The Norman Transcript

October 11, 2013

Book review: City of Bones is fast-paced thrill

by Amber Hodge
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Book: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, Book 1) (2007, Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Author: Cassandra Clare

Why you should read: “City of Bones” has been on the market for several years, and has just recently been adapted for the movie screen. With an ever-rising young adult and teen fiction market, this book was bound to catch an eye or two along the way.

Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray makes a visit to Pandemonium Club with her friend Simon, never expecting her night to end by witnessing a murder. And not just any murder, but one only she can see. With that Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, who are determined to rid the world of demons. It’s during the encounter with the mysterious trio of evil-ridding warriors that she meets good-looking and sarcastic Jace, who ultimately pulls her into the unknown world.

The next 24 hours turn into a nightmare for Clary. Her mother suddenly springs a surprise “going away trip” on her, telling her they need to get away for a while. Not ready to face the secrets her mom is hiding, Clary takes off with her friend, until she receives a call from her distressed mother, who tells her to stay away and to not come home. Worried, Clary makes a run for the house only to be confronted and attacked by a demon, with her mom nowhere to be found. It’s only after she barely escapes with her life intact that Jace finds her. Realizing she’s not just a normal human girl, he takes her to his world, where secrets are uncovered, friendships are tested, and where Clary finds out how she can see things others can’t.

Clare’s creative characters in this story make for an interesting read. It’s a fast-paced, thrilling story full of humor, drama and suspense. “City of Bones” is a satisfying read with unexpected twists and turns up until the end. The good news? You don’t have to wait for the next book in the series, “City of Ashes,” to be released. Visit for more information.