City of Bones Book Reviews

Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare Book Summary

Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

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 a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Book Name City of Bones
Genre Fantasy for Young Adults
Language English
E-Book Size 14.22 MB

City of Bones (Cassandra Clare) Book Reviews 2024

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One of my favorites - Still. I read this series in my teens, and re-reading it again as an adult I still love this story. Still one of my favorites all these years layer. Clare does an incredible job bringing you into this world and making you fall in love with everyone in it. Will continue to be my favorite forever.

So dang good!. I swear, this is one of the best books ever written! Jace Wayland is my future husband!

A roller coaster of emotions. Cassandra Clare has done a great job writing this book , I personally loved , it is absolutely amazing , I never thought I would love the fantasy genre but I was wrong , you find yourself within the characters , you feel their pain you might cry when they do , and you can't finish your day until you know how are they doing , the only thing that broke my heart is that when the story was made into a movie I was first kinda disappointed but after a while the actors grew on me I couldn't imagine anyone to be in the story characters except them , and then the tv series came and I couldn't watch it felt like betraying the old actors , and now it's an open wound the pain never goes away you will just get used to it .

BEST BOOKS EVER( I ♥️Clace). I have reread this series four times ( yes it’s that good ) and every time I can’t put it down. It has the most plot twists ever in a series. It’s so well written that you feel like the characters are real, and that you know them. I’ve never reread any books before until this series, and every time I read it, i find something new that I never had understood or realized before. Absolutely AMAZING... props to Cassandra.

Cool Novel. I heard about this series and have seen the first movie, not really a big fan of the movie but so far with reading the novel I am hooked to the book. I give it 4 stars, I would rate it 5 but I seem to be confused on the plot. The characters are always on the move about something and I barely understand her connection to them as being a shadow hunter. I do recommend this series for Star Wars nerds.

Much better than the movie!. So when I saw the trailer for the movie, I got really excited and then the movie finally came out - and I saw it! I became a minor fan of the movie and then I learned something: It's based on a book. Since I liked the movie I decided to try the book and I liked it even more! Definitely recommend it, it IS worth 10 dollars! Can't wait to start City Of Ashes!

Best series I've ever read!!. I began reading the series after I saw the movie the movie was so confusing I thought mundane a couldn't ever see Shadowhunters I love this book and the series I used to quiz my friends at school about it

Love these books!!!. I have reread this series many times. Definitely recommend reading all. Their love story(clace) is so unique. Well written characters and amazing plot. Really makes you want to live in this fantasy world lol. You’ll love it!

NO WORDS!. This book by Cassandra Clare is SO amazing! I fell in love with the characters and plot instantly. I will NEVER get tired of this series, in fact I wish Cassandra Clare had written more. Once I'm done with the last book, I plan to re-read them all over again. (-:

Such a good book. This book is so different from the tv show and a little different from the movie it’s amazing. 10/10 recommend.

BEST SERIES EVER. This book is so great! The first page gets you hooked on an amazing plot line. The characters are so funny and awesome! A MUST read!!!

Awesome read. This was a very good read. Very entertaining with a different take on supernatural season. I highly recommend it.

It’s pretty good. I liked this book but I know this is one of her worst books and both this series and her other ones are better!

Best book ever. It was the best

Awful. This was the worst book I've ever read. It was as if the author stole bits and pieces of the most popular teenage fantasy books and smushed them all into one book. It was so predictable and unoriginal that it actually saddened me. If I was the author of Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Twilight or Star Wars I would sue. She should be ashamed of herself. Maybe the other books get better but I will not be wasting my money on this series ever again

Awesome!. I really liked this adventurous read!

Amazing. I love this book I was hooked from page one and I finished it in two days! I just couldn’t put it down.

Just do it. Once you are done reading this one read the next one. Even if you don’t want to finish the series do it. You won’t regret it. It starts looking up. You may not want to but just do it. Trust me when I say it will all be ok. Hopefully you know what I’m talking about.

Fantastic. One of my favorite series.

Loved it!. I loved it but who ever said that this is just a fan fiction. STOP. Don't ruin it for us just because you didn't like it or it's a fanfiction of a book you read. Keep it to yourself. If you have any bad things to say, don't say anything at all. Other than that, I loved it! Can't wait to go to the library to get City of Ashes!

Good if u love fantasy. This book was absolutely amazing and the other people who says it is bad is because they don't like fantasy. I highly recommend this book to people who are interested in fantasy and adventure.

Readers beware. If you plan on reading this, I hope you plan on staying up until 2 or 3 in the morning every night until you finish the series. I cannot express how much I love this series, and I am, in fact, reading it for a second time right now. It is frustrating, and funny, and sad, and sometimes you want to rip your hair out. But it’s worth it. Fans of Percy Jackson, Twilight, The Cruel Prince, etc. Why haven’t you read this yet?

