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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

Margaret K. McElderry Books | February 19, 2008 | Trade Paperback

City of Bones is rated 4.2545 out of 5 by 275.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: February 19, 2008

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416955070

ISBN - 13: 9781416955078

Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from As Good As it Gets I'll tell you right now, this is the best book of the series, and that's not saying much. Firstly, our heroin is so lacking depth it's like a 16 year old girl wrote her...and frankly, a 16 year old girl that can't write that well. I could never click with her, and at times she was just plain nausiating. "I really love Ky. Ky is my dreamboat. Wait! But what about whatshisname? He's my Match!" Barf. Honestly, it goes on and on and ON and ON AND ON like this for 3/4 of the book. Like she can't decide but we never really figure out why. It's a love triangle with no tension. Which is pretty much the entire book. Lacking completely of tension beyond her own silly school-girl thoughts and dreams. Gag.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This is As Good As it Gets I'll tell you right now, this is the best book of the series, and that's not saying much. Firstly, our heroin is so lacking depth it's like a 16 year old girl wrote her...and frankly, a 16 year old girl that can't write that well. I could never click with her, and at times she was just plain nausiating. "I really love Ky. Ky is my dreamboat. Wait! But what about whatshisname? He's my Match!" Barf. Honestly, it goes on and on and ON and ON AND ON like this for 3/4 of the book. Like she can't decide but we never really figure out why. It's a love triangle with no tension. Which is pretty much the entire book. Lacking completely of tension beyond her own silly school-girl thoughts and dreams. Gag.
Date published: 2015-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why Did I Not Read This Sooner?! Wow, let me start off by saying that this book was an emotional journey. This book was action-packed, suspenseful, with a bit of humour here and there, which kept me interested! There were so many plot twists that I never saw coming (the whole brother and sister thing, Hodge, etc.) You'll know what I'm talking about if you've read the book :) The ending was perfectly executed and it made me much more excited to start City of Ashes! The only thing I disliked about this book was the fact that Clary was a bit whiny at times. I recommend this book to everyone, if you haven't read it, read it now!
Date published: 2015-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down Now before i start all i'm gonna say is that please dont't bother watching the movie before or afterwards because its terrible and doesn't do the book justice, now i am a avid reader and i read all kinds of books and this particular series happens too be one of my favorites, as a male this book seems a bit of a chick flick but once u actually read the book its full of action and mystery like don't get me wrong there is alot of the lovey dovey stuff but there is also alot of action and storytelling which all wraps up very nicely in this story and ties and well, i guess in a sense or i found anyways the love story reminded me of fault on our stars but the action part reminded me of harry potter which its a great matchup, so would i reccomend this book? absolutely, i couldn't stop reading the series. So if you are looking for a good book series i strongly suggest this one
Date published: 2015-04-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fascinating Paranormal Romance "Hush Hush" by Becca Fitzpatrick is an exciting blend of the paranormal, mystery and romance as unusual and terrifying events plague Nora Grey. A young woman without a steady boyfriend, Nora suddenly has the two new transfer students trying to charm their way into her life. But, although she's attracted to her biology partner Patch she doesn't trust his secretiveness nor does she have any confidence in her friendship with Elliot Saunders who she discovers was questioned in the murder of a young woman at his former prep school. When her friend Vee Sky is assaulted, her nemesis at school is beaten up and the police begin questioning her whereabouts , Nora starts her own investigation and gets swept up into a dangerous and ancient battle between fallen angels and immortals. Becca Fitzpatrick sets the stage for her intriguing tale in a world where fallen angels who lose their wings can be forgiven, regain them and become Guardians after saving a life or become human after killing a descendant of a Nephilim. In this mesmerizing plot Nora never suspects her lineage could imperil her life or that someone wants to kill her. Events unfold and progress swiftly as the suspense and intensity builds with Nora's search for the truth about Patch's past and clues to the death at Kingborn Prep. At every turn she's stalked as the attacks intensify, shattering her trust not only in Patch but in her friendship with Elliot. Like the plot the characters are well-developed and complex adding to the mounting tension, power and drama of this page-turner. Nora Grey haunted by a tragic death is a loner except for the loyalty of one engaging friend- Vee Sky. Tense, easily flustered and endowed with an overactive imagination, Nora can be stubborn, curious and impulsive. Yet for all her weaknesses she's dependable, observant and forgiving. Instinctively she sees the best in Patch even when he's arrogant and cocky; teasing her with his glib remarks. Mysterious but appealing with a dark magnetism Patch Ciprano is hard-edged, rough and moody;his free time spent playing pool. When Patch and Nora become biology partners the attraction is instantaneous although she has trust issues and he hides a deadly secret. Elliot Saunders is the relaxed and easy-going transfer from Kingborn Prep who hides a quick temper, while Vee Sky is Nora's blunt, overly confident and self-absorbed friend. Like all of Becca Fitzpatrick's novels, "Hush Hush" is a well-written, mesmerizing story that captivates the reader from the first page to the last. This first installment is action-packed and gripping and I can't wait to find out what's instore next for Nora and Patch.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this story to a point. A Dystopian plotline that follows the life of Cassia Reyes, a sorter who has reached the age where she will be matched with her mate. The book opens with Cassia being matched with her best friend, Xander. But as she opens the file that outlines her match's attributes a different face flashes onto the screen: Ky Markham. As Cassia tries to make sense of what happened an official tells her that Ky's face showing up was an error. And furthermore, she reveals that Ky can never be matched because he is an Aberration. The rest of the book revolves around Cassia's growing discontentment with her society's rules and regulations (of which there are many). As more and more corruption in the system is revealed, Cassia also finds herself having to choose between her best friend, Xander, and Ky, the boy she is developing strong feelings for. I enjoyed this story to a point. I really liked the character development and how Cassia grew from an obedient citizen to a rebel as the story progressed. I didn't enjoy the love triangle theme of the book - as this was a significant theme in the novel. I find love triangles that dominate the main female character's motives tend to weaken the story's plotline for me as a reader. I would rather see the character develop on her own without romantic conflict.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another ALL TIME FAVORITE on my list! After "The Hunger Games" & "The Mara Dyre Trilogy" This has been on my TO READ list forever, the fact that it has 6 books has stopped me on my tracks. I finally kicked myself in the back and picked up the box set about a month ago and I finished all 5 books in a month! I'm kicking myself in the back again for not starting this sooner!! I have never read so many books in such a short time. As soon as I started Book 1 I cannot stop myself and wish I can just read from dawn to dusk. There are just so many things going on, always surprises when you least expect it. Angels, demons, vampires, werewolves...you can find them all here. The background is so rich that it has brought a whole new dimension to my impression on Heaven & Hell, Angels & Demons (not the novel). And the characters! Oh the characters, I can never get enough of Clary & Jace. Seeing how their relationship develops through the series just aches my heart, and I have found myself chewing on my lip when things are tearing them apart. Highly anticipating the final book City of Heavenly Fire to be released, I'm starting on the Prequel of The Mortal Instruments to fill in the gap. I can see myself grabbing this series from the bookshelf again and again, the story is just so dark, so rich, so addicting that you just cannot let it go.
Date published: 2014-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My Kind of Story! While reading Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, I quickly realized that this novel was a cross between the Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones and Rebecca Carrigan’s All I Need books. The storylines differed throughout but what was the most similar were the different types of people such as Nephilim, fallen angels, and archangels. The first few chapters when Nora, the protagonist, is sitting in class and a new student comes in and has to sit next to her, sent shivers down my spine. From the description, all we could tell was that he was not the best kind of person to spend time with. The writing made him seem mysterious and almost dangerous. At this point, and throughout the story, I found myself begging Nora not to do what she was about to do! I know that I personally would be way too chicken to do any of the things Nora did even if we are probably close to the same age. Shivers went down my spine again at the end when most of the characters you become attached to are forced into a battle between life and death. I found that this part was very well written and contained just enough explanation and action making it easy to follow. Overall, I enjoyed reading Hush, Hush and will surely be reading it again soon. Keep in mind that if you read this book, which is something you should do, there are 3 others in the series! Stay tuned for reviews on those too!
Date published: 2014-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the details I bought thus today and im pretty far in it and i think it is amazing!
Date published: 2014-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great Idea, Horrible Story The story had an amazing plot and idea to it but, it was HORRIBLY written! In my option, the summary was much more interesting than any part of the actually story. Matched was excruciatingly boring and is my least favorite book I have ever read in my whole life. In fact, it was so tedious that, and I kid you not, I literally chucked at the wall!
Date published: 2013-12-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The whole idea was amazing but... From Chapter 15 more or less it became boring, especially when Cassia started to questioned the Society and with keeping some "illegal" poems. Maybe later I will read the other books but for some reason, I wanted that Cassia didn't focused so much on the decision between Xander and Ky.
Date published: 2013-11-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing World ! I bought this book over a year ago and never gotten to it. I am glad that I finally did because it is such an amazing story. The world Cassandra Clare created is magical and haunting. I loved the whole concept of the book with the Shadowhunters and Downworlders. The fac that all supernatural creatures are reunited in one book for me it does it. It makes it even more fantastic. I fell in love with the characters which are all so well done and none of them are annoying which is something that is hard to do when you have so many characters but Cassandra Clare did it. Throughout the book nothing is predictable which is another aspect I enjoyed, you never know what will happen. All the twists and turns in this book and everything that happens will just have you completely hooked from beginning to end. Very enjoyable book cannot wait to see the movie. 
Date published: 2013-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Dull The summary makes the book sound action-packed and exciting with a twist of romance. However, it is not. I started reading the book and kept waiting for something exciting to happen that would make me not want to put the book down. It never did. It was such a drag to finish the book, and when I did, I regretted buying and reading it because it was not worth it at all. However I did like the idea of the story, I just did not like how it was written.
Date published: 2013-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!!! This book was a really good read. Basically everything that happened in the book was unpredictable which was one of the things I liked so much about it. You think one thing and the complete opposite thing happens. At some points the book could be a little bit confusing while explaining so different situations but overall this book was fantastic.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring and Misleading When I read the summary it looked amazing, so I started reading it. After the first few pages it just started rolling down hill. It is not nearly as good as the summary leads you to believe.
Date published: 2013-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart-pumping adventure! Can't wait for the next one I know I’m super late on this bandwagon, but I finally read City of Bones all the way through, front to back, and I loved it! I don’t know what went through my mind when I read it for the first time, because it had been a DNF for whatever reason. Anyways, the trailer for the movie sparked some faint memories, and I was craving a good supernatural book. I’m really glad I reread it, especially before the movie comes out (which looks pretty awesome; I’d say the casting is pretty good from what I can tell). The witty dialogue and banter between Clary, Simon, and Jace is the shining feature of this book for me. You can clearly see that Clary has kind of an instant connection with Jace just based on the personality they communicate through their dialogue. I think that was extremely well done without being all insta-love and over-the-top. While there was the (ugh) love triangle, I didn’t hate it because it was realistic. I could totally understand Simon’s feelings for Clary, and the chemistry between Clary and Jace was more based on mutual trust and respect than some fiery romantic and unexplainable insta-love (which is probably a good thing, for reasons people probably know reading these books). Oh, Team Simon from the very beginning, FYI. He’s being played in the movie by Robert Sheehan, and if anyone has seen the British show Misfits, you already know what an incredibly hilarious actor he is. I liked how he wasn’t represented as competing against Jace physically. He was awkward but intelligent and funny. Jace’s dominating personality and overall rudeness was also great. I think that’s what really stands out about these characters: they are very flawed but still extremely likeable. Jace is cocky, Simon is kind of a whiner, Clary is absolutely clueless and a little self-righteous. There needs to be more characters like these in YA fiction in order to avoid the generic and shallow representation of female characters and the objects of their affection. The action was pretty good, but I wish the author hadn’t skimmed over it as much. I was expecting a lot more demon killing and fighting scenes, but I did enjoy the adventures they went on instead. I think sometimes the story wasn’t as focussed as I would like (the point was to find Clary’s mother, and she didn’t seem too concerned about her whereabouts for huge chunks of time), but other than that, this book really surpassed my expectations. Quirky, dark, and extremely intelligent, these characters and their story deserve a round of applause. There are great hints in the book about where the story will lead in the future. I can’t wait for the movie, and I hope it lives up to the standards set in this first installment.
Date published: 2013-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Will have you hooked I originally heard about this series because of the movie trailer and it looked interesting. I love reading the books before I actually see the movie. The book had me hooked from start to end. The story line is amazing and the characters really came to life for me. Jace and Clary's love had me screaming in excitement a lot. The end was a huge plot twist. I continued the series and I am now on City of Glass! I'm in love.
