This month’s F.B.O.T.M. is a personal favorite of mine, even if I’m still new to the series: City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. Although this author has already been featured in one of Halley’s previous F.B.O.T.M.s, I decided to bring her up again because her books are extremely addictive and worth a recommendation.
City of Bones follows Clary Fray, a teenage girl living with her mom in New York City. When she and her best friend Simon decide to visit a club on their street, they get separated as Clary decides to follow an unusual friend group into the back room. Although this was a bad enough idea in itself, she ends up seeing something far worse than she imagined. The people she followed turn out to be part of an otherworldly group called Shadowhunters, and when she witnesses them murder a teenage boy (who is revealed as a demon), they pull her into a completely different world with twists she’ll never expect.
City of Bones is part of The Mortal Instruments series and has an action film based on it, so if you enjoy this preview, there’s a lot more in the world of Clary Fray to explore.