City of Bones

City of Bones

Book - 2015 | Margaret K. McElderry books paperback edition
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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 06, 2020

I would rate City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 5 stars! This book was amazing. I think it is safe to say this is my new favourite series! Cassandra Clare sweeps you up into the Shadowhunter world, and you definitely won’t want to put the book down, so make sure you set aside at least 2 hours every time you pick up the book. The book was amazingly written and I always found myself wanting to know more. I found that Clary’s character was very relatable and likeable. Jace shows us that everyone has a story, and sometimes its ok to not want to let go of a part of your childhood. I really enjoyed how this book covered all aspects of a typical fantasy world, vampires, demons, werewolf’s, faeries, and of course the hero that saves everyone in the end. I found that this book would appeal to fans of Harry Potter and Twilight. I am typically not a fantasy reader, but this book might make me become one! I never knew that an imaginary world could seem so realistic yet magical at the same time, it was amazing! I recommend this book for everyone and hope that everybody will have the joy of reading the mortal instruments series at least once in their life.
@Dolphin05 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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CorgiDragon
Sep 22, 2020

City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare, I'm only putting a comment on the first book because there is so many, but let me tell you I absolutely loved the Mortal Instruments, The series is in my top 5 books, and let me just say. Bravo. I just loved it, it has so much suspense, and fantasy and it is so much fun to read, it fits my genre of books in every way possible, every page you turn there is something to catch your attention and you just can't stop, once you read the first book, it pulls you in and does not let you go, you just can't stop reading it.

This book is about Clary Fray when she decided one night to head to the Pandemonium night club in New York, While Clary is at the club she witnesses a murder. She can't believe what she is seeing the murderers are 3 teenagers that have a bunch of tattoos and have stranger murder weapons. Some totally strange shit is happening because the body disappears, the murdered are invisible to everyone else and there is no blood at all to be seen.

Clary is about to find out that this is her first meeting with Shadowhunters. And that her life about to change in soo many ways.

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These books live up to there hype. It has a little of everything for everyone. Romance- ass-kicking - demons - vampires - magic. I totally like all the characters. They all have a little something special. I love the Jase and Clary relationship. I am team Jace all the way.

I recommend this book to someone that likes vampires and demons and all that stuff mixed with romance. Cassandra Clare's writing is awesome and the book cover is so pretty.

I give this book 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Somewhat derivative of Harry Potter (the author used to write HP fanfiction apparently), but a fun and compelling story. I liked the characters and appreciated the effort to have diverse representation (compared to HP). I'm a grown-up, and I bought the book for my 13-year-old, but I appreciated the story and would recommend it to other adults as a fun read to do in between harder books. I plan to read the sequel.

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roen_james
Aug 06, 2020

Really good and I enjoyed it. The characters are amazing and I fell in love with the idea and world though the writing could be better. Over all an amazing sieres to invest in if you are ok with the quality. I have read a lot of them and its pretty good. Tottally recomended

While I love the concept, the writing killed it for me. Maybe if I had read this thirteen years ago when I was the intended audience I would've liked it more, but reading it many years after the fact and I like it significantly less than otherwise. There are parts of the book that seem a little hair-brained and derivative, and while I like most of the characters both on their own and as a group, some of them really come across as super cliche at times. It was an okay read, but I don't think I'll bother with the rest of the series.

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Alicorn1
May 27, 2020

I loved reading City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments series, because the plot was thrilling and I loved all of the characters. In this fantasy world, the main character, Clary Fray, is pulled into the world of Shadowhunters, where people hunt demons, when her mother goes missing. Clary learns a lot about herself and the world around her, where there are also all kinds of mythological creatures, such as vampires, werewolves, warlocks, and faeries. I loved the humor and the personalities of each character, as well as the link to the real world. City of Bones is one of my favorite books and I thought it was amazing!

An old fave that I first read back when it was published. Started my obsession with Cassandra Clare that continues to this day.

