Goodreads Rating: 4.12
My Rating: 4.0
This was definitely a fun read all around; I’d actually read this back when it first was released, but I never got the chance to keep up with the series, so I thought I ought to reread the first to continue on with the series and I’m so glad that I did! I actually found the characters quite likeable and the concept was one that I’ve never seen before this series, which is always a plus. Despite some plot and pacing hiccups and some rather irritating character quirks, I’d say it was pretty damn good, even though when you look into it, you can definitely tell that it’s Harry Potter fanfiction.
Clary is just a normal girl. Nothing unusual besides her artistic tendencies, that is until she finds out that she is a part of a shadowy (ha ha, get it, shadowy?), underground world full of demons, angels, and everything in between. Simon keeps her grounded in the mundane, or human, world, while Jace, the Shadowhunter, keeps pulling her towards her true calling. When her mother is taken by a man named Valentine, Clary knows that she has to find her at any cost. What comes along the way are numerous allies and foes consisting of wizards, werewolves, and vampires (oh my!), each bringing another layer to the world.
Any novel with this many creatures and layers is bound to have hiccups, and The City of Bones is no exception, but despite that, it’s still a wonderful YA urban fantasy read!
Recommended for: those who like new ideas, YA enthusiasts, those who don’t mind quirky characters