City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
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.
Imagine living in a world filled with demons, vampires, and werewolves. In City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, it’s normal to see these creatures daily. This first book in the series discusses the themes of revenge and stopping for nothing to protect loved ones. This fantasy novel set in modern day New York City, tells the fascinating story of a girl who is trying to protect her mother and finding out that not everyone can be trusted. Although I was intrigued by the entire novel, the setting, interesting vocabulary, and characters stuck out to me the most.
Particularly, the beautiful setting of City of Bones was my favorite thing about the novel. The story is set in modern day New York City. However, there is a little twist. Several evil creatures, such as warlocks, witches, and fairies, live among the ordinary New Yorkers. While reading the book, I discovered that the setting was a bit dark. Although there were many comical and uplifting moments, the story felt as if it were based directly on the “Underworld”. For instance, the story begins when the main character, Clary, witnesses a demon’s murder in an eerie night club. I very much enjoyed the mysterious mood throughout City of Bones because it was very unique. The author made a different approach, to make the reader feel as if they were stepping into Clary’s dark world.
The second most appealing element of the book was the unique vocablulary. The novel includes many terms that I hadn’t previously heard of. For example, throughout the book the terms “mundane” and “Shadowhunters” were repeated several times. The humans in the novel are called “mundanes” by the “Shadowhunters” or hunters specialized in asassinating demons. The language used in City of Bones would definitely appeal to those who enjoy fantasy novels. Also, since the story is set in modern day, many terms that my friends and I use are also said by the characters. For example, the characters briefly discuss their love for Pop-Tarts. I enjoyed the mixture of modern and fantasy terms.
Lastly, I was amazed by the well put together characters. Each one had unique characteristics and attitudes. I enjoyed that the characters had a close bond and protected each other throughout the book, even when they faced troubling situations. Clary was created to be very relatable to teenage girls, but also a heroic lead, and her love interest, Jace, was meant to be attractive and lovable. Clary is just described as a normal girl, which many readers could see themselves as. It was clear that the characters bonded as the book went on, and that was an enjoyable aspect. All in all, the characters were very well described and detailed.
Overall I highly recommend the book to all teenagers and fantasy lovers. I plan on completing the series and discovering how Cassandra Clare will finish the books off. Clary Fray is a young yet strong heroine, which many readers could be inspired by. I can honestly say that I was captivated by this novel. It was a great read for anyone, regardless of age, who enjoys a good action and fantasy filled book. Through the use of a beautiful setting, interesting vocabulary, and relatable characters, Cassandra Clare has created a terrific read in her book City of Bones.