City of Bones (Paperback)
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DescriptionDon't miss "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," now a major motion picture. Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and "prepare to be hooked" ("Entertainment Weekly"). 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... Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
- Published: 01 March 2008
- Format: Paperback 485 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781416955078 ISBN 10: 1416955070
- Sales rank: 1,208
Reviews for City of Bones
It so difficult to put into words how incredible this series is. I remember my sister telling me to read it for ages, and last year I finally began reading. These are by far my favourite books in the entire world which I have re read multiple times! It is such an amazing world in which I can escape to and the plot and characters begin to feel like family. I have read all six plus the prequel series and honestly have been telling everyone to do the same!
From one reader to another- trust me. Read this book and you will be desperate to read the rest! I highly recommend it with all my heart. by Kate Nicol
City of Feels
I remember picking this book up from the book store around October 2011, and I've been in love with it and Cassie's writing ever since.
Firstly: The characters. Oh. My. God. They are all so well-rounded, realistic and likeable/lovable...like how does someone even do that? Its a fantasy world! But Cassie's work is so impeccably written and emotionally rich that it draws you in and keeps you there until the final page.
I loved the tension between Clary and Jace. To be honest, that was the primary thing that made me want to keep reading. And then all of a sudden...omg. That infamous plot twist. But you'll soon find out what that one is ;)
I loved how it was set in modern day New York, but was also set in the invisible society of the Shadowhunters. It made the whole thing feel very real. Also, because of the way it was set I found that the descriptions wasn't washed over like with some fantasy novels; Clare has obviously gone to said city and experienced it for herself. We see the effects of this in the elegant prose of her writing- I've never been to New York (I'm a New Zealander), but for some reason I feel like I know the city a little bit now. (not geographically, like the smells and stuff...idk. JUST READ IT!)
To conclude, book depository people, you need to read this book. It is by far the most impressive Young Adult novel i have ever read (on equal par with Clare's 'infernal devices' series. you have to read them to! but that's another review). Over and out. by Emily Sullivan
City of bones reweiw
First of all I loved this book, I have read it so many times and love Cassie's style of writing. This book left me wanting to buy the next one right away!I want to keep this short so all I can say is that if you have not read this book go and buy it right away it is so amazing! by Kate
City of Bones review!
Okay, this review is going to be short and quick to the point! (Hopefully?)
This book overall was amazing. The concept of the world that Cassandra Clare created is absolutely stunning and AWESOME! The only thing I disliked about this book, is that there was just too much information! In each chapter, well most of the chapters, dedicated on giving so much information which made it really hard for me to carry on reading. The book IS amazing, so are the rest of the books that follows the series, It just this book that was really hard to adjust to, because it is a NEW WORLD, that you have to understand. So I do appreciate the fact that after reading this first book of this series, I understood the others very well. But if I could change one thing about this book is that there should be less information on the Shadowhunter world and that it should of been explained little by little in the first two book, rather than in this one book. I did sometimes feel as if I was in a school lesson! Seriously, I recommend everyone to read this book! It is sooooooooo good! The series gets better when you read each book!
I would give it a 4.5 stars!
HAPPY READING!! by Ladan
City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare
Also reviewed on my blog Vintage Bookworms. (www.vintagebookworms.blogspot.com)
I read City of Bones for the first time back in 2009, so this wasn't my first time reading it. I never continued on with the rest of the series, even though I loved City of Bones. Reading it for the second time was just as enjoyable as the first time, especially after four years! I forgot about a lot of the things that happened, so it was a great refresher to re-read it so I could continue the series!
I don't really know what to say about this book; it's absolutely amazing. It was just as intriguing and compelling the second time around reading it than it was the first time. The world may contain a lot of the same type of supernatural/fantasy beings that are in a lot of other books in the same genre, but Cassie completely makes them her own and everyone in this series has a certain place. The Shadow Hunters, which work for the Clave and kill Demons and anything that breaks the Clave's law. The "Downworlder's"such as the vampires, werewolves, fairies and every other creatures you can imagine.
Don't want to go into more detail on that in case of spoilers, so I'll stop there. But the world is amazing and real and vivid and you just don't want to stop reading.
And the characters. Phew. Some of them make me want to smack them, but it's only sometimes and besides that I really kind of like all of the characters. Even the villain, which I'm not going to say his name, makes me like him. Well, not really "like" him. I hate him. But I hate him so much to where it's a good thing because he seems real. I have such strong emotions to each character!
Overall, City of Bones became a favorite book when I read it the first time around, and it's definitely still up there on my list of favorites this second time around and I'll definitely be coming back for another round with this book later on in the future after I've finished the series. Great story line, great characters, completely unique and enjoyable and one of those books you just can't put down, and the writing is amazing. Cassandra definitely knows how to tell a story.
