2016 has been a great reading year for me so far and I’m proud to say I have finally started reading The Mortal Instruments which I kept putting off as it is quite a lengthy series and I just thought it wasn’t going to be my cup of tea and of course, like I always am, I was wrong about this book.
It is really engaging and doesn’t throw information at you about the Shadowhunter world like I thought it would, you could say it is fast paced as I have read it just under three days! Once you start, it will be quite hard to put it down and it doesn’t even feel like I was reading a 500 page book, probably wasn’t the best idea to pick it up when I had a mock exam week but my exams went fine – I hope. This will be a spoiler free review.
The story follows Clary Frey, an ordinary mundane girl, however as she starts seeing things: vampires, werewolves and things out of this world, her life turns upside down. Irresistibly drawn to the Shadowhunters, warriors that protect the human world from demons, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City and the dangers of forbidden love.
Lets start with the characters: I adored Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus and it is nice to see someone in this world that I am familiar with as it made it seem like I already experienced most things that happened and it helped me understand who Magnus is.
Clary is a great female protagonist as she is a typical teenage girl that you can relate to and I love the bond she has with Simon, it’s like a brother and sister relationship but with a hint of something else mixed in. Now when we meet Jace I just couldn’t get over how arrogant he is but I think it really matched his character and made the story even more interesting, I really like him. Now the siblings Isabelle and Alec are great ‘side’ characters as they help teach the reader more about Jace and his past and their relationship toward Jace and each other is just adorable. These characters definitely felt real to me as each of them have their own flaws and embrace them which makes them not perfect but I love them either way. The problems they face, the ones we are likely to face in our lives are quite relatable and it is nice to see that the Shadowhunters still have a side to them that is human.
The story itself was quite entertaining and kept me guessing in some parts but I did make one prediction that came true and I am quite proud of myself because of that, however the thing that changed Clary and Jace’s relationship I did not see coming so the ending really had me gripped that I had to pick up City of Ashes straight away.
My favourite part in the book was when it was Clary’s 16th birthday and she spent it with Jace in the garden and I thought that was just such a cute and intense scene that I just really enjoyed reading, I do have another favourite part in the book which is when Clary and Jace have to go and save Simon – I don’t want to say too much as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book but lets just say there are werewolves and vampires involved which I just loved. Sometimes the book had me laughing out loud especially at things Simon and Jace said but at other times I was so shocked that I just had to keep on reading to see the outcome that would happen. The story kept me gripped and turning the pages, it will probably do the same to you if you love suspense and fantasy!
Thinking about City of Bones I can’t really say I disliked anything as it is only the first book in the series and I know I will see more of all these great characters and see them develop further.
Overall I think anyone who is a fan of fantasy like Sarah J Maas or The Infernal Devices like I am will really enjoy this story and I am happy that I read The Infernal Devices first as it feels like I am reading as time progresses, first it was the 1800’s and now we are in the 21st Century. The Mortal Instrument series is more of an urban fantasy whereas The Infernal Devices is a historic fantasy but just as enjoyable. Young readers will definitely love it as it has action, romance and great lovable characters.
♥♥♥♥♥ out five and I can just feel that this series will become a favourite of mine as I progress through it. 😀
Tell me down below what you thought of City of Bones and which book in this series is your favourite as I have a feeling mine might be City of Glass as it is my favourite cover and I have heard amazing things about it. I hope you enjoyed reading my review and I hope you have a great weekend. ❤