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Cassandra Clare
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September 2008 Mortal Instruments (Book 1)
Don’t miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, now a major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
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From Publishers Weekly

This Buffy-esque YA novel does not translate well to the audio medium, and part of the problem lies in the story's pacing. Teenager Clary discovers she can see supernatural beings that no one else can, gets drawn into the world of the Shadowhunters (teens who kill demons and monsters) and learns that her mother is somehow mysteriously connected to all the strange happenings around her. As a result, a good chunk of the novel consists of long explanatory passages, as various characters fill Clary in on supernatural creatures, the history and rules of the Shadowhunters and her mother's entanglements—all of which come across as tedious lectures. In addition, narrator Graynor makes almost no attempt to differentiate the various teen characters' voices. Only the minor character Dorothea, played as a faux witch with a gravelly New York accent, is memorable. Graynor also frequently ignores the author's explicit textual directives, such as [Simon] came back, sounding worried or The tone of arrogant superiority was back in [Jace's] voice, for her performance, making this a program with an intriguing premise and cast but disappointing execution. Ages 14-up. (May)
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Grade 8 Up–When Clary Fray witnesses three tattoo-covered teenagers murder another teen, she is unable to prove the crime because the victim disappears right in front of her eyes, and no one else can see the killers. She learns that the teens are Shadowhunters (humans who hunt and kill demons), and Clary, a mundie (i.e., mundane human), should not be able to see them either. Shortly after this discovery, her mother, Jocelyn, an erstwhile Shadowhunter, is kidnapped. Jocelyn is the only person who knows the whereabouts of The Mortal Cup, a dangerous magical item that turns humans into Shadowhunters. Clary must find the cup and keep it from a renegade sector of Shadowhunters bent on eliminating all nonhumans, including benevolent werewolves and friendly vampires. Amid motorcycles powered by demon energies, a telepathic brotherhood of archivists, and other moments of great urban fantasy, the story gets sidetracked by cutesy touches, like the toasted bat sandwich on the menu of an otherworldly restaurant. The characters are sporadically characterized and tend toward behavior that is both predictable and slightly repellent–Clary finds out who her real father is about 200 pages after readers will have it figured out. Despite the narrative flaws, this version of New York, full of Buffyesque teens who are trying to save the world, is entertaining and will have fantasy readers anxiously awaiting the next book in the series.–Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book March 16 2009
I was a little skeptical of reading this book because of some of the bad reviews I was seeing. I am so glad that I will not just follow suit and ignore a book on what some else might say. This book was so good, the twists and turns had me saying to myself "I can't believe that just happened"! I could hardly put this book down along with the next City of Ashes book and now I can't wait for City of Glass to come out!

If you are on the fence about reading this book, I would give it a try. I think it is definitely worth the read! I am a huge fan of supernatural books and this one is one of the better novels I have read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frosy from Books Like Fairytales >> [...] Jan. 30 2011
By Effie
This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy and I don't have enough words for it. It's a story about a world that is hidden from the humans where these Shadowhunters fight the demons that have entered the earth.

Clary is our main character and she discovers that she is one of them when her mother went missing and a demon attacked her. As she was drawn into this world so did I when I started reading the first pages. The author, Cassandra Clare has a certain way with the words that makes you want to live into this magic world.

I found all the characters enjoyable and for the first time I think I found a book that combines funny scenes, dark elements, fast paced action and deadly gorgeous men all thrown into the mix to make the most delicious book. Add to that a very complicate love triangle and you have a hit!

There is a lot of drama in this book but the events and the characters justify each action taken in this book.
The writing style is my favourite. It's written on third person narrative which made the story stand up. This way we could get a glimpse of every character in this book.