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kiml00
Mar 29, 2020

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. I have to remind myself that I’m an adult reading a YA novel and maybe that’s why I can’t connect with any of the characters. Then I thought about series like the Harry Potter and the Hunger Games that got me captivated and I didn’t think my expectations were too high. Some parts I enjoyed, some parts I was annoyed with, and at times I was waiting for the book to be over. However, it was still entertaining and I’m planning to read the rest of the series. The only character I felt has any depth was Jace. I am a little annoyed of Clary because they make her into a heroine but I she’s kind of useless at times and the whole every guy falls for her innocent/tomboyish attitude is so cliched. I hope I will get less annoyed by Clary and really see more of her “contribution” to the story other than waiting for other people to save her. There’s a lot of different type of creatures in this novel so it’s a little interesting.

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Happy_Endings
Mar 16, 2020

Oh, my. If you don’t like thinking about demons or good vs evil, or, even worse, confusing the two, then this is not the book for you, if you are willing to let go and let the story ride, you might get to fly on a vampire’s motorcycle. It’s a wonderful ride.

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sunrisen5
Dec 27, 2019

This is a great book. I cant wait to read the whole series.

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prakritip007
Nov 23, 2019

One of my favorites! Couldn't put it down! This is an truly amazing book which will take you to a wonderful world full of mysterious characters. This is a must read book!

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caroette
Sep 26, 2019

I think this book really got me into urban fantasy. This whole series is so well developed with such rich characters that it is impossible to not fall in love with them. Then when you want more, guess what there are so many books as well as short stories that you will see so many sides of these amazing characters. The story is action packed and fast, the first 6 books take place in only a couple of months! There laugh out loud humour, heart wrenching drama and swoon worthy romance. This series will draw you in and take you on a wild ride. Highly recommended!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 01, 2019

A well written fantasy novel and a great way to start the series. Imagine suddenly being able to see things other people could not, or witnessing a murder that left no trace of a body, to the disappearance of your mother linked to things that you thought were just fantasies? The main character's life is permanently changed when she is introduced into a new world filled with make-beliefs. Although I found the beginning of the book a bit boring, the action that begins quickly afterwards and the plot twist that follows had me compelled to the series immediately. 4 stars
@bookreviewer888 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This book was magically amazing. The author, Cassandra Clare, creates a fascinating and multi-layered world, with interesting, complex characters to go along with it. Some of the scenes were so well written. I felt like I was there with the characters. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, with its constantly moving and twisting plot. The only things I didn't like about the book were that some of the characters were overly described, and throughout the course of the book, some of the characters that I would have liked to get to know better were under-explained. 4/5.
@designercoffee of the Hamilton Public Library’s Teen Review Board

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 31, 2019

The book that I will be reviewing is called City Of Bones written by Cassandra Clare. This book is about a girl named Clary Fray who can see things that "normal" people cannot. She first notices these talents when she witnesses a murder committed by three boys covered in weird markings. When she tries to tell someone she finds out that there was never a murder. Clary then meets Jase, a Shadowhunter whos job is to get rid of demons. Suddenly her life changes in a split second when her mother disappears and she comes face to face with a demon. I really enjoyed this book because I like books about fantasy and mystery. I would give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. @PrimaBallerina of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

City of Bones was an enjoyable read. The world and plot were interesting, and the characters were well written. However, I did have some small issues with the main character Clary Fray. I found her a bit annoying. City of Bones was full of action sequences, adventures, romance and great plot twists which made you rethink everything you thought you knew. I was happily surprised with this book as it seems to get some mixed ratings. One thing I wasn’t thrilled about was Clare’s writing in the novel. While descriptive characters and settings are good for stories, too much isn’t good. I found that she over described things which got a bit distracting but did paint a good picture in my head. Hopefully the series gets better from here and I can’t wait to read the next novel. Rating 3.5/5. @average_Bookworm of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

The first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones revolves around a fifteen-year-old girl named Clary Fray who discovers she is a Shadowhunter, a being that's half-angel and half-human who fights demons for a living. She goes on a quest to find her missing mother, who had been taken by the evil Valentine Morgenstern. This series is my favourite one of all time, but the first book is hard to get into. It is the author’s debut novel as well, so the writing isn’t the best like in later books. However, the story line is what kept me going and the many plot twists that lie within are still talked about today. If you haven't read this book, you have a thing coming. 3/5 Stars. @SeraphinaWilliams of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Bremomo
Mar 13, 2019

Great read!!

