Ugh, where do I even begin?! This has been one of my all-time, favourite books ever for a long time now. I first read City of Bones a couple of years ago, and it was essentially the book that made me discover my love for fantasy novels, so it does hold a special place in my heart.
Though I sped through the book in a couple of days the first time around, it’s taken me some time to get through it this time. I’m putting this down to the fact that I know the main plot down to a T, as I have been incessantly reminded of the ‘important’ parts through the film and TV show – both of which have aired since my first time reading The Mortal Instruments series.
I adore Cassandra Clare’s writing style. There is something about her description of the best (New York City) and worst (the demons) parts of the novel that mesmerise me. She makes the entire book seem magical and so much better than the real world.
Despite my slight dislike of the main protagonist Clary, I adore Jace and Simon. I know Clary has the best intentions but I think she comes off as quite selfish at times. The humour in the novel is only as good as it is because of Simon and Jace, and the way they interact and each deliver their very memorable one-liners. Again, credit to Cassandra Clare for her wonderful writing. I am exceptionally envious of the bond that Jace, Alec and Isabelle share. Not only are they extremely good-looking (in my head) and super talented, they care for and love each other with a subtle but distinct intensity.
I cannot wait to continue the series and ignite my love for TMI once again.
Author: Cassandra Clare
Title: City of Bones
Audience: Young Adults/Teens
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Published: March 2007
Star Rating: ★★★★★