City of Bones

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Summary (from the back of book)
Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistibly drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters a dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love. 

This is one of those books that's been mentioned to me several times, so much so that I purposefully didn't read it because I feared it wouldn't live up to all the hype. However, when I saw the movie trailer I eventually gave into my stubbornness and cracked the spines of City of Bones. I then went on and read the whole series (so far) in a matter of weeks.

The story itself is about a young girl - Clary - who finds herself drawn into the mysterious world of monsters and magic that thrives in New York City. It's jam packed with adventure. With twists and turns that take you all over the city, introducing you to Vampires, Werewolves, Faeries, Shadowhunters and one rather swarve Warlock named Mangus Bane.

The character's are what make this book so enticing, they're sarcastic and witty and fit perfectly within the world Clare creates. You have the sarcastic Jace, a loyal (if not slightly cruel at times) Alec and Isabelle the seducer. There's Simon, the love sick puppy who's one liners will have you smiling all the way through the book and last, but by no means least, a rather stubborn Clary.
That's not even mentioning the stories villain Valentine, a rouge Shadowhunter who is believed to have died fifteen years ago in an uprising against the Clave.

Like many of it's YA predecessors you will be dragged into the love triangle we're all very much used to. The best friend verses the new, stunningly attractive mystery man. However don't let that put you off, as even though it has a slightly predictable feel to it at times you can't help but fall in love these characters. So pick a side, Team Simon vs Team Jace. The Unknown vs The Familiar. You decide.

City of Bone is just the first of 6 books, the final one to be released later this year. If you like the first give the other's a read, my favourite is definitely book 3, City of Glass. Were we get a glimpse of Idris, home of the Nephilim and the climax to Valentines story.

Official Movie Trailer for Mortal Instruments City of Bones:

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