City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Review by Sara, 18 years old, from Ontario, Canada

15 year old Clary Fray is thrust head first into a world of angels, demons and those in between when she witnesses a murder – or so she thought, until it is revealed that the would be murderers are teenaged Shadowhunters, a race of humans with angel blood in their veins, destined to protect the unsuspecting humanity from the hordes of demons that prowl the night. Armed with blessed weapons and tattooed with power-enhancing runes, the Shadowhunters are not happy that Clary, a seemingly mundane human, can suddenly see them. Clary’s need to understand her newfound ability is thrown into overdrive when her mother is attacked by demons and kidnapped, causing Clary to turn to the Shadowhunters for help. Teaming up with reserved Alec, bold Isabelle and caustic, dangerous yet irresistible Jace, Clary drags Simon, her best friend with the potential for more, into a world that they can never forget – whether they want to or not. Cassandra Clare weaves a gripping, thrilling and astonishing tale of what lurks in the night of New York City. Balancing a fast-paced and twisting plot with a complicated love triangle and teenage humor, City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series, will enchant readers and leave them eager for more. Those looking for a strong and independent heroine might be a little disappointed in Clary, but in general the characters are well developed and the suspense will keep readers engaged until the shocking ending. This urban fantasy novel is most deserving of a rating of 4, and while it might appeal more to girls, is appropriate for both genders, age 14+.

Posted on 2011-04-14