Goodreads Synopsis: 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. . . .
So after hearing soo much about The Mortal Instruments series, I finally decided to jump on the band wagon and read the first book before the movie came out. I’m one of those people who just can’t see a movie based on a book unless I’ve read the book myself, otherwise there’s just no true appreciation for the story. So I made sure that I read it literally the week before it came out so I could see it by Friday, or yesterday. So let me just say: I really enjoyed this book and the movie!!!
Cassandra Clare has created a unique and fantastical world filled with all means of supernatural and paranormal creatures. City of Bones brings its own ingenuity to the table. This book is filled with constant action and twists and turns that you won’t ever see coming. The world of The Mortal Instruments is so intricately created and I commend Cassandra Clare for putting so much detail into the society of The Clave, the Downworlders, and the ways of the Shadowhunters. Every character in this book is someone you can feel for and relate to, each relationship is well established. And the storyline was structured so that it would constantly keep you on your toes and have you shouting at the pages in frustration and anticipation.
Jace and Clary’s relationship is so sweet, and its something worth fighting for. I love Jace , he is one badass murdering Shadowhunter, which amplifies his attractiveness for sure, and I usually don’t go for the blonds right off, so that’s saying something. Not to mention he throws in tons of hilarious banter even in the most awkward of situations. And by the end of this series, a bomb is dropped on you that leads to the assured need for book two.
I saw the movie yesterday with friends who have read more of the series than I have and we all loved it! It captured the essence of the book and the actors didn’t disappoint. I had had my doubts about Jaime Campbell Bower (aka Jace) especially, he would not have been my first choice at all. However, as the movie progressed he grew on me more and more, in the end I was pleased with his portrayal of Jace, and his attractiveness went up a couple notches. Gotta love a guy with runes tattoos that rides a motorcycle in leather. Just sayin… The rest of the characters I felt were beautifully chosen as well. The movie was pretty consistent with the books, some things were done entirely different but what was changed did not take away from the story at all, though I am a little mad with what all was revealed before it’s due time. Fortunately or unfortunately I suppose, some of these spoilers had already been revealed to me before I’d read the book so it didn’t drastically affect my reaction to the few reveals and a lot of what was in the movie happened word for word in the book which I loved!!
I would most definitely recommend you read The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones! I’m currently reading book two: City of Ashes, and enjoying it, reviews to come. You can buy The Mortal Instruments books on Amazon or anywhere that sell books.