City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)


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….

The Phoenix’s Perspective

I was worried about beginning this series because there was so much hype around it, especially considering that it is going to be turned into a movie come this August. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised.

Most books work up to the action, beginning slowly providing enough background information to follow the story. City of Bones began right in the middle of action as Clary, our main character, witness a fight that no one else can see. From then on action happens at every turn.  Like a Bruce Willis movie, you never know what will happen next – something’s going to blow up, someone’s going to die, etc.

The story contains all sorts of the supernatural, from vampires to werewolves to fairies and witches.  It even takes a Star Wars twist with an interesting love triangle that turns out awkward for two of them.  Overall, the story is fast paced and very interesting. For those who grew up in the 90’s like me, it definitely felt Buffy-esque (all of the good episodes).

Would I add it to the library?

Yes.  I would most definitely add it to my library.  All I can say is that the day I finished the book, I went to B&N and bought the rest of the Mortal Instruments series as well as the Infernal Devices trilogy.  Look forward to the future reviews.


Genre: Fiction – dark fantasy, urban fantasy
ISBN: 9781481455923
Rating:  good

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