Date published: 2013-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Original, haunting, romantic, and enticing I begun reading this novel not knowing what really to expect. I thought if I watched the movie trailer I'd have the basic idea of what the novel would be about, but the trailer only left me clueless and thinking it would be another Twilight saga. I started reading, and soon enough I found myself loving it!! This book is original, haunting, romantic, and enticing. Weekends and weekdays were dedicated so that I could squeeze a few pages-chapters of this novel into my day. This novel was worth the read.
Date published: 2013-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than expected This book started out with the feel of another 'twilight' story which I wasn't crazy about but the second half of the book actually had a great back story with interesting twists and by the end I found myself wanting to read more. I will definitely keep reading the series it they continue to be as good as this one
Date published: 2013-04-13
Rated out of 5 by from hush,hush, was an amazing book. I was expecting something a little weird but it was actually quite interesting. It was filled with drama, suspense, romance and spirituality. I loved it all, especially the beginning when Nora went to Bo's Arcade and saw Patch. It. was. hilarious. I can not tell you more or else I would spoil it for you.
Date published: 2013-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes yes yes. Can`t wait to see the movie! It`s valentine`s day, woohooo, happy holiday JACE! I am quict enjoying reading this book, but sometime my brain isn`t quick enough to pick up words that come from no where, the creature names, the weapon names, the shawdow hunters etc... =P
Date published: 2013-02-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A more intellectual dystopia This was an interesting counterpoint to the usual dystopia tales I've been reading in the Teen section lately. For one, the story itself is far more intellectual and less action-based - the heroine is faced with a lot of decision-based struggles, ethical quandaries, and the harsh reality that she is not living in a world that she thought she loved. The Society has come to a point where choice has mostly been removed, and as a result, people live to eighty (but no longer, having a 'final banquet' and passing thereafter), they are 'matched' with someone who is good for them mentally, emotionally, and genetically. Your job is decided upon your aptitude. Food is delivered perfectly tailored to your needs. Life is as it is predicted to be, and The Society is very good at prediction. So when the heroine is matched with a childhood friend, she is delighted. Until she reviews her portable record of the match, and sees a different face. A face she knows. And she begins to realize that everything about her perfect Society might not be right after all...
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from was ok... not as good as i thought it would be. most of the reviews on chapters say it is a great series. normally i believe the reviewers but this was a little childish for me. i just couldn't get attached to the characters except for simon. i thought clary and jace were typical and nothing unique. i really wanted to get excited for the following novel, but i will not be moving forward with the other books. plot is predictable and uninvented. character are dull and a dime a dozen. there were some points in the book were i was zipping through- most noteworthy was the climax. i think you can skip this series if you are looking for originality. i recommend it to readers who like the twilight series.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little Boring, could use some inprovement I found Matched a little boring. I liked the idea and the characters, but the events and plot could use some inprovement to make it less boring. I liked the way the author presented each character but she could tell you more about the character throughout the book. The plot was boring and could use something to spice it up.
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Above all the rest If you have not read this series yet, get on it! A beautiful world with beautiful characters. Cassandra Clare is in a league of her own. And Jace...
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series Loved this series from start to finish.
Date published: 2012-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The first novel of a crazy addictive series that i know you won't be able to put down
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing! Words cannot describe how much I'm in love with this book...and Patch :D! This book is absolutely amazing, it has everything I love in a story, its mysterious, adventurous, and thrilling, and the romance was perfect! I love this series, its definitely in my top 5! I love patch!!!! :D!!!!!
Date published: 2012-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great Teen Series This book was a great read. It has action, a love story and mythical creatures. I really feel in love with Patch. He is a great character who is so protective, it's hard not to love him.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! I love Twilight, Hunger Games and many more of these series that teens seem to fall in love with but this one did not seem to appeal to me but a friend recommended it. Instantly I fell in love. This book is in my top 5 for sure, no competition. Can't wait till the rest of the series is out. Write faster Cassandra Clare.
Date published: 2012-10-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I wish it was more exciting. The idea of being Matched seems really cool to me… Uhh… anyway, Cassia and Xander, who are best friends, go out to the Match Banquet on the same day. Unexpectedly [and probably expectedly for the readers], they’re Matched with each other. Yay! They’re both happy. Best friends becoming a couple. If they weren’t together, it probably would’ve made for a very different story, as in one involving jealousy and etc. but I’m straying away from this book haha. This story seemed really interesting the beginning. Cool futuristic ceremony which sets the background for the book and what happens when people get Matched. A seemingly very exciting process. So I enjoyed the first part. However, the story then began to slow down a lot. We would read about Cassia going back and forth between a limited number of places and it starts to become boring to read through. One would think that after being introduced to Ky, the boy whose face flashed in front of Cassia for an extremely quick moment, something more interesting would occur right? … Not really. Instead, all we get is Cassia doubting her Match every few pages and obsessing over him. “Is it Xander? So then why did Ky show up? … I’m going to forget about Ky because Xander is definitely my Match… oh, I wonder what Ky is doing…” Every time I wanted to pick up and finish it, I would stop after a chapter or less. I can’t connect with Cassia and how she’s feeling about the “mistake”. Maybe it’s just me .__. Or maybe because she can’t make up her mind about how to deal with everything. If you’re going to say you’re going to forget about someone, just do it! Otherwise, save your breath because I don’t think people enjoy going through such finicky and repetitive decisions. I guess it's okay for anyone interested in reading. If you want to read about a fictional future, there are better choices.
Date published: 2012-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!! So, a couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine finished Hush Hush and just wouldn't shut up about how great it was. She claimed that it was just up my ally and that she swore on her grave that I would love it. Now, to be honest, I actually had heard of and had considered reading it a couple of times in the past, I just never got around to it. So, last weekend I gave it a shot. I started it really late on a Saturday night, so I had no intention of reading it in one go, but the book was just so addicting that i couldn't put it down. The next thing I knew, it was Sunday morning and i was finished (and exahsted). It was just such an exciting read, and the romance in the novel was kind of cute too. But honestly, if you were to ask me to give you a list of reasons to read this book, I'd give you one word:Patch.
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good enough to make me check for next release It's a little slower than something like the hunger games, but more relatable. The characters don't disappoint as the series continues.
Date published: 2012-08-20
Rated out of 5 by from I loved City of Bones; I'm so happy that I decided to give it a try. It is an excellent read and I can't wait to get my nose into the other books of the Mortal Intruments series. Cassandra Clare is a very talented author, she brings me to a complete other world of fantasy. I absoultely loved it! *****
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best series' that I've ever read! When I first saw this book, I looked at the cover and I though that I wouldn't like it. Yes..... I sometimes judge books by their covers! Many of my friends recommended this book to me and I thought that I should read it! Once I read the first few chapters, I couldn't believe how AMAZING it was! I recommend this book to everyone because it is fantastic and you will get hooked into the series just like I did!
Date published: 2012-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I've Read This Again and Again! I've first read this back in 2009, months after it came out. I loved it from my first read. Then I read it again a few months later, and recently, I decided to give it another read, considering that I have now finished a course on Supernatural Literature. Honestly, I was afraid the HUSH HUSH series would have sucked after finishing that course because I wasn't sure if there were any gothic motifs, thus making it reject everything that defines supernatural literature. Fortunately, I was proved wrong. There are actually several reoccurring motifs in this book alone. Then I thought of the next two books in the series (all of which, I've completed on the day they were released), and then remembered huge motifs in those as well. I am very very happy that my favourite book series falls under the definition of supernatural literature :) Patch is the sexiest and most appealing male character I have EVER read in a book. He's cocky, sarcastic, and full of innuendos. Every single time I read this book, I have a huge grin plastered onto my face. He just makes me laugh and I love it. This is one of the most addicting books I have ever read in my life. The first time I read this back in 2009, I finished it in one sitting. This was the first book series in my life that made me rush into Chapters to get the next book the day it came out. And of course, I read through those super quick too. Super pretty cover (some of the editions have a shimmery cover), and with a lot of meaning behind it too. The other books in the series are CRESCENDO, SILENCE, and then in October (!!) FINALE. All of these titles are musical terms and have a lot of meaning towards the book. The only thing that disappointed me was the fact that because I finished the most recent book so quickly, I had to wait a whole year for the next book. But what can I do? Books take a year to turn from a manuscript into a book that hits the shelfs. This is my favourite book and I love, love, love it! I don't think it's the best book I've read, but it's definitely my favourite. I've reread certain scenes many, many times, and it never gets old. I still get sucked into the suspense--though I know exactly what is going to happen next. Must warn the reader though, if you decide to read the second book in the series, CRESCENDO, I HIGHLY suggest you buy the third book, SILENCE, along with it. You will want to have the third book right next to you after you finish the second one ;] I guarentee you won't regret doing so.
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibley Addicting! I am always interested in reading material on anything supernatural and so I decided to give this book a try. From the first paragraph in the prologue I was not only hooked on the characters, but also smitten with Patch! Becca Fitzpatrick did such a great job with the creation of Patch as a sexy Fallen Angel, that she had me swooning over his character! ( I kept seeing Ian Somerhalder's face in my mind) There is no question, I will be getting the next three books of the series just to see what happens with Patch next. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a little distraction from a 'bad boy' character!
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining This book is recommended for readers who enjoyed "The Hunger Games" or "The Divergent". The similarity of the novel is the controlled society. I enjoyed the book but didn't love it. I liked the characters and their personalities. The book is an easy read and for the most part a fast read. The book interested me enough to read the sequal "Crossed" I am almost finished reading it.
Date published: 2012-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favourites!!!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!!!!! Matched was an amazing book!!!!!!!! If you liked The Hunger Games or Divergent, this book is totally for you!!!! When I got it, I wasn't so sure, but trust me everyone will love it!!!!!
Date published: 2012-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great listen! It has been so long since I read City of Bones, the first book in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, that I completely forgot what happened in it. However, I felt that I should reread the series since I still haven’t read the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, that came out a while ago AND the fifth book in the series, City of Lost Souls, came out in May. I had thought the next three books after the initial trilogy would be a spin-off series, but now I hear that they continue on with the same characters. So, that meant I had to reread them. I should probably also say that I’ve read City of Bones three times already, so it was time to dig out the audiobook. I love this story. I remember when it first came out, I said the whole series was way better than Twilight. Listening to it, I still hold true to my claim. Cassandra Clare is such a wonderful writer, who draws you in from the first pages. The world of the shadow hunters is mysterious and magical, and how can you not love Clary and Jace? City of Bones is about Clary Fray who is out at a club with her best friend Simon one night in New York. Little did she know that while they were at the club, she would witness a murder. But it wasn’t any normal murder. This is her first encounter with the shadow hunters and a world that she had no idea existed. When I first read the series, I was enthralled. I consumed all three books within a week and then immediately started re-reading — and I’m not really a re-reader. Not only is Cassandra Clare an amazing writer, building such an amazing shadow-hunter world and developing some great characters, but she is also pretty awesome at writing story and plot-line twists. Even listening to this now — the fourth time I’ve heard the story — my jaw was still dropping. So many crazy things happen! There’s also some great humour in these books and you can’t help but laugh. I mean, there’s demons, murder, and bad cooking (on Isabelle’s part), that you have to laugh sometimes. I felt that every single element that Cassandra Clare included was so well-balanced that it makes for such a smooth, easy read — not a lot of downtime. As in my first reading, Simon annoyed the crap out of me, I adored Jace, and I loved seeing Clary enter this crazy world. The audiobook version is a little strange to listen to. It’s narrated by Ari Graynor and she does a good job. There are some male voices that take some getting used to, but after a few chapters, you can hardly notice that it’s weird. My problem with the audio is that Graynor makes Jace sound quite snarky and sarcastic all the time (yes, he’s already sarcastic a lot in the book, but even in his most honest moments, he sounds sarcastic). Clary can also sound quite whiny. I’m so glad that I’m getting back into this series and seeing how wonderful it is. This is the next series that I read after Twilight and it helped drag me into the world of Young Adult books and of the paranormal. I recommend it to anyone who might be interested in reading YA books, or just good books in general. I can see myself listening to this many more times!
Date published: 2012-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Addicting! This book had everything that I love while reading. It kept me turning the pages, laughing at how infuriated Nora would get at Patch, drama that had me holding my breath. It gave just the right ammount of detail to try to figure out what was happening along with Nora instead of knowing more than her or less than her. The only question I was left with by the end was: How did it take me so long to finally read this book??
Date published: 2012-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I really enjoyed this book. Sure, the concept isn't the most original in the world with the government controlling everything from marriages to death to what they eat, and there is a love triangle like so many other YA novels these days, but little things like that don't matter to me. It's about the story and the characters, and this book had plenty of both to keep me turning the pages. Cassia isn't rebelling just to rebel, she's not ignoring that there will be consequences to both her and her family, she cares about people's feelings. I found her to be extremely relatable even though our lives couldn't be more different. More than once it felt like her thoughts were my own and she was doing what I hoped I'd be brave enough to do if I was in her situation.
