The City of Bones is the first book in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series. I was excited about reading this, as it is on so many “must read” lists, and is now a motion picture, but it fell short of my expectations. Original to a point, the story still seems to steal from too many other great works. A little bit Harry Potter, a little bit Twilight, The City of Bones is the story of fifteen-year-old Clary Fray and the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Of course there’s a love triangle with Clary, Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks like an angel but acts like a jerk, and Simon, the nerdy, but sweet and supportive best friend. Simon is the only truly likable character. Clary is wishy-washy and annoying, and Jace is just rude. There are many reviews available on Amazon and Good Reads, so I won’t get into the plot. I will say that this book is an appropriate read for older tweens, a bit gory and gritty, but exciting if one likes that sort of thing, just not at all inspiring.