City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare
Every once in a while, I find a YA book that I’m really excited about and City of Bones, the first book in Cassandra Clare‘s Mortal Instruments trilogy, is one of them. I bought it on a whim a few months ago but only just sat down to read it and I’m so glad I did. It’s a great story with fun characters and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even reading it a bit piecemeal (by necessity, not by choice).
City of Bones follows fifteen-year-old Clary Fray through her journey of self-discovery, where she learns about a past her mother had hidden from her, as well as her own gifts, also hidden till the story commences. It’s a world filled with vampires, demons and Shadowhunters, a group of people sworn to combat these hidden evils.
In many ways, the construct is familiar to folks who read fantasy or coming-of-age stories but the story never comes off as been-there-done-that. Instead, it’s a great read where you find yourself rooting for Clary and her friends against incredible odds. About two-thirds of the way through the book there’s also an ew gross! moment, but I don’t want to discuss it since it’s rather spoilery.
I’ve borrowed the second installment of this trilogy from the library and am very much looking forward to jumping back into this world.