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 City of Bones is a novel I pondered reading for a long time; I was hesitant to read this novel because the praise and hype was and is still massive so I was hesitant to read it in case it did not live up to my expectations. Upon finishing this novel I have to tell all of you lovely readers that I LOVED this novel; it exceeded my expectations and was definitely worth the hype! I am now proud to say that I am one of the many legions of fans of Cassandra Clare and am in awe of the beautiful world she has created, I am so happy to finally be a fan of this book and become a proud Shadowhunter! I am sure the majority of you lovely readers know all about this book and its series but in case you don’t then here is a brief synopsis of mine!

City of Bones tells the tale of an ordinary teenage girl named Clary Fray (can we first just appreciate how beautiful this name is?!) who suddenly has a Sight to see things that others cannot. She has been blessed (or cursed) to see Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks and much more demonic creatures. This was all thrown upon Clary and she was dragged into a world that she could never have ever thought existed and then gradually as a reader you realize that she plays a huge part in this mad but beautiful world. When her mother is attacked and goes missing Clary is left with vengeance and confusion so Clary is now determined to find out the secret past that was hidden from her for so many years and to rescue those she loves from the hands of evil.

Our novel begins with our fifteen-year-old protagonist Clary Fray as she goes to the Pandemonium Club with her best friend, Simon Lewis. Inside the club, she sees a blue-haired boy and a black haired girl sneaks into a storeroom, pursued by two other boys; one armed with what appears to be a knife. She soon sends Simon for help but she cannot wait so she follows the group into the storeroom – which is very risky behavior, Clary! Sorry, my mum side is coming out! – where she witnesses the blue-haired ‘boy’ being killed and then she witnesses him vanish from the room. She is told by the people in that room that demons “return to their home dimensions when they die”. Simon then enters the storeroom with the bouncer in tow and questions why she is there alone, and realizing no one else can see the others, she mumbles an apology feeling very confused and shook up.

When Clary returns home she does so to the scolding of her mother Jocelyn because of Clary’s actions and her staying out so late. I personally am with Jocelyn on this one! It is dangerous and unacceptable and if that was my daughter I would be furious. Anyway! The next day Jocelyn announces that they are moving from New York City to the country for the summer where Jocelyn’s best friend, Luke, has a home. Clary is, of course, upset by the unexpected move and confides in Simon that she knows almost nothing about her mother or her entire family. Soon Simon and Clary – who by the way has an excellent friendship – go to a poetry reading where Clary sees Jace; one of the boys she saw in the club. After she calms down after seeing him he then privately tells her all about demon-hunters called Shadowhunters or Nephilim and claims that Clary is not a mundane (ordinary human). Their conversation soon gets interrupted by a call from Jocelyn who frantically in a panic warns her not to come home and to tell Luke that ‘he‘ has found her and then the call ends abruptly and she can’t get hold of her again. Clary rushes home despite her mother’s wishes and finds her home in disarray with her mother gone. She is then attacked by another demon which she kills with Jace’s sensor (which is basically his knife!) as he followed her and feels the need to protect her. He whisks her off to the ‘Institute’: The local headquarters of Shadowhunters where she is introduced to numerous different Shadowhunters and it is already so fascinating at this point how the novel unfolds.

I think I should stop my synopsis here because I am getting way too carried away. See! This is what this novel does to you, it takes over your thought processes and all you can do is surrender to its beauty. What I can tell you though that the rest of the novel focuses on Clary discovering herself, a relationship, the finding of her mother and the mysterious Mortal Cup which people, good and bad so desperately want.

Personally, I do not read much Young Adult, why? I do not know but what I do know now is that I need to read more of it because if this is what these novels are like I am missing out! I think what puts me off them a little is that they all seem to have irritating love triangles or so this is what I have heard from a lot of lovers of YA. To be honest love triangles infuriate the hell out of me! I always find myself screaming at the girl “choose one!” because I believe it is not possible to love two people simultaneously. You can adore one but you cannot love two and if you truly loved someone then you would not be thinking about another man in the first place! I guess writers do this though because it can be considered as a great plot device for readers as they have something to root for! I really am finding myself loving the thought of reading YA more though because they seem to make a really lovely, light, enjoyable read so if you have any recommendations please comment below!

