city of bones – cassandra clare | review + discussion


City of Bones: 10th anniversary edition  – Cassandra Clare
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Published November 7th 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Genre: romance, young adult, fantasy, fey, vampires, werewolf, warlocks, paranormal, angels, demons

links: Goodreads | *Book Depository

rating: ★★★★


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…


Here we go again with City of Bones! This time, I read the 10th anniversary edition with all the beautiful illustrations. It was definitely fun revisiting the places and reconnecting with the beloved characters once again. Now that I’ve read all the way to Queen of Air and Darkness, I’ve witnessed the growth of all these characters and can’t help but feel like a proud mom. Cassandra Clare’s writing obviously improved tremendously as well.

I love the humor and banter between the characters especially between Clary and Jace. Though his ego has to be brought down a notch (preferably done by Clary), Jace’s cocky personality is a way to hide his insecurities and a form of protection. Since Clary is clueless about her own identity, she is thrown into the unknown world that she never knew existed. Alongside her is Simon, her best friend, is an absolute sweetheart who deserves more. Something about Clary’s fierceness and level-headedness, amongst the chaos and uncertainties, made me like her a lot more but I couldn’t relate to her as much as I want to. She stumbles once in a while but she makes a great heroine. Also, I loveeeee the Lightwood family. They showed that being family doesn’t mean just by blood.

The ending shocked me the first time I read the book, and it freaked me out. I don’t know how I survived all the twists and turns but it was merely a preview of what is going to happen in the other books (aka the end of LoS, bless my soul).

If you’re a first time reader of the Shadowhunter Chronicles and the number of books is scaring you, my advise is to just take that leap. Read City of Bones and see if you like it. I’ve heard that the first book is hard to get into for some people as it might get draggy, but trust me when I say it gets sooooo much better in the future books. The complexity of the world and the dynamics of the characters will push you deeper into the world like it did for me.


He means that the stories we believe in our hearts – stories in which we are the heroes, stories in which there are good people who rise up to defeat the evil, stories in which there is always hope – are also true.

the fighting scenes with jace are A W E S O M E .

“Clary, you’re an artist, like your mother. That means you see the world in ways that other people don’t. It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy – just different. There’s nothing wrong with being different.”

i laughed so hard in that moment when clary slapped jace for that 10% uncertainty if she’s shadowhunter or not.

“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 generally better not to ask him anything unless you know you can stand to hear the answer.”



“One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually, he offered to wake you up himself, but since it’s five a.m., I figured you’d be less cranky if you had something nice to look at.”
“Meaning you?”
“What else?”


“I wish you’d stop desperately trying to get my attention like this,” he said. “It’s become embarrassing.”
“Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt,” she told him.
“I can’t help it. I use my rapier wit to hide my inner pain.”


Jace’s grin was a white flash in the darkness. “It means ‘Shadowhunters: Looking Better in Black Than the Widows of Our Enemies Since 1234.'”


“If there was such. thing as terminal literalism, you’d have died in childhood,” said Jace.

my mom doesn’t let me even let me get a puppy while jace’s father bought him a falcon. SO DAMN COOL, but don’t fucking kill it.

“… The boy never cried again, and he never forgot what he’d learned: that to love is to destroy, and that to be loved is to be the one destroyed.”

yay! magnus bane has made his appearance!! whoop! welcoming magnus bane the way the genie introduced aladdin in the city.

“If you insist on disavowing that which is ugly about what you do,” said Magnus, still looking at Alec, “you will never learn from your mistakes.”

“What welcome?” Magnus asked. “I’d say it was a pleasure to meet you, but it wasn’t. Not that you aren’t all fairly charming, and as for you –” He dropped a glittery wink at Alec, who looked astonished. “Call me?”

i loved this scene so mucchhhhhhhh

“Don’t.” Clary raised a warning hand. “I’m not really in the mood right now.”
“That’s got to be the first time a girl’s ever said that to me,” Jace mused.
“Stick with me and it won’t be the last.”


“Actually, I think you misheard,” Clary said. “It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath.”
Jace looked involuntarily over at Simon, who smiled at him widely. “As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome.


“Where there is feeling that is not required,” said Hodge, “there is an imbalance of power. It is an imbalance that is easy to exploit, but it is not a wise course. Where there is love, there is often also hate. They can exist side by side.”


one thing that i remembered vividly about luke was that he wasn’t turned by chance or coincidence. it was because of the manipulation of valentine. which pissed me off because luke deserves better than having a fucked up “friend”.

somewhere in my fucked up self, i didn’t really think much of the incest part when i first read it. i went from wtf, they are siblings to shit, ew, no but continued to read the rest of the series. i think the main reason why i didn’t just shut the book and rant about the incest shit for ages is because i had this inkling that valentine might be up to something. either they are really siblings or valentine’s just trying to drive a wedge between them by saying they are siblings when they are not. so with that in mind, i went into the rest of the series hoping that it wasn’t true and i wasn’t a disgusting piece of shit with a warped mind. what i’m trying to say is, incest is a HUGE NO.

“I don’t remember any of it,” said Alec.
“Then he sat by Alec’s bed all night and into the morning to make sure he woke up okay,” Isabelle added.
“I don’t remember that, either,” Alec added hastily.


the best official clave file is church’s ➜ weaknesses: tuna.

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