YA friendly - 18+ meh. I was excited to read because of all the positive reviews. While it says “young adult” - I’ve read plenty that captivate my attention and keep me on the edge of me seat from beginning to end. City of Bones on the other hand, has dragged. The monsters are described almost unbelievably and cartoonish, the dialog is “young” and the plot slow. The entire first book is over a course of a week? I wish more time was focused into Clary and her development into this new, unimaginable world. I will say there are tons of unexpected and expected twists that some books don’t have. I won’t be continuing the series but do recommend to those looking for an intro into the romance fantasy world.

Exciting and I Never Could’ve Guessed The Ending. This book was amazing and kept me guessing until the end. I just wish the other books were cheaper than $11. ☹️

It's a "No" from me. Recycled garbage from an author with a bad history of taking plots and paragraphs that don't belong to her. The characters are all deeply annoying, the worldbuilding is very "been there, done that", and every single page is soaked in purple prose. Whoever decided Cassie Claire deserved to graduate from plagiarized Harry Potter fanfiction to her own series should be dismissed from their job ASAP.

Wow. City of Bones was exciting, funny and is a one sitting kind of read!!

One of my favorites. I read this book for the first time in middle school and it jump started my journey into loving books and fantasy. Reading it again in high school and now again as an adult it makes me feel different every time, I love this author and her other series, I recommend to anyone looking to get into fantasy fiction.

wow. so good man so good i love it so much i will read it again

So good!!!!!. I loved this book and the entire series. If you worried and disturbed by the end... Spoiler!: It works out JUST KEEP READING, (they're not related)

Mostly Good, Lots of Backstory. I enjoyed meeting the characters and the shadow world, but I felt the world building and mythology were received as data dumps, rather than organic plot points. This was still an easy read that I did mostly enjoy.

the entire series is outstanding. NO SPOILERS HERE:) If you’re debating whether or not to purchase this book, I can confirm that is 100% worth the money. I’ve never been a person who reads, let alone enjoys it when I do. However, this series changed EVERYTHING!!! I started TMI at the begging of this summer to kill time, completely unaware of how much I would come to love this series and all works written by Cassandra Clare. This six book series ( along with her other adjoining series such as the INCREDIBLE Infernal Devises and The Ancient Artifices) have made me find a love in books that I never knew I was capable of having. Such a great story with an amazing plot and loving relatable characters. You will not regret diving into this series:):):):)

More than just a love story & vampires. Very creative and well written. I hadn’t heard of Cassandra Clare and this was the first book of hers I read. (My apologies if this is her first book I know there are many more after this that are great as well!) After reading this I am definitely a fan!! Her characters are creative and so many more going beyond slightly redundant werewolves and vampires. Easy to read hard to put down! Great start to a entire series of great books! Definitely recommend!

One of my favorites. This book is one of my favorite series I finished the series in 4 days.

Believer. Best BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!😀still reading books

Kill Simon. Simon should be killed off.

My favorite everything. I watch the tv show that's comes on every for 2 months but I can't wait to find out if jace and clary get to get I brought the book and so far is been amazing. And that was sad how the mother died in the last episode on Monday. The first time I seen the trailer two years ago I knew is was my new favorite tv show . And last week was when I found out about the movie.then yesterday I found out about the book so sense that I been reading .this is amazing book,movie,and tv show . Let's go clary and jace.shadow hunters is the name of the show. The movie is called the city of bones. THIS MY FAVORITE TV SHOW THAT I EVER WATCHED

BEST BOOK SERIES EVER. Cassandra Claire is a goddess. She is amazing. I have read this series probably thirty times and never get tired of it. You must read it. Jace is my second favorite boy character. My first is Will Herondale who is also a shadowhunter. So if you like to read, please read Cassandra's amazing Shadowhunter series.

Great Book. Packed with an intriguing plot and a unquiet cast of characters, City of Bones will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happens next in the suspenseful world Cassandra Clare created. Definitely recommend reading this book. It has a great combination of action, romance, and mysteries around every corner.

Why?. Why did you have to pull those horrible twists at the end, Clare? Just . . . Why? It was really just disturbing.

In love. Better than the movie. Best book ever!

City of Bones. I love the mortal instruments series once you read the first book you won't be able to stop and I'm speaking from experience I love Cassandra Clare and I have read a lot of her books after reading this

Ehhhh. This is one of the books that I’ll like ironically. Claire isn’t a very good writer..

BEST. BOOK. EVER.. Best book ever! I have reread this series so many times! The author Cassandra Clare is my all time favorite!! Absolutely would recommend this book to everyone!

Best book ever!!. This book is by far the best series I have come across since the Harry Potter series!!! Cassandra Clare is a very amazing author and needs To continue her wonderful writing.

THE BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ. This series is amazing and totally worth paying money, I personally didn't read it in iBooks I got it from a library but it is extremely creative and beautifully written, you fall in love with the world and characters. There is also a movie that came out, so you can watch it after you read the book

Best book ever. This is one of my favorite book I've ever read. I became addicted to this book series right away. The only thing I did not like was that the series did not have more books in its series.

