Even though I struggled through this book at parts I do see why so many people like this book. I also see why some don't even finish the series. however with how City of bones ended I need to read the second book. It's not like there was a cliffhanger because there isn't. It's just that the last couple of chapters confused me and left way to many questions that reading the rest (to me) is a must. Well until I understand what the heck just happen. Though it took me a year to read I still really liked the first book of the Mortal Instrument series with its humor and interesting storyline. and though I don't when I'll get the next book but I well hopefully soon.