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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Mortal Instruments (1), Shadowhunters (2.1)

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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.
  3. 40
    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
  4. 30
    The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (SunnySD)
    SunnySD: If you like strong, determined female leads with hidden depths, plenty of action, adventure and intrigue....
  5. 20
    Forsaken 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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    The Watcher by Lisa Voisin (stevensclare)
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This was a really interesting book. A world that coexists with our world, but can only be seen by a few. It made me jealous that I couldn't see how things "really are".

This is a book full of betrayals Some of them were just too much for me. We come to trust a character, and then find out they are totally different from what they seemed. In the world of the Shadowhunters, it is sometimes difficult to know who to trust, and what is really going on. The main characters are a group of teens, approx ages 15-16. They seem to spend a lot of time on their own, without any adult supervision. I guess that is one of the reasons this appeals so strongly to teen readers.

I liked the characters, especially Clary and Simon. It would be nice to see them develop a more romantic relationship in future books. The character Jace was a little to smug and sarcastic for my taste, so I didn't find him quite as likable, although he did have a tragic back story.

I would like to continue reading more of this series, as the book did not answer all the questions it raised. ( )
  readingover50 | Jun 11, 2019 |
Promette bene (meglio del film, ovviamente). Procedo con il secondo. ( )
  elerwen | May 29, 2019 |
I love these characters. They are really vivid, and you really care what happens to them. The plot moves pretty fast, too - great if you have a short attention span. I will be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  kweber319 | May 13, 2019 |
Great book!
I really like the idea of all these supernatural characters, werewolves, nephilim, warlocks, all secretly existing in our world. Clary is spunky and strong willed and a fun character to follow. She cares about her friends and family and does whatever she has to to save them. Jace is a bit of a jerk, but you begin to see why he acts that way. He feels responsible for the safety of everyone and is reckless to save others. Isabelle is a kick ass girl and I love seeing her in action! And poor Simon always gets the bad end of things. The whole plot was interesting and sucks you in from the beginning. I can't wait to learn more about Valentine and the Clave. I also am hoping for more of Magnus and Alec, hint hint. ( )
  AlyP59 | Apr 25, 2019 |
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#1 City of Bones - ★★★★★



I have already read this book back in 2014. This time, I decided to go with the whole series, as I stopped reading them for some reason.

City of Bones is the first book from The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare. This is a book that is really distinctive for the fact that it takes you to a whole new world instantly, and you immediately feel comfortable with it.

The story starts when Clary and her friend Simon are in a night club, and a boy is being attacked. When Clary calls out for help, it seems that only she can see the attackers. And immediately, within a few pages, we are introduced to a paranormal world that is not visible to mundanes, and we discover all sorts of creatures: angels, demons, fae, vampires, werewolves…

And when Clary discovers that her mother, who used to be a part of a society, and kept it all hidden from her goes missing - she is determined to find her, save her, and find out about her past.

I liked the fact that we have a world so wonderfully constructed, and so thoughtfully created, that drags you in immediately. I usually am the person that struggles with new worlds and incredible amounts of creatures, but this was a great exception.



The characters were well-developed, and I was impressed by how the author managed to present some of today’s taboo topics in this novel. I find it really courageous. I straight-out don’t like Simon. Like, at all… He is a wonderful friend, and Clary means a lot to him, but he was just so dull the whole book.

I liked Clary, and I loved how she slowly discovered everything, but I wasn’t really that involved with her.

On the other side, I loved Jace. He is such a hottie. Sarcastic little cutsie thing! I also adored his honesty. It is something that not everyone has these days…

‘’He’s not a liar at all. Not about important things. He’ll tell you horrible truths, but he won’t lie.’’ She paused before she added quietly, ‘’That’s why it’s certainly better not to ask him anything unless you know you can stand to hear the answer.’’

I liked Luke’s story, and he had an amazing cliff-hanger around the end of the book. But Magnus is one of the people I wanted to see more of, and I wish there two places were swapped.

Isabelle and Alec - I really loved them. We didn’t get to see too much of them, but they were both really important in some of the crucial moments in this book.

All in all, I really loved the story. And I am a bit sad that the couple I was shipping for can’t be together, but it is what it is. I'm going to put a Lannister reference here, and if you have read the book, you will understand: ‘’Oh, the things we do for love.’’

‘’To love is to destroy, and to be loved is to be the one destroyed.’’

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Graynor, AriNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
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For my grandfather
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"You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest.
Quotations
"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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Addiction-causing
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 bizzare world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

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