City of Bones

Mortal Instruments, #1

The Mortal Instruments series is a young adult read, the age appropriateness would be 13 years old and up. While I haven't seen as many students reading this, as say the Hunger Games, it is equally as compelling. The main characters are young adults, pursing the mad warlock. The story revolves around the quest for ultimate power over a magic realm and the decision of where is the line to be crossed in support of family loyalty. The author blends her magic world in with the human population. Glamour is used to protect the humans from vampires, werewolves, magicians and various other world creatures. One of the most creative twists is that vampires and flying vampire motorcycles. There is teenage romance but it is subtle with some stolen kisses and longing looks. The stories carry well into the sequels and the writer is very good and leaving you hanging and wanting to know where the story goes. Her use of creative description is never overdone. While I hear a lot of kids saying that they don't like when books get boring for lack of action, this series does not lag in any parts of the storyline. I have given this book to a 16 year old boy to read and he was impressed that it didn't read like a teen drama. This is not a high thinking book, the reader will not have to struggle to define the characters or the plot. However, it is written very well and will easily entertain you.


Book Blurb for City of Bones

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. . . .

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.


Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2011 4.00