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: 1,192
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Reviews for City of Bones
City of Bones
I may be very though when we talk about books .Sometimes i find it hard to find books that will keep me reading for hours.Without doubts Cassandra Clare wrote a novel which i am totally in love with .I bought this book some months ago and i am telling you it's one of the best novels on my shelves .
Mystery : 9/10
Language : 10/10
Characters : 10/10
I am definitely looking forward to reading the other books of this series. by Mariasi Robert
It's EITHER the Mortal Instruments OR the Infernal Devices
I first found out about Cassandra Claire's work when I saw Clockwork Prince advertised after it had just been published. I'd never read fiction about warlocks and werewolves, so I decided to give it a go. After reading the first two books of the Infernal Devices series, I fell in love with the world of shadowhunters and the characters of those series. So while I was impatiently waiting for Clockwork Princess to come out, I decided to get my shadowhunter fix from the Mortal Instruments. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. When I was reading the Infernal Devices, I found it very interesting and exciting to learn about the new world Cassandra Claire had created. But when reading the same thing in the City of Bones, I got plain bored. I guess many fans of the Mortal Instruments series felt the same way when they were reading the Infernal Devices. I was also losing interest because of the similarities in the plot: the main girl is "special", she doesn't know what she is, her relative is missing and she is using the newly-found shadowhunter friends to help her rescue them. I did get more invested in the storyline of the City of Bones towards the end of the book, and the last 150 or so pages saved it for me. However, I still didn't really grow to like and care for the characters, and I am not sure if I will bother with the rest of the Mortal Instruments. As wonderful as the world of shadowhunters is, after reading this book I formed an opinion that you can only like one of series - the other one will just bore you with similarities. by Alina Solomkina
I feel very passive about this book
I've been meaning to start reading this series since... umm... 2010. But I didn't feel it when I did pick it up for the first time, and I had to put the book back down. Then finally, two years later, I got the chance to sit still and finish the entire book without falling asleep.
There is a lot of hype about this series and yes, my expectations were pretty high the first time I picked it up. But the second time around, I was passive about it. I didn't really know what I would like about the book. At the moment, I still feel pretty emotionless and neutral to the entire storyline and characters.
Let's start with the beginning. As much as I'd say it was a good start to the book, I felt indifferent to it. It was something I've read in Urban Fantasies or Adult Paranormal Books. In adult paranormal books, they seem to all start with a club scene. I guessed Clare mixed things up to be unique.
When the characters came in, the only thought I had was that Simon is sweet, and Jace is hot, I disliked Isabelle and Clary. Clary because she tends to use Simon ALOT. And Isabelle because her mood swings are intolerable. I'm waiting for the part in the series when I start liking and falling in love with each good character in the story. At the moment, my favorites are Luke and Simon. Jace is just an idiot towards the end.
Now, lets talk about the storyline/plot. As much as I'd like to say that it was awesome, it wasn't to me. I don't know why this book has driven me to be utterly emotionless about it. The storyline kept me turning pages thats for sure. It was like a mixture of predictability and originality. But then it's sometimes not original at all. I guess, Clare put in a WHOLE mixture of everything to confuse us, so we'll just settle on calling the series unique.
Aside from that confusion, the book had a collection of the usual paranormal creatures like, warlocks, shadowhunters (demon hunters), feys, vampires, werewolves, witches, nixies and a whole lot more of creatures of the night that I have yet to understand and read about.
Finally, the ending of the book was disturbing, irritating and it makes me feel so happy that I have the rest of the series waiting to be read on my shelf, so all my doubts and fears can be written out.
Overall, the book was good, page-turning but not as awesome as I thought it would be. I'm not disappointed but simply, apathetic to the whole thing. I'm curious on how the movie will be like. And curious if the rest of the series will manage to make me fall in love with it. by Najla Qamber
A MUST READ!
I absolutely LOVED this book and the whole series. Anyone who liked Twilight or the Hunger Games will like this book in my opinion. The characters are amazing and the storyline has so many twists and turns! I've just finished the 4th book and cant wait for number 5! Plus, the movie is meant to be out sometime next year i think so make sure you read it before then! You wont be disappointed. by Stephanie Moore
Opening City of Bones is like a fantasy
Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/review-city-of-bones-by-cassandra-clare/
Opening City of Bones is like a fantasy: first you're engulfed by this strange new world of Shadowhunters and mundanes, angels and demons, vampires and werewolves, and fey and warlocks. Then as you get wrapped up in this unique world, you also get wrapped up in this equally unique story Cassandra Clare has intricately woven, with secrets and truths, romance and war ...
Of course my favorite part of this book was the plot. I'm never one to turn down a good plot, and this one was no exception. Though this book was clearly only the beginning of Clary's long journey into the world of Shadowhunters, I was nonetheless lured in by the mystery and the romance. A Shadowhunter - also known as Nephilim, the offspring of an angel and a human who hunts down demons - named Valentine had sought to destroy all Downworlders (the term used for vampires, werewolves, faeries, and warlocks collectively), and in the first installment of this series, he has supposedly risen from the dead again. And Clary? I know this is totally a spoiler, but she's not a mundane. But she may just end up to be essential to destroying Valentine once and for all ...
I love Clary. She's honest and clever and artistic, and plus, she's a natural redhead. Having her as the protagonist makes the world of Shadowhunters, well, less crazy. She's a normal person - she could be my best friend or one of my classmates. But she's a bit of a Mary Sue. As normal as she is, sometimes I find that she's TOO pretty or that she's made out to be TOO smart. She doesn't have any bad qualities, and that puts a frown on my face, because as likable as she is, she's not so realistic.
