Shadowhunters were left confused as to why a ‘Mundane’, a ‘Muggle’, that is Clary, can see them. Shadowhunters are meant to hunt without the humans seeing them (so invisibly) – to protect them from demon runaways. Clearly, Clary could not be left alone – especially after her mother disappears. So with the help of the New York Shadowhunter crew, they go to search for answers by looking for the ‘Mortal Cup’ (part of the Mortal Instrument, AKA ancient treasures of the Shadowhunter world), while trying to find Clary’s mother.

Of Course, there’s a bad evil dude who wants POWER and DESTRUCTION of the WORLD (in this case ‘worlds’). His name is Valentine. Valentine Morgenstern. And he died over a decade ago. Or so the Shadowhunters thought.

Overall you’re going to love this book. Why? Clare manages to fit (well through hundreds and hundreds of pages) a whole world bursting full with imagination. The book is so well thought out, that we can GUARANTEE you that there are no plot errors. All you have to do is pick this book up. Trust us, this book is just the beginning.

Ciao from The Twins 😉

6 thoughts on “City of Bones #1 By Cassandra Clare | Book REVIEW

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  1. This is another one of my faves 😄 I’m so glad Cassie decided to stick with the Shadowhunter universe and write so many series set there with cameos from the original characters and their ancestors/descendents as the leads. Do you like the show? I enjoy it as a fun addition even though it’s not a perfect adaptation 😊

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    1. OMG YES!! Cannot get enough of the Shadowhunter world!! We only watched season one of Shadowhunters…we may or may not watch season two..But we have seen loads of previews and pics on season two (Emeraude looks gorgeous as always…let’s not get started on Matthew).

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