Before I even begin my review, I'm going to tell you all something very very important. If you have not read this book, DO NOT read synopses or reviews for the second book in the series. Trust me. There is a huge twist in the story that will make you gasp out loud...IF you allow yourself to be surprised.
City of Bones is the first of three (so far) books in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray is your typical 15 year old girl living in New York City with her single mom, Jocelyn. Of course, Clary's world is anything but typical.
It all begins when Clary accidentally meets Jace, Isabelle, and Alec in an under-age nightclub, where she sees things that couldn't possibly be real. When her mother is attacked by a Demon, her three new friends introduce her to a new reality - one in which Downworlders like vampires, werewolves and faeries live among humans, and Shadowhunters are put on the Earth to protect unsuspecting humans from Demons. It's like she has to learn a whole new language as Jace teachers her about The Institute, The Clave, The Covenant, and The Circle of Raziel, a group of Shadowhunters whose leader, Valentine, was previously rumored to be dead is on the rise and sending Demons out to do his bidding. What does this have to do with Clary? Why was her mother attacked? Who is Valentine and why is he sending Downworlders out to attack her?
The action never stops, surprises come at the turn of every chapter, and I haven't seen a nice guy hero like Jace in a long time! Jace is handsome, brave, mysterious, and inexplicably drawn to protecting Clary. What's not to love?
When I finished the book, the first thing I did was do a search to find a trailer for the movie. There is no way a book like this, with such great characters, exciting fight scenes, and complex story line couldn't be made into a movie. I found this on Cassandra Clare's website:
"...the film rights to The Mortal Instruments have been optioned by Unique Features. This is a film production company set up by former founders and co-presidents of New Line Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who oversaw the production of the Lord of the Rings movies — probably my favorite fantasy movies of all time. They’re very dedicated to fantasy and they understand it, and I definitely trust them with the story of the Mortal Instruments.
Now, a book series being optioned doesn’t mean a film is being made right now or is definitely going to be made at all — it means that the studio or production company in question is developing the books as a film project — right now they’ve nailed down financing and a screenwriter (Jessica Postigo) and are working towards the next stages in the development project. It is, however, an important step in the movie-making process, so I feel like it’s okay to be excited about it. :)" So, I'm not the only one who sees this book being played out on the big screen. Let's keep our fingers crossed that it becomes a reality - it seems like the movie rights are in good hands!
I am late in picking up The Mortal Instruments series. I can remember around the time I started my blog, Simon & Schuster had the entire first novel up for free download. I knew it looked cool, but didn't get around to reading it until now. It's hefty at just over 500 pages (paperback), but the pages fly by. I didn't want to put it down, and it surprised me at every turn.
There are several reasons why being late in picking up a fun series is not necessarily a bad thing: I don't have to wait for the sequel, most are already out in paperback, no wait at the library (HA! - This is a big lie. I'm still waiting for Book Two. I may be late, but the series is still hot!) and I can find plenty of people to chat with about The Mortal Instruments.
If you love YA paranormal series, go pick this one up, if you haven't already, and come back and chat with me - you won't be disappointed!
From the Author:
My first book, an urban fantasy novel for young adults centering on the adventures of the demon-fighting Nephilim (also called Shadowhunters), City of Bones, was published in 2007 by Simon and Schuster. The next book in the series, City of Ashes, came out in 2008 and the third, City of Glass, in 2009. The next Shadowhunter book is the first of a trilogy of prequels to the Mortal Instruments series, called The Infernal Devices. It is set in London and deals with characters related to those in the Mortal Instruments books; the first volume, The Clockwork Angel, will be released August 31, 2010. The fourth Mortal Instruments book, City of Fallen Angels, will be released March 11, 2011. (It is recommended that you read The Clockwork Angel before starting CoFA, as some of the characters from Clockwork show up in it, but it’s not required.)
About the Book:
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: McElderry (February 19, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-1416955078 FTC Statement: My copy of this book was borrowed from the library.