City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – book review


Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City – and the dangers of forbidden love.

Overall Plot

Clary Fray is a normal teenager living in an apartment with her mother Jocelyn. On a night out with her best friend Simon, Clary witnesses something bizarre in a nightclub and discovers the secret world of the Shadowhunters.


I have been wanting to read City of Bones for ages but never got around to it, until now. I have seen the movie adaptation starring Lily Collins and really enjoyed it. I wanted to compare the book and the movie so I ordered City of Bones from my local library. (City of Bones is book 1 – there are 6 books in total).

I loved this book. I loved Jace’s wit and sarcasm and how he kind of gave off a bad boy vibe but was a total sweetheart underneath. I loved reading about Clary discovering everything she never even knew about herself, her family and that the world was filled with all sorts of demons.

Jace and Clary pretty much clicked straight away and I hate to say this but I totally ship them – cue the cuteness overload. I enjoyed learning about the other characters too such as Alec and Isabelle (siblings) the fellow shadowhunters and Simon (Clary’s best friend) who did I mention is so cute. Damn you Clare for giving me yet another crush on a fictional character.


I admit that the ending threw me off a bit (like wait what just happened!?) but I know it’s all going to sort itself out because there’s five other books in the series. (I may have looked up some spoilers online) but anyway, really enjoyable and funny read filled with plenty of action. I can’t wait to read City of Ashes!

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My favourite quotes from City of Bones

All the stories are true

He means that the stories we believe in our hearts – stories in which we are the heroes, stories in which there are good people who rise up to defeat the evil, stories in which there is always hope – are also true.

Clary, you’re an artist like your mother. That means you see the world in ways that other people don’t. It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.

Jace fitted the key into the lock, glancing over his shoulder at Simon. I’m not sure you’re quite sensible of the honor I’m doing you he said. You’ll be one of the few mundanes who has ever been inside the Institute. Probably the smell keeps the rest of them away.

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