Date published: 2012-03-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Quick Enjoyable Read I was drawn to this book by the gorgeous cover. The sheen of the dress and being trapped in a bubble creates a simple image, but because it’s placed in such a sparse background it really makes it pop. I read the synopsis and it was toted as a romance in a dystopian world and since I was still on my dystopian binge reading phase I decided to pick it up. The story really draws you in with the first few chapters that describes the Matching ceremony- which really acts like a rite of passage prom for these Society controlled teenagers. You get the extravagant dress, meal, and your date will be provided courtesy of match makers that will pair you with your perfect - for the purposes of breeding and lifetime pairing - match. That is unless you’re Cassia whose perfect match happens to be at the same Matching ceremony and happens to be her best friend Xander - so their courtship isn’t what would be considered normal from hereon. In the Society everything and everyone is carefully controlled and regulated. Honestly, they don’t eat, sleep or void their bowels, without the Society having a hand in it. They even require everyone to carry this nifty box of pills that are reminiscent of The Matrix’s red and blue pill, with an added green pill, which if you’ve seen The Matrix, you know these can’t be a good sign of what’s to come. The setting is pretty limited, and most of Cassia’s non working time is spent in a theatre or games hall in polite structured interactions with Xander. But it’s the forbidden moments in the forest with love interest number two: Ky, that really picks up the pace of the story. However, this supposed love triangle seemed to be pointed in a very specific direction. The romance is tepid at most, there’s nothing too intense or particularly passionate about it. It’s primarily about Cassia and Ky discovering each other’s interests (since Cassia and Xander know the other so well) which happens to involve a lot of forbidden poetry- so on the bright side it’s not insta-love. Cassia’s character is torn between doing what she’s been taught to do by society, and what she wants to do. She’s rigid in her performance in front of officials, but I really like her when she has a spark of rebellion in her eye. Xander is ultimately the good boy, the boy your parents would be proud to have you Matched to. He’ll care for you and provide for you, he’s polite in every which way but what I really love about him is that he’s fiercely loyal and will do anything to protect Cassia. Ky on the other hand is of course the bad boy, the seducer, the Society lets him live a marginal life, but he has a secret and this secret is what keeps him in line. He’s probably the most intriguing character because he’s shrouded in so much mystery and you keep reading because you want to know his story! The reveals involving Ky toward the end were perfect at bringing some closure to the big questions in the story but then it just fuels the question of, where do they go from here? As the story progresses the cracks in the Society are revealed until at the tip of the ice berg critical decisions are made that causes the Societies Officials to step in, which creates the most heart stopping parts of the story when Cassia’s entire world crumbles. Really for me what was worth the read was all the reveals and what was going on outside of the Society’s control that was far more interesting than the romances that we were supposed to be focusing on. All in all it was a quick read, and had some enjoyable moments if you don’t delve too deeply into thinking about it; there’s certain elements to how the society is run that really irks me for instance the whole they’re allowed to read but not write thing. It’s sequel Crossed is sitting on my to-be read pile, the ending of Matched really left the door wide open so I am curious as to how this will play out.
Date published: 2012-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Story! I read this in a matter of days. Could not put it down. Once I finished I ran out to our local Chapters and bought Crossed. Can't wait for the 3rd book to come out in the fall!
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally Loved It! Everything is turned into chaos when Claire's Life changes. When she meets Jace and the lightwoods everything else turns upside down. Follow Simon (Clairie's best friend) Jace , Claire and the rest of the charaters though an outstanding book series! I Really Really loved this book. I really loved the series that they have out so far! I think it's a great series about romance and Fiction! I still can get over what has happend throught out this book. I think the author did a great job with the characters and the setting. The plot was really awesome too! I really Really REALLY can't wait to see what happends in the next one! C:
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Read! I have already read Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince, and I was fascinated by Shadowhunters. I decided to get into The Mortal Instruments, and I absolutely loved City of Bones! I'm looking forward to reading City of Ashes. I ws honestly surprised by how Cassandra Clare could come up with such an amazing plot and such an amazing conclusion. I was shocked at a lot of parts, especially the ending ; it was so unexpected ! I don't really like books that I can easily predict what will happen, and it was very hard to know what was going to happen everytime I turned a page! This IS a must-read! Once you read this book, you'll be hooked on the series!
Date published: 2012-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from www.addictedtonovels.blogpsot.com Three words: SO.FREAKING.AMAZING.! I have never read anything like this! At the start of the book it was hard to read after I got into it a bit, just because everyone is controlled by the Society and Officials and nobody really has an actual choice. Life is pretty much the same day to day, not a hair out of place. If it is, there is usually trouble to follow. When Cassia and Xander are Matched at the Match Banquet, I was so 'Team Xander', but by the time I finished the last page of the novel, HELLO, 'Team Ky' here! I love Xander but he's more like the child hood best friend, practically your brother, I think there's more sparks between Cassia and Ky than with Xander. I love how as the novel goes on, Cassia starts to come out of her shell more and more and starts to see things the way they really are. I got so emotionally into this book, especially in certain parts like when her grandpa dies and gives her that poem out of her compact that's not one of the 'hundred poems', or when Ky was being taken away from the neighborhood, omg, so heartbreaking! I HAVE to read Crossed book #2 ASAP! This novel does not disappoint...so go read it! :)
Date published: 2012-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book Ever I absolutely loved this book, it is amazing. I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about reading it. I am not embarassed to say that I am mildly obsessed with Shadowhunters and this series. Clary was an excellent main character, I loved her and Jace from the start. This was a fast paced book and I was never bored. The series has a different plot line from others I have read. AMAZING!
Date published: 2012-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Perfect Match for Distopian Fans Dystopian romance fans will not be disappointed by "Crossed", the second book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy. After Ky is sent to a certain death in the Outer Provinces, Cassia embarks on a dangerous journey to find him, but as she uncovers truths about the Society, her quest turns into something bigger. She also learns more about Xander, the boy she is supposed to be matched with, making her less certain about her future with Ky. Although the futuristic society Ally Condie created is reminiscent of the one in Ray Bradbury's "Farenheit 451", it both plausible and contains many original elements. The love triangle is also believable, and it is refreshing that the heroine has other things on her mind than just boy troubles. I give this book four out of five red tablets.
Date published: 2011-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from And the bandwagon trundles along... Upon completion of this travesty I remember thinking to myself that this novel could have been cut in half and the story would have still made sense and saved readers a lot of time and ire. It really seems as though the author took a look at the trend in the young adult fiction world for romance between humans and mythical creatures and thought "Hmm, vampires and werewolves are overplayed. What humanoid creature could I use to convey solitude, glory-to-rags theme, and a re-hashed version of the humble princess and mysterious over-protective prince that I can feed to gullible consumers?" The style of narration, plot line, and characters were not memorable. Just try not to make eye contact as the bandwagon trundles along.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book Hush, Hush is everything that people says it is and more. It is dark, fantastical, and mesmerizing. A true love-story that will keep you turning the pages until you reach the end.
Date published: 2011-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!!!! This was the first book I read about Angels in any way, I was expecting to like it but not love it based on the reviews that I read. This book was absolutely awesome and had me hooked from the moment I started reading. I finshed this book and was on to the next one in no time. I read all 3 books in less than 5 days while working a 40 hour week. Nora and Patch were all I could think about when I was not reading the books, I wanted to get home so that I could finish them. Now that I have I would recommend these books to anyone.
Date published: 2011-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/05/book-review-hush-hush.html Hush Hush is the first book about angels I've read. I picked it up after hearing people raving about how good it is and with a cover like that, why wouldn't it be? When I read it the first time I wasn't impressed. Nora wasn't a strong character and her friend Vee is just plain annoying. Reading it though a second time changed my mind. Maybe I didn't like it the first time because I had read an incredible book before that, and no matter what I read next it wouldn't comprare. That's why I don't let myself read for a while after those kind of books so I can take them out of my system. But I couldn't wait for Hush Hush thinking it was that good. It's wasn't that good but it wasn't bad either. The story is really good and the main thing that I didn't like was the characters. I have said it before, that I enjoy books mostly because of the plot not because the characters so much. When I have a great story with stunning characters, that's when the book is amazing for me. And the plot in this book was good and I do believe it gets better in the next two books (I haven't read them). But the characters weren't good. If the characters were written differently I may have enjoyed Hush Hush more. Patch was a little abusive and I just couldn't believe how he talked to Nora and manipulated her without Nora even realizing it. Nora's best friend was just plain annoying and not a true friend to Nora. Vee should believe Nora and support her. It felt like she wasn't a friend to Nora at all. I couldn't believe how Nora could be friends with her. Patch was dark, silent and mysterious. Way too mysterious I would say. Now that I have read the book twice I still don't know Patch. Hopefully in the next book Crescendo I'll get to know him better. Overall, I enjoyed it but wished there was more to it and I'm definitely going to read Crescendo. Should you read it? Why not. But if you have something else right now, go for that.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from http://frosybookreviews.blogspot.com/2010/12/city-of-bones-book-review.html This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments Trilogy and I don’t have enough words for it. It’s a story about a world that is hidden from the humans where these Shadowhunters fight the demons that have entered the earth. Clary is our main character and she discovers that she is one of them when her mother went missing and a demon attacked her. As she was drawn into this world so did I when I started reading the first pages. The author, Cassandra Clare has a certain way with the words that makes you want to live into this magic world. I found all the characters enjoyable and for the first time I think I found a book that combines funny scenes, dark elements, fast paced action and deadly gorgeous men all thrown into the mix to make the most delicious book. Add to that a very complicate love triangle and you have a hit! There is a lot of drama in this book but the events and the characters justify each action taken in this book. The writing style is my favourite. It’s written on third person narrative which made the story stand up. This way we could get a glimpse of every character in this book. Overall this book was amazing! City of Bones will keep reading you with the hot action and twists till the very late hours.
Date published: 2011-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from dystopian society rebellion Matched is about a young girl who has just turned old enough to become matched. She goes to the ceremony and finds out shes been matched with her best friend, xander, despite all odds. However he wasnt the only one she was matched, ky, is another face that pops up. Initially she struggles with forgetting ky and focusing on xander, part way through she begings to fall for ky, however he is completely off limits if she wants to maintainin good graces with the government. but like any novel she goes against the grain of society to make her unforbbiden love work. This book was both interesting to read and fully engrossed you into the story line. you really understand the main character and the secondary characters aswell. i am much anticipating the sequel novel, since this book leaves you with a cliffhanger ending. Overall a very well written and interesting boook. i would highly reccomend it
Date published: 2011-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good dystopian fiction Summary Cassia is pretty happy with her life. She has a good family, good friends, and she's finally on her way to her matching ceremony where her real future will begin! She's confident that the Society knows what's best. Her parent's long and happy marriage is proof of the success of the matching system, so when the Society gives Cassia her match, she knows that she's been paired with the right person. But when a tiny flaw in system makes Cassia aware of other options, her belief in the Society and everything they stand for slowly starts to crumble. Now Cassia is faced with a difficult decision between the easy life she's always known, or risking everything to follow her heart. Review Matched is set in a well-crafted and intriguing dystopian society, that strips away the pleasures and privileges we have become so accustomed to in today's high-tech, possession-driven world. The three main characters in the story are unique and well developed, though I found the secondary characters lacked depth. The intricate differences between Xander and Ky made for an enjoyable love triangle (and I'm often not fond of the love triangle). There is very little in the way of action in Matched, but the trials and tribulations of the people under the Society's control will keep readers engaged. I'm a relatively new reader to dystopian fiction, but I couldn't help comparing Matched to The Hunger Games as I was reading. And while I thoroughly enjoyed Matched, in this comparison it falls a little short. Verdict If you're able to let go of comparisons and enjoy it for what it is, Matched is a fascinating story and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Awesome!!!!" I really enjoyed this book, which kept me up all night.If you love romance then this is a book for you.
