I realize that this book, the first in the Mortal Instruments, was published at the height of my enthusiasm for these types of books (2007 was a great year for reading for me), but I somehow never found it until now. Well, I didn’t even find it. City of Bones was enthusiastically thrust into my hands in the middle of a Barnes and Noble, by my husband. Now, my husband likes reading. But he is not the type of reader I am, the stays-up-til-all-hours-to-finish-a-book, was-once-known-for-reading-ten-books-in-a-week kind of reader. I have to admit, not many people are that kind of reader. My point is, my husband enjoys kicking back with a good book, but he also prefers other forms of entertainment more. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this. But it does mean that whenever he is adamant that I need to read a particular book or series, I pick it up, because he’s probably right. If he’s particularly excited about a book, there’s a very good reason for it. So I am now officially a Mortal Instruments fan and have begun my journey through this series.
Fifteen-year-old Clary is your average outcast teenage girl being raised by a single parent. Except she isn’t. But she doesn’t know that. All she knows is her mother is an artist, her father figure, Luke, is just a friend to her mom, and her real father died in a car accident when Clary’s mother was pregnant with her. But, as these stories go, all of that changes, starting with a mysterious encounter with a group of people Clary apparently shouldn’t be able to see. You see, Clary is, unbeknownst to her, a Shadowhunter, one of the Nephilim. And so are her parents. Turns out, her mother fled that life and went into hiding after a mysterious set of circumstances that no one will give Clary a straight answer about. But now, her mother has disappeared, taken by someone who is commanding the demons the Shadowhunters spend their lives fighting.
And that’s just the beginning! Every chapter was a new twist and turn in this fast-paced book. There was some predictability to the story, but I believe part of that comes from being twenty-four years old and reading a book intended for teens. I’ve also been reading a lot of detective books recently. However, there was still much to the book, especially the ending, that was surprising and kept me on my toes. I stayed up much later than I should have in order to finish City of Bones. And it was totally worth it.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare gets 4/5 stars.