City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, a review

So I’ve finally read a Cassandra Clare book, it took me long enough! Not only did it take me a while to buy the book(s) to the point where the box set was out, but I also didn’t read the first book till a couple years after that. And I’ve still only read one, but here we are. I gave the book 4 stars, but it’s a weird one. I obviously did enjoy it, in fact I flew through it incredibly quickly, however, it just was a bit…juvenile? I feel like I would have enjoyed it vastly more if I had been 12 to 15, rather than 21 when I read it.

Part of this was the writing style itself, it just felt very young and underdeveloped, however, I’m sure that Cassandra Clare has improved much over time and I look forward to seeing this progression in future books. There was also the element of the plot, which seemed incredibly predictable and there were only a couple of moments throughout where I didn’t know exactly what was going to happen…


I still really enjoyed it?! I was simultaneously engrossed within the story and also completely separate and evaluating the events which were taking place on a critical level in a more negative light. It was an incredibly weird experience.

As I said, I still gave this book four stars, and I definitely intend on reading more of Cassandra Clares work as to me this suggests that there is real potential for me to enjoy her future works now that she has so many books out and has honed her writing even further. Fingers crossed that is what has happened and I’ll enjoy the books progressively more as I continue on!

Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? If so what did you think of it? Are you really p***ed off at me for my review or do you think I was too kind? Let’s chat!

6 thoughts on “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, a review”

  1. When I pick up this book for the first time I got about half way through before I realized I had absolutely no idea what was happening. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since. I unfortunately didn’t end up finishing it the first time but hopefully I’ll get to it again. I keep wanting to read it and like it, just because I do know how popular it is. It took me like 4 tries to like and finish Divergent too, so I still think there is hope for this one.

    Loved your review! It made me want to try again.


    1. I hope that if you do try it again that you’ll enjoy it! I definitely think that there are a few different audiences for this book, and I fell into the group who really enjoyed whilst at the same time knowing it was…. not great haha. Glad you enjoyed!

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  2. Honestly, I completely agree with everything you said! I’ve only read this one so far (so don’t worry, it’s not just you!) and I gave it 4 stars too. Basically for the same reasons you did; the writing was definitely a bit juvenile, but I’m willing to give the rest of the series a try for the plot line and characters!


    1. Yes! That’s exactly it! I’m really hoping that as the books go on her writing matures because there is so much potential here, but if not then I at least hope that we enjoy them still haha


  3. I am glad to see you reading this series! I really enjoyed this series and the other related series written by Clare that I have read so far.

    I am confident you’re going to love the rest of the series as I did…

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