Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) by Cassandra Clare

Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1)
Author: Cassandra Clare
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 336 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 10 and up

Summary: Clary Fray is about to find out that seeing things others cannot is not a good sign of things to come. Hanging out at the Pandemonium Club in New York City with her friend, Clary witnesses a murder of a teenage boy at the hands of three teenagers identifiable by their weird tattoos and weapons. And then the body disappears. What is going on!?! Apparently the boy who was killed is a demon in disguise and the murderers were demon slayers. Buy how can Clary, a mundane, witness what just happened when nobody else could?

Why I started this book:

This series first came to my attention by Cook Cutlery who heard the book series was good by a friend of hers. The two of them shared a great liking for the Maximum Ride Series and the girl said it reminded her of The Hunger Games.

Why I quit this book:

Short and simple – the story dragged, couldn’t retain interest, creepy cockroach/spider demon. No thanks.

Clary (whose name by the way just screams “I’m really the author in thinly veiled disguise here”) is dumb as rocks. Going back to her apartment after her mother is kidnapped? How crazy stupid can you get? I can’t stand TSTL (too stupid to live) heroines. You know the ones, they run into their home when the front door’s been broken instead of calling the police or more backup than a teenage kid even though they bad stuff is happening. Oh wait – that’s exactly what Clary did!

After quitting the book I read some things on the web that indicated she plagiarized from multiple sources (not sure I buy that, what I did read seemed pretty unique) and from her own Harry Potter fanfic titled Draco’s Trilogy in this story (which I can believe, but who cares? It’s like the Fifty Shades Trilogy based on the author’s Twilight fanfiction Master of the Universe). I never got to those parts anyway.

Rating: DNF

Buy: Cassandra Clare: The Mortal Instrument Series (Mortal Instruments)

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1 Comment

  1. Tessa

    I thought the book was actually really good, you might have quit too soon in the story line? It does get really addictive and i have read every one in the series Clary doesn’t stay that dumb, i promise haha but now that you mention it there are moments when you just think “Jeez, how could you be so stupid?!?!” but i think C.Clare was going for a really rash and spontaneous character who doesnt think things through but then grows as a character

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