City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Amazon: City of Bones
Synopsis: 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...
Review: City of bones is the first of six books, and is my all time favourite young adult titles. My copy of this book has been read so many times that the spine is broken, and I think I managed to drop it in the bath once! Some how I still manage to read it though.
The story is great, the characters are great, and the author manages to give us all the information we need to understand the world of the shadow hunters without making it boring or longwinded; it is a book that really grabbed me when I was younger, and that I still thoroughly enjoy today.
I love Clary she's interesting, clever and independent which makes her my kind of girl. Then there's Jace the leading man in this book he's a Shadowhunter with a very sharp tongue and no sense of danger. His witty dialogue makes any bits that could be potentially boring humorous and fun to read.
The author maintains a fast pace and there are interesting twists throughout the book and the characters spend a lot of time visiting dangerous places, which keeps the book interesting.
I don't think the writing style is anything special but the author has excellent comedic timing and a lot of her jokes actually made me laugh.
This book on the whole is great both the plot and the characters are interesting enough for you to keep reading and to want to continue with series once you finish this book.