I can't wait for the movie! Comes out in 4 days! (Note: This review was written in August, but may not be posted until September!) I may post a review of the movie too later on. :) by Amanda
City Of Bones
I have 1 word for this book... BRILLIANT!
I started to read this book because my cousin told me this was an amazing book with an awesome story. I felt so in to the story. Every chapter was interesting, and I find it fascinating that the author found a way to put werwolves, vampires, fairies, demons, all the thing that you can imagine in one book. At the end I felt so frustrated because i felt lost for a moment and then i couldn't believe what was happening. So i'm super excited to read the next book. by Alejandra Huertas
Not memorable, but an enjoyable read nonetheless.
This review was originally posted on www.threecatsandabook.blogspot.com
I had seen this book pop up on my updates-feed on goodreads so many times, that when I came across it at my library, I had to take it home with me. I wasn't particularly looking forward to reading this book, but I wanted to find out what the fuss was about. It seems that people either hate or love this book. And I ended up kind of loving it.
City of Bones is the first instalment in the Mortal Instruments series. What I really liked about this book from the start is that it is set in modern times in New York City. Of course, many books are set in New York City (the Princess Diaries for example, a series I absolutely love, by the way) but this is fantasy. I had never read fantasy before that's set in NYC, but maybe that's just me.
Anyway, City of Bones is about a teenage girl named Clary Fray whose mother is super overprotective and whose father died before she was even born. When she goes out clubbin' with her homie Simon - who's like a brother to her - she sees three teenagers kill this creepy dude. These three killers turn out to be Shadowhunters. "What are Shadowhunters?" you ask? If you really want to find out, I suggest you read this book, but in short: Shadowhunters are part angel, part demon fighting warriors. They're pretty badass and they basically protect us humans - or mundanes, as they like to call us - from demons. Which is pretty nice of them, isn't it?
Clary is pretty freaked out after witnessing a murder. Unfortunately, this isn't the last time Clary encounters Shadowhunters, because soon her mother disappears and she gets attacked by a demon herself.
This book is filled with hilarious dialogues and fast-paced action sequences. Perhaps it's just me, but I thought the action scenes were rather bloody. I didn't mind it, but I guess I'm not used to it. What I also really liked about this book were the characters. I must admit that not all of them were very original, but more on that later. I really liked the fact that so many characters dropped by in the storyline. You've got your five main characters: Clary, Simon, Jace, Isabelle and Alec. But there are also many characters that are only present for like a chapter or two, like Magnus Bane and Raphael. And I hope that, if those characters survived the first book, they'll reappear in one of the others books in the series as well.
Those who hate on this book say, amongst many other things, that this book is very predictable. Now I did feel for the first half of the book, that I knew exactly what was going to happen. And I did predict several developments of the plot correctly. But the last 100 pages or so completely made up for that, because it contained one big plot twist and a couple of small ones. My mind was pretty blown after that plot twist. And I really enjoyed that.
Another thing the haters argue is that many elements of City of Bones were copied and slightly altered from the Harry Potter-series. I did read somewhere on the interwebs - and we all know how reliable that information is - that Clare originally started writing Harry Potter fan fiction.
And that some paragraphs from those works were altered and used in City of Bones. Furthermore, I am able to recognize elements from Harry Potter in this book if I pay close attention to it. But I don't really want to. And I recommend you to not do so either, if you just want to get a good read out of this book.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I'm definitely going to read the other ones in the series. I love reading about fantasy worlds that exist in our "real" world and the world of the Shadowhunters is a good example of that, although it might resemble the world of Harry Potter a little. Maybe that is exactly why I liked this book so much. After all I love the Harry Potter-books with all my heart and more! by Enya Wouts
OMG I loved this book!!!
I loved this book!!! I thought this book was just amazing, from the writing style to the characters. I love how I was able to connect to the characters and who they are and be able to understand what they are going through in the book. I thought the plot of this book was amazing to think about there being a secret world that no one else can see. Also you fall in love with everything in this book! I recommend this to anyone and everyone. by Mary Worley
A definite must have!
Absolutely loved this book and could not put it down! When I reached the end of this book, I HAD to get the rest of the Mortal Instruments books and the quality of the book was still the same.. its perfect. by Rachel Banatin
i tottally LOVED these books, accept for city of lost souls simply because i don't own it and haven't read it yet . but when i do i already know i will love it.
i loved how it was written and also the city where it took place.
if you haven't read this series then GO READ THEM NOW by saartje