Date published: 2011-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely recommend this@ I went along with the hype over this book (although a little too late). As usual I’m very skeptical when it comes to the hype because of the books I read with so many gushing reviews, I’ve been disappointed about three (or more) times. Well, the good news is, I have no regrets about Hush Hush. It was absolutely AMAZING and I’m wondering why I waited so long to read this one. At first I did not like Patch. In fact I was with Nora in this one. He’s horribly arrogant, crude, and so unbelievably annoying. Yet you just can’t help but fall for his irresistible charm as Nora did. I absolutely LOVED the tension between Nora and Patch. It was so well done you could almost feel and see the sparks fly between them. They were so perfect for each other there’s no words to describe them when they’re together. The plot was excellent! there was so much suspense and thrill I couldn’t put this book down. The pace was even and there was no rut nothing to make this pace stray from the main plot. The terrifying encounters Nora comes up against is well described and it’s scary enough to put the reader on edge. The mystery part of the book was also well done, and I was always second guessing Patch and his motives. I’d have to say I was surprised at Elliot. I’d have to say I was blindsided by his actual personality and I was not expecting that 360 change! the change isn’t subtle but it’s still creepy to read as Elliot changes. The characters overall were great to read. The end scene was dramatic and was a great page turner. There was a lot of action and things were discovered and revealed but there’s also a lot of questions too and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one! This is one book where I am glad I listened to all the hype. I absolutely enjoyed this one. Great storyline, with the two main characters being so irresistible you just can’t stop reading until you’re finished. Strongly recommended for YA readers!
Date published: 2011-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The book is written excellently! A twist of mystery, romance and suspense (plus fantasy of course), the book hooks readers to keep reading chapter after chapter. I highly recommend this book to readers who enjoy angel books, teen romance, mystery, etc. Be sure to read this, and of course the epic sequel, Crescendo!~
Date published: 2011-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from By far my favourite book of all time My opinion: this is one of the best books out there right now. Not much else I can say without spoiling some of the plot other than the fact that once you pick up this book, you will not put it down. And that guy on the cover is just delish.
Date published: 2011-08-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced Urban Fantasy I have heard people raving about Cassandra Clare for quite some time, but for some reason, it took me a while to get to City of Bones. Better late than never, right? I loved reading this book, even more than I thought I would because I am not usually a big fan of books that involve love triangles. I was able to read it on the beach this summer, which was perfect because it made a great, entertaining read. To start with, I enjoyed Cassandra Clare's writing, her style is vivid, imaginative, descriptive and exciting. I could really feel the world that she created and how she layered them so there could be two worlds at once, the one that most people can see and an exotic world filled with Shadowhunters, demons, werewolves and vampires. I also liked how Cassandra Clare explored the notions of good and evil, and how she used Clary, a naive fifteen year old girl to do this. Clary is young and tends to see things in terms of good and bad, black and white, right and wrong, but the world is not always like this. Clary gets challanged on these beliefs, learning that there are shades of grey and this is almost too much for Clary to wrap her head around, something I think that most teenagers experience. For the most part, I enjoyed the characters in City of Bones. Clary, as I said before, is young and fifteen - she rushes in, doesn't always think and is fiercly loyal, which I think is fairly realistic for a girl her age. She also needs to be rescued a lot, and I am hoping that changes as her character grows in the next books of the series. The other characters are good also, even if some of them are a bit stereotypical. Most, however, are well developed and show some sort of growth. Jace, the sarcastic, macho, obnoxious Shadowhunter, can be a bit much sometimes. I am not sure why everyone loves good looking jerks so much. There are also some great plot twists which will keep the reader turning the pages. Many of these are foreshadowed in the book, which makes them even better. Overall, there is a nice balance between action and "down time" as well as some humour thrown in. I can really see young adult readers enjoying this book, as well as adults who enjoy this type of urban fantasy genre.
Date published: 2011-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEYOND AMAZING OMG I AM ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK! I BOUGHT IT LAST NIGHT AND STAYED UP UNTIL 5AM TO FINISH IT! IT'S PACKED WITH LOVE, MYSTERIES, A LITTLE BIT OF SPOOKINESS, JEALOUSY, AND ACTION ;) CANNOT WAIT TO READ CRESCENDO SOON! I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR READERS THAT ENJOYED THE TWILIGHT SAGA, STUFF LIKE THAT. I AM IN LOVE WITH PATCH ALSO3 BACK OFF LADIES, I CALLED DIBS:D
Date published: 2011-07-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Just... why? I was intrigued by the description on the little flap thingie on the inside of the cover. And I guess that’s why anyone decides to read a book. But I really had a problem with this book. Now, I know some people might enjoy this, but as a warning from people like me… The main character is unconfident, whiney, and I generally dislike her. She reminds me of Bella in a way, and, well, I didn’t like her, either. This among the fact that the storyline is bland, repetitive, and seems to go nowhere, and then we also find that Patch and Nora fall in love with hardly any conversation and mainly attraction. On a side note, what kind of a name is “Patch” anyway? All in all, not a great read. But maybe you’ll like it better. Sorry.
Date published: 2011-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from UNBELIEVABLE Okay, this book is for anyone who's tiered of vampires, werewolves, and wizards! Its about a whole new supernatural breed, which, is pretty amazing and the guys are drop dead gorgeous! I know some reviews give spoilers, but im not gonna!! you have to read the book!!
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotionally Good I heard great things about "Hush, Hush" so I had to see what the hype was about. Also, I was looking for a good story. I have to say that Becca Fitzpatrick did not disappoint. I loved the plot of the story, as fallen angels didn't work the first time I tried it, but with less complicated terms it was easy to read on. I love the characters to death, they're all funny and lovable in their own way. I just didn't like the plot though, which is fantastic, but the romance was amazing as well. I'm not too keen on novels that are just romance, but this one may focus on it, but there is an adventure to "Hush, Hush". I've already started on the sequel, and hopefully it'll be just as good.
Date published: 2011-06-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Painful Read with a lot of Potential I had this book lent to me by a friend when I was looking for something to read. I got to about chapter two and then quit. It wasn't for me. I then read Clockwork Angel and I loved that one and so I went out and bought the boxed set for these books. I probably tried reading the first one four times in total and finally I forced myself to finish it. It was painful to read, honestly. Clary is not very personable. She's a bit annoying and I don't really see how Jace can be so attractive. They're just average to me, nothing special. The writing style made me want to stab my eyes out, it was awful! For example, the werewolves. It was simply written, "hey, look werewolves" no description of what they looked like or anything. I think with some more detail, a little more unique characters and better writing, this book could have been very, very good. I know that Cassandra Claire can do it, she did in Clockwork Angel, it just wasn't in this book. I'm not sure if I'll read the rest in the series, maybe if I don't have anything better to read, they are supposed to be better than this one.
Date published: 2011-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really liked it I never never heard of a book series such as this one. It had my interest right off the get go jumping right into action from the start.
Date published: 2011-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great! Read it! Love this series!!!! I picked it up when no other novel of the series was out yet. The ending to the first novel threw me off a but but I was already hooked and had to read the other novels when they came out. Thankfully I did as they are fantastic, and makes you questions if stuff like this does go on!
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from right up there with Twilight! I fell in love with this series. The idea that patch was so menacing and then fell completely in lover with her was something that I couldn't and can't put into words. This is up there with Twilight. Fantastic, gripping, sensual, and just overall awesome.
Date published: 2011-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down When I picked this book up it was with the set at walmart and it was $30 dollars so even tho I couldn't read what the series was about it was really hard to beat the price. I didn't read it for a while till I was at home and bored and figured I would read it just to get it off the shelf. Turns out it was actually pretty amazing and I could not put it down. I was kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I finished it that day and for the next two days finished off the series. If you want a book that will suck you in this is the one to read. Be sure to buy the rest of the series because you will want to know what happens next.
Date published: 2011-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was a really cute love story This book was really cute. I really loved the the charaters who had great personalities. Also it was really neat to watch the relationship between the charaters grow. Plus as almost an added little something there's a mystery going on, the whole book I was guessing who the bad guy was. Over all good book, only down side at some parts it moved a little slow. It was still pretty good though.
Date published: 2011-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST BOOK EVER!!! I got this book and started reading it and i couldn't stop reading in till I finished it. I finished this book in JUST TWO DAYS, it was that good a book and totally worth the read and time 100% WORTH IT!!!!
Date published: 2011-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing!! I loved reading this book because it was mysterious, and different, yet still funny and dramatic! I could read this book again, and again and never get bored.
Date published: 2011-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely read! When I saw the cover of this book, it didn't stand out to me because it looked like every other book on the shelf these days. However, I've now learned to not judge a book by its cover. I was so intrigued by the relationship between Patch and Nora and what was going to happen next. Because it was so descriptive, it was very easy to get lost in the book and never put it down, which is exactly what I did. Definitely read this! Don't judge it by its cover!
Date published: 2011-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dark and Attractive I couldn't put Hush, Hush down. The novel was dark and enticing, each chapter drawing the reader deeper and deeper. The characters complex and believable, I couldn't put Hush, Hush away until it was finished. So far, one of my favourite series.
Date published: 2011-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't Put it Down I got this book a while ago but never read it until recently and I finished it in 3 days. I couldn't put it down. It's one of those books that has so many secrets and when you try and connect it all theres still a surprise in the end. Some things are obvious but theres always so many secrets still left to be discovered. Amazing love story and characters. Dark and mysterious stories and I would rocomend this book to anyone. You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy a good a good "forbidden love" story.
Date published: 2011-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from edgy, sarcastic, urban fantasy can see why Cassandra Clare and Holly Black are friends (or at least seem like they are, I don’t know them personally - unfortunately!) because they have the same wonderful dark, sarcastic humour. The tone of their books are similar, with that edgy-funny feel to an action/adventure story with magic. The dialogue (especially in the first half) felt incredibly real; unlike the last couple of books I’ve been reading. These were more believable young characters in a fantasy than the characters in realistic fiction. I love that, when the magic and mythology doesn’t take away from the humanity of characters. The mythology of this series is certainly ambitious. So intricate! I don’t think I would want to take on so many types of supernatural beings in one novel, I’d spend half the time on exposition and bore the reader. Clare never bored me though, she wove the world around the story seamlessly. I had a hard time putting the book down, because I was so immersed in the world. This is a series I’ve been meaning to read for what seems like ages, and part of me regrets waiting so long to discover it’s level of awesome- but another part of me is glad because YIPEE I already own the next book and have the 3rd waiting for me at the library. That’s the beauty of being a latecomer to a book, you don’t have a long wait for sequels. I didn’t like the last fourth of the book nearly as much as the beginning. This was largely because I predicted what would happen and was disappointed to be right. I wanted so badly to be wrong about a certain plot twist!! I find it to be icky and reminiscent of the worst part about Star Wars (which I love anyway) and a lot of soap operas. However, the plot twist I’m not a fan of was handled very nicely, and I’m still eager to dig into City of Ashes
Date published: 2011-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quite an enjoyable read. This was a book that I had purchased to read months ago at a friend's suggestion. I finally decided to start it last week. About 20 pages in and I was kicking myself for letting it just sit on the shelf and collect dust for several months. The great cast of characters immediately pulled me in like a magnet. The story kept a great pace and didn't lag once. There was a couple times where I had to pause to catch my bearings in a "woah! what just happened" moment. Totally enjoyable, fans of the supernatural will love this.
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SOMETHING TO FALL FOR "WOW".....this book was utterly amazing. I was hesitant to start reading another fantasy novel, but I'm glad I did. Hush Hush is a novel that will make you fall in love with the characters from the start. Trust me when i say you will read this in less than a couple hours. Nora and Patch will have you laughing, blushing and angry as they take you into a world of mystery and suspenseful fantasy. Enjoy :D
Date published: 2011-03-11
Rated out of 5 by from This is the Start of Something Good After having recently finished The Hunger Games Trilogy, I searched for more information about the series, discovering that there is a bit of a feud brewing between this series and the latter. My response to learning about the war of the fictional worlds was to decide which side to stand on and thus, I picked up The Mortal Instruments series. Though I am happy to remain neutral in the war between the two series, I am certainly happy that I picked up City of Bones. While I was not blown away by the plotline itself, nor the writing style of Cassandra Clare, she has managed to create a truly unique and enthralling cast of characters! Clary and Jace - amongst many others - are such interesting people to follow and to figure out. The relationship that Clare has spun for the two heroes is the stuff of trashy daytime soap-operas and it makes the page-turning very easy. Being the first book in a series, I'm hoping that this installment is simply laying the groundwork for spectacular things to come. I am looking forward to following Jace and Clary on the rest of their supernatural journey.
