City of Bones  - Cassandra Clare First off, my name is Chloe Bray, which sounds a lot like Clary Fray, and is a big reason why I bought the book. Clary and myself aren’t much alike otherwise, but I’m going to keep pointing out our rhyming names to everyone.

City of Bones did fall into some common YA cliches. I did spot a ‘I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding’ somewhere in this book. However, I didn’t find it as predictable as I find a lot of YA, although I did know a lot of major spoilers before reading the book. One of the things I found most annoying was the cheesy way swear words were blocked out. We were told what it rhymed with, or someone interrupted just before the obscenity was to be spoken. If it was on TV it might get a smirk from me but in print it irked me. This is a book with a lot of violence and it also deals with issues of love and sexuality; swear words would fit in fine here.

The characters were mostly well developed, interesting, and some of them I could relate to. My favourite characters were Isabelle, Simon, Magnus and Luke. The characters had complexities to them which were nice to witness, especially Hodge who I hope will be in the other books. Overall I feel the only character who was a little neglected was Magnus, but since he has his own e-book series I can accept that.

A lot of different relationships were explored in the book. We had siblings, best friends, mother and daughter, among more complex bonds. A lot of books don’t have that range and I feel Cassandra Clare really gave the relationships enough attention to seem genuine.

I didn’t think the writing was spectacular. I didn’t think it was bad either, it was good, but in places it could have been better. Not all of the dialogue was believable to me. I also would have liked to know more about all the kinds of downworlders, particularly faeries, warlocks and mermaids. I really hope they’re explored more in the rest of the series.

This book was a lot of fun, lots of humour and geekery and silly moments, and it did make me want to go live in the world for a while. It wasn’t life-changing for me but I enjoyed reading it and I will definitely read the rest of the series.