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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Cassandra Clare

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Title:City of Bones (Mortal Instruments)
Authors:Cassandra Clare
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2008), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 512 pages
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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (2007)

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Book 1 of the Mortal Instruments Series

While at a club with her friends, Clary Fray witnesses what she thinks is a murder. Clary follows 3 teenagers chasing another teenager into a room. There she sees the three kill the other teenager. The three explain to Clary it’s kinda hard to have a murder without a body. The dead teenager disappears. When her friend Simon and club security show up the three teenagers disappear leaving Clary confused about what she actually witnessed.
The next night after having a fight with her mother she takes off to a local coffee shop with Simon. Suddenly she sees one of the teenagers from the night before. She rushes outside and finds him in the alley. He tells her that he and his friends Alec and Isabell are “Shadowhunters”. He explains that she should not even be able to see them. As Clary is trying to wrap her mind around what Alec is telling her she receives a frantic phone call from her mother. She tells Clary not to come home and to go to Simon’s house. She races back to her apartment to find her mother missing and she also finds herself not alone.
"It was crouched against the floor, a long, scaled creature with a cluster of flat black eyes set dead center in the front of its domed skull. Something like a cross between an alligator and a centipede, it had a thick, flat snout and a barbed tail that whipped menacingly from side to side. Multiple legs bunched underneath it as it readied itself to spring."
Clary soon discovers that her mother has been keeping secrets from her. She even went so far as to have someone block certain memories from her. No one seems to be able to help her retrieve those memories. She soon learns that her mother has been taken captive by the evil Valentine, The only way to save her mother is to find something called “The Mortal Cup”. Along the way she will have to fight demons, vampires and werewolves. She will also learn who she can truly trust and who she can’t.
The story starts off a little slow but does pick up as the story progresses. It ends with a really good twist that makes the reader eager for more. ( )
  KathyWoodall | Oct 29, 2014 |
I love this series!! I find the story fun and exciting! I completely fell in love with jace (what girl wouldnt lol). Its a enjoyable read with love, adventure, laughable moments, sad moments and leaves you wanting more and more! ( )
  keli24 | Oct 28, 2014 |
What a heap of garbage. I managed the first chapter, gave up, read the plot summary on Wikipedia, and found out I was right about just about everything that happens (apart from the whole incest thing, but whatever). This is the most cliched nonsense I've read for a long, long time, and that's saying something. The writing was laughable. And the rip-offs are utterly obvious - the whole opening scene reads very similar to many scenes from Buffy. Reading the plot summary, this sounds entirely devoid of any originality (though I can't comment on the specific comparisons to Harry Potter, Star Wars and Bleach that I've heard about because obviously I didn't read the thing). The dialogue was fucking juvenile. I... well, at least it gave me a good laugh!

I MIGHT finish it one day. Maybe. But only when I need something to write a vitriolic review about.
  humblewomble | Oct 19, 2014 |
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I am very eager to see where this series goes. I love that it is set in NYC and I know every place they mention!

I really like that Clary is so independent and not looking for a boy to complete her. Sure a bit of romance is there but her world doesn't revolve around it.

I was a little annoyed that nobody guessed the truth until near the end. I felt it was pretty obvious from the moment you figure out who Clary's mother is who her father must be. Other than that it was an awesome read! ( )
  grapeapril75 | Oct 18, 2014 |
I think my problem with this book was not, as many others people have stated, the borrowing from other works. Let's be honest, there are no original ideas anymore. I thought she had a strong original concept, I just felt there was no follow through. Clare refuses to commit to the mythology she is setting up. She relies very heavily on Judeo/Christian mythology with angels, nephilim (technically products of sex between angels and humans, not drinking from a cup), and churches. She allows Jace to make a passing reference to "other faiths" and "non-belief", but in reality she fails to connect things to any other religion. What about the Hindu deities who have been fighting demons since before Jews started talking about angels? What about Islam and Zoroastrianism? Maybe she delves deeper in the sequels, but I am probably not going to both with them anytime soon. The story ends up being so focused on Jace and Clary's relationship that the rest of the world is left as a mere sketch.

In addition, I am bored with the whole "teenagers save the world without any adult help and specifically save it from the terrible adults in their world". I am also even more tired of "teenage girl is strong, but only after a boy awakens her to said strength and then they fall in love." Regardless of the dynamic and reality of the relationship between Clary and Jace, this is what this really is. Jace, more than any other character, annoyed me as the stereotypical "I don't like anything, I rely on me, but I love you" rebel.

Aside from this it was an easy read and not the worst thing I have read. I still give it three stars because it didn't waste my time. Also, the book was so much better than the movie. WTF with the movie? ( )
  librarygurl | Oct 6, 2014 |
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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
First words
"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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Trash about Shadowhunters
And forbidden love.

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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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