I decided to give this book a re-read after recently watching the new show “Shadowhunters” on Freeform.  The show was much better than the movie, especially where the cast is concerned, but it still didn’t do the book justice.

I first read this book sometime in 2008 after a friend of mine recommended the series.  She said it was her favorite new series and it was a must read, so I found the audiobook version and gave it a listen.

Book Synopsis:

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

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…

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

I had a falling out with the friend that introduced me to this series, so after the first 3 books, I stopped reading them.  It wasn’t the same not having her to talk to about them, but watching the TV show made me want to go back and finally finish it, so off to my trusty Overdrive app I went and found the audiobook once again.

It was slow to start as I noted in my first review, but once it got going, I found myself lost in the world of the Shadowhunters, where there are not only angels and demons, but also vampires, werewolves, fairies, and more.  Us mundanes who don’t possess the “sight” are unaware that all these supernatural creatures surround us everyday.  When Clary all of a sudden acquires the “sight”, everything she ever knew changes forever.  She finds herself in the middle of a war she knew nothing about and has to take a crash course in the history of Shadowhunters in order to survive.  Fortunately, she has found some people to help her through it all.  Unfortunately, her mother has gone missing and it’s up to Clary to find her.  This is the first book in the series, so a lot of it is introduction to the characters, but it’s also the beginning of an adventure into an unseen world.  If you like YA books, Sci-Fi, a little light romance, a good mystery and the supernatural, this series is for you.