Overall this book was amazing! City of Bones will keep you reading with the hot action and twists till the very late hours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Nov. 2 2010
Having already read the first book in the new prequel trilogy to this series, The Infernal Devices, I starting reading this book with some preconceived notions. Cassandra Clare blew them completely out of the water. The world was familiar, the weapons, the battles and the environment. Humans, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, Shadow Hunters, down worlders and mundane all mixed up in events together. But being set in our time was an amazing new twist on something I was familiar with. And yet something so new and unique I found myself picking up the book again and again when I should have been doing other things, and saying to myself just one more page, or till the end of this section or chapter but could literally not make myself put the book down.

The characters are amazing and the world creation so complete, so seamless, and so believable, that, as a reader, you feel as if it might not be fiction but a clearer view of reality than most of us have in our day-to-day life. The books in this series are so well-written that you will read the books back to back and maybe even read them again and again. This book was the first one published by Cassandra Clare and the skill shown, and mastery of the writing craft, is amazing for a first novel.

It is set in a world with a battle between light and darkness, and a group of humans who try to keep that which is evil from destroying our world. These shadow hunters are humans who have been blessed with the blood of an angel. They have claves around the world and work to keep the peace between other species and with each other, and to protect humans. The major players seem to be warlocks, vampires, werewolves, fairies and the shadow hunters, also known as Nephilim.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read June 8 2010
I liked this whole series. The story is written well enough and I like the storline, very imaginative and far as what I have read so far. I like the chemistry between Jace and Clary. I wished that there was more between them...still keeping it strung out and suspenseful throughout the series of course. It is what keeps us reading after all!
I recommend the entire series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book Sept. 14 2009
it was so good i couldn't put it down. i read for 7 hours straight. i can't wait for the next one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good April 29 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book! This was actually recommended to me by my grandmother... ANYWAY, I thought this was an amazing book, at first I wasn't sure that it would really be my type of book, too... Teen romancy but it was absolutely fantastic, the characters are well developed and the storyline is perfect! I think this book is definitely worth all the hype although I refuse to watch the movie for fear of it being horrible. I think I cried enough tears to fill a swimming pool reading this series. :P
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Bones Feb. 18 2014
By Ann
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The book kept me interested through out . The author was able to described the characters and happenings as the book progressed further. I recommend the book totally. I am reading the last of the collection now. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME Jan. 27 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One of the best books I've ever read!! My BFF read this series then begged me to watch the movie when it came out, I was determined to finish the book first and I did! The movie wasn't the best, the book was!!😆
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5.0 out of 5 stars loooooooooooooooooved it!!!!!
it was an awesome book! i really enjoyed every second of this great fantasy saga.i recomend this series to almost any young adult fiction fan :)
Published 18 days ago by jennivive lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great first book in the series.
Published 28 days ago by Jackie Mason
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok....has potential

It was an ok light quick read. The world the author created is more intriguing then any of her actual characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Bones
Awesome series. Keep reading it over and over. Jace is awesome .... although needed a better looking actor for the movie, which was also great.
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Vanderburgh
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Sure What the Hype is About
I can't count the number of times I've attempted to slog through this book, each time getting a little bit farther, and each time being reminded why I gave up last time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jay
2.0 out of 5 stars don't bother
The concept of the book is interesting, but the characters were flat and the plot was very predictable... Felt like Twilight to me... I only finished it because I had bought it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amanda Kuipers
2.0 out of 5 stars Some say the book is better this is not the case
I tried hard to push to the end because I wanted to read it before the movie came out. The story took so long to get any where I think it was the last 50 pages that were actually... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zercia
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the prequels! The Infernal Devices Series
I love this series. I'm excited for the last one to come out in a few months. But I didn't fall in love with it until I read the prequel to this series, The Infernal Devices. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MaraCon
3.0 out of 5 stars liked it, but likley not going to continue reading the rest of the...
seem it is a jump on the bandwagon into the likes of twilight , better than twilight for sure (what isn't),but no where near the caliber of writing or creativity of the Percy... Read more
Published 11 months ago by raised by fish
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a light read
No spoilers!
I found this book entertaining, a light teenage girl version of Jim Butchers 'Dresden Files'. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jbird
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