Audiobook, Fantasy, Young Adult

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones

This series is another Goodreads group read I’m doing with several others in my 2-3-4 Challenge group. It’s an older series that was later developed onto both the big and small screen.



Fifteen-year old Clary Fray goes into a nightclub called Pandemonium with her best friend Simon and sees two very attractive people exit into a closed off area. She follows and then witnesses a third person attack and kill one of them. Unfortunately, she seems to be the only one that can even see the three. It’s this encounter that introduces her to a world that’s very much a part of her identity, particularly when her mother leaves her a desperate message that same night and then mysteriously disappears.

I had a tough time getting into this story that was initially plagued by lots of juvenile, young adult behavior in the midst of laying the foundation for the fantasy element and world building. I couldn’t figure out the plot or direction and the events seemed to be disjointed. I’m glad I chose to listen to the story as I’m not sure I would have continued. But! About halfway into it, things started making more sense and I became interested in the fantasy structure. I liked that there was sort of a classification of the creatures and beings. And, while there was a good versus evil component, there was lots of gray within each group.

The dialogue and interactions between Clary, Simon and the Shadowhunters are still a bit tedious for me but I’m intrigued by how it ended. Things got a bit more complicated and murky, enough for me to want to stay with the series. I elevated my rating because of how dramatically my opinion and interest shifted. Not the strongest start but good enough. And, the narrator seems to fit Clary like a glove.

Book Info

  • Release Date: March 27, 2007
  • Series: The Mortal Instruments
  • Narrator: Ari Graynor
  • Audio Length: 14 hours, 12 minutes


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34 thoughts on “City of Bones by Cassandra Clare”

  1. I absolutely loved this book when it came out. In fact I loved the first three. Then Clockwork Prince came out and it was the exact same story with the exact same characters again. And then I read the 4th one and hated it. And now all Cassandra Clare does is write the same stuff over and over. I find it annoying.

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  2. I read this series awhile back. When my oldest daughter (now 23) was…13???…she read the first few, and since she left all her books on my shelves when she moved out…I got curious. Ended up buying the remaining books in the series and read them all. There were books I loved, and a few I didn’t, but I was committed to seeing it through and overall I did enjoy them. I keep meaning to go back to this author, but her books are SO long…the move made me mad. Hated the casting, hated the story changes…typical “the book is better” fare. I’ve avoided the series. 😉

    I’m glad you finally came around to it. It was either book 3 or 4 that fell short for me, but I persisted, and I’m not sorry. 🙂

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