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City of bones by Cassandra Clare

City of bones (edition 2008)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:City of bones
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, 2008.
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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    City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (jemsbookblog)
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    Tithe by Holly Black (wegc)
    wegc: Both Tithe and City of Bones are about a girl who discovers she is part of a hidden supernatural world full of rivalries and danger.
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    The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan (stephxsu)
    stephxsu: Lots of action, richly described alt. world setting, and Nick and Jace are similarly attractive bad boys
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    HatsForMice: Girl pulled into a fantasy world only to discover she's a part of it. Stephanie/Valkyrie is a stronger character than Clary, too. Obviously this is for a slightly younger readership, so if you're in it for the romance, you won't find it here until the 4th book.… (more)
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While visiting a club one evening with her friend Simon, Clary witnesses something she shouldn't, but even more disturbingly, something no one else present appeared to have been able to see: several peculiar-looking teenagers murdering an otherworldly being who, upon death, vanishes into thin air. A few days later her mother disappears, and Clary herself is attacked by a ghastly creature in her own home. Suddenly, Jace, one of the teens from the club, comes to her aid and whisks her away to the "Institute," where she learns more about what happened to her mother, and who these mysterious, demon-murdering people are.

This series was very popular at the library a few years ago, and so I'd been curious about it for some time. However, I'd until now hesitated to pick up the first book because of the expected commitment (there are 6, all 400+ pages!). From a teen readers' advisory perspective I'm glad I read this first installment, but at the same time I don't feel any desire to continue the series due to a few too many fantasy and relationship tropes that I've seen so many times before. Teens would probably eat this up, but I'm afraid I'm a few decades too late. ( )
  ryner | Jul 10, 2017 |
Awful, un original (rip off of every other scifi/fantasy story told), ridiculous dialogue- what do people see in this book? I so wanted to love you yet I just couldn't believe the un originality in the plot twists, nor the dialogue or the characters. Bah! Not worth continuing but I will try one more since I've already bought Clockwork Angel.... ( )
  HunyBadger | Jul 6, 2017 |
I'm confused as to why this book has received such rave reviews. I guess I should have followed my first instinct to put it down when I saw Stephanie Meyer's praise on the cover. The basic story isn't half bad, but the similarities to Harry Potter are just TOO much. It's a shame the writing wasn't half as good, I might have enjoyed myself. The plot has some holes and often conflicts with itself. I won't be bothering with the rest of the series. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
I read this several years ago. My daughter read it and gave it to me to read... she's right, I do like it...still. ( )
  shadowdancer | Jun 22, 2017 |
This books was great. I love fantasy adventure stories. Vampires. Werewolves. Warlocks. Demons. Awesome.

The characters are easy to get attached too and I love being able to see everyone point of view. There is so much to follow and so many different things it just makes the story really great. All the details and twists and turns. It's the making of an epic story.

I really want this to be made into a movie. Like really really badly. ( )
  Shahnareads | Jun 21, 2017 |
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I have not slept.

Between the acting of a dreadful thing

And the first motion, all the interim is

Like a phantasm, or a hideous dream:

The genius and the mortal instruments

Are then in council; and the state of man,

Like to a little kingdom, suffers then

The nature of an insurrection.

- William Shakespeare,
Julius Caesar
I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,

Taught by the heav'nly Muse to venture down

The dark decent, and up to reascend. . .

- John Milton, Paradise Lost
Facilis descensus Averni:

Noctes antque dies patet atri ianua Ditis.

Sed grandium revocare superasque evadere ad auras;

Hoc opus, hic labor, est.

- Virgil, The Aeneid
The descent beckons

as the ascent beckoned.

- William Carlos Williams, The Descent
For my grandfather
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"You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
"Sarcasm is the last refuge of the imaginatively bankrupt," she told him.
"I can't help it. I use my rapier wit to hide my inner pain."
"Your pain will be outer soon if you don't get out of traffic. Are you trying to get run over by a cab?"
"Don't be ridiculous," he said. "We could never get a cab that easily in this neighborhood."
"Is this the part where you start tearing off strips of your shirt to bind my wounds?"
"If you wanted me to rip my clothes off, you should have just asked."
"If you were half as funny as you think you are, you'd be twice as funny as you are now."
"Jesus!" Luke exclaimed.
"Actually, it's just me," said Simon. "Although I've been told the resemblance is startling."
"Unfortunately", said Hodge, "we're all out of bitter revenge at the moment, so it's either tea or nothing."
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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...

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Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

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