City of Bones, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, follows teenager Clary (Clarissa) Fray.

A young artist who’s currently on summer break from High School, and has an overbearing Mother. Sounds normal enough, with the young protagonist rebelling against her mother when she informs her daughter that they will be leaving for the rest of the summer to her mother’s friend’s, Luke, farm house in the middle of no where.

But, things quickly take a turn away from normal for Miss. Clary during a chance meeting with a group of people who call themselves Shadowhunters, and who Clary sees corner and kill another ‘teen’. This event sends Clary’s live into a whirlwind of unanswered questions, adventure she could have never imagined, and looking into the past her mother never spoke of.

Along the way, Clary meets a mysterious boy by the name of Jace Wayland. Among the Shadowhunters she meets by chance that night before her life is changed forever, Clary feels a connection to Jace that she’s never experienced with anyone else before.

Staying up late to read this book, which is a normal occurrence for myself and fellow bookworms.

Clary quickly learns that the Underworld is threatened by an evil that has appeared before for them, and everyone thought it was defeated than. The evil that is threatening the Underworld has a close tie to Clary and her mother, and Clary wants answers. She learns that not everyone can be trusted, and those she loved may be trying to protect her by being cruel to her.

This isn’t the first book I’ve read by Cassandra Clare, but it is in the same sense. The Infernal Instruments, which is based in London, England in Victorian time, seems to be a prequel to The Mortal Instruments. The characters are different, but there are Shadowhunters, demons, witches, warlocks, good vs evil, and the protagonist trying to find answers to a past she knew nothing about.

I’m kind of excited to see the movie based on City of Bones, and will be reviewing it soon.