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MrsNikki
Mar 02, 2019

good book

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jlandgraver722
Feb 16, 2019

Great read and I'm so glad that there's more to come! I have the second on hold and I'm patiently waiting it's arrival.

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JiminnChung
Feb 09, 2019

It really breaks my heart to see all the hate comments....:(((( EVERYONE LISTEN TO ME. THIS BOOK IS THE BEST BOOK YOU’LL EVER READ!!!! IGNORE THE HATERS AND READ. THIS. BOOK. YOU ARE SOOOO LUCKY THAT THIS BOOK EVEN EXISTS IN YOUR WORLD. THE SERIES ARE ALSO (a word that describes the best thing in the world)!!!!
(The first few pages might be a bit boring. Get through it and you’ll love it.
(Also, this book is not scary. Altho it’s more like a teen-fiction)

Try this one first -author is Cassandra Clare.

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Sammy4848
Oct 28, 2018

The first couple pages can be a drag, but once you get past them it's a page turning novel!

agirlmustread Oct 18, 2018

A good book for when you simply wish to turn off your brain and enjoy a fast paced yet entertaining read. Though the writing can be a bit choppy at times, with exposition handled in a showcase fashion, the premise and plot are entertaining enough to overlook the book's seemingly lazy oversight of the "show-don't-tell" method. My only true issues are the characters, but it's mostly due to personal preference. I typically shy away from or completely despise the "lone female in a friend group" characters trope, as it is commonly used as an excuse for two women in the same book to be catty to each other, and more often then not, lead to slut shaming. I fear that the epilogue to City of Bones does not make up for over 300 pages of our main protagonist hating on the only other girl in the book simply because she's "hotter and knows it". But this is the first book in the series, so my hope is that this does not continue into the others, or if it does, it's addresses and is dealt with more naturally and tastefully then throwing in the "I'm sorry I was a bitch to you, but I've never met another female my age in my life, so I needed act like a hostile gorilla to you!" excuse.

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green_ant_2572
Aug 25, 2018

Pretty good book in general. Lots of plot twists. Its also really funny, and slightly romantic. There will be some language in this book. I recommend this book to anyone that likes a bunch of genres mended into one book!

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latwell1
Jul 30, 2018

I didn't enjoy this book... It had some good ideas but was poorly executed. Slow pace and boring characters.

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Gwen904
May 10, 2018

Not all that it's hyped up to be.

Jace was really annoying. Not only was he the stereotypical gorgeous boy character, he was also licentious, selfish, and cruel. I'm not going to pity him because of his oh-so-sad past. He's still a bad person.

Clary was okay. She was an average heroine, although I felt like she needed to be more intellectual and nicer to Simon. She also shouldn't have fallen in love with a guy who both used and was cruel to her, and ended up being her brother too. INCEST ALERT!

Simon was amazing. He was the best part of the book. Not only was he smart, funny, and brave, he was also very caring.

Isabelle was better than Jace because she had more personality. I liked how she was reconciled to Clary at the end of the book.

Alec was… stupid. I absolutely hate it when authors make characters gay, and Alec was no exception. He would have been okay if not for all the horrible references and situations.

Luke was my second favourite character after Simon. He obviously cared a lot for Clary and would die for her and her mother.

The plot was okay, but kind of boring. There was a lot of romance and a lot of plot twists they obviously wanted you to find exciting and surprising, but… YAWN. One thing I really liked were the odd bits of humour and wittiness thrown in. I laughed my head off at some of them. But I really hated all the taking the Lord's name in vain. It was very annoying. I'd have to say, Cassandra Clare could be a great author, but she let some things get in her way. I like her writing style. I also liked the premise. I wish this was better. It wasn't. Read this one and don't waste your time on the rest of the series.


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