City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

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...

Details City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

TitleCity of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Release DateMar 27th, 2007
PublisherMargaret K. McElderry Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Vampires, Supernatural, Angels, Magic

Reviews City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

  • a
    IMPORTANT EDIT (1/14/18):Fam, I wrote this review in 2011. All of y'all commenting in 2018 need to get over it. I've moved to a different account. I've moved past Cassandra Clare and while I maintain that this book is a blatant rip off of about 1000 other books (and while a lot of you insist that she's an original author, like it or not, she does have a history with plagiarism/bad behavior), I haven't read any of her new stuff so I can't tell you...
  • Tatiana
    15-year old Clary witnesses a crime at a trendy New York night club. Interesting thing, nobody but Clary can see both the victim and perpetrators. As it turns out, there is an entire invisible to regular people world, and Clary is an unwitting important part of it. "City of Bones" is one of those books that all my female friends and fellow readers simply love, Jace-mania all around. Needless to say, I had to jump on the bandwagon eventually and g...
  • Cara
    Wow. I was reading some reviews on this and people either hate or love it. I am not ashamed to say I belong to the latter. Lots of opinions means there is lots of things to say...Ok so I was practically splitting my head open thinking of what exactly I wanted to say about this book. In the end I just decided to go with what comes to mind. So here it goes...Clare does a superb job of drawing you in. Maybe the plot isn't completely unique but the w...
  • Kat Kennedy
    ***Warning: won't contain spoilers cause I didn't get far enough to give a fuck and discover anything worth spoiling.***Okay, so let me get this out straight. I have never NOT finished a book before. Okay, I'm lying. The History of Sexuality Volume 1 by Michel Foucault remains unfinished as does Villette by Charlotte Bronte. Why? Because they were boring.Because, as I read them, I wanted to take a cheese grater to my skull and rub vigorously just...
  • Rick Riordan
    Okay, so Im far behind the curve on reading this, but I very much enjoyed my introduction to the world of nephilim, Shadowhunters and demons. Clare constructed a vivid, believable parallel world with great characters, punchy dialogue, and a winning mix of humor, pathos and action. I like her take on warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, and of course Im a big fan or urban fantasy, where these fantastic elements mix into the regular gritty city life...
  • Tomoe Hotaru
    19 Apr '16 Bet you're sick of my updates, now.Just for reference, on the recent Sherrilyn Kenyon v Cassandra Clare.Kenyon has filed a lawsuit against Clare, and also provides a list of alleged similarities between Clare's work to her own.Read and decide for yourself. 15 Jun '13 update again! Saw some stills for the movie, and to be honest, despite being slightly spurious in my "casting" of City of Bones, I actually think my version is much better...
  • Khurram
    A great and interesting books. I manages to combine the infulences from many of top fictional series of our time. It combines hidden magic world of Harry Potter, the teenage drama of Buffy, and a couple of themes from Star Wars as well. The book is very well written and fast paces.We follow Clary Fray, a 15 year old misfit trying to find heself, not quite sure if she is goth, cyberpunk, or just a temperamental teenaged artist. One night in the lo...
  • Heather
    I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones, and that enchantment still holds four years, and at least half a dozen re-reads later in sptite of the fact that I'm older, wiser, and should know better. I've also read countless reviews, both adoring and loathing and have come to the conclusion that this book does not garner any type of middle ground, you either love it or you hate it. I'm glad that I get to love it. What else can I say...
  •  Teodora
    4.25/5 ⭐Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺HEY LOOK AT ME FINALLY PICKING UP THIS SERIES!As a newbie in this whole Shadowhunter universe, all I can say is that this world is pretty weird. Maybe if I was reading this 12 years ago, things wouldve seemed to be different, but now as a 20-something year old I am not so into the world just yet. It is at the same time childishly simple and complicated. Im sure it would grow on me, I mean,...
  • Nick
    Clary is so annoying, like just shut the hell up girl
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I was never expecting anything from this but an entertaining and maybe a little bit forgettable book. I was wrong; I found this completely unforgettable. For being a trainwreck.To be quite honest, I think 75% of the hype for this series comes from nostalgia. Listen, I'm sorry, I know this isn't everything, but I really... don't get why these first three books are hyped, on any level. Not only do I have ten million problems with the tropey nature ...
  • Katerina
    Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of our Enemies Since 1234. I read City of Bones for the first time 5 years ago. I still remember that day. The sun was shining, the birds were singing It was during my first semester in Law School and I had to study History of Law, which was a complete waste of time because seriously, who is ever going to ask me whether women in Byzantium could get a divorce? (In case you are wondering, they...
  • Melanie
    Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side. Hi, my name is Melanie, and Im the last person on this planet to read anything by Cassie Clare! But I had too many best friends who promised me that reading this series would be worth it for me to finally get to Lady Midnight! Well, the other night I did an Instagram poll, because I wanted something fae and I was just going to pick up Lady Midnight, without reading any o...
  • Shelley
