From Goodreads: 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.
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Story Rating 4.5
Character Rating 3.5
Audio Rating 3.5
Overall rating: 3.75
NOTE: This is going to seem like a very mixed review so I want to state clearly that I really did enjoy the overall story of City of Bones. It was engaging and well-crafted! My mixed emotions on the characters probably have to do with the fact that I don’t read a whole lot of YA. The things that I do not like about YA popped up in this book: absent parents (or non-existent ones), moody teenagers, and the love triangle angle. These things however were overall not distracting from the story in general.
What I Loved: City of Bones is a well-crafted story of a normal girl, Clary, who finds out that her world is anything but ordinary. She is thrown into a world of demons, vampires, werewolves, and hunters without much warning at all. Her mother has disappeared and everything she has known her whole life is turned upside down. The action, pacing, and storytelling are phenomenal. You get so caught up in all the situations that you don’t want the book to end.
What I Liked: For a YA novel, the amount of angst was relatively low. There were moments where the age of the characters poked through but overall it was woven well into the story. I did like the individual personalities for all the male characters: Jace and Simon specifically. I think they were able to be smart, witty, and awkward without being overwritten.
Complaints: The female characters: Clary and Isabelle. Neither of them grew on me during the story but that could change over the course of the series.
Audio Rating: Narrated by Ari Graynor, the audio for the book is pretty well done. The pacing, accents, and pronunciations were delivered with ease. My one complaint would be with two of the male voices but once you got used to them, the audio flowed flawlessly. Overall, I will be continuing this series on audiobook.
Why I gave it a 3.75: I really enjoyed this story and the world that Cassandra Clare created. I look forward to reading more about Clary, Jace, Simon, and the rest of the crew as they continue on their quests.
Who I would recommend this too: YA readers