Jace ... oh my. Jace is THE epitome of a "bad boy" in the YA universe. Hot, golden looks with a snarky attitude but an inner sweet-ness ... He's the kind of boy that will melt your insides. And though he seems so perfect, he certainly has his bad qualities, which actually DO make him more realistic. His romance with Clary? Fast and furious. A little too fast-paced for me, but I love them together. They're a beautiful couple - one that seems to love each other so beautifully and purely that they put shame to other couples in the same room. Oh, but that ending!
To put my review into a nutshell, I adored this book. I really, really did, but it was lacking in a few areas - mainly how unrealistic it was. But would I read the sequel? Of course. by Linda
One Line Is All That's Needed:
The best series you will ever read. by Bekki Fowell
City Of Bones
At first I was a little scared with all the blood and stuff and thought it was too dark, but as I kept reading. OMG you cant stop. Im already reading the 3rd one, started it yesterday and Im already by the middle right now. ADDICTIVE, you won't be able to stop. SO GOOD. by Cristina
Clary Fray is just a typical teenager; clashing with her mother, spending time with her best friend Simon and doing what she loves best- her art. That is, until a fateful encounter with an invisible world marks the start of a downward spiral which quickly changes her life to something far from ordinary.
Clary is swept up in the darkly glamorous world of the Shadowhunters (demon hunters), and finds herself intrigued by the self-assured, and very experienced demon killer, Jace Wayland. The sudden disappearance of her mother along with some hinted-at-secrets of a hidden past, lead Clary farther and farther into the dangerous (but exciting) realm of the unknown. With her best friend Simon unwittingly along for the ride, Clary uncovers her secret past, an uncomfortable present and a future full of endless possibilities.
From the very first page of City Of Bones I couldn't put it down. Clary's world is one where I would love to spend some time (as will any other fan of urban fantasy)! Clare's work of genius is filled with fantastic characters, most worthy of mention being the arrogantly endearing Jace Wayland (who is dangerous, charming and infuriating all at the same time), vicious villains and supernatural creatures aplenty. Her concept is a breath of fresh air in the over-crowded genre and one which I'm glad to have discovered. She spins a thrilling plot filled with shocking twists and just enough humour to leave you wanting more and more after the last page has been turned.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fast paced and exciting paranormal story with eccentric and addictive characters. A fantastic example of everything that is great about the fantasy/YA genre. I for one can't wait to get my hands on the next in the Immortal Instruments series. A thoroughly enchanting read that I know I will be enjoying again and again for years to come.
If you would like to see more please go to http://eilishreads.blogspot.ie/ by Eilish
oh my god. I absolutely loved this book and indeed the series.
I feel that the way that Cassandra writes is very captivating and addicting. The story line keeps you on the edge of your seat hanging on every word that is written in between the covers of The City Of Bones.
I found that i really wanted to get to the end of each book, just so I could had all of these different pieces of information to the large puzzle that is The Mortal Instruments; especially in the first three books as the SPOILER!!! war is built up between Valentine and the other shadowhunters.
The characters are very well developed. They are very complex 'people'. I fell in love with Jace, Simon, Alex, Magnus, Isabelle, Luke and quite simply most of the characters. But of course, as with every book you encounter, you will most probably find that you will detest at least one character. In this case I found that I didn't fall in love with Clary as mush as i would have liked and I think that is because of some of her actions to do with her relationships with the people around her. I didn't entirely dislike Clary but she hasn't made her way into my heart the way that characters like Magnus, Alex, Simon and Jace have. I like this dislike for Clary though, i feel that it makes the book that much more real.
The plot is well developed and the story is told with nice rhythm and timing, not too much is given away at once.
I have come across one person who absolutely detests the book; my boyfriend. He read half of it and tossed it aside carelessly. He isn't much of a reader though and I doubt that there are many fictional books in this world that he would find a worthwhile read. He isn't very patient.
Besides this, I think that City of Bones and the following books and prequel The Infernal Devices are a breath of fresh air to the fantasy novel world. The world I shadowhunters is a place that I could easily live in and I want the series to last forever. A fantastic place I can slip away to. the series will live forever on my favorite books list along with books by J.K Rowling, Stephanie Meyer, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins and Maggie Stiefvater. I give great thanks to Cassandra Clare for allowing us the great pleasure and privilege to take a step into her imagination.
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Fayth @ Starcrossed
This book was super, super hyped up. Like, totally. So of course, like all major hyped up books, I had to see what all the fuss was about. And I have to ask... What IS the fuss all about?
The warning signs came early within the book, when the classic cliche of unrequited love between a guy and girl was introduced between protagonist Clary Fray and her best friend Simon. Then, of course, mega hottie Jace Wayland- Shadowhunter extraordinaire- comes into the picture when Clary stumbles upon a demon slaying at a nightclub. Jace is arrogant, charming, hot, you name it. He doesn't take crud from anybody. Clary finds out she's a part of Jace's world after her mother is kidnapped. Kidnapped after her and Clary got into an argument. Angst. It is also discovered that there is a block in Clary's mind, which adds suspense to the otherwise boring story. After this, the book is, admittedly, a page turner to find out what happens next. Will Clary get her memory back? Will she ever find her mother, who seems to be in the hands of the super evil Shadowhunter gone bad, Valentine?
The book had a great story. I'm a sucker for anything fantasy, after all, and I am a closet appreciator of romances. However, the author seemed to be targeting a younger audience, and made the characters just passive aggressive enough for anyone going through puberty to enjoy. And the ending, well, we'll just leave it at those two words: the ending. Because I can't find words suitable enough to express my disappointment.
Needless to say, I probably won't be finishing the series. But who knows, maybe I will, just for the sake of curiosity. by Rainy Days and Pajamas