City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, reviewed by Jenna Meade

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


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 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.




What would be more exciting then finding a whole different world that others cannot even see?  Clary Frey, the main character of the trilogy City of Bones, finds herself in another world that she can’t walk away from.    As the book goes on, many complications arise which pulls others into the trilogy!  The author, Cassandra Clare has outdone herself with this book series.  Although, this book has some outstanding main points, the most that stand out to me, is the plot, theme, and the word usage.


One of the main topics the was brought out in the book was the plot.  While most supernatural book series is great,  the author has wrote this book in a strange but addicting way that pulls you in.  The plot twist that occurs in the climax of the book changes the way the book is brought up.  This is the main reason why  the plot really stands out to me.  Seeing as I read on, the plot of this book  is definitely shown in the second one as well.  In the book, the plot can truly hold your attention.


The second element the was shown clearly in the book was the theme.  Comparing the book to real life is impossible due to the genre. Although, the actions and personalities of the characters help let my mind imagine how living while seeing a whole new world could be possible.  The book starts out telling the story of the main character living her normal life, so in the beginning, I seen myself as her.  So as the story went on I still saw myself in her shoes and tried to picture everything that she went through in life happen to myself.


The third noticeable element  the stood out in the book is the word usage.  This book is set in the present day, however the vocabulary is outstanding.  This other world has different slang that one will have to get used to.  As I read on, I understood more of what things meant and what the characters were talking about.  To me, when I caught  on to what the words meant, the book got a whole lot more interesting.  Without reading the trilogy in order, one will not understand the transition of the vocabulary.


In conclusion, City of Bones is an enjoyable book.  I would recommend this book to anyone with a taste for thrill and the love for fantasy.  I am really  excited to see what the other books in this trilogy has to hold.  People always says that the first book is always the best, I am hoping that  with is series, this statement is not true.  Cassandra Clare as done an amazing job portraying the plot, theme, and word usage in the City of bones.


2 responses

  1. Jenna,

    This is a very good book review; however, as we have spoken about before, there are some grammar issues. I know this is something you struggle with. The first thing I would encourage you to do would be to read back over the book review word for word; read every word. By doing this, you will be able to pick out where words do not fit the context of the paper.

    Look to see if you can find places where you meant to type “that” instead of “the” as well as “than” instead of “then”. You did well with spelling this time! You are improving!

    I hope the advice I gave you will help! Please let me know if I can help in any other way!

    1. Ashley,
      Thank you for your advice. It really helps me when I have one person read different works of mine. This being that the reader will see what I have improved on and need to pay more attention to. Seeing that my struggles are mostly grammar issues, I will reread my text before publishing it. With the words “then” and ‘than”, I have always had trouble with them. Although they have different meanings, I get them confused with one another, so rereading the text will majorly help me.

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