City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare [BOOK REVIEW]

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare [BOOK REVIEW] books blog blogging diary of difference diaryofdifference★★★★★

I have already read this book back in 2014. This time, I decided to go with the whole series, as I stopped reading them for some reason.

City of Bones is the first book from The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. This is a book that is really distinctive for the fact that it takes you to a whole new world instantly, and you immediately feel comfortable with it.

The story starts when Clary and her friend Simon are in a night club, and a boy is being attacked. When Clary calls out for help, it seems that only she can see the attackers. And immediately, within a few pages, we are introduced to a paranormal world that is not visible to mundanes, and we discover all sorts of creatures: angels, demons, fae, vampires, werewolves…

And when Clary discovers that her mother, who used to be a part of a society, and kept it all hidden from her goes missing – she is determined to find her, save her, and find out about her past.

I liked the fact that we have a world so wonderfully constructed, and so thoughtfully created, that drags you in immediately. I usually am the person that  struggles with new worlds and incredible amounts of creatures, but this was a great exception.

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The characters were well-developed, and I was impressed by how the author managed to present some of today’s taboo topics in this novel. I find it really courageous. I straight-out don’t like Simon. Like, at all… He is a wonderful friend, and Clary means a lot to him, but he was just so dull the whole book.

I liked Clary, and I loved how she slowly discovered everything, but I wasn’t really that involved with her.

On the other side, I loved Jace. He is such a hottie. Sarcastic little cutsie thing! I also adored his honesty. It is something that not everyone has these days…

‘’He’s not a liar at all. Not about important things. He’ll tell you horrible truths, but he won’t lie.’’ She paused before she added quietly, ‘’That’s why it’s certainly better not to ask him anything unless you know you can stand to hear the answer.’’

I liked Luke’s story, and he had an amazing cliff-hanger around the end of the book. But Magnus is one of the people I wanted to see more of, and I wish there two places were swapped.

Isabelle and Alec – I really loved them. We didn’t get to see too much of them, but they were both really important in some of the crucial moments in this book.

All in all, I really loved the story. And I am a bit sad that the couple I was shipping for can’t be together, but it is what it is. I am going to put a Lannister reference here, and if you have read the book, you will understand: ‘’Oh, the things we do for love…’’

‘’To love is to destroy, and to be loved is to be the one destroyed.’’

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26 thoughts on “City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare [BOOK REVIEW]

  1. Jo Linsdell October 22, 2018 / 4:53 pm

    I curious about this series. I’ve heard so much hype about it. Moving it up on my list now.

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 5:03 pm

      You should give book 1 a try Jo! I enjoyed it!

  2. Empress DJ October 22, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    I like to see readers get this excited about a book – it makes me giggle

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 5:04 pm

      hehehe thank you!

  3. slytherinbooklady October 22, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I loved city of bones. I was working on the whole series but forgot which book i left off with so i guess i need to reread all of them

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 6:12 pm

      yes, you definitely should. They are so good!

  4. jenchaos76 October 22, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I might have to as a guilty pleasure

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 7:37 pm


  5. Eline @Lovely Audiobooks October 22, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    You make it sound really good! But I watched a few episodes of the tv series and found it so awful that I have a hard time imagining I’d like the book. Did you watch it? How does it compare to the books?

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      I haven’t watched the series but I am planning to. I always think that books are better than movies though 🙂

      • Eline @Lovely Audiobooks October 22, 2018 / 9:09 pm

        It’s true, they usually are. I was pretty excited about this show but then it was a cringe fest :-/

      • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 9:50 pm

        Yes, I’ll have to watch and see, but people that have seen it have mostly negative opinions, so I am not quite sure.

      • TrendySimpleLife (@TdySimpleLife) October 23, 2018 / 1:55 am

        The TV series was terrible and was a really bad interpretation of the series. The book is amazing,
        Great Review!

  6. bookwormscornerblogspotgmailcom October 22, 2018 / 8:26 pm

    I had decided not to read this but now I am erring on the side of giving it a go.

    • innah96 October 22, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      I say do it 😀

  7. Veronica The Burgeoning Bookshelf October 22, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    One of my daughters favourite series. I will have to give it a go.

  8. Nicole Pyles October 22, 2018 / 11:05 pm

    Interesting premise! I like the idea of the paranormal world and people who can’t see it!

  9. robint60 October 23, 2018 / 2:45 am

    Very good review.

  10. Amanda McGill October 23, 2018 / 2:47 am

    Great review! I haven’t read this, but I may need to add it to my list!

  11. Whispering Stories October 23, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    Been a long time since I read this book. I got it when it very first came out. Great review.

    • innah96 October 23, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      Thank you! x

    • innah96 October 23, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Go for it, girl!

  12. Kati 👩🏻 (@KatisBRR15) October 24, 2018 / 5:15 pm

    Great review, I absolutely love, love, love The Mortal Instrument series it is one of my top favorite book series ever. I hope you do enjoy the rest of this amazing series, thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

    • innah96 October 25, 2018 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you Kati!

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