Date published: 2011-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What's not to love ?? (no spoilers) Ms. Clare does an excellent job of pulling you into the story. I wouldn’t say the plot (story line) is extremely original, but the world where it takes place and the qualities of all the characters are! It’s all actually very charming, intriguing and entertaining. There is a full cast of characters here. CLARY, is an awesome ordinary girl, funny and strong (although you wouldn’t tell this right away), who has no idea who she really is and the story mainly develops around her quest to discover herself. SIMON, is Clary’s best friend; he’s very human, kind of a nerd, and a bit awkward, but pretty cool all in all. He’s THE human in the story. LUKE, an awesome guy, part of Clary’s family, the kind of “cool uncle” we would all like to have! And JACE… yup… for me it’s all about Jace! He’s your first stop to the world of the Shadowhunters. His golden good looks, some arrogance, but also very caring, all makes him just irresistible. Among the Shadowhunters, you also have ISABELLE, a hottie, sarcastic, kicking butt and shutting you up type of girl. ALEC, Isabelle’s brother, who’s pretty cool, although not the nicest person around. And last, but not least, VALENTINE, the bad guy! Although I believe (and agree with some other readers/reviewers) that Ms. Clare could have made him more evil. He is evil, but just not enough… in my opinion anyway. (Hard to explain the feeling right here). He just doesn’t sound scary enough. But this doesn’t ruin the story at all. Just some detail!! Besides the Shadowhunters, their world is full of other cool creatures, such as our classic ones: werewolves, vampires, and warlocks. They all participate in creating this magical and exciting world of the Shadowhunters! And what’s an action and exciting story without some love in it, right? Of course there is some romance! But I won’t spoil it for you! I’ll let you find out for yourself! Just know that the various romantic threads in the story have you going back and forth over who you’re rooting for! To conclude, and although I LOVED the story, I must say, Ms Clare concluded her first book with a big slap on the face! LOL… this is NOT a bad thing! Just letting you know that when I reached the end, there was a moment where I was like “NOOOOOO !!!!!” and “WHAAAAAATT ??”. This is not bad at all! It was just SURPRISING! I was not really expecting it. And you will probably want book two, City of Ashes, at hand. You will definitely feel your heart racing through the story! HAPPY READING!
Date published: 2011-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great This book was one of my favorite, suspense from beginning to the end, you just don't know which one is the good or bad guys... I just didn't want to let it go!. Enjoy!
Date published: 2011-02-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Absolutley chilling! Becca Fitzpatrick, is a lovely writer. When I first read the back of the book the first thought that came to me was 'twilight.' "Nora and Patch are forced to become lab partners...." Doesn't sound close to twilight? Well, the next part they say about the book is "Nora's defenses start to break down as her curiosity about Patch heats up." Hmmmm, sounds a tiny bit like twilight to me. I wasnt going to even bother read this because thew whole 'twilight' stuff is starting to get very old. While I was at Chapters I kept turning back to it and finally bought it. It sat on my desk for about a mounth until I was so bored (and so out of books to read) that I finally decided to read it. This book is NOTHING like 'twilight.' It is a very good book. I regret not readding this book because of what I thought about the back of the description. I suggest that people who enjoy books about Fallen Angels and enjoy a littel mystery I recomend this book. Check out my review on the second book 'Crescendo'!
Date published: 2011-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from unbelieveable When I got the book, I thought it was going to be another boring one. Totally wrong!!! It was the most descriptive and amazing book, I have ever read. Loved it!!! The cover was the opposite, it kind of gave me a feeling that the book was bad and not serious. Therefore, the games patch played was very charming and attractive. Nora stupor but very cute. I read crescendo the next book also, got a little disappointed at first by how Nora and Patch acted, but blew me off at the end. I really won't mention anything in Crescendo anymore. Therefore, its just a warning that Crescendo at first disappointed, but in the middle lovely and at the end "EXCELLENT".
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from darkly good When I picked up the book, I wasn't sure what to expect. Then, I started to read it and totally loved it. I loved the fact that it wasn't a cheesy romance, that Patch is kind of crazy, that people in there have breakdowns,are suspiscious and are NOT perfect! It was thrilling,it kept me on the edge. At first I was like: holy cow! He's crazy! And then: No!!! Why is he crazy??? Guess you can picture me reading the book. All in all, I recommend it, because and mostly, I could feel for the characters. I could feel their struggles and everything. Great book!
Date published: 2011-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ................... :) i really loved this book but the fighting parts were a bit confusing and SPOILER: i cant believe Clary and Jace are bother and sister EWWWW
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Was pretty good...nothing more then what you would expect Book was good, i did find it dragged alot .It ended the way i thought it would so no big surprises or anything.Good book to read if you got nothing else to do.
Date published: 2010-12-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it I thought I would never be into the science/fiction, fantasy type books. But I was completely wrong, and too quick to judge. I'm definitely glad I gave it a chance. I know there is a lot of rave about this book, and many people either love it or hate it. Everyone has their own opinions. It really depends on what type of person you are, and what type of books you normally read. This could be way out of your 'norm', but you can't knock it until you try it. This was an amazing adventure to a different world. This story was full of action, drama, fantasy, and most of all LOVE. It's beautiful from beginning to end. Cassandra Clare's writing style is truly what tied the novel together. She chose to excite the readers with heavy words, and strong sentence structures. Clary was an amazing character, and not just because she's the main character. But because of the heart behind everything she did. She was cautious, but she never thought without the desire of her strong-willed heart. Jace was a great character in his own way as well. At first he seemed so hot-headed. Of course as the story progressed, he started to open up more- only because of Clary. The most surprising part of the book was near the ending. Just when I thought it couldn't get worse. I was secretly rooting for Clary and Jace to be together. Although they did end up together, it just wasn't the way I had hoped for them. It will definitely be a hard adjustment for them both, but they are both very strong, and the love they share is strong enough to keep them together.
Date published: 2010-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!! Okay, this is no twilight, no other thing. This is awesome! Patch is perfect! I loved this book!
Date published: 2010-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down! I picked up this book with mixed feelings. I had heard some great things about it, but the past couple books I have read based on reviews turned out to be disappointments, so I was hesitant with this one. But once I started reading it, I could not put it down. This book was great and I loved the characters of Nora and Patch. Nora was a great character, with a real personality. Patch was the perfect "male lead", dark, mysterious and sexy. They seemed very real to me and they had great chemistry. Becca Fitzpatrick is an amazing author and her writing is very well done. I read this book in a single night. Every time I thought I could put it down, something came up and held my attention. There is the perfect amount of romance, suspense and creepiness in this book. Though the ending was a bit predictable, it was a satisfying one and, obviously, left off for another book. I can't wait to pick up the second one. Read this book, you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that bad... I heard very good things about the series, but I really couldn't get into it. I'm just upset feeling that I'm not very interested and I already bought the first three, it'll be strange not to buy the others coming out. I think I'll continue reading the series, but it's not my absolute favourite series out there
Date published: 2010-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprised Me. I've been searching and searching for a book that I WANTED to read. I keep buying books that promise tons of suspense but they never deliver. I grabbed this book expecting another dud, but it did something I didn't expect...it surprised the h*ll out of me. Seriously, I read it twice. If I read a book multiple times it's because I sincerely enjoyed it. This book is worth your time. You can't go wrong with this one.
Date published: 2010-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from patch is mine!!! watch out girls i loved it hush hush was absolutely perfect from the start to the end. The story isn't like all the other new immoral books that focus on the romance and forget the mystery and thrill Hush Hush has it all and does not get anyone bored something i know for sure ! :) loved patch's character so much that if he were real i'd jump him
Date published: 2010-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Read Hush, Hush is a Teen Fiction novel that goes into the world of angels, fallen angels and immortal people. Nora is a great character with aspiring goals and trust issues. She recently lost someone important in her life. Her best friend ,Vee and homework seem to be the entirety of her life until Patch comes along. The mysterious stranger she is forced to sit beside in class stirs exciting desires within her. Many unusual and scary events happen to Nora, which she luckily survives, but she suspects everyone now and doesn't know who to trust. This story keeps you guessing and switching sides. Who's right or wrong when the powers of Angels and Fallen Angels is put into the mix? I found this book to be a very entertaining story and I'd love to give this book a 5/5. The second book “Crescendo” was recently released and I can't wait to hear more about the adventures of Nora Grey. Pick this book up and have fun reading. My review from Review In 2 (http://reviewin2.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Having already read the first book in the new prequel trilogy to this series, The Infernal Devices, I starting reading this book with some preconceived notions. Cassandra Clare blew them completely out of the water. The world was familiar, the weapons, the battles and the environment. Humans, werewolves, vampires, warlocks, Shadow Hunters, down worlders and mundane all mixed up in events together. But being set in our time was an amazing new twist on something I was familiar with. And yet something so new and unique I found myself picking up the book again and again when I should have been doing other things, and saying to myself just one more page, or till the end of this section or chapter but could literally not make myself put the book down. The characters are amazing and the world creation so complete, so seamless, and so believable, that, as a reader, you feel as if it might not be fiction but a clearer view of reality than most of us have in our day-to-day life. The books in this series are so well-written that you will read the books back to back and maybe even read them again and again. This book was the first one published by Cassandra Clare and the skill shown, and mastery of the writing craft, is amazing for a first novel. It is set in a world with a battle between light and darkness, and a group of humans who try to keep that which is evil from destroying our world. These shadow hunters are humans who have been blessed with the blood of an angel. They have claves around the world and work to keep the peace between other species and with each other, and to protect humans. The major players seem to be warlocks, vampires, werewolves, fairies and the shadow hunters, also known as Nephilim. Our main character is Clary Fray, a young girl who finds herself mixed up in a world that she never knew existed, but that she was destined to be a part of. She is a strong character who is learning who she really is and what she will do with her life. This world by Cassandra Clare is one I will visit again and again, as new books come out and rereading the ones I have read over and over, and I cannot give books a higher recommendation than that. They made my to-be-read-again list.
Date published: 2010-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In My Top 10 I absolutly loved this book, Patch Cipriano made this book what it is . . . !!!! Without him, this book would just be anouther book about a random gurl in her highschool years. There are many books similar to this, but Fitzpatrck has put a little twist on it by having her have visions and there is a bit of a surprise to me at the ending. But still this book is made it into My Top 10, probubley my #5 or 6! You should deffinetly read it, anyone. I'd recommend it to . . . ages 14-17. You will absolutly love it! ;)
Date published: 2010-10-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not that great... Patch made the book. Period. I absolutely adored his character. It appeared that all the time and effort put into writing this book went into creating his character, though. Nora was annoying and quick to jump to conclusions, though she had no apparent reason for being mistrusting. Vee was rude and ignorant and succumbed way too easily to peer pressure. The book also did not do a very good job of leading up to its climax, which wasn't all that impressive anyway. Long story short, the first couple chapters was great, but the rest was a disappointment.
Date published: 2010-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from sooo good This book is soo amazing and the charaters are soo good the charaters I just totally feel in love with and not to mention all the talk of vampires and demons and other cool stuff I totally love this book.
Date published: 2010-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! This book caught my eye the moment i saw it in the store. I read the back and found it interesting. Once i started reading it, i couldn't put the book down, i just wanted to get to the end to know what was going to happen. Some parts of the story are predictable, but the suspense still lingered. I find the author wrote the story beautifully and i can't wait to read her next book. This story is a nice refreshing supernatural break from Werewolves and Vampires. I definitely recommend this book.
Date published: 2010-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT These Books Are by far, some of the best books ive ever read. I would recommend these books to everybody and anybody who was willing to read . The book is fast paced and suspenseful with more twists than licorice. i absolutely loved this book and the two after it !
Date published: 2010-10-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A disappointment Predictable and plodding. Part of the male lead's charm was supposed to be that we didn't know what exactly he was until the pivotal moment when it was revealed... and of course, the suspense is kinda lost when your cover has a FREAKING ANGEL plastered across the front. I will admit, that was part of the reason why I bought the book. I thought that there was going to be an awesome angel war or something, where the female lead gets captured by the other side and the male lead has to win her back. Predictable, sure, but it could be exciting if written well... but nope. It pretty much degenerated into a love story. A really, really boring love story. I don't want to read another, "Plain Jane meets cool guy and falls in love *hearts*" story. We have more than enough of those. I kept on hoping that there would be something bigger happening than the relationship between these two characters, but I just never GOT it. To summarize: It's Twilight. But shorter. And with angels.
Date published: 2010-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book is a great break from vampires and werewolves! I love the characters and the way Becca writes is beautiful. I could not stop reading. A really good book!!!
Date published: 2010-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Always With The Fallen Angels So I must say this book was very good and although it's cliche I couldn't put it down, not for one second. Loved the plot and the romance. I know people would disagree with me but I am such a sap for these types of books so my opinion is slightly biased. Congrats Becca!! Can't wait for Crescendo!!!
