A teenage girl discovers that she comes from a lineage of demon hunters, and finds herself drawn into the ongoing battle between good and evil.
I picked up City of Bones after reading a rave review of the next book in the series on the Queens Public Library’s email newsletter for YA picks. It sounded like a fun read, and I was not disappointed. I just got a book light so I can read in bed while Superfast Baby snoozes in her crib in the family bedroom, and I clocked some pretty late nights making my way through this one.
City of Bones follows Clary, a teenage girl who stumbles upon a group of teen Shadowhunters at a night club. She’s not supposed to be able to see them, but she can, so the Shadowhunters bring her back to their lair, where Clary discovers that her mother was once a Shadowhunter before renouncing their ways. When Clary tries to return to her Park Slope home, she finds it infested with demons and her mother gone, kidnapped by her ex-husband, Valentine, the nemesis of the Shadowhunters. And then her best friend, Simon, is turned into a rat and kidnapped by vampires… what’s a girl to do? Kick some vampire ass, that’s what!
Fantastic action scenes, terrific romantic tension, and a fun look at New York City–anyone who likes Libba Bray, Kiki Strike, or the Poison Study series will love this book like I did. I can’t wait to read the next one!