City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series. We meet Clary and Simon, who are your typical teenagers and best friends. Their entire lives have been very humdrum, perhaps even dull, until Clary spots a demon being killed by Alec, Isabelle, and Jace. Naturally, Clary is outraged at witnessing a murder, until she watches the body disappear; now things get interesting. Clary learns that her three new companions are Shadowhunters and are sworn to hunt down and kill demons. Her new friends, as well as Simon and herself, soon embark on an adventure to find Clary's mother who has been attacked and taken by a demon.
This is a fun action-packed young adult fantasy book. The characters are constantly overcoming one obstacle just to stumble onto another, making this an exciting read. The interactions between characters are entertaining, but I am hoping Clare develops them more as the series progresses. The characters were just starting to grow at the very end of the book. I also like that Clare keeps you on your toes towards the end of the book by adding a fun twist to the plot. It is sure to make the next books even better. If you are looking for a fun new series to start that has more than vampires in it, this would be a great choice.— Jody
Discover the world of the Shadowhunters in the first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" ("Entertainment Weekly")--now with a gorgeous new cover, a map, a new foreword, and exclusive bonus content "City of Bones "is a Shadowhunters novel.
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. And she's more than a little startled when the body disappears into thin air. Soon Clary is introduced to the world of the Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of warriors dedicated to driving demons out of our world and back to their own. And Clary is introduced with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a grotesque monster. How could a mere human survive such an attack and kill a demon? The Shadowhunters would like to know...