Author: Cassandra Clare
Pages: 442 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult/ Urban Fantasy
Age Recommendation: 15+
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
“It’s your gift, to see the beauty and the horror in ordinary things. It doesn’t make you crazy, just different.”
15 year old Clary Fray is living a normal teenager’s life in New York City. One night; she goes to a night club with her best friend Simon and she witnesses a murder that nobody else seemed to be able to see. From here on she is drawn into a terrifying world of Shadowhunters, runes and demons. Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family and who she really is. She also has to put up with Jace – a Shadowhunter who looks like an angel but acts like a jerk.
The Mortal Instruments is a series I wanted to read a few years ago but I just never had a chance! Other books came out or I’d start another series and I ended up forgetting about them. When the film adaption of City of Bones came out last year I decided to give it a watch… I won’t lie to you I didn’t like it much. I loveddd the characters and the story but I just didn’t like the film. My best friend started reading the books around the same time and she said she was really enjoying them but I still didn’t give them a chance. That was until I stepped into HMV one day and found all the books for £3 each. What excuse did I have to say no?!
I am soo happy I started reading this series. I enjoyed the first book so much I spent every spare moment trying to get through another chapter. The characters are brilliant. Normally with fantasy novels I find that the female characters get themselves into a mess and they just end up as damsels in distress. What I love about Clary is that nobody got her into this mess – she was born into it. She can also handle her own problems pretty well which is always reassuring. Jace is also a great character. He is strong and independent enough to get on with things on his own. He isn’t fantastic about showing his feelings but he is nice to his family and protects Clary enough for you to care about his wellbeing. Basically he isn’t a wimp and that is great.
I admit I have read a lot of books with vampires, werewolves, faeries and demons so before I read City of Bones I expected it to be pretty similar to everything else I’ve read however because the series is primarily about the Shadowhunters, it’s different enough to be really interesting. The runes are also a really fun aspect of the novel – Have you read Skulduggery Pleasant? If so think China Sorrows’ use of runes and you have pretty much got a basic understanding of the Shadowhunters’ use of runes. There are also plenty of little plot twists to keep you turning the page. I actually found myself gasping out loud at a few of them!! If you’ve been wondering whether to give this series a chance I’d definitely recommend it! I am now on the 3rd book and can’t get through them quick enough! Thank youuu HMV.
I have mentioned in the details that I would probably recommend this book to ages 15+. That isn’t because the content isn’t really suitable for 13 and 14 year olds but because everyone I know who has read this series are all over 16 and it is my understanding that the audience reading the books are a lot older than people originally thought.
Film Adaption: The adaption of City of Bones was released last year bust wasn’t as successful as the producers thought it could be. As far as I know, the second movie has been delayed while they consider targeting them towards an older audience and deal with some other complications. If you do watch the first movie –it is very different to the book.