I read City of Bones at a perfect time. My last few reads have been very heavy, such as The Girl With the Dragon TattooGone GirlRoom, and Swimming Lessons and I have to say it was wildly enjoyable for me to read a book which was fun, light and enjoyable! Heavy reads take a toll on me if I read too many because of the shock I have experienced from reading them so reading a novel which is high-fantasy and a wildly fun novel was great for me!

It has been a long time since I have read a fantasy novel and I have to admit that I have missed the genre dearly! I absolutely loved being in this magical world full of magical creatures and magical people and let’s not forget awesome, bad-ass Shadowhunters! It was incredible to me and my mind was in pure reader heaven visualizing all of the things our author had so wonderfully described.

Cassandra Clare’s writing was magnificent and captivating. I was surprised how well written this novel was for YA because the YA novels I have read have personally been a childish, simple narrative but this was the opposite and if it didn’t have a young theme it could easily have passed for an adult book. The writing was intelligent and savvy with extraordinary action sequences which kept me on the edge of my seat so thank you, Cassandra Clare, for writing such an incredible novel!

I cannot possibly write about this novel without writing about the brilliantly created, diverse set of characters. The characters in this book were very ambitious but this is great in my opinion because the story is ambitious. I loved how Cassandra Clare took a few risks with her characters and plot because it shows that she is not afraid to test the boundaries of the Young Adult world. Every character in this spell-binding novel had something unique and special about them and this is so unique to come across these days. Normally in novels, a lot of characters fall short but I can honestly say that every character is amazing!

I found our protagonist Clary to be a very sweet girl but she packs a punch and I adore that about her. There were times in this novel that I was shocked by her quick-tempered, fiery attitude and found myself applauding her for her fierceness. It was delightful to read a novel with a strong female protagonist, plus, she is a redhead like me so how can I not love her!

Our other main character Jace was a delight and I was surprised by this! I had heard many things about him before reading this novel and heard that the Mortal Instruments fandom was obsessed so I did, to my shame dread reading about him. I thought that he was going to be a jerk in all honesty but instead he was a very fun character who brought some much-needed humor to the novel. Plus Jace and Simon were the perfect comedy duo and I laughed so much reading about them and their squabbles. This next paragraph contains a spoiler so you have been warned fellow book lovers! Spoiler.

When we found out that Jace and Clary were brother and sister I was shocked and a little taken aback why the author ever included this. I feel sorry for them because they loved each other before they found out the news so I am just very shocked that Clare even included this considering this book is Young Adult and 13-year-old’s read it. I have heard that this whole situation is sorted out as the novels progress but still, this is pretty shocking no?! What do you think of this? Let me know in the comments below! Spoiler Free

The City of Bones is an enchanting fantasy novel which is full of action, adventure and hints of humor. The imagery in this book is quite simply stunning and as you read the descriptions of this mind-bending world your brain will visualize every part because the writing is so beautiful that your mind can’t help you but go into overdrive. I adored every part of this novel, the story, the plot, the world, the characters, everything! If you have a taste for Fantasy then I would recommend this book massively because it is brilliant! This wonderful book gets Four Stars from me.

As always thank you so much for reading book lovers! Comment below all those wonderful thoughts of yours and let me know whether you have read the novel or if you would like to! Also, for the people who have read the novel could you please tell me whether it is worth continuing the series? I have heard that it is not so great from this point onward’s so please let me know fellow book lovers!

Goodbye for now book lovers,   

P.S. Here is a preview of the book for all of you lovely readers to enjoy! Please have a read of the preview and if you find that you have loved what you have read then all you need to do is click the Buy on Amazon button and it will take you straight to the book on Amazon USA! If you are in the U.K. then below I have attached a link to the book for the Amazon U.K. website. I have also attached some links about the author and this wonderful book! Thank you so much again for reading book lovers, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this book!   


