City of Bones (#1 of 6) by Cassandra Clare
Published Year: 2007
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Subtitle: Good, but not Great
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. And she’s more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
I read the first three books a while back and had to stop, because I thought CC should've stopped at book three. I later found out that books 1 - 3 were a series and 4 - 6 were supposed to be a separate series. Which is all well and good, but name it something else CC to avoid confusion, have new protagonists. Anyway, I went for a reread!
All the stories are true. Clary is "introduced" (more like violently thrown in) to the world of Shadowhunters head first when her mother disappears. Like Clary, we're immediately immersed in this world of demons, angels, warlocks and vampires. It's magical and shadowy and exists just a layer below our own. Is it a little bit of a stretch? Maybe. Do I care once the adventure starts? Not really. I just want to know what happens next!
There are some cliches in this book that definitely annoyed but I was so enchanted by this world, that I kind of ignored them. (Read: best friend is in love with me x2 and star crossed lovers). However, something CC does really well is character banter. She's got the witty one-liners down to a science, especially for her male characters. I mean, Clary and Izzy have zingers, but they've got nothing on Jace.
Also, there's a movie (don't watch it). The TV show is marginally better, but the plot line doesn't follow the book so much. Just to update you. They've reordered events and completely mixed things up, we'll see how it goes!
3.5 out of 5 stars