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city of bones 10th anniversary

Title: City of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Page count: 512
Date published: 7 November 2017
Original date:
27 March 2007
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy

Thank you to Pan Macmillan SA for sending this stunner my way!

Rating: (5 out of 5 stars)
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When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
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So yeah I reread this. Well, actually I buddy-read it with Lu (who’s AWESOME by the way and go follow her blog). But anyway, we reread it before Lord of Shadows to get back into the world and this edition is stunning so couldn’t resist. I took me a long time to finish? It may be because of TV but moving on… OF COURSE IT WAS AMAZING! AND EPIC! AND SASSY! AND EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN A BOOK! AHH, I can’t contain my love for Shadowhunters. Damnit, Cassie. But like she’s a queen that rules over us and shatters hearts. We have a love-hate relationship okay! Okay, we should get into the review now:
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Okay so for the most of this, it’ll be spoiler free. I’ve already screamed at you that I loved it and that’s amazing and that I’m in love with basically all my cinnamon rolls right?? Okay so now that’s settled…

OMG CASSIE IS SO GOOD AT WRITING THE BEST PLOTS. She’s a total mastermind and genius. So many hints to future books and argghh why does she have to do this to us?!! Honestly if you haven’t read this yet then I actually don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Kidding but SERIOUSLY READ IT!!!!! I also noticed that the book is WAYYYY better than the movie. They changed so much! Ahh, the story is so intricate and I LAUGHED SO MUCH OMG!! SO. FREAKING. GOOD
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Tbh the characters are what really make the book

  • Magnus is basically just a glittery cat and he’s so great. He wasn’t even in much of the book yet left my mouth hanging open?!

  • Luke is such a great character! He’s so underrated omg

  • Alec actually got on my nerves a bit. He’s so moody. I mean I love him but dude get over yourself and stop being an old man

  • I don’t like Hodge

  • Isabelle is a whipping, sassy and badass girl and I have this new-found love for her. She’s honestly the best. I just wouldn’t eat her food. I adore Izzy so much omg

  • Simon is a little cinnamon roll but he’s a little bit like a puppy for the first have but he’s adorable at the same time? Ahh my precious baby

  • Clary is really brave! Like I can get why she’s disliked but she’s still a really good character

  • Jace is my SOULMATE and I love him very dearly. He’s a broken pancake and also kindof a self-obsessed dumbass yet still loveable. I literally love him with my entire being and he’s SO SASSY THAT I CAN’T HANDLE. Gahh i love him



  • I’ve already mentioned but the characters are kickass and precious so doesn’t that give you enough of a reason
  • Jace
  • Izzy
  • Magnus
  • The diversity is overflowing. Like nothing is explicit yet but it’s coming
  • The other wonderful heartbreaking books
  • The world is amazing
  • Cassie is the queen of not only characters and my heart but also PLOT
  • The ships!!!!
  • The fight scenes are EPIC

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“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed.
“Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.”


“Jesus!” Luke exclaimed.
“Actually, it’s just me,” said Simon. “Although I’ve been told the resemblance is startling.” – Jace


“Do you remember back at the hotel when you promised that if we lived, you’d get dressed up in a nurse’s outfit and give me a sponge bath?” asked Jace.
“It was Simon who promised you the sponge bath.”
“As soon as I’m back on my feet, handsome,” said Simon.
“I knew we should have left you a rat.”


“One of the Silent Brothers is here to see you. Hodge sent me to wake you up. Actually he offered to wake you himself, but since it’s 5 a.m., I figured you’d be less cranky if you had something nice to look at.”
“Meaning you?”
“What else?”
– Jace & Clary


“Declarations of love amuse me. Especially when unrequited.” – Jace


“Even in half demon hunter clothes, Clary thought, he looked like the kind of boy who’d come over your house to pick you up for a date and be polite to your parents and nice to your pets.
Jace on the other hand, looked like the kind of boy who’d come over your house and burn it down just for kicks.”


“I figured all your classes were stuff like Slaughter 101 and Beheading for Beginners.”
Jace flipped a page. “Very funny, Fray.”



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  • Dreamy Reads

    I have heard so much about this series and I also have a friend who would actually kill me because I still haven’t read this series. Guess I should read it soon.
    Great review! <3

  • Stephanie - Bookfever

    Yes I have read TMI. One of my favorite series. I really want to do a re-read of City of Bones. I won the special edition a couple of months ago. My favorite character is Magnus and I’ve read all of Cassie’s books related to Shadowhunters. The Infernal Devices are my favorite!

  • Marta

    🙈🙈🙈 don’t kill me, but I actually don’t like the series very much. Only read City of Bones and it wasn’t really my thing, but I can understand why everyone enjoys it so much. I probably loved Izzy the most! Lovely review! ❤

  • Ilsen Leon

    I’m reading the whole series right now. I’m on The Infernal Devices on Clockwork Prince which I should finish XD I’m doing a buddy read of the entire Shadowhunter chronicles. My favorite from TMI so far is City of Glass. I love getting to know Idris. Also Magnus and Luke will always be my faves and even though Jace can be a little of an asshole sometimes I still love his broken heart. Also I love Alec. Izzy is cool and I like her but my favorite is when she is in City of Glass and Simon is adorable and funny. I just love them. I think Clary is my least favorite but I like her. When she’s not being dumb at least.

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