Amazon U.K. / Goodreads / Book Depository / Publisher; Walker

Update* I felt a quick need to talk about the movie adaptation of this novel so that is exactly what I am going to do! In my opinion, the movie does not live up to the novel. I adored the casting but I felt like they changed too much. I know they do this from time to time but when you love a novel so much it is disappointing. These are just my quick thoughts on the movie but please do comment below what you thought of the movie if you have seen it! Thank you so much for reading!

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Hello! It’s been a while since I read the book so your review really refreshed my memory. And I don’t think there is any shane in reading YA at your age because you are an adult, and still you’re young. I mean, you are just into adulthood which makes Young Adult a completely normal genre for you to read if we take its meaning literally.
I really love the format of your reviews. The other reviews that I have read on various blogs are full of embellishments. There are even cliparts of the number of stars that the reviewers awarded the books. And then, most of the important pieces of information are typed in bold so that a reader won’t overlook them. It does make the reviews appealing to a majority of the readers but I am not one of them. I like to read anything in the format of a well crafted paragraph or a number of paragraphs, and I try to write in that way too. I find lists intimidating while paragraphs make me feel comfortable. Also, marking off most of the writing in bold does grab my attention but then I just skim through the post, reading only the lines signed off as important. And then it becomes a list of facts stated by the blogger, and nothing personal. What draws me to a blog is the blogger’s writing style even more than the content and if bold lettering isn’t used strategically and sparsely, I don’t read the posts thoroughly. Of course, I am not an established or well reputed blogger to criticise those reviews but I have read your post through and through even though I didn’t like the book, just because your review seemed personal.
Yes, I must admit that the Mortal Instruments series hasn’t been a favourite with me even though I love fantasy. The major reason was the fact that Clary and Jace’s romance in the later books seems to dominate and drive the story forwards which shouldn’t have been the case since the books were categorised under the Fantasy genre. I know YA does dwell a lot on the idea of romance and love (and that’s the reason why I don’t read too many teenage novels) but I expected more elements of fantasy to lead the way. The books were enjoyable for as long as they lasted (and I loved Luke a lot) but I couldn’t bear any more Clary-and-Jace thing. So there was no motivation for me to go on after the third book, parly because of the above mentioned reasons and partly because of a long break I took after reading that book. So I am yet to complete the series but have no intention of doing so.
That is not to say that you should agree to my arguments or stop reading further if it suits your taste. Keep reviewing especially if it’s fantasy you love because I would love to discover new books.

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I enjoyed reading your review! I personally find YA more entertaining than most “adult” fiction (but you are right about all the love triangles) because where else am I going to read a book about a ninja-warrior teenage girl who has to stop the world from the apocalypse caused by an alien race (or things along those lines). I loved the Mortal Instruments series as well and I really hope that The Dark Artifices hold up to the same standard!

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Aww thank you so much you are too sweet! I loved what you just said about the ninja warrior teenage girl, this is awesome! To be honest I can’t talk because I LOVE the 5th wave and the hunger games!

I haven’t read The 5th Wave, but I absolutely love the Hunger Games too!

It’s so good!! (:

I’ll have to check it out!

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I actually love The Mortal Instruments series – so much that Ive read it three times! I agree, the first book is extremely slow paced and sometimes does leave you bored BUT, the next 5 books will leave your in a pool of emotions. I cannot express to you enough how much I love these books, and I hope you eventually feel this way too!
P.s: I read your above comments and noticed someone mentioned The Infernal Devices. Again, I adore these book as well! They’re a (kind of) prequel to The Mortal Instruments and are just as perfect!

I hope you enjoy the rest of the series 🙂

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Thank you so much for commenting! I am hearing so many mixed reviews on TMI series and whether I should continue to read it or not but your comment makes me really want to read it! Same with the infernal devices! Thank you so much for the lovely comment!

