October 21, 2019

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare | Book Review

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare book review.


Clary, our main character starts seeing things that her best friend Simon cannot. Soon after she starts seeing things (and people) her mother is taken and she discovers that the world she thought she knew is a far cry from the world that really exists. Join Clary, Simon, and a mysterious boy named Jace as they fight to find Clary’s mom and figure out who, or what, Clary really is.


The assortment of characters in this book is awesome! There are so many different personalities and I think that Clare did a great job blending them all together. My favorites were Jace and Simon. I usually struggle to like female main characters but I like Clary.

World Building

So this could be a little better. For an almost 500 page book, it just felt like it was lacking in this department. It’s more along the lines of the author is withholding information from the reader rather than the author just being too lazy to flesh out the world a bit more.


The plot was fairly easy to guess most of the time. It is YA so it does lean more to the simple side of the spectrum. It was an enjoyable book regardless.

Writing style

Pretty basic writing style here. It didn’t add to the story but it also didn’t take away from it. It wasn’t full of errors or confusing scenes. So, while it was simple, I found no issues with it.


 “Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt.”
“The meek may inherit the earth, but at the moment it belongs to the conceited. Like me.”
“You're an idiot."
"I've never claimed to be otherwise.”
“What do you want?"
"Just coffee. Black - like my soul.”


I enjoyed this book pretty well. It was easy to get sucked into and there was plenty of action. I love books with action in them. It wasn’t amazing but it was a great start to a series.

Star Rating

I gave City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 3.5/5 stars.

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