Date published: 2010-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of My Favourites! At first I was very reluctant on choosing to read this book. I heard some good stories and some bad ones as well. I finally decided to pick it up and read it. Oh my! I read it in one day; in a totalof 6 hours. As soon as I read the beginning, I was immediately hooked! Patch and Nora's chemistry was another like Edward and Bella's. As soon as Patch entered the story, I was begging for more. I cannot wait until the sequel! It is a MUST read ! :)
Date published: 2010-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Courtesy of Lost for Words Life takes a turn for the unexpected when Clary Fray happens to witness a murder at the Pandemonium Club in New York. Things become more bizarre when she realizes that she alone can see the teenagers who are committing said murder. They haven't been witnessed by mundanes before, so they are very curious as to why Clary can see them. Things continue to spiral out of her control when her mother disappears, and Clary is attacked by something not of this world. Certainly someone will be able to figure out what is going on. City of Bones ratchets up the action within the first few pages, and doesn't let up. The plot was engaging, fast-paced, and intriguing. The only complaint I had with the book was that I found the description to be a bit heavy-handed. Otherwise, the book was excellent. I loved the storyline. I loved seeing how the characters handled the situations they were dealt. This book had a few twists that I didn't see coming, but they made it all the more complex. Clary was a character I quite liked, but at times I found myself rolling my eyes at her antics. She does show some growth throughout the book, and I can't wait to see how she's going to evolve next. Jace was a mysterious character. He seemed aloof, superior, and conceited until we learn some of his history. He then is given more depth, and dimension. I thoroughly enjoyed his relationship, or lack thereof with Simon. The scenes with both characters in them brought a lot of humour to the book. I enjoyed the witty repartee between the main characters, and can't wait to see if some of the side characters become more prominent as the storyline continues. All in all, an excellent start to what should be an epic series. The book is action-packed, and doesn't let up until its stunning conclusion. I can't wait to see what is going to happen next in this world!
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun, Exciting New World The City of Bones intrigued me from the start. It has werewolves and vampires - a major cliche today - and yet they do not overtake the story. Instead, the half-angels, or Nephilim, are the big thing here. They keep the peace between the other creatures - including faeries and warlocks and demons. The main character, Clary, is thrown into it all. What comes next is a wonderful world of adventure, action and comedy. The only thing I found was a downfall was some grammar oddities, and getting annoyed at the main character. (That happens a lot to me though XD) Great series, I'm gonna finish it for sure.
Date published: 2010-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the fence about this one.... I read Hush, Hush non-stop for a whole day. I found it suspenseful and I was intrigued to know what was going to happen throughout the entire book. However, I was kind of disappointed in the development of the relationship between the two characters, Patch and Nora. It has such a good story going for it, but I wish that we heard more about Patch, how he was feeling, and the reasons for his actions. Patch and her have a weird relationship at the beginning and I felt like we went from that right to the end, and did not discuss a lot of juicy stuff that you find out. throughout the book I would go more into this but I don't want to give any spoilers. Although I have these strong feelings, I liked it enough to not put down, and I was able to finish it within a day. Worth a read if you are interested.
Date published: 2010-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compelling!! What I noticed right from the beginning was that the suspense and intrigue never once faltered as I progressed theough the story. There were little nips and turns that made me feel as though it was a bumpy ride. Patch's character was mysterious and dark (exactly how I like them) and his aura was compelling enough to keep me hooked to this story till the last page. I enjoyed the slight humourous, yet irritating parts of his personality and the way he drew Nora to him was subtle, yet full of tension. I highly reccomend this book for those who adore fantasy and Nephilim.
Date published: 2010-08-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from meh Just like any other teenager love story to do with angels. I wasn't really impressed. Maybe a younger generation will like it more than I did.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review HUSH, HUSH starts off with an intriguing prologue. After reading it I got really excited wondering how it would eventually tie into the story. The major problem that I had with the book was the characters. I think that if the characters were written differently I would have liked the book more. Let’s start with Patch. The story starts with him and Nora getting paired up as biology partners. I couldn’t believe some of the things that he was saying to her. It’s the first time they’ve ever talked and he’s saying all these sexual things to her. Let’s just say that Patch didn’t leave a very good first impression on me. As the story went on, it became clear that Patch was not going to be a very likeable character. He has the mysterious, dark, brooding thing down pat but I also thought he was arrogant and a bit of a jerk. Nora and Patch do have a lot of sexual tension going on but I just didn’t feel the chemistry between the two. It wasn’t believable to me because I couldn’t see how Nora could have fallen for someone like Patch. Also Nora’s best friend Vee really annoyed me. I don’t know why Nora would be friends with her. I didn’t think she was a good friend. She wouldn’t listen to Nora, she didn’t trust her and she just wouldn’t shut up. She just can’t keep her mouth shut and is always saying things without thinking. The story had a lot of mystery and suspense. I couldn’t figure out who was after Nora and for what purpose. Some of the things that Nora went through were pretty scary and had me turning the pages to see what would happen next. From the way the book ended, it’d be interesting to see what’s in store for Nora and Patch.
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Dreaming of Books Review This book has been sitting on my shelf for a while now and I never started the series because this book looked so big and thick and it intimidated me. All her life Clary has just been this normal girl and suddenly she finds out that there’s more to who she is. She uncovers some of the secrets that her mother has been keeping from her and gets thrown into the world of the Shadowhunters. She knows nothing about this other world so everything is new to her. Also learning about the Shadowhunters is Clary’s best friend Simon. He’s always being looked over by the Shadowhunters because he’s a mundane. He’s done so much to help them out and deserves way more respect from them. The alternate New York that Cassandra Clare created is just so mysterious. It has a dark urban feel and you don’t know what to expect or what you might find. The big twist at the end concerning Clary and Jace came as a shock to me. There’s this buildup of their relationship throughout the book and at the end it get cold water poured over it. I hope it’s not true and that it’s a lie that Valentine is telling.
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Imaginative I have to admit it took me a while to even consider reading this book. The plot didnt' seem to be something I like. I"m glad to say I was surprised! The characters were real, and their feelings were too. Alec surprisingly held a great deal of my interest, I found myself wanting to hear what he said every time he opened his mouth. Jace was witty and stayed true to his personality through out, you could always depend on his witty remarks in bad situations. Clary may not be my favorite character, but she brought what she could to the table. I wish I got to hear more of Isabelle, to Carly's dismay, we didn't. Overall I think the twist and turns were great an kept me wanting to see what happened next. It won't be long until I hurl my butt over to the bookstore, to see what happens next!
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than i Imagined! ight from the start, you were thrown into a mystery, which kept on building up then all of a sudden BOOM! everything is crystal clear right in front of you. Basically its a paranormal romance between angel and human. I dont want to get into details by explaining why exactly it`s a "forbidden romance", because if i do then i`ll ruin more than half the book. Just to let you know, there is a lot more than what meets the eye in this book. This book is VERY entertaining, partly for its humor. It got me LOL for most of the book(something that i never do in romance, since i m mostly in aww). Patch`s character is soo hysterical, i found myself LMAO sometimes. For most of the part, i couldn`t keep myself from smiling throughout the ENTIRE book; It has this effect on you. I constantly thought, `"Mahn Becca F. sounds like such a cool person for coming up with such humor". Its a real page-turner(and i mean it!), again because of all the mystery. As you are reading, you think you got the mystery finally figured out, then OH! another twist in the plot. Gosh i LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! Like in twilight, Stephenie didn`t keep the vampire secret hidden for very long because the story continues as a human girl in love with a vampire. Bella knowing exactly what she is getting herself into. This however is not the case in this novel. True it does have similarities to other paranormal romances these days. BUT, Becca does something different in this story: Nora falls for Patch without getting in on his secret. She actually falls for PATCH as a person, but because he is an angel *SPOLIER ALERT* (since she doesn`t find out until the end). This novel is Mystery, Action, Romance and Fantasy all tied together in a beautiful package. If you are one of those crazyyy for paranormal romance type-of girls, then you will absolutely LOVE this novel. I think one of the best things i liked about this story is that it was very believable. Each and every character was relate-able. In my opinion, the best believable element was the Angel part, because angels are real(most religions believe in them, including myself). U read a vampire novel n fall in love with the story, knowing they don`t exist and the story happening to you does NOT stand a chance. After reading this story, i got really interested in things we CANT see, but know that it exists. Made me look at the world from a different perspective. After i finished it in just one-sitting, i was like `"NOOOO!!, i can`t be done this fast" i wanted MORE nora and patch. The ending was good, very satisfying and couldn`t have been any better. Although, it was sooo asking for a sequel. Angels are in, Vampires are OUTTTT!!! (and Its about time!)
Date published: 2010-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/06/city-of-bones-cassandra-clare.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatric http://insubstanial.blogspot.com/2010/05/hush-hush-by-becca-fitzpatric.html Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT! These first three books are from one series. They have action, love, friendship and death. It is a definite recommendation. I promise you will love them all!
Date published: 2010-06-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Slightly Anti-Climatic (Contains spoilers) Though two stars may seem little for this book, the Chapters website states that it means it "wasn't bad". And it wasn't bad-the book was just leading in more ways than one. For the majority of the book, there were constantly almost-hints. As in hints that weren't hints because they didn’t lead anywhere specifically. They just created more mystery than there was and until the “explanation”, they didn’t answer any of the important questions. Yes, obviously the "hot" guy will end up with the girl. Yes (most likely), the book will have a happy ending. But the question was how? There were constantly things and events that threatened the life of the main character, Nora Gray, and there were several suspects but there were no clues to place real suspicions on any one character. As I said, clues that weren’t clues. And what was the mystery behind Patch's past? It seemed as though the author left it until the end for those questions to be answered. It actually only took one scene for him to explain everything and his reasons for his actions. And this scene took place after I had gone through more than half the book. When the "climax" finally came, it was kind of anti-climactic because I had been expecting something more. Something more complex. Sure, the climax filled the basic expectations of what a climax was supposed to be. But the almost-hints that created so much more mystery had, led to me to expecting some interesting endings. After all, the inside cover talked of "a sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love." Given, the fallen angel part was there. But I could not see how the love was so "forbidden". Even the first “forbidden” love between Patch and the first human girl he fell in love with did not seem so forbidden. After all, there wasn’t any true restraint shown of Patch trying to resist his lust for the girl. And Patch had been an angel. Maybe the restraint would support his character as an angel or maybe not. Are angels no different from humans (aside from the powers)? Yes, there are popular perceptions of angels but this book just made it seem like Patch and Dabria were humans, just coming from heaven rather than earth. All in all, the book was okay. I might’ve been picking at the book a little too much but then again, it is a typical teenage fantasy book. All modern books today are…interesting.
Date published: 2010-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I really liked this novel!! It's one of my favourites!! It's up there with the Twilight Saga!!
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hoped it would be better The idea behind the story was what caught my eye, it sounded interesting. I found, however, that the story was slow paced and the characters a little one-dimensional.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't bad! It wasn't a bad read. I did feel it was similar to the Harry Potter series. I am definetely intrigued enough to read Book 2.
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hush, Hush About Your Secrets... Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick is about a regular high school girl who isn't really interested in romance. Until she meets a mysterious, dangerous, man. Patch. Patch...Sigh...He is the type of guy I wouldn't mind having as a boyfriend, except there's just one little thing about him...He's not human. He's a Fallen Angel. But I still loved him! The Paranormal guys are the best! Look at Jacob Black for example...But Patch is funny, handsome, and he's even got a seductive bad boy side on him, I really love bad boys, they bring all the fun into the story! I couldn't even wait till the story unfolded to who he really was, and what he wanted from Nora. Nora Grey has had a hard time in her life, especially after her father passing away, she has this eerie feeling that she's always being watched, by a ghost or something. She's also never really been comfortable with romance, and hasn't been interested in any boys at school. But her best friend Vee has always been pushing her to go out with someone. Vee has that fun, girly personality. She had spunk, and brought the party every where she goes. Although, she did get a bit annoying at some parts. But still she was really funny and sometimes I would laugh my head off at her jokes! We're also introduced with two new characters, Elliot and Jules. Elliot transfered from Kinghorn, which is a school made for rich people. He meets Vee and Nora, and suddenly has an interest for Nora. She suddenly feels that he isn't very safe company and he's up to something. Jules was just quiet mopey, but he would always try to find an excuse to get away from Nora and Vee. The story unfolds at the end, and you'll find out why that happens. Patch is keeping a dark secret from Nora, what he wants with her, and why he wants it. It's just a whole new mystery that will keep you reading from dawn to midnight...
Date published: 2010-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really enjoyed this unpredictable book! I really enjoyed the different characters in this story. Having never really read this type of fiction, I buzzed through it in no time and can't wait for the sequel "Crescendo."!!! November can't get here soon enough.
Date published: 2010-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my few absolute favorites If you like "low" fantasy (fantasy that's believable and not hard to follow) this will blow you away. The characters are incredibly well formed, and the humor relief is impeccable. Not to mention the page turning plot, the right amount of tension, the unexpected twists that will make you gasp out loud... I finished all three of the books in the series in one weekend. Majorly good writing.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth a read. Interesting twists Kept me reading up late into the night. Author does a good job of keeping the intriuge and interest deep into the book, and up to the climactic scenes. Great romantic tension. I'd read the next book if this became a series.
