City of Bones Read-Along: Chapter 3

In honor of the movie coming out in theaters on August 21st, I have decided to join the City of Bones Read-Along. If you haven't read this book, now is the perfect opportunity! Especially if you're planning to see the movie. If you would like to join, click here for more info. NOTE: If you haven't read the book, please beware of spoilers in the Read-Along posts. There will be quotes and chapter summaries, as well as my own thoughts on certain events that occur within the story and I don't plan on holding back.

Chapter 3: Shadowhunter

Short Summary:

Clary and Simon have reached the place of the poetry reading, Java Jones. After finding her and Simon a seat, Clary hears a cough behind her. She turns to look and sees Jace as if he had just popped up out of nowhere wearing a smirk on his face. Simon looks in his direction after noticing Clary's discomfort but it's obvious that he doesn't see him. Jace gets up to leave and Clary follows him. She confronts him about following her and threatens to talk to the police to which Jace replies that the police can't arrest something they can't see. Jace begins talking to her about Shadowhunters, mundanes and Downworlders and that he's taking her to the Institute to meet Hodge willingly or unwillingly. Clary's phone rings again and she answers. Her mom frantically tells her not to come home and then the phone goes dead. She tries to call back and only getting a busy signal, Clary begins to panic, dropping and breaking her phone. Jace offers to help but instead of accepting it, Clary gets angry and hits him in the face before running home.


"I said his poetry was terrible. It sounds like he ate a dictionary and started vomiting up words at random."

"You think you're better. That's why you were laughing at us."
"I was laughing at you because declarations of love amuse me, especially when unrequited."


In this chapter we get a hint of Simon's feelings for Clary when they are at the poetry reading, but it's clear that Clary's focus isn't on Simon. Especially after Jace shows up out of nowhere spouting off about things Clary's never heard of and never believed to be real. She also is shown how to see through what it is that keeps her from "seeing" when Jace asks her to relax her mind and look at his hand which has a rune burnt into his skin. The drama really begins when Clary's mom calls her and begs her not to come home and to go straight to Simon's house. Clary's decision to run home is something that jump-starts the events that happen throughout the entire book.

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