Book ReviewYoung Adult

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books | Pages: 485

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Shadowhunters

Rating: ★★★★☆


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…


This was a great re-read for me! Most of my Mortal Instruments books are paperback and I recently saw a sale for the complete hardcover set so I knew I had to get them to add to my collection. Now, I have all of Cassandra Clare’s current and previous books in hardcover!

Since this was a new buy, I decided I should do a re-read of the series – and I’m glad I decided to do it! It was so nice to be back in the world that set me on a wonderful journey with Cassandra Clare and all of her books.

Now that I’m older than when I first read the series, I can definitely see where this novel is very “teen” like in nature. But while things were a bit cheesy at times, I still enjoyed it overall and remembered the feeling of being introduced to Shadowhunters for the first time.

Cassandra Clare is a wonderful writer. She is able to capture her reader through vivid world building, intriguing and unique characters, as well as her thorough descriptions. I completely feel immersed in the world when I’m reading it and I don’t find that happens everytime that I read a book.

I think the one main difference that changed during my re-read is my addiction to Magnus Bane. When I originally read the series, I thought he was great. He was unique, brave, loyal and incredibly sassy. But this time around, I wanted more of him! He’s just such a great character and I can’t wait to continue reading so I can read more about Magnus – and remind myself of all that I’ve most likely forgotten.

While this certainly is not the best Cassandra Clare book I’ve read, I think it was and continues to be, a solid entry into the world of Shadowhunters. Whether it be nostalgic reasons or not, The Mortal Instruments stood the test of time with me. I’m glad to be back in this world and it’s keeping me busy while I wait for the next book in the Dark Artifices series.

If you haven’t had the chance to enter into this world, I really recommend diving into it. It’s a fast paced series that is overall, really enjoyable. And if you have, I think it would be great to jump into a re-read. I for one, really enjoyed the experience the second time around.

Rating: ★★★★☆

Favourite Quote: “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.”

About the Author:

Cassandra Clare was born overseas and spent her early years traveling around the world with her family and several trunks of fantasy books. Cassandra worked for several years as an entertainment journalist for the Hollywood Reporter before turning her attention to fiction. She is the author of City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments trilogy and a New York Times bestseller. Cassandra lives with her fiance and their two cats in Massachusetts.

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Avid reader and tea drinker. I read and review young adult books on my blog, The Contented Reader!


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