Date published: 2010-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVE This Book I do! Such a good book! Has loads of crazy twists and turns and guys like Patch are soo much better than Vampires and Wizards =D 33333
Date published: 2010-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Beginning for a Series I really didn't know what to expect from this book. The story line didn't appeal to me at first but I went ahead with it anyhow just to see what will happen. I must say, it didn't disappoint. The twists and turns in the story are well written. Especially in the very end, the twist was amazing; jaw dropping is what you'll be doing basically. One thing I didn't like about the story was Clary. I don't know what it was but she felt like the weakest character in the whole book. She didn't show any signs of bravery. There were times when I felt there wasn't enough boost in her character. Jace, on the other hand, was a great character to read about. Overall, fantastic beginning. It's unlike any series that you've ever read about. One of a kind for sure.
Date published: 2010-05-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hohum romance disguised as a fantasy I read this on the recommendation of a person from the Chapters Community. I was very disappointed however since the story mostly concerns itself with the whims of a teenage girl who is torn between choosing the dark bad boy or the charming good boy as her paramour. The plot is fairly predictable and lacks any sort of suspense or tension. It was mostly curiosity that got me through the novel. I never felt any urgency to pick up the book and see what happened next - it was more like "this book is due back at the library this week, better get cracking..." Considering that there's an angel on the cover, there is actually very little explained or related about angels themselves - just a confusing subplot about angels gaining human bodies by possessing them. All in all, I am glad that I didn't have to buy this one. If you want great YR reading with supernatural leanings, try Philip Pullman or Garth Nix.
Date published: 2010-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was heart-pumping and got me off the edge of my seat! I thought the action parts were great and descriptive! I love the relationship between the two characters and Patch just made my heart beat faster! Overall I would definitely recommend this book and I can't wait for the sequel!
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from indifferent about it. I wondered about getting this book for a while. The cover got my attention and i read a few good reviews, so i decided to get it. It was ok, i guess. I just didnt get sucked into their world or have any feelings well reading this. If your bored and just want something to get though the day i guess you can read this. But why waste your time on something you just get lukewarm feelings about?
Date published: 2010-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from vampires turn to fallen angels I actually like the idea of a fallen angel who tries to find a way to fulfill his dream of being human but that's gonna cost him. The story kinda annoys you sometimes while you're reading it because you got all these assumptions are flying in your head and the whole issue with Nora's issues with trust. But the ending was good when everything was revealed. One feeling I did get was the Nancy Drew feeling. There is a case to solve and Nora gets into trouble trying to solve it. But the mystery is solved when everything is revealed. Still good read. I enjoyed it.
Date published: 2010-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun YA read :) Quick, light read that I really enjoyed. Ok, yes there are MANY glaring similarities between this story and Twilight, but it was still entertaining - not to mention about half the size of the Twilight books. It's clearly aimed at the same demographic, so if you liked Twilight you will probably like this book as well. I'm hoping the next book in the series is more original, but I'll still read it for fun.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have to say thank you to Cassandra Clare for a big bang start to the book. The book that just kept giving! She described the characters so well that helped me visualize them in depth as the book went on. I have to agree with the reviewers that said City of Bones is almost like Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV series). I also liked that my favourite fantasy characters were all added into one bundle of joy such as; Vamps, Weres, Pixies, etc... Even though there weren’t any Edwards, Eriks, or Dimitri’s there was Jace!! Why is it that someone so rude, inconsiderate, and full of them selves are so hot, charming, and mysterious? In this book there are a lot of twist and turns and also a lot of action. For example this book is not only based on one major fighting scene that it takes the whole book to read to get it. There is never a dull moment its action after action after action!!! I think every book should have a Romeo and Juliet love story (other then the fact that they die!). The love story in this book is great it’s also very unpredictable except we all are expecting the unexpected (because from previous experience we know something is up.) Sometimes don’t you wish the love story stayed happy, but then I remember that there would be no story if there weren’t tragic endings. Anyways… Clary, Clary, Clary why are you so indecisive? Why do all books make us girls, women, ladies all seem indecisive and major heart breakers (I have to admit I can sometime be indecisive but to a certain extent NOT TO THIS POINT..COUGH..CLARY.. COUGH) but would you buy a book with no story and drama. We just have to remind ourselves it can’t always be blue skies, candy drops, and flowers! Onto bad guys why is it that every time I read more young adult fictions the evil villain just gets worse and worse, or at least they get crueller. Well this one is just plain cruel even if we still do not know what he’s trying to achieve. By the way you will notice I hate the “Unknown” it drives me mad!!! For warning you guys. This book was recommended to me by my godmother and I doubted the book until I actually purchased it on sale at a local book seller. I gave it a try and know I’m so hooked! I can not wait to read City of Ashes.
Date published: 2010-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitzpatrick makes fallen angels as sexy as Meyer made vampires This is a good novel. I cannot deny the similarities it holds with Twilight but I must admit it has merits of its own. In this novel Nora Grey constantly finds herself in situations involving tall dark and handsome Patch Cipriano. The story has interesting twists and turns as the female protagonist's sanity is put into question and as she and her best friend Vee try solving mysteries This is a really good novel that I recommend to all who enjoy a dark romance. The sequel to this novel called Crescendo comes out Nov 16th 10 and I will definitely be a buyer
Date published: 2010-04-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Strangely Similiar.... So, I'm not gonna lie, I had high hopes when I started reading this book. The cover's really cool and I had one friend turn into a puddle of love-struck goo when she started talked about Patch. So yeah, I was expecting this book to be great. It wasn't great. It was... okay, good at best. Some parts were better than others. But do you want my honest opinion of it? It's Twilight with angels. Sorry, no, fallen angels. Think about it: a pretty brunette girl not interested in dating, lives with her single parent in a gray, rainy town. Then, in biology class, she sits next to the handsome, mysterious new guy who doesn't talk much and though she doesn't know it then, wants to kill her. She's intrigued by this boy but knows that he's dangerous. Against her better judgment and the boy's original intentions, they fall in love. The girl learns about some mythology, google searches it and learns that her new lover is not human. DUN DUN DUN. Somewhere in this, there's a scene where the girl is attacked/ almost attacked, the guy saves her and dinner is involved. The girl confronts the boy about his super-naturalness, learns that he's a danger and could/ wanted to kill her, but she still stays with him. Enter the dangerous she-villain who wants to kill the girl because she knows it will hurt the guy more than anything else. Than quiet, blond dude who stayed in the background the whole time reveals his nefarious intentions and tries to kill the girl himself. During an epic fight scene, the girl blacks out, than dies or comes close to it and thinks she (or actually does) encounters an angel. She wakes up in a room and her boyfriend explains what happened and that the bad guy has died. The guy and girl realize that they have never been more in love and kiss. The end. The first time I read this kind of story was back in '07. It was called "Twilight". And now I just read it again, but it was called "Hush, Hush". Just switch "vampires" with "angels". The story had great potential, but I just really wished the author hadn't tried so hard to recreate the world that Stephenie Meyer already did. Hush, Hush was okay, but I'd only recommend it to Twi-hards. If you want a really amazing series about angels and demons and the Nephilim, check out "The City of Bones", the first book in "The Mortal Instruments Series" by Cassandra Clare. They're awesome, and Jace is a way better,funnier and more 'angelic' love interest- trust me. If you want another really great book that involves a believable teenager, an epic road trip, a supernatural aspect AND a love story with a guardian angel, read "Going Bovine" by Libra Bray. It's laugh out loud funny. Or, if you're looking for a love story with a supernatural twist that DOESN'T involve vampires or werewolves, look up "Wicked Lovely" by Melissa Marr.
Date published: 2010-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a Mysterious and Compelling novel! Wow! So I just managed to finish this novel in about 10 hours tops? All I have to say is that it is absolutely great. My friend recommended it to me actually shortly after she read it. Patch, the main character takes the readers on a mysterious journey throughout his ravelling life. As a reader, through every moment, I felt the need to know more and more about Patch and who he really was. Hear me when I say that this novel will certainly keep you off your feet. I'm not going to reveal any more of the content of the novel but the future readers must know that the strong connection between Nora and Patch is worth exploring. love love loved it. Great story!
Date published: 2010-03-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Deceived by the author I loved... Complete crap. Now, I may have been clouded by post-Twilight-saga angst [a.k.a. suffering from the delusion that nothing will ever be able to compare to Twilight], so reading this book right after probably wasn't a good idea... or maybe it truly is just crap. I'm going with the latter. Here's why: There was no depth to the characters and they just felt so phony. The main character is supposed to be a shy girl, and yet she does things that a shy girl wouldn't do... like, is she bold or is she shy? Make up your mind. And don't even get me started on the book's lame predictability... that was a total turn off. Also, the storyline is basically a rip off of other great stories...like a bunch of snippets melded together into this piece of crap [you will know what I'm talking about once you read it, otherwise I'd pretty much ruin it for you... not that there's much to ruin] I only bought this book because Stephanie Meyer made a comment, basically giving her thumbs up of approval, and because it's supposedly a New York Times Bestseller... yeah, right. What a complete waste of money. Why, Meyer, why?! I was profoundly disappointed, more so with her than the book and its author. In all fairness to the book, however, I plan to re-read it once my Twilight obsession has run its course.
Date published: 2010-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love story/thriller Romance+Thriller =HUSH HUSH
Date published: 2010-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better as it went along It took me awhile to get through the first half of the book, but it really picked up in the last quarter. I was glued to the book at that point and hanging on to every word with the constant suspence and action. Great YA read with a unique idea and irresistable hero.
Date published: 2010-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! I really love this book. I've read it a few times and it never gets old!
Date published: 2010-02-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing The cover, when I first saw it months and months ago, caught my attention right away. It really is beautiful artwork. I'd read about Nephilim and fallen angels before, so I had a little clue as to what it would be about---but even if I hadn't, I still would have enjoyed it and so would anyone else in the same position. Even though it's a somewhat religious subject, I'm glad that it wasn't overly religious. I'm not against using religion or faith in a novel to get an idea across, but that wasn't the point in this story, and I'm only glad the author realized that as well. I found the setting to be very believable, and therefore was drawn more deeply into the story. The characters were well developed as well; their dialogue fit them and the environment especially well. I think one of Becca Fitzpatrick's greatest strengths are the great descriptions she uses, especially when it comes to facial expressions--they emoted very well, even though I couldn't see them. At times it might feel a little fast-paced, but I think it was meant to show us how Nora is experiencing all the events happening around her--everything WOULD feel like they were just melding together, unable to discern one event from the next. One thing that I wasn't overly thrilled about was how she placed some of the dialogue in the text itself. I got confused sometimes about who was talking, and it brought me out of the story. Overall though, it was really great, well written, and believable. If you're looking for a change from the vampires and werewolves, I'd check this baby out!
Date published: 2010-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful read, a real page turner After trying to overcome a reading slump, this one was a great picker-upper. It was filled with action (it actually started in the first few pages of the book) and the plot kept me turning the pages and held my interest until the end. Normally, I'm not much into this whole faeries and the plots where a main character can see things, but others can't. I found them a little dry and predictable and it would have taken a very good plot to keep me interested. So when there was a plot twist with Clary's mother missing, that instantly got me hooked and left me with as many questions as Clary had about her mother and her past. There were at least three moments in this book where I was completely surprised with the outcome and reactions of certain characters. This made me like the book even more as I have to admit, there were also some parts where I thought was completely predictable and made me feel as if perhaps I had made a mistake in reading this. However these little (or big) surprises caught me and it made the book even more enjoyable than I thought. The action sequences were entertaining and fun to read - albeit quite graphic in the violent department, therefore the book shouldn't really be read with the younger age group. Characters are a wide variety and very interesting and different. For a bunch of teenagers, the Shadowhunters themselves act quite mature (a little too mature in some cases) but it's funny how they can quickly descend to acting like the typical behavior of teenagers when the situation arises. (The plot arc with Simon, Clary and Jace for example). When it comes to development, you really see only two characters develop (Clary and Jace) but since they are very central to the plot, it's nice to see them very well rounded out. It was especially nice to see Clary mature so quickly once she was thrown into the Shadowhunter world. Still, plenty of questions need to be answered, although quite a lot has been answered. There are still a few openings which of course leaves the reader to pursue the next following book. I will definitely be reading the next one. This series has me hooked for sure. Overall a great read, especially if you were going through a reading slump like I was. This was perfect to get you back into your reading habit with its wonderful plot, great action, and its very interesting melange of characters.