I thought I wouldn’t like it but I love it!. this book is amazing! The whole Mortal Instruments series is just great, my sister gave me this book a couple years ago and i didn’t read because i thought i woldn’t like it but i was totally wrong! when i read this first book i immediately bought the next books. such Great story, characters, the world Cassandra Clare creats is just amazing

Amazing!. So good! Jace, man, 😘he’s a cutie! Such a good book! Read it in a day or two and I loved every second

Still a wonderful story. I'm re-reading after probably three years. Still such a captivating story. Valentine was evil. Such depth. Love this story. Love the series. I have not ventured into the next series by Cassandra. Didn't really feel that this series ended properly and was disappointed. She's such an amazing writer and has created an exciting world. Perhaps this time I may venture into Lady Midnight. On to City of Ashes.

Captivating!. Cassandra Clare introduces the unique world of the shadow hunters. She brings to life myths and legends into an intricate plot. If you are considering of starting the journey into that Shadow World this book will definitely hook you. I initially was interested with A Chain of Gold, but as I watched reviews of this book, I realized I should start with the beginning. The City of Bones is action-packed, mixed with teen drama, and made for fantasy lovers. The chemistry between the characters was undeniable. This book was also witty, and comical. Cassandra Clare made use of her words and helped expand my vocabulary. Clare can sometimes describe things in a way that I I can’t picture what she’s describing. Nonetheless I am hooked to the Mortal Instruments. Full of twists and turns, City of Bones is indeed captivating!

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Good. It's a great book!

Omg. I love her books! all of them can not wait for the next one. So excited! Honestly one of the best series ever!! A must read!

Nostalgic. I read TMI in high school, recently I picked them up again rereading them in the suggested order. They meant so much to me in my younger years, the story has grown and as much as I enjoy the later ones more than the original start it’s nice to see where all the characters began. A little piece of my heart will always belong to this series

❤. Cassandra Claire is an amazing author who created this world of the shadowhunters and I can honestly saw this is one of my favorite series. I fell in love with all her books.

A MUST READ. This book is amazing! The Mortal Instruments series was addicting to read; I finished the series in a week because once I picked up City of Bones, I couldn't stop!! I would definitely recommend it to anyone that loves a good romantic/comedy/action/thriller book. Once you finish this series, you'll want more and thankfully Cassandra Clare wrote a prequel series called The Inferno Devices and that series is amazing as well! Cassandra Clare is an exceptional writer and her books will not disappoint you! :)

Best book ever. I love all her books from beginning to end. Excellent can't wait for the next book in both series!!!!

Amazing. I’ve never read a book as detailed as this one. It made me feel as if I was actually apart of the story. Highly recommend reading this book. It’s my new favourite.

Lovely - Except for New Cover Art. I absolutely love this series of books, I re-read them on an almost yearly basis. The only reason the books lost a star is for the new updated cover art. I purchased these books in early 2019 on the book app when they came intact with the original cover art. However overnight there was an update released, and the new cover art replaced the original that I loved so much. I wish there was a way to revert the book back to it’s original art but it simply isn’t an option. There should be an option for readers to pick which cover art option they prefer.

You have to read!. Clare is my all time favourite writer, I just may have to read this again-it has been years.. though ive already read the whole 7 book series twice ;P

City of bones. This whole series is amazing. Cassandra Clare is a genius she knows exactly how to get people hooked on! BEST SERIES 😁

Absolutely Spectacular. This story was amazing I couldn't put it down. I have read it two times now and I probably will read it many more along with the rest of her books. This book in particular was just amazing, thrill, love, action and much more packed into one book. Probably one of the greatest books I have ever read.

City of bones😁. I absolutely in love with this book, by far my favourite book I have ever read. But I wish they hadn't changed the cover of the book to a picture of the characters on the tv show, i think they should have just left it because I think now it doesn't fit in with the other book covers. It's all of the characters except Jace because I guess they had to change it!!☹️

Jace && Clary???. Kept me up until 6:30 in the morning. That's how good it was. It also made me cry, a lot. It made me scream with joy. I rate it 4🌟's cause I have a question that i need answering, is Clary really Jaces sister??? Cause if he is I don't think I can continue to read this. Sorry. Everyone should buy this book!

Loved it!!. Absolutely amazing book!! Could not stop reading and look forward to the rest of the series!

Amazing!. This whole series is absolutely awesome! It has magic, mystery, suspense, action, and of course romance...perfect for people who love to read about fantasy.

WAAYYYYY better than the movie. so much better. like, i have no words better

My favourite. AMAZING!!! Written perfectly, amazing love story. It is my favourite series. I highly recommend it, along with Cassandra clares other series, infernal devices

I have date d. Ok erg g'day and

AWESOMENESS. this book is AMAZING I love all the characters( yes even the evil ones) READ THIS BOOK

AMAZING!. These books are AMAZING!! It's funny, sweet, romantic, action packed and extremely interesting! One of my favourite books! Keeps u on the edge of your seats wanting more!!!

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The City of Bones book written by Cassandra Clare was published on 14 April 2009, Tuesday in the Fantasy for Young Adults category. A total of 4,208 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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