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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

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Series: The Mortal Instruments (1), The Shadowhunter Chronicles (7)

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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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    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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    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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    Underfors by Maria Turtschaninoff (julienne_preacher)
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    Marked by P. C. Cast (kassyavon)
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    Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (MyriadBooks)

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extremely predictable. the plot-twist is not cool, even if you know what happens later in the series.
just goes off so many of the fantasy books of the time. ( )
  swgdy | Jun 26, 2022 |
2 stelle e mezzo

Dunque... Ricordo di aver letto alcuni libri di questa saga alle medie, per poi abbandonarli. Recentemente ho letto L'angelo, Il Principe e La Principessa, la trilogia di The Infernal Devices. Mi erano piaciuti abbastanza, così ho deciso di comprare la serie principale e rileggerla. Prima di farlo però ho guardato la serie tv, che ho ADORATO. E sono dell'opinione che sia molto meglio di ciò che ho letto fino ad ora. Di gran lunga.
Tralasciando il plagio ( e non scherzo, Cassandra Clare è attualmente sotto processo e comunque si sapeva già) e il fatto che l'autrice sembra non essere una brava persona, il mio compito è recensire il libro.
La storia segue Clary, che scopre di far parte degli Shadowhunters e di essere legata al Mondo Invisibile.
Il libro è scritto più o meno decentemente, ma l'autrice continua a mettere similitudini che sinceramente danno fastidio. Non riesce a scrivere senza? Il libro ne è pieno, come se lei non sapesse mostrare le cose diversamente.
Clary è un personaggio insopportabile, Jace uno stupido arrogante. E' stato davvero tremendo dover leggere di loro mentre tutti gli altri personaggi sembravano di gran lunga più interessanti. Mi riferisco ad Alec, Isabelle, Magnus, Raphael e persino Hodge. Al diavolo, anche Hugo (il corvo).
Comunque, la storia in sé è interessante. Si parla delle differenze tra Nephilim (gli Shadowhunters) e i Nascosti (elfi, fate, stregoni, lupi mannari, vampiri...) e gli Accordi tra le due parti.
Il cattivo della serie è Valentine, che potrebbe anche chiamarsi Hitler per quanto mi riguarda, visto che ciancia di purezza della razza e di sterminare i Nascosti. Questo particolare è molto interessante e mi ha fatto continuare a leggere per vedere come la Clare abbia scritto di questo argomento.
Nel complesso non posso dargli tre stelle piene, perché i problemi sono troppi, ma continuerò a leggere la saga per vedere se migliora e, comunque, per conoscere la storia "originale" (ahem) in vista della seconda stagione della serie TV

recensione presente anche su http://thereadingpal.blogspot.it ( )
  thereadingpal | Jun 14, 2022 |
Good series - fun, exciting adventure, and romance. I recommended this to Ellie. Jordan loves the series too. ( )
  kathp | Jun 10, 2022 |
I enjoy the characters and the story. I thought that the twist close to the end added a little more to the story. I can't wait for the characters to grow and to learn more about them. I am most interested in what will happen with Simon and Clary, how will Jace play into their relationship and Where does Alec belong in the mix. ( )
  kskristine | May 17, 2022 |
I just discovered Cassandra Clare and I'm sitting here, feeling like an idiot. I've loved Vampires, withes, werewolves and the paranormal all of my life and, so, how did I miss her?

City of Bones was everything the reviews promised and much more. Clary, the central figure in the story, goes through some serious changes as she discovers that she is not who she thought.

While out at a night, club aptly named Pandemonium, Clary witnesses the murder of a boy that no one else can see. While explaining it to her best friend, Simon, Clary's house is attacked and her mother disappears.

Life as a teenager is over for Clary from this point forward as she finds the army of Shadowhunters in the city and what her role is to be.

Lots of great shapeshifters, vampires and other monsters appear, as well as the revelation that her quirky neighbor downstairs, is a witch.

Clary finds out quickly that she is much more than human. She, and her Mother, are central to the survival of the world.

I can't wait to keep on reading this series. As it appears many others before me have done. ( )
  Windyone1 | May 10, 2022 |
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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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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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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
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