Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: March 27th, 2007
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…
Review: Before finally picking this book up, I had previously seen both the movie and TV adaptions, so I’m familiar with the storyline. Both are strikingly different from the actual book, though, and I can see why so many people are obsessed with this series, because now I’m officially hooked. I loved Jace’s character because he just has so much attitude and sass, which I am now deeming sassitude. The character that fell short for me was Simon, because he just felt like such a child, always whining about some problem in his life. His mood swings made my head spin! He follows poor Clary around like a puppy, but I’m glad she finally friendzoned him to put his love out of its misery. Clary and Jace on the other hand or Clace as they have come to be named, needed more swoony scenes. They are absolutely adorable and her bluntness brings his ego down a few notches, so he is almost human. I have a feeling their love story is going to be one bumpy road.
The whole concept of Shadowhunters and the Shadow World is so intriguing to me and I can’t wait to see where this series goes next because I can definitely see the potential. Cassandra Clare did an amazing job weaving this world together, and her writing is slightly addicting. There is just so much that goes unsaid and it will keep gnawing at me until I pick up City of Ashes, I just know it will.