City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments Book Review

I found the book, City of Bones, written by Cassandra Clare at the library. I’ve been listening to audio books while doing some data entry work at home. City of Bones was aduio and read by Ari Grayner. City of Bones is a series. The one I picked up is book one, The Mortal Instruments.

At first, I thought this was going to be a good book to share with my teen. Think again. There are some very graphic scenes of violence in the book. Hearing them read aloud by Ms. Grayner made them seem even more graphic in nature. If you are thinking of listening to The Mortal Instruments, make certain to wear your headphones to be the only one hearing it.

The main character for the Mortal Instruments is a 15-year-old girl. Her name is Clary Fray. One thing I found interesting is that the author’s last name is Clare. I wonder if the main character’s first name is spin-off of the author’s name. I never have been able to find out the answer to that. It really peaks my interest though.

Clary has the ability to see things that other people don’t. In fact, she sees an entire class of several types of people that others around her can’t see. The groups of people are bad. There are shadow-hunters and demons.

I like that the book immediately draws you into the drama. I liked that the author starts right from the beginning to get you involved with Clary. I enjoy a book that has me associating with and caring about the characters. It is easier to follow the flow of the book. Also, caring about the characters makes the book more thrilling and exciting for me.

In The Mortal Instruments, the author really does a great job of presenting different characters and getting you hooked on them and their lives. I was finding myself calling out to Clary several times not to do something or hide for her safety. I was that into the book.

The graphic details in the book made it easy for me to visualize what was happening. I was caught up in the thrill of the adventures and the mystery. I like that the mystery wasn’t immediately solved or the outcome easily predicted. I hate it when authors give everything away about half way through the book. You will definitely keep listening or reading when you get hold of City of Bones. It is not completely predictable at all.

The book City of Bones contains some relative dark and humorous parts to it. Poor Clary is forced to go with her mom and her mom’s best friend on vacation to the lake house. The only problem is that Clary has to give up her art group and her art class. Not only that, she’s stuck in a place that has virtually nothing to do.

Clary finds that she thinks she’s losing her mind because of the things that she can see and the rest of the world can’t. Watching someone get murdered and then disappear into vapors cannot be settling for anyone, let alone a teen girl. I liked that the author made me feel the anxiety and emotions that Clary experienced. This was really strong for the book.

I fell in love with the character Simon. He is so strange and awkward for a teen boy. You want to just reach out into the story and help him out. Simon is one of those characters that you want to pull aside and tell him how things are in life and break some of his pure innocence.

At first, I liked the character Jace, for saving Clary and taking her to the institute for protection against the demons and other spirits. But as time went on, I didn’t particularly like Jace anymore. Some readers might think that Jace was cool and a good character. I just didn’t connect with him.

I give the book, City of Bones a 10 for excellent. I give Ari Graynor a 10 for her ability to read and narrate the book. Her presentation was stunning, dark and wonderful.

City of Bones, the Mortal Instruments, is in the fantasy genre and young adult section of most libraries. If you get extra time, I’d recommend reading it or better yet listening to it on audio.