The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Book Review

Unless you live under a rock, you might have noticed there`s quite a hype surrounding The Mortal Instruments series or the Shadowhunters books in general. Every time I watch a bookshelf tour on Youtube I always spot Cassandra Clare`s books and so many people rave about them, I had to get them. I also saw the movie and I loved it, much more than the TV show actually, so that definitely sealed the deal for me. I don`t know about you, but every time I see a movie or TV adaptation, I need to read the book, to compare it with. 

I have mixed feelings about this book. While I enjoyed it, I did not love it and don`t really understand the hype. Then again, I`m a 26-year-old reading a YA fantasy book, so maybe that was part of the problem.

Clary Fairchild thinks she`s like any normal American teenager, until one day her mom goes missing. Soon afterwards she finds out that her life was a lie and she`s thrown into a world she had no idea it existed. For starters, her mother was a Shadowhunter, half human and half angel, magical beings that fight demons and maintain the order with Downworledrs like vampires or werewolves. Clary soon finds out that in order to help her mom, she must find the Mortal Cup, an object of great power. When she was young, her mother stole the cup from former Shadowhunter Valentine and now he`s out for revenge. On her journey, Clary is helped by her best friend Simon and 3 Shadowhunters her own age: Jace, Alec and Isabelle.

There are a couple of things I really liked about this book and one of them is the world that Cassandra Clare created. It was really interesting to see how magical creatures coexist with normal people, how many things are in plain sight, but are not visible to ordinary people. I can`t wait to find out more about Idris and The Clave, the council that controls the Shadow World. There are a couple of loveable characters and Simon was definitely one of my favourites.

Now that I mentioned a couple of the things that I liked, let`s go to the bad ones. Clary, the main protagonist is so annoying and she acts like a brat so many times, it`s really hard to root for her sometimes. I also felt that her romance with Jace was a bit rushed and honestly I don`t really see what he liked about her because many times she was rude and ungrateful. And obviously, there had to be a love triangle, even though there are more important things going on.

I`m actually reading Lady Midnight and find that book better, but I`ll still continue with this series as well. Hopefully, Clary will be less irritating and once they get rid of the pointless love triangle they will focus more on other characters, like Izzy or Alec. Let me know in the comments if you read this book and if you liked it or not.


  1. pointless romantic triangles are so annoying, its like just get on with it already :P
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. I know, ain`t nobody got time for that:))

  2. I really loved the first 3 books in this series but the rest just seemed to drag, I hated the movie I think Jamie Cambell Bower is so not attractive either and Jace is mean't to be, I love shadowhunters.

    Meme xx

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    1. I`m in minority, ha ha. I loved Jace and Clary in the movie, but prefer the TV show Lightwoods.