    Pure and utter crap. I wish there were ways to give negative stars. I certainly want the time from my life back. I would compare its writing quality to a fanzine, except that comparison wouldn't be fair to fanzines. But I swear to God, it took every single bad fanfic writing cliche and published them. What were her publishers thinking??? Where was her editor?? It was horrible. I would dearly love for a fanfiction author to make good and become a ...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I can totally see why everyone rants and raves over these books; while I'm only one deep (so far) and hoping to read City of Ashes in the very near future, I feel this is the type of book that teenage Chelsea would have flipped her turds for back in the day. I'm just glad I can still enjoy them now. While very teen oriented, City of Bones still had a classic feel that surpassed barriers of age and gender, and I have heard from many folks that th...
  • Sasha Alsberg
    The Mortal Instruments changed the way I looked a fantasy novels. I am a huge fan now. I defiantly recommend this book for any hunger games, divergent, harry potter, and twilight fans out there. It is truly a fantastic series.
  • Maria
    2.6/5 Stars ⭐ ⭐ ⭐Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.This book didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. Basically, it left no taste in my mouth. Or if it left a taste, it was like water taste. It didn't exist. But let's talk a bit about my history with the Shadowhunter world. But first the plot in italics cause we're classy as fuck.When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she ha...
  • shady boots | #WatchPOSE
    I had to do it.
  • The Burning Rose (Jess)
    2019 Re-read: 4/5 stars.This book wasnt as good as it was the first time I read it, somewhere at the time I was 16 years old. And yet, it was still interesting, intriguing and the reading was good. Im glad Im re-reading it because I want to finally finish this series.2016: 4.5 stars.Such a great book! 2019 Re-read: 4/5 stars.This book wasn’t as good as it was the first time I read it, somewhere at the time I was 16 years old. And yet, it was ...
  • Miranda Reads
    You're an idiot.""I've never claimed to be otherwise. Clary Fray goes to one little party with her best friend (Simon)...and there's a teeny-tiny littler repercussion by way of her life being absolutely and irrevocably ruined. She witnesses an unusual boy being led to the back by figures cloaked in black, brandishing knives. Curious, she decides to investigate...and stumbles upon an exorcism.The Shadowhunters are just as surprised as she is - mos...
  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
    3 StarsReviewing this is weird-- because I used to love it. When I was about 13, I remember finding this library book, taking it home and reading all 400+ pages in one sitting. Then I went back the next day and grabbed the next two books, devoured them, thought that was the end and (mostly) forgot about it. (Until that awful movie came out a few years ago)So reading it now, as an early-twentysomething with a lot more reading and life experience,...
  • jessica
    CAN YOU BELIEVE its taken me this long to finally pick up my first cassandra clare book?!? because i can. lifes too short to read books you know you wont love implicitly, but i recently had a change of heart. unfortunately, reading this went exactly how i thought it would. this is serving some major pre-teen juvenile cringe realness. the writing is a little bland. none of the characters are memorable. and there is a lot going on that isnt really ...
  • Lola
    I didn't always love The Mortal Instruments.In fact, the first time I read it, I found it quite immature and annoying. If Im not mistaken, I read it for the first time three years ago, just before the release of the execrable movie. Well, 1) you need to know that, at that time, I wasnt reading English books just yet (that came a couple of months later) and 2) some of the French editions look horrible (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)] and those are ...
  • Meredith Holley
    I think this book is has some kind of mental disability. I kind of dont want to make fun of it because, you know, its not playing the game with a full deck of cards. But, at the same time, it does not have such a significant learning disability that it needs to sit in a separate classroom from the other stories; it just has this confluence of creepiness and then some kind of mild mental challenge. So, I kind of do want to make fun of it because, ...
  • Jess
    Really, there's nothing very original, or satisfying in the book. She borrowed so heavily from Buffy, Harry Potter, and Star Wars that it sticks out like a sore thumb. It reads like altered fan fiction. And I love fan fiction, make no mistake, but it's not attempting to make a buck off someone else's world, either. Which is essentially what the book is. Cobbled fan fiction that has no cohesion.I knew Clare as Cassandra Claire from Harry Potter fa...
  • Jessica Edwards
    I've actually been meaning to write a review about this book, and because I watched the film only recently, I thought why not write a review about it now. I received the first 4 books from my sister but I never got around to reading either of them. I remember reading City of Bones, but I think I stopped midway because I realized that a movie had been made of it, so I watched the film instead. City of Bones is about a teenage girl called Clary Fra...
  • Kiki
    Update to come (I'm doing my spring cleaning late this year).
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    So heres the thing. I got rid of my copies of these books and The Infernal Devices series awhile back when I was having a clean out. The I enjoyed some of the newer books. Then one of my groups put up a challenge for the series. Then I decided to listen to them from the library. NOW, my thoughts have changed as they do on rereads sometimes. I love certain characters more so in the newer books but in this book I feel like I wasted precious time, A...
  • Laurel
    *Spoilers yeah*Im going to say this now so its out of the way.No.Ive never read the Draco Trilogy by Cassandra Claire on have no right to mention the plagiarism event around the Draco Trilogy in this review, because I have not read it, and so I will not go into the plagiarism event.Yes.I know of the plagiarism, and I find it despicable, but Im not reviewing that, Im reviewing City of Bones.THE CITY OF BONES REREAD WITH PALICE ...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    #1 City of Bones ★★★★☆ #2 City of Ashes ★★★☆☆#3 City of Glass ★★★★☆#4 City of Fallen Angels ★★★★★ #5 City of Lost Souls ★★★★★#6 City of Heavenly Fire I know Im slow to pick up this series, but I honestly spent several years of my life thinking that Cassandra Clares books didnt hold anything special in store for me. They just didnt strike me as books that I would like very much, but when my friend ...