The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


I might have been struggling to read when I spoke to you last but this book captured me well and truly and I sped to the finish line and I can happily say I understand why this is a fan favourite. Cassandra Clare’s first book in The Mortal Instruments series, is a fantastical introduction into the dark and admittedly pretty sexy world of the Shadowhunters. From the opening chapter we are thrown into the underworld of New York and shown what creatures lurk in the shadows. This is a amazing fantasy world and as a lover of all things fantasy it was right up my alley.

Clare has created memorable characters and a heroine that I really wanted to root for. Even though I adored Jace, it was Clary who was the star of the show, and it was mostly her eyes we saw through. I have a soft spot for Alec though and I think his character arc is just as interesting as the main two of Jace and Clary. Plus I can’t wait to meet the rest of what promises to be a magnificent cast of characters as we progress through the series.

As I mentioned previously, I had unfortunately watched the film adaptation before I’d read the book and the book is so different from the movie. Naturally it meant that the big surprise at the end (I shan’t spoil it on you if you haven’t seen or read this) was expected, but it came across with far more impact in Clare’s book. I felt pained for Clary and Jace was being a damned idiot, which I admire because if it can illicit such strong reactions from me as I read it means it was brilliantly written. However, I prefer Valentine here than on screen, he is a creepy bad guy and part of what makes this book one that lives on with you after you close the last page. I was naughty and read a little into the second book in the series (City of Ashes) because I finished my monthly read early and can see that they have stolen a few things from this to shove in the movie version (which they shouldn’t! They could have made such a better film if they’d stuck to the first book properly!).

As you can tell I love City of Bones, actually I don’t just love it, I ADORE it. It would appeal to anyone who enjoys young adult fantasy series. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games or Divergent or even Twilight (though it is ten times better than Twilight – I apologise to any Twilight fangirls but it’s true) then you HAVE to read this. Go on, if you don’t then you are seriously missing out.

I hope everyone enjoyed their monthly reads as much as I did! I’m off to catch up on writing my novel and maybe indulge in some more of Clary’s world in City of Ashes. See you for October’s reads!


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