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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.

Topics: New York City, Brooklyn, Debut, Gritty, Vampires, Demons, Werewolves, Supernatural Powers, Angels, Love, Love Triangle, Immortality, Betrayal, and First in a Series

Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books on Apr 14, 2009
ISBN: 9781416995753
List price: $9.99
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The best series ever. I couldn't find a better story. My fav series which i read all the mortal instruments and the infernal devices. Ship couples: clace ofc, magnus n alec, isabelle n simon, wessa, gideon n sophie, gabriel n cecily❤️read more
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This book.... It's blah. I don't like it, I don't hate it neither. I just can't connect to any of the characters, especially Clary. I want to finish the book just to see if anything original happens, but it's a tiring task...read more
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This one grabbed me from the get-go. I love Urban Fantasy anyway and this is a great addition to the UF fam. There are demons out there and half humans like werewolves and vampires....and there are the Shadowhunters tasked to eradicate the world of the bad ones. Except that there are some Shadowhunters who think that all non-full human are bad and are out to clear them all out. And then there's Clary who is thrown into the Shadowhunter/demon/vampire/werewolf/etc world and is not sure she wants to stay. But she meets a boy.....and her mom disappears...and her world gets turned completely upside down. There's fierce fighting, jealousy, small bits of happiness, surprise, friendship, love, all that comes with a well told story. My favorite character was Simon who takes everything with a grain of paranormal salt and rolls with the flow. He absolutely loves Clary and will do anything for her, but he is not a sap.Five shadowy beans......read more
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It took me a long time to pick up this series, even though I had heard a lot of good things about them. Getting involved in a series is a pretty big reading commitment, especially for someone who generally prefers to read contemporary fiction, but City of Bones definitely leaves me wanting to read Book Two of the Mortal Instruments series. The characters are intriguing, and best of all, the story still seems to have a lot of depth and possibilities, which leaves me with a desire for more. Even so, this book has a satisfying ending all on its own, even though the epilogue wasn't my favorite part. The writing is clear, the dialogue believable, and the world is very richly layered. I enjoyed this book!read more
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Enchanting, Enticing, Enthralling I cannot get enough of Cassandra Clare's series! This has to be one of my absolute (if not my absolute) favorite book series. I love the prose that Clare uses--so full of detail and life; I feel like I am right there with Clary as she faces demons, and the even more blood-pounding Jace. When Clary blushed, I blushed, when she panicked, I panicked! It's a rollercoaster of action that I will never forget! And Jace....oh Jace, please love me forever, because I love you! If you are a lover of paranormal romances, then this is your book!!! It will captivate you from the very first line! Jace is dark, mysterious, sexy, and a bit eccentric--just how I like them. I don't care how messed up or psychotic he may be, he still has my heart! This is a MUST READ for lovers of the paranormalread more
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I had heard such great things about this book and all about the wonderful Jace and maybe this series and him get better as the series go along but as of right now I’m in no hurry to run out and read the next book.Maybe, I wasn’t in the right mood or I’m burnt out on the formula which this one had, Clary & Jace fell in love so fast which was a bad thing when you get to the possible eww factor at the end of the book. I guess I’m just saying I’ve read this book before it was same ol’ same ol’. I know there is a formula out there that is selling books but some writers do better than others and this one just fell flat for me. I may read the rest of the series as I have heard they get better but I won’t be rushing out to do it.2 ½ starsread more
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this is the best fantasy book I have ever read. there is so much action and adventure and a little bit of romance that grabsthe reader's attention the moment they open the book. Cassandra Clare has once again proven herself as an amazing author, and I look forward to reading the series.
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The best series ever. I couldn't find a better story. My fav series which i read all the mortal instruments and the infernal devices. Ship couples: clace ofc, magnus n alec, isabelle n simon, wessa, gideon n sophie, gabriel n cecily❤️
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I love this book! It's full of all the good stuff and Cassandra Clare is an amazing author! I highly recommend this book!
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This book.... It's blah. I don't like it, I don't hate it neither. I just can't connect to any of the characters, especially Clary. I want to finish the book just to see if anything original happens, but it's a tiring task...
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This one grabbed me from the get-go. I love Urban Fantasy anyway and this is a great addition to the UF fam. There are demons out there and half humans like werewolves and vampires....and there are the Shadowhunters tasked to eradicate the world of the bad ones. Except that there are some Shadowhunters who think that all non-full human are bad and are out to clear them all out. And then there's Clary who is thrown into the Shadowhunter/demon/vampire/werewolf/etc world and is not sure she wants to stay. But she meets a boy.....and her mom disappears...and her world gets turned completely upside down. There's fierce fighting, jealousy, small bits of happiness, surprise, friendship, love, all that comes with a well told story. My favorite character was Simon who takes everything with a grain of paranormal salt and rolls with the flow. He absolutely loves Clary and will do anything for her, but he is not a sap.Five shadowy beans......
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
It took me a long time to pick up this series, even though I had heard a lot of good things about them. Getting involved in a series is a pretty big reading commitment, especially for someone who generally prefers to read contemporary fiction, but City of Bones definitely leaves me wanting to read Book Two of the Mortal Instruments series. The characters are intriguing, and best of all, the story still seems to have a lot of depth and possibilities, which leaves me with a desire for more. Even so, this book has a satisfying ending all on its own, even though the epilogue wasn't my favorite part. The writing is clear, the dialogue believable, and the world is very richly layered. I enjoyed this book!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Enchanting, Enticing, Enthralling I cannot get enough of Cassandra Clare's series! This has to be one of my absolute (if not my absolute) favorite book series. I love the prose that Clare uses--so full of detail and life; I feel like I am right there with Clary as she faces demons, and the even more blood-pounding Jace. When Clary blushed, I blushed, when she panicked, I panicked! It's a rollercoaster of action that I will never forget! And Jace....oh Jace, please love me forever, because I love you! If you are a lover of paranormal romances, then this is your book!!! It will captivate you from the very first line! Jace is dark, mysterious, sexy, and a bit eccentric--just how I like them. I don't care how messed up or psychotic he may be, he still has my heart! This is a MUST READ for lovers of the paranormal
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I had heard such great things about this book and all about the wonderful Jace and maybe this series and him get better as the series go along but as of right now I’m in no hurry to run out and read the next book.Maybe, I wasn’t in the right mood or I’m burnt out on the formula which this one had, Clary & Jace fell in love so fast which was a bad thing when you get to the possible eww factor at the end of the book. I guess I’m just saying I’ve read this book before it was same ol’ same ol’. I know there is a formula out there that is selling books but some writers do better than others and this one just fell flat for me. I may read the rest of the series as I have heard they get better but I won’t be rushing out to do it.2 ½ stars
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