Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1), by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I continue to work my way through the audiobooks sitting on my Audible shelf. ‘City of Bones’ had been sitting there for quite some time. I thought a paranormal story would be a nice change of pace, so I dived in.

Unlike many of my friends on Goodreads, I haven’t seen the movie and I didn’t read any of the fan-fiction. In fact, I was surprised to find out that there was a fair amount of controversy surrounding this book. Apparently, a lot of people feel pretty strongly about this book/series.

Since I was blissfully unaware of the controversy, I can say that it didn’t impact my listening experience. That being said, I don’t read a large amount of paranormal/fantasy books. Readers that are partial to this genre will undoubtedly pick up on things that I didn’t.

For me, this magical world of Shadowhunters, vampires, werewolves and fae was intriguing. I thoroughly enjoyed Clary and the other characters. Although there were some predictable parts, there was enough mystery and suspense to keep my attention.

I tend to listen to my audiobooks while I’m doing other things around the house or driving to work, etc. For that reason, I try to pick books that are straightforward and easy to follow. At times, this book became too complex to multitask and I had to “rewind” a few times to reorient myself.

Overall, I thought this was a great story. I enjoyed the world the author created and the characters that were introduced. I look forward to reading more of this series in the near future.

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2 thoughts on “Review: City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1), by Cassandra Clare

  1. I really enjoyed this series but liked the Infernal Devices series even more. It’s a prequel to this series and I found myself researching online all of their family tree’s to see how all of the characters from the two were related. I do love paranormal books though…

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