City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

“…it wasn’t the monsters she was hiding from.” – Magnus Bane

I recently graduated and as a gift I received a gift card to one of my favorite places in the entire world, Barnes & Noble. It was all in good timing, too, as the newest edition of City of Bones had been released and I was dying to get my hands on it. It’s absolutely stunning and a perfect fit for the story it holds. If only the rest of the series could have special editions as well…

The world Cassandra Clare creates is unique in a way that she was able to write more than one series in it. The world of Shadowhunters is so vast, full of magic and runes and demons and more. You never know what’s around the next corner, which keeps you on your toes. There’s so much tied into it, yet it isn’t overwhelming, which is amazing as it can be hard to do.

City of Bones is the first installment in The Mortal Instruments series; it introduces a wide variety of characters, but in way that isn’t confusing and you remember who is who. Clare’s characters are very memorable, as Jace and Magnus like to claim themselves; they’re witty and humorous, awkward and dangerous, and each one has a special aspect about them. Clary, the main character, has striking red hair who discovers she’s a Shadowhunter, yet she’s completely different from all the others. Jace, oh Jace is my absolute favorite with his blunt honesty and witty comebacks… when you read the book, you can’t tell me you don’t fall in love with him. It’s practically impossible.

Not only are there many secrets uncovered in this first book, but there is also a lot of foreshadowing. Many times, when I’m reading, I get so involved in the world that I often overlook any foreshadowing. However, with this one I didn’t, I couldn’t; as I read, I was constantly cautious of the characters, “Something’s a bit fishy with this guy,” and then BAM! The fishiness was uncovered and I was shell-shocked.

I really loved this story and can’t wait to read the second. This story was some-what like a ginormous puzzle; Just when you thought all the pieces fell into place, you take a step back only to find more missing pieces. The maddening problem? The missing pieces are in the next installment, City of Ashes.

I don’t know about you, but I’m more than willing to join Clary on her journey to a new world, unraveling secrets (because trust me, it’s more than just a few) kept by someone so close, and finding out if she’ll get back everything she lost…

Lots of Love,

Felie Fel ♥