Do not be put off by the first book! Honestly, stick with it and you wont regret it 🙂

Ok I am going to take your word for it! Wish me luck! (:

Good luck!! And enjoy

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Well, I’m forty six in three days and have read a lot of YA and have written some too. Some of it’s excellent, though some, I agree, is slushy and repetitive.
I’m glad you mentioned the Hunger Games, because the books deal with individual responses to a totalitarian state – and there’s nothing juvenile about that. I also think Patrick Ness is fantastic (The Chaos Walking series) and Malorie Blackman (Nought and Crosses) too. There are so many YA authors who deal with very serious issues.
I haven’t read any Cassandra Clare books yet – they sound interesting though. Thanks for the great review

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I need to check out those book series seeing you have mentioned it! Thank you for writing and thank your compliment! I appreciate it so much! (:

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I found your review for this after reading your review of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I saw the name Clary and the mention of Shadowhunters and I had to read it. I recognized these from the show Shadowhunters on the CW network. I actually had no idea that they were inspired from the novels. From the show, I did think that the story was a little geared toward the YA genre, but I still found the story intriguing and enjoyable. I thank you for this review because now I can read the books for myself! I am curious if you’ve seen the show, and how true to the books it is if you have. I see that you mentioned the movie adaptation, which I have not seen, but since you did not mention the show I thought I would ask. Thanks again, cheers!

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Hi Michael! Thank you so much for this amazing comment! I love receiving comments like this it makes my day and I love talking to like-minded people!
How are you finding the show? I have heard of it but I am still yet to watch it. I might do one day! I have heard from people who have read the book and seen the Tv series that the Tv show is actually better than the movie adaption because in the movie they changed a lot.
Personally I loved the movie but a lot of book lovers didn’t because as I said they changed many things. However, you haven’t read the novels yet so you could easily watch the movie and not feel mad!
The books are definitely worth reading, especially the first! They are YA novels but they have a lot f adult fantasy themes. I traditionally do not read YA but this series is so great that I had too! Do you think you could see yourself reading it anytime soon? (:

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Thank you as well for your kind words. I hope to produce multiple great stories, and with hard work and persistence I think I will get there! As for mythology, I find any and all mythology interesting. If I had to pick some of my favorites I would say Celtic, Norse, Greek/Roman, Egyptian, and Native Americans’ various different mythos. I have a hard time trying to limit it down. If I had to only pick one though, I would go with Celtic. I’ve done a great deal of research into the various Celtic religions and mythos and I just find the stories brilliant and entertaining. Even though I’ve studied them the most, I could continue to study them for years to come and never tire of it (and I’m sure I will continue to study them for years to come!). The story of the flood is an interesting one that my wife and I talk about a lot. We’ve watched a few documentaries that actually researched various flood stories and came up with a modicum of physical evidence that a massive flooding like that could have occurred. I wish I could remember the names of the documentaries to share with you. If you’re interested let me know and I’ll ask my wife to see if she remembers any of the titles. Until then though, cheers!

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You definitely will get there! So many authors give up before they achieve greatness so keep going no matter how hard it is. Some of the best authors who wrote the most famous books actually struggled in the beginning and had doubts about whether they could succeed but they worked hard and it payed off so make sure you do the same! (:
Wow you love Mythology just as much as I do this is great! I adore it so much and what you said is perfect. It is so true, you could study the stories over and over again and never tire of them and every time you could find something new and interpret it differently.
For example I have read the Iliad a dozen times and every time it is like I am reading a different story because every time you can interpret it in a different way. That is the beauty of myths, you can learn them forever (:
I am ashamed to say though that I have barely studied Celtic mythology at all which is crazy considering I am Irish! I need to change this asap. Do you have any books you could recommend? (:So I really do think that there was a flood just like I think that the sea parted although I don’t believe Moses done that. I watched a documentary on this and it says that it could have happened, that an earthquake at sea could have done it and it could have but of course back then nobody knew what an earthquake was. They would think that it was the gods being angry. They did not know about science but science can explain all of this. Just like it can be used to explain how the sea turned red. It happened recently and it’s because of the organisms etc. Anyway I’m rambling lol!
That documentary does sound pretty incredible though, if you can find out and let me know that would be great but if not do not worry! Speak to you soon! (:
The story of the flood definitely is interesting and I do think that it happened. I think there is truth in the bible just like their is truth about Santa Claus. For example Santa was a man named Saint Nicholas who owned a toy factory and who donated toys every year at Christmas. He was a real person but stories over time are fabricated and even more so in the past because stories where passed around the camp fire not through pen and paper so people would exaggerate the stories.

