City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is one of the most amazing fantasy books I have ever read. City of bones takes place in present day New York. The main character Clary Fray is just your average 15 year old that is an aspiring artist, which is until her mother gets kidnapped. Clary meets Jace Wayland, and her whole world turns upside down. She learns about the biggest secret her mother has ever kept from her. Her only focus becomes spending time with Jace, and finding the Mortal Cup, but most importantly her mother. My friends started telling me about the show and how there was a book but they didn’t remember the name of the book. Then the next day I went into class and my language arts teacher started recommending books to us and told us about City of bones and I recognized the story behind the book from the things my friends told me and went and checked it out instantly.
This story is by far the best I have ever read and it has changed my life completely. Between the romance, action, “magic,” and fantasy it’s everything I need to keep me reading the books and the series. The book did an amazing job of keeping my attention. In between classes, in free periods, on my way home, and at night before I fall asleep, every chance I had to read I would. I loved the book so much that I watched the movie, the show, and now I’m reading book number two of the series. I like they way the author had all the characters act with each other and towards each other. I may or may not be slightly OBSESSED with this book and the characters inside it.
It was so touching how Clary only cared about her mother and sacrificed all of the other things going on in her life just to get her mother back. As I was reading I was constantly picturing battles, “Distracted, Clary had hardly noticed the Forsaken that broke through the protective circle, until it loomed up in front of her, as if it had sprung up from the grass at her feet.” The only thing I didn’t like about the book was as soon as something good started to happen she would leave us at a cliffhanger and then start a new section. This is probably the reason why I kept reading the book, to find out what happens, but I still think it would be better if the sections about the same topic were together. I was always on my toes to find out what was going to happen next.
I think the theme of the book is to never give up and keep going after your priorities. Another book that had a similar theme was Papertowns by John Green. The main character went looking all over the east coast just for a girl he was in love with after she disappeared. They are both one of my favorites. The author likes to write fantasy and normally I don’t read fantasy, but this book has forever changed me.
The book was so good at the end, but they left at a cliffhanger so I definitely will be reading more of her books to finish the series, and all the missing pieces from the first book. Readers who enjoy a good book to keep you entertained, a struggling relationship, betrayal, action and battled will love this book. My over all rating of the book is an A.