Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Review: City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: March 27th 2007
Pages: 485
Source: Library
Genre: Paranormal, Romance

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.

I know there is probably a whole mob of people out there ready to run me over now that they know that I haven't read ANY Cassandra Clare books until now... and I've been blogging for nearly two years. *sigh* Yep. I'm a terrible book blogger. --In my defense, I did try reading Clockwork Prince a while ago, and I just could not do it. After seeing a movie trailer for City of Bones I decided I would give it a chance, seeing as there would be a movie and all, and it really did spark my interest.

Here's the trailer, if you're interested, or if you have no idea what the book is about. 

Though this trailer got me really excited for the book, I have to say that I wasn't the biggest fan of City of Bones. I really didn't like the characters in this book. The main character, Clary, really wasn't the kind of character I wanted to read about. Clary seemed like a typical damsel in distress several times throughout the entire book. Whenever she ended up in some sort of dangerous situation, she always needed to be saved by someone else.

I never really felt any sort of connection with any of the other characters either. No one really felt like they were introduced enough, or brought out enough for me to really like or dislike them.

There was a relationship that was briefly formed in the story, and i just didn't see the spark. I really didn't like it, I felt like the relationship was really unnecessary, and just... strange. 

The only thing that might make me interested in reading the next book in this series was the ending. There is something revealed at the end that is revealed that I just can't... I did NOT expect it AT ALL. I was so surprised, I just want to know more.


  1. Aw, I'm sad to hear you didn't like this book that much! This is one of my favorite series. :D
    I definitely think you should give the next book a chance at some point. I know people who have had trouble getting into the first book, but they end of loving the rest of the series.

  2. Aww, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this one more, Erika!! It definitely seems like you couldn't connect with any of the characters, which is definitely a valid reason. However, like Rachel, I think you should try out the next two books. While the 2nd book isn't my favorite, the 3rd book in this series is absolutely ah-mazing! I think you'd enjoy that one a ton.

    I hope you'll decide to continue on with this series, and that you'll fall in love with it. Lovely review, and thanks for your honest thoughts! <3

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life