Cassandra Clare is a member of royalty when it comes to booktube. Every video I’ve seen that her mentioned her has been full of praise and, looking at reviews, her books are highly recommended. I then came across the Mortal Read-Along on Goodreads. Having never read Cassandra Clare before, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get started.
So I did.
‘City of Bones’ is the first book in ‘The Mortal Instruments’ series. It delves into the world of demons and those who hunt them – the Shadowhunters. Being a massive fan of Buffy, this concept appealed greatly to me. Clary, the main character, bares some similarities to Buffy – discovering that she belongs to a world where vampires and werewolves exist. She is a really fun character to read, although can be a little annoying at time, and you can relate to her as she explores this new world. I loved this book. I read it in pretty much a day. I enjoyed everything about the book – the characters, the world, the plot. It was entertaining, interesting and it kept me hooked.
The book is well-written, but it is written in a style that allows you to enjoy the story without concentrating too much on the words. It is easy to get lost in the story, and you can actually feel the threat that the characters are facing.
The characters are all intriguing, with their own quirks and backstories. Each one plays a part and I would love to see more of them in future. Jace makes for a really interesting love interest, although he does go for a bit of an uncharacteristic personality change towards the end. The others are all entertaining to read, with their own reasons for being who they are. You don’t feel like they are just cardboard cut outs that are there to fill a space in the story.
The twists in the book are really well done. A couple of them I guess, but them put them to the side thinking that that would be far too shocking, but that only made their eventual appearance all the more powerful. Other twists, which I did not guess, were equally as fantastic.
Cassandra Clare is not afraid to take risks, and those risks paid off. I will definitely be continuing the series. I’m really looking forward to seeing where it is heading, because I really can’t see the end point from here. If you haven’t read this book, I really recommend it picking it up. I’m certainly going to try and read more Cassandra Clare in future.