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 book – just like I was reluctant to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Gone Girl – because this book had amassed a hype that was enormous. I was worried that this book would disappoint me and not live up to my expectations because this is a real possibility with ‘media frenzy books.’ However! Upon finishing the City of Bones, all I could think was “wow, now this is an incredible fantasy read!”. I loved this incredible book and it most certainly exceeded my expectations. Unlike some books, this novel was worth the hype, and so I am so proud to write that I am one of the many legions of fans of Cassandra Clare and a proud Shadowhunter! I am in awe of Clare and the beautiful world which she has created so if you like I was, are hesitant to read this book then take a chance because you will not be disappointed! For those of you that do not know I am going to write a brief synopsis of the book for you lovely readers.

City of Bones tells the tale of an ordinary teenage girl named Clary Fray (can we please appreciate how beautiful this name is?!) who suddenly has a Sight to see things that others cannot. Clary is a special woman who has been blessed – some would say cursed – with an ability to see Demons, Vampires, Werewolves, Warlocks and much more demonic creatures. Clary is a young woman who has been thrust into a world that is beyond her wildest imagination. She at first does not know what part she has to play in this mystical parallel world, but when her mother is attacked and kidnapped, Clary is forced to remember a past as well as secrets that have previously been hidden from her. This is a very brief synopsis of this extraordinary tale, but if you are a reader who loves to know more about stories, then please read further to learn more about the plot of this story!

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 sneak into a storeroom, pursued by two other boys. One of these boys is armed with what appears to be a knife and thinking something terrible is about to happen, she soon sends Simon for help. Clary, however, is an impulsive character and she can’t wait, so she follows the mysterious group into the storeroom. Once inside this storeroom, she witnesses the blue-haired ‘boy’ being attacked and then murdered, but when she observes him being killed, he seems to vanish from the room. Clary soon gets caught looking, and she is told by one of the people in the room that “demons return to their home dimensions when they die.”
Simon soon enters the storeroom with the clubs bouncer in tow, and for some unknown reason, Simon, as well as the bouncer cannot see anybody, and when Clary realizes this, she mumbles an apology and soon leaves confused and shook up.

When Clary returns home she does so to the scolding of her mother, Jocelyn. Clary shrugs this off, but the next day Jocelyn announces to Clary that they are moving away from New York City to the country for the summer where Jocelyn’s best friend, Luke, has a home. Clary is furious and upset by this unexpected move and soon confides in Simon that she is angry as well as confused by the fact that she knows nothing about her mother or her entire family, she describes how her life is almost like a mystery and that she is sick of it.

Simon consoles Clary, and soon they go to a poetry reading. However, when Clary arrives she happens to see one of the boys who were at the club – who we later find out is called Jace. Clary confronts Jace angrily but after calming down, Jace tells Clary all about demon-hunters called Shadowhunters or Nephilim. Jace has a bold claim, and this is that Clary is not a mundane (ordinary human). This is a lot to take in for Clary but to make matters worse, she gets a call from Jocelyn who is in a frantic panic who tells Clary not to come home and to let Luke know that ‘he’ has found her. Then the phone call ends abruptly and ignoring her mother’s wishes; she races home to help her mother only to find her house in disarray with her mother gone. To make matters even worse, Clary is attacked by a demon but soon kills him thanks to the use of Jace’s sensor. After this traumatic event, Jace whisks Clary off to the ‘Institute’; the local headquarters of Shadowhunters.

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At this point in my review, I think I should stop discussing the plot because I am getting carried away… this is what this novel does to you, it takes over and makes you want to talk about this book non stop! What I will tell you book lovers is that the rest of this novel becomes a thrilling adventure in which Clary must find her mother, find the mysterious Mortal Cup and discover her true self.

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! If YA novels are like this, then I am missing out because this book is brilliant! I never understood the love of YA before I read it but now I understand perfectly; they make for enjoyable, light, lovely reads that readers can pick up and quickly get lost in so I will definitely be reading more Young Adult books!

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 mysterious, sometimes terrifying creatures and enchanting people. Oh, and who can forget that I loved being in a book full of incredible Shadowhunters! All of this made this fantasy read perfectly; I was I pure heaven as I read this book as the author allowed me to imagine all the wondrous things perfectly!

Cassandra Clare’s is a magnificent writer whose words were captivating as well as addictive. I was surprised by how well developed this story was, it may be a YA novel but it has mature themes. These incredible themes combined with Clare’s intelligent and savvy writing, combined again with excellent action sequences meant that I was kept on the edge of my seat from beginning to end!

The characters in this novel were superb, and it would be a crime not to write about the host of diverse, and brilliantly created characters the reader comes across in this book. Each character in this spell-binding novel had something unique and special about them, and I found this to be mesmerizing. The characters the reader comes across in this book are ambitious, and I was thrilled with this. I am thrilled that the characters are ambitious because the story is ambitious, Clare is an author who loves to take risks… this is wonderful because it shows she is brave and unafraid.

I found the protagonist of the story, Clary Fray to be an adorable, sweet girl but do not let this fool you as she is a young woman who can pack a punch! She is a character who keeps developing and evolving throughout; there were times when I was shocked by her changes of attitude. For example, Clary can in one moment be a sweet and innocent woman only to be quick-tempered, and fiery in the next and I have to say, I found myself applauding her fierceness! It was delightful to read a novel in which a strong female protagonist is prominent, plus, she is a redhead like me so how can I not love her!

The other main character in this story is Jace, Jace is a character who surprised me and delighted me. I had heard many things about Jace before I read this novel and what I heard was not great. I thought that he was going to be a jerk, but I was delighted when I found out that he was not like this at all! He is a fun character who brought some much-needed humor to the novel. Besides, he and Simon were the perfect comedy duo, and they had me laughing frequently.

Overall, the City of Bones is an enchanting fantasy novel which is full of action, adventure and sprinkles 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. 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 because it is brilliant! This wonderful book gets Five 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!

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 more links about 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

Mini Movie Review

The movie adaption of this incredible book is a brilliant movie, however! I do not believe it lived up to the book. I adored the casting and thought the set design and costumes were beautiful, but for me, the directors left out too many parts of the original story. What did you think of the movie book lovers? I would love to know! Thank you so much again for reading!

Thank you so much again for reading book lovers! 

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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 there right back! I apologize for the delayed response, but I just saw this in my notifications. I’ve been in a bit of a rut lately, but I have still been reading. I recently finished Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke which was lovely. I read the first in the Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy series, and thought it was very funny, witty, and entertaining, but I haven’t been able to get the rest of the books in the series as of yet. Most recently however I’ve been working my way through the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I’m just started the last book a couple days ago and I highly recommend them! I’m not sure if you’re on Twitter or not, but you can find me @marullowriter if you are. I’ve recently posted a few interesting reading recommendation lists there. I tend to post any as I find them too. If you’re not on Twitter though, just let me know and I’ll send you back a couple of links. It was great to hear from you and I hope you are doing well. Cheers!

Hi Michael! Thank you so much for your kind reply, it is so lovely to hear from you! Sorry for my delayed one also, I have been crazy busy so I am so sorry!

Thank you SO much for all of these wonderful book recommendations! These all sound wonderful. Can I ask more about the Farseer trilogy? It sounds great!

Also, I do have Twitter but I am very rarely on it! However I will follow you now! Thank you!

Also, I hope you and your wife are well! How have you both been? (:

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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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Hi there! I have not spoken to you in a very long time, I just wanted to see how you have been and what great books you have read recently? I am in dire need of book recommendations and I know you probably have many! I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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Thank you so much!!

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