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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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars City of Bones Oct. 16 2009
By Pauline
I found this book hard to get through, it was long and it reminded me so much of the Harry Potter series and of Star Wars that it was boring because none of it was new and exciting. I just kept thinking, huh this is just like Harry Potter or huh this reminds me of Star Wars.

There is nothing new and exciting in this book, it just seems like borrowed fantasy with borrowed characters whose names have been changed.

"City of Bones" by Cassandra Clarke is the first book in a trilogy. Clary witnesses a murder that no one else can see and as a result of this sighting she is plunged into a fantasy world of betrayal and she finds out who she truly is. Her mother has been in hiding all these years and she as kept Clary from knowing the truth about her life and about her father's life.

Clary's mother disappears and with the help of Shadowhunters, a secret tribe of demon hunters, Clary sets out on a journey to rescue her mother, but the result is a world full of secrets that changes Clary's life forever.

The book definitely has an appealing cover that will attract teens, but my advice would be for them to bypass this book, there are better books for teens to read out there than this one.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Handle Like Hendrix reviews City of Bones June 22 2009
By C. Dey
This book was just AWESOME! I loved all the action, I can remember one scene where a character was using a sword as a saw and just sawing the creature and Clare describing black liquid just OOZING out. I think that was my favorite part.

While CITY OF BONES' beginning wasn't the greatest part of the book, the rest of it was. I found the idea of an urban fantasy set it none other than New York was quite interesting and I found the institute (I forget the name) suprisingly calming.

I have never really been interested in werewolves didn't interest me too much and the Brothers that Jeremiah was one of just scared me.

There are alot of twists in this book, and while they may seem to stem completely off of other sci-fi and fantasy books/movies/TV shows to the extent that this book seems like an absolute rip-off, I still don't care at all about that because I honestly don't want to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, for an example.

And this book was funny. Jace was so unbelievably self-centered and up front about it that I found it humourous. Parts of this book made me smile too.

What was also cool was the unconventional cafe they went to and Clare describing the vampires in a Brooklyn club, the mermaids in the Hudson or something like that.

The only thing ruins this book is that Stephenie Meyer's blurb is on every cover now. BLECH!

I just loved this book and I can't wait to read the final two installments. It is sad that there are only two others but atleast there's going to be the Internal Devices trilogy where Clare with continue to write about this world.

Reviewed by Callie at Handle Like Hendrix
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and typical April 28 2009
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series that I found to be disappointing from what I had expected. I found the writing style to be boring and slow. I felt that the book could have at least been a hundred pages shorter. There were too many unnecessary comparisons. And at times, especially at the end, the actions of the characters seemed false and forced to make the story continue as was orginally planned.

I did not feel like I was reading something original. The story was slightly interesting but it seems to be heading in a more predictable direction especially when Clary is hit with boy problems: two boys but only one of her. There is, however, a twist in the relationship she has with one of the characters.

I felt like I was reading for the sake of reading, and after it was over, I didn't feel the urge to pick up the next book immediately. I felt that there were unnecessary battle scenes to make the characters' objective more difficult and to put more words on paper. I will not be finishing the series. I regret purchasing this book and am now looking to get rid of it.

City of Bones is about Clarissa Fray, 15, who thinks she is unattractive. She is at a club with her friend, Simon, when she sees a cute guy following a girl dressed in white to a broom closet. There are two other guys heavy equipped with weapons that follow behind the pair. Thinking that the cute guy will be beaten up by the three, Clary follows behind and tells Simon to run for help.

When Simon returns, he sees Clary alone in the broom closet. However, there are three other people present there that only Clary can see: Isabelle, Alec, and Jace.

See the world through the eyes of a Shadowhunter - a world full of demons, faeries, werewolves, vampires, witches, and warlocks. Discover Clary's hidden past and the truths that were kept from her. Who is Valentine? What is the Mortal Cup?
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Published 12 days ago by Tabitha Brown
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 1 month ago by jennivive lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Great first book in the series.
Published 2 months 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 3 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 4 months ago by Sharon Vanderburgh
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good
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... Read more
Published 5 months ago by iboopurnose
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 6 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 6 months ago by Amanda Kuipers
5.0 out of 5 stars City of Bones
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ann
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
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! Read more
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