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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) (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

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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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    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (SunnySD)
    SunnySD: If you like strong, determined female leads with hidden depths, plenty of action, adventure and intrigue....
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    The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver (SunnySD)
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    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (HatsForMice)
    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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I have to first admit that I watched the movie before reading this book, and I really liked the movie. But, with that being said I love the book 100 times more! When I started reading I had to get used to the name Clary, but it's grown on me. Jace seemed standoffish at first but as the story progressed, he seemed to warm up.

I really enjoyed the magical and supernatural elements such as the vampires, warlocks, and werewolves that where in the book. (This must have something to do with my obsession with Harry Potter!) Magic and Runes made the story interesting, and I cannot read the rest of the series to find out more about the runes.

The story flow can be a little slow in some areas, and fast in others. It took me a little longer to read this, due to College Final's. If it weren't due to that, I believe it would have been a fast read even for close to 500 pages. The end of each chapter kept me wanting to know what was coming up next. Overall I really loved the book!

I recently found out that ABC Family is working on a show on this series called Shadowhunter. It will be interesting to see what they dow with the story. ( )
  Hpfan28 | May 13, 2015 |
I have to admit, it took me a little bit to get into this book. But once I did, I couldn't put it down. I thought she did a great job with her dialogue. Every conversation between the characters felt natural and true to the age of the character. I can't wait to read the next one! ( )
  reneenmeland | Apr 30, 2015 |
I have been in a reading slump lately - picking up books and reading a little but not engaged enough to finish...then returning when they are due and not really caring that they were only partially read (I usually finsh them or put them back on my list to read another time). City of Bones was great and I read it on about 3 sittings. I have already checked out the next in the series City of Ashes. ( )
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
Maybe good enough to read the next in the series. I really resent series books most of the time, even if they are good. I resent that they try to trap you. There are very few books I get really, really excited about getting to the next one. Can't say this is one, though it wouldn't be a waste of time. ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
Reviewed this... Poooof review magically did not save! Making me extremely moody! Read the prequel trilogy, William Herondale was a gem (excuse the lame ass pun), Tess was great. Amazing series. So I then picked up these.....
Because demon slaying is addictive, witty characters are lovable and badasses are fun. This book was the best out of six, I fell in love all over again with the shadow world. What I don't get is How can a prequel be better than the original?
One thing I will say for Cassandra Clare is, no matter how irritated you get you still want to read the next.
Her writing take you to places unseen, people unseeable, and you see them. If you like the unseeable grab these books, demons, werewolves, vampires, faeries it has them all.
magical runes and the silent brothers, every part of it is gothic.
Over all I loved the idea of the plot, it made me keep reading, it will make you keep reading and that says a lot all on it's own. ( )
  darceypaige | Apr 25, 2015 |
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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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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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