Author: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Walker (UK), Simon and Schuster (US)
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy, Fiction
The blurb: Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.
What I thought:
This book is amazing. I’m a huge fan of this series, so I thought I’d review this book so that other people could fall in love with it just like I did, and so the Shadowhunters out there who love it already can see my opinion and let me know why they love this book in comments.
So, Clary Fray is an ordinary girl who stumbles upon another world entirely while out celebrating with her best friend Simon, (oh, Simon). She discovers a group of demon hunters, known as Shadowhunters, and from that point on her world is turned upside down as she discovers that maybe, just maybe, all of the fairytales and horror stories that she’s heard since she was a child, are true. I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that Clary’s mother is kidnapped by a dark Shadowhunter, as it happens very early on in the book and it is also shown in the trailer for the movie, which I love.
Cassandra Clare, the author, has created this amazing and beautiful world in this series, known as The Mortal Instruments. I’ve never read anything like it before. Cassandra Clare’s ability to create memorable characters is astonishing, and it’s one of the reasons why I fangirl over this. The female protagonist in this series, Clary, is brilliant. She’s thrown into this whole new world that she had no idea existed, and she doesn’t sit around moaning saying “Why me?”, she just gets on with it. She doesn’t wait around for someone to come save her, and she never questions saving her friends and family. Every character in this book is brilliant. Cassandra's very good at writing about the relationships between the characters, which I think is a very central element to the story, and to any story, I would argue.There are plenty of supernatural beings in this book, such as warlocks, vampires, werewolves, and fairies. These beings are integrated into the story incredibly well, each having their own past and their own storylines. It’s rare to find an author that can do this.
The plotline of City of Bones is excellent. I was never bored reading the book. In fact, I was in a sort of trance as I read, captivated by the story of a world that I’ve been wanting to live in ever since I was eight years old.
In this book, there are many twists and turns, a lot of breathtaking romance, a jaw - dropping plot twist, and plenty of moments to keep the fangirls, or fanboys, of the world entertained. Well done, Cassandra Clare. Well done, indeed.