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Again, no worries. It took me a bit to be able to respond back to you this time as well, so even further example of how life happens! Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying the conversation we have going here, for I am as well. In regards to the standalone novel, it is very true that I think they do tend to turn into series if the public and publishers want them to. I think it will be easier for me to get standalone novels published, but at the same time I plan on leaving the option open for a series should the need arise. Basically if after publication I get asked if I can make a series out of it, I want to be able to tell the publisher “Yes!” I’m trying not to focus on it too much because I want the stories to be complete in and of themselves, and not to be left with a stereotypical “to-be-continued,” however if the readers love the worlds so much that they want another story based within it, I’ll be more than happy to oblige! One can only hope, right? As for Mythology; I love mythology! I love fantasy, and I think that fantasy and mythology go hand in hand. That’s one of the main reasons my wife and I love Halloween so much is the mythology that the holiday comes from. And I just have to say, meeting in a bookstore over Jane Eyre and getting married in Scotland is a pretty cool story! My wife and I would love to visit Scotland one day, but she’s mentioned that she knows she’d have to drag me away because I wouldn’t want to leave! My heritage is primarily Scottish (even though I have an Italian name – which is due to my father, to whom I’m named for, not being my biological father – anyway…), so I’d love to visit one day. It’s been great to connect with you as well, and I look forward to reading your future content!

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Hi again Michael! What you said about your book and publishing is perfect! It’s so true what you said, it is better to write a standalone fantasy novel but to always leave the story open without it being a to be continued like you said. That is so smart!
That is the best option though and it has worked for many authors. Even authors like James Dashner. I am sure he wanted a trilogy but his books done so well that the readers begged for more and now he is writing prequels and continuing to write short stories! Once you have a great story people love you are set to go for a long time (:
I am so happy that you adore Mythology too! You are so right they do go perfectly together. What kind of Mythology do you like? I adore Greek mythology the most and then probably Norse second. Native American is pretty great too though!I think it is so fascinating that every region of Mythology has there own version of events on popular things such as Noah’s ark and how the first humans were created etc. For example the bible has a story about the flood to wash away the sins and so does Greek and every other form and Greek religion is much older than Christianity. It’s just fascinating (:
Aww thank you! It is pretty out there but I love how we met. We only got married in Scotland because I was 17 when me and my husband met whereas he was quite a bit older. You can get married there without parents permission so it was perfect (:
You and your wife would love Scotland! It is so beautiful. Personally I do not like the cities but the country is beautiful, I am obsessed with the country! I am half Irish and Scottish blood so I love it there (:

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So I’ve spent a good deal of time looking for my books on Celtic mythology, but it’s been to no avail. I know they are somewhere in my house, but they have thus far eluded me. So instead I did a quick search to come up with a couple title that the web recommends. First we have The Mammoth Book of Celtic Myths and Legends
By Peter Ellis, and secondly (I found one that I’m pretty sure I have) Celtic Gods and Heroes by Marie-Louise Sjoestedt. Another book that I found that you may not need but could be helpful is Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend by Miranda Green. In regards to the documentaries, I’ve asked my wife if she remembered any of the titles, and she did not. We’ve watched so many of them that she found a few that she’s sure we’ve watched, but she’s not sure if the content contained within was worth noting. I tried to do a quick search to see if I could find any credible recommendations, but was unable to pull anything up that didn’t seems like rubbish. My wife is still thinking about it, so if she recalls one of the good ones I’ll let you know. As to your other comments, I am definitely going to persevere with my writing and hope that I see the payoff during my lifetime. It’s a common saying among authors that no one likes your stuff till you’re dead, because so many authors that are considered the greatest now were only discovered after their passing. However, there are examples of the contrary and I hope to be one as well. Anyway, I hope this info helps! Cheers!

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