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. Clary knows she should call the police, but it’s hard to explain a murder when the body disappears into thin air and the murderers are invisible to everyone but Clary.
Equally startled by her ability to see them, the murderers explain themselves as Shadowhunters: a secret tribe of warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Within twenty-four hours, Clary’s mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque 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….
New York City has never been more magical. The world that Cassandra Clare has formed is one that is unique and intricate, full of fantasy and mysterious beauty that surpasses many of her peers in the YA fantasy genra. Her characters are each uniuqe with very strong personalities that would be able to withstand a story of their own easily. Clary has become one of my favorite YA heroines of all time because of the inner strength and personability her character exhibits throughout the story. City of Bones opens up the world of the Shadowhunters and places the reader into a world that is full of ancient magic minus the cliches.
Clare’s writing style is absolutely wonderful. The series has sort of a Harry Potter meets Buffy the Vampire feel and is able to captivate the reader from the very first sentence to the last. If you’re the sort of reader who enjoys that emotional connection with your book, the one that makes your heart contract the moment you turn the final page, than I would highly recommend this series. City of Bones is a must read for any fan of YA fantasy.
Overall, I would rate City of Bones a 10/10