City of bones was a confusing read. Did I like it? Yes and no. It's not a bad book, but I had some issues with the way it came out. Let's see what I mean.
Our main character, Clary, first meets Jace, Alec and Isabelle. They're a group of young shadowhunters, who protect the world from evil paranormal creatures, mostly from demons. Then demons attack Clary's home and her mother disappears without a trace. Neither she or the shadowhunters know the reason for the attack, so they start to resolve the mystery together. The fantasy part was what I liked the most about this book: I found the rules and history of shadowhunters interesting, and their weapons were fascinating. I also liked the way the author built the relationship between Clary and Jace.
The plot of the book is full of twists. I didn't mind it at all, but I was surprised by the little time that was given to the events. There was twist after twist and everything happened really quickly. I was also wondering why the characters didn't seem to react to the twists at all. They just moved on. That made it very hard to see if an event was important. The story was lacking in emotion, which was sad.
Clary felt somehow distant. I can't say I disliked her, I just had a hard time trying to figure out how she felt and what she was thinking about the things that happened in her life. It was strange because usually it's the main character you can relate to. Clary left me asking who she really was. Confusing. On the other hand, I liked Jade a lot. I understood him much better than Clary and liked him from the start. His sarcasm is brilliant, and he's sensitive inside. For me, he was the most touching character in the novel.
The last issue was that I felt like the book could have been set almost anywhere. I missed descriptions of New York City, something that makes you think only New York.
Even though there were many flaws in City of bones, I'm willing to read the whole series and see if things get better. And I definitely want to know how it all ends with Jace and Clary.