Date published: 2010-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting... in a good way! I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised! I was worried that it would take on a Twilight-esq feeling, (not that I don't like Twilight, but nobody wants to read a book exactly like another book, right?) but it didn't! I definately thought the author really tapped in to what teen audiences like these days: mysterious, seductive boys. We can't get enough of that stuff! (Especially me. Hehe.) I feel like it might have been just a touch slow at the start, but I believe that was a choice made by the author. I just felt a little bit like "okay, now when's all the action going to start?" At certain points, I definitely was surprised by the plot twists, and at other points, I thought: saw that coming. However, I thought the author really did have some great ideas in her story, which translates to an interesting plot. She did a great job of thinking where she wanted the story to go, and how she was going to get there. Every line was planned. Overall, a good read!
Date published: 2010-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a great series!! City of Bones was the first book in the Mortal Instrument series. You’ll be hooked in no time. The main characters are engaging, entertaining and relatable. The authors love of the Harry Potter series lends some similarities between the two series, the token bad guy is named Valentine (to HP’s Voldemort), and the unsuspecting regular folk who know nothing of the magical world are referred to as mundanes (instead of muggles). Regardless of the parallels, the book is so good it can definitely stand on its own merits. Go pick it up, you won’t be disappointed!!
Date published: 2010-02-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Kinda Cliched I purchased this book because I had heard good things about it. The book itself wasn't bad, but I felt like I was reading Twilight. The characters meet in a high school science class and are inexplicably drawn to each other? I feel most gratified that I wasn't the only one whose high expectations of this book weren't met. There were some very creative ideas dealing with angels and nephilim in the book, but these were overshadowed by the predictability of parts of the novel. It was most aggravating how the character needed to be continually saved, and despite her own instincts telling her that Patch was bad news, she continued to depend upon him. Some parts of the book sounded like a broken record. By chapter two, I got it: she's supposed to stay away from Patch, already!
Date published: 2010-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hush hush... I must admit I picked up this book because of it's cute name and captive cover art, though later I wished the cover didn't give so much of the mystery away. Because that's what most of the book depends on... the sense of mystery. What IS Patch? Well... look no further than, oh wait, the cover. Although I liked the book, I was given the impression that it was a young adult love story. But I found it to be more of a paranormal mystery more, since the plot is driven by questions and strange happenings, with shadows and danger lurking around every (and I do mean every) corner. Honestly I'm surprised Nora didn't die of an anxiety attack 3/4 of the way through the book. And why is it always a "dark and stormy (+ fog and rain to top it off) night"? The part I found lacking was the actual romance component that I kept hoping for, but I found that there wasn't much chemistry for me between Nora and Patch. Mystery? Definitely. Intrigue and provocation leaks out of Patch every time he's near Nora, with his "dark and handsome" looks, and a cocky smile that you know is hiding secrets. But what is it that Nora is really attracted to? The danger? I mean she's obviously scared for her life 90% of the time. But there doesn't seem to be much basis for her attraction other than the teenage lust which is apparent between the two of them. You never really get the sense of why or how Patch came to love Nora either. Maybe it is her vulnerability (as he says) since she seems to require rescuing so often and so he gets to satisfy some sort of hero complex. Or maybe he gets off on scaring the life out of her because it empowers him. Who knows. I enjoyed the story overall and the mystery of it kept me reading, but rather than a love story, I'd be more honest and call it for what it is (to me anyway).
Date published: 2010-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm....... I dont know. Perhaps my expectations were to high because i was so dissapointed in this book. Now dont get me wrong, it was good, but the book was lacking something major. That certain quality that keeps your eyes glued to every page and makes you stay up all night just to read what happens next. I wanted to love this book so much i even read it THREE times after i first finished, just to see if maybe i was missing something. Turns out, this book just wasnt for me. I do adore Patch however.=)
Date published: 2010-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down. I actually read this book in one day. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. I really liked the mix of what to me felt like Harry Potter meets House of Night. The world that was created inside our own was facinating. I love the twist in the plot and was a little disappointed in the end as I really was hoping for something more to happen with Jace but oh well, there's always book 2!
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I absolutely loved this book, the only thing I could say was that I wanted more of it and was sad when I read the last page as I didn't want it to end. The many character twists kept me on my toes and guessing and I really enjoyed walking in her charaters shoes. I would recomend this book to anyone who loves any type of paranormal writing or just a really good book! Loved it!
Date published: 2010-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT!!! I absoultly loved this book. My friend said that I should read it and I am glad that I took her advice! I couldn't get into it at first, it took me a couple of chapters, but soon I fell in love with it. Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer I love her characters Jace and Clary! I can't wait for the fourth book to come out =)
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the Read I wasn't too fond of the title, and even though the cover art is cool, it kind of gave everything away. I really liked it for the most part, though the ending wasn't the greatest.
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5 stars. the book was good. This is the first book in the Mortal Instruments series and I have to say I enjoyed the book and am currently reading the second in the series. I think the book has some very interesting aspects and I really like the characteer Jace he's great, but I will say I think the book could have been better there was alot of hype to this book/series and it didn't fully live up to it. But I am going to finish the series because I did like it.
Date published: 2010-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was sucked right in! Nora had just about the most normal, boring life you could think of. She went to school, got good grades, worked one the school paper, and hung out at the library a lot after school. She had a best friend named Vee whom was almost the exact opposite of her, and also an enemy thats favourite past time was making fun of Nora and Vee. She would go home to her farm house where she was alone a lot other than her families house keeper because her mothers job entitled much traveling, which gave her a lot of freedom that she rarely took advantage of. Normal, boring, repetitive. That is untill Patch entered into her life. Patch, the one student in her biology class that she didn't even know the name of. He was the transfer student with the chilling black eyes that seemed to see right into your soul. There was just something that wasn't right about him, and it unerved Nora. He scared her, but for reasons unknown to her she felt a certain draw or atraction to him, and with her lack of experience in the guy department she had no idea what any of it ment. Not to mention that Patch was mysterious and definietly hiding something, whether it was dangerous or not she couldn't figure him out at all. But the one thong she was positive of was that there was some kind of attraction between them than and she didn't know what it ment, and this scared her at the same time that intriged her. However unsure she was about this unexpected attraction she was sure that it ment that things in her normal boring life were about to change. For the better or for the worse? She would have to wait and find out. I think that this book might be one of the best young adult, paranormal books that I have read yet. It had be hooked right from the first page, it took absolutly no effort to get into the story. It has a great plot filled with twists and turns that will have you glued to the edge of you seet right to the very last page. One of the best aspects of this book along with its plot is its characters. You will be captivated by their unique, strong, and complex personalities, the ability to relate to some of what they go throught pulls you even further into the story. Plus the unexplained and mysterious attraction building between Nora and Patch is a great treat for the romance fans. When you get to the last page you will be wishing you could have read it slower so that it wouldn't be over already, and will have you bagging for the sequel. I recemmend this book to all who are into the paranormal young adult books, this one will certanly not disapoint.
Date published: 2010-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Move over vampires fallen angels coming through I enjoyed this book a lot. It does have romance in it but not the mush lovely dovely stuff. There is two major things happeningd in Nora Grey's life, Patch and the whole thing with Eliot. For most of this story you must be thinking "what do these to things relate to each other?" Trust me the ending you never see coming. This is a good read.
Date published: 2010-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kick ass! Totally loved this book. Very good story.. it keeps you guessing til the last chapter. Can't wait for the sequel.
Date published: 2010-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Loved this novel! I haven't read the other two yet but I intend to get them tomorrow. Better than Twilight. It had romance and fantasy. Unfortunately, it DID remind me a bit of Twilight, but had a lot of differences. I'm not a fan of Stephenie Meyer's writing, so I felt it silly that they put a quote from her on the front cover of the book, but I ignored that and read it anyway. And I'm so glad! Jace is a lovable character with quirks that makes me wish he was real. Clary does a great job of bringing out his softer qualities. If you like fantasy and a bit of romance, this is a great novel with a twist at the end that was slightly predictable about 3/4 of the way through the book, but interesting nonetheless. I recommend this for sure!
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Judging a Book by its Cover With such an intriguing title and such a pretty cover, how could anyone not be curious enough to pick this book up? Not to mention, all the hype about it, too. So, I did pick it up. And read it in the span of two days. I believe that tells you that I did like it enough to not want to put it down. Here's why. In the beginning, Patch and Nora's relationship is absolutely random, cute and funny. It was hard to really understand exactly what was going on between the two but, it's what I think, made it pretty solid. Which brings me to characters...Patch is probably the most intriguing of all in this novel simply because you never really understand his motives, from beginning to (almost) end. I liked the air of mystery that shrouded him and that you don't really find out exactly who he is until you're about 100 pages away from the climax. It made the story a whole lot more intense and kept you on the edge, asking yourself; "WTF is Patch?!" Props to Fitzpatrick for that because, usually, it's always vampires these days. Another thing, Fitzpatrick wrote the story very well. The writing style captured you and wasn't just annoying teen first person anymore, which is a lot of what covers teen shelves these days. So, props for her on that one. Now, if I was so addicted to reading this and liked all those things about it, why the three star? Okay, here's the MINOR little things that got under my skin about this book; I didn't like Nora some of the time. She reminded me a little bit of Bella where she really seemed to rely too much on the main male character. I wanted to yell at her sometimes and tell her to grow a pair! Other times, for as intelligent as she is, I figured out plot points that took her 300 pages to finally get. She wasn't a totally terrible female protagonist and she did have more spine than most YA heroines but...it was certainly lacking. Another annoying thing...the romance. Gosh, why is every romance so rushed these days, especially in teen novels? Like I said earlier, in the beginning, I really liked their relationship because the mistrust Nora has about Patch made it interesting. But then, about halfway through...things moved so fast, I had to reread the paragraphs and go; "Wow...hold up a minute. When did this happen?!" Again, it felt like their relationship was being built upon lust alone simply because there wasn't enough basis at that point. Last but not least...as small as they are and as infinitesimal these details are to the plot...there were moments where I was thinking; "Oh no....this sort of sounds like Twilight." There is no denying it; there are moments that will remind you of that series and, although they really weren't that big of a deal, I do appreciate more originality in teen fiction. Aside from all those things, I really did like this book and do want to check out the second that Fitzpatrick should be putting out this year. I do recommend it for fans of the Twilight saga (especially if you want a break from vampires) and to teen girls in general. Overall, a pretty fun and light read :)
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I absolutely loved this book. It has my kind of favourite romance and I liked Nora as well and I loved Patch. Patch is so amazing I think the fear of trusting a complete stranger with your whole heart , when your heart is dieing to blindly fell for this guy is an amazing feeling (FitzPatrick described it very well). Someone who appears extremely dangerous and to top that exceedingly secretive. About the writing style, it was admirable over all. Every scene was well explained. I could visualise every bit of it. Well, the villain was quite obvious I'd like to give it 4 and half but the system doesn't allow me. So, I gave it four stars.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is just a mix of AMAZING! I found out I rambled...but I like it! SOO... if you just want to skip that and see the review just go down to the bottom, its down there. So First the cover tells you everything about the book, but of course also nothing. It has this lure to it, and thats what definiately made me look at it in the first place. I personally have to be drawn by a books over (dont judge a book by its cover..I know I know, I just cant help it) This cover had me memorized from the tenth of a second I spotted it. I knew for a FACT that it was going to be a GOOD book. And I'm telling you people this is all from just LOOKING at the cover. Then I read the back...and I wanted to steal the book right there. But unfortuneately i was online looking for books and the screen, plus the fact that the book wasnt actually there stood in my way....Just a little bit :P So then I knew I had to have it. I pleaded and groveled and begged by mother to let me buy it online, just i would know with a 100% confidence that it was MINE!!! Sadly to my dispear she refused....Dramatice pause 3.....2......1 BUT THEN, the light at the end of the tunned, the ginger to my man, the holy to my moly, the hip to my hurray!! Mommy said we were going shopping tomorrow and then she wouldn't have to pay for shipping and handleing....she would have to pay for any of it.....I would. BUT that didnt matter as long as I got this book. (i JUST realized I'm giving a whole story.....sorry) (I actually just realized this.....man I am so sorry) (actually why am I saying sorry....this is going to be so long....no ones going to read it) (well then, Carry on Christine....Thank you Christine dont mind if i do!) So the next day we go do our shopping with all my lovely christmas money, and what this I seee..the mall is closing, "NO THIS CANNOT BE" I gasped in horror....HORROR I tell you! So i left my family with a brief explaination of where i was headed. COLES good old COLES! From there my eyes were already on the beautiful cover of this book. The first of many I picked up. But not once did i put it down. See I has a list of books i was going to get...Hush Hush being one of them. But Having the WWHOLE store surround me, got me looking at other books. Changing my decisions. But not once did I ever even think of putting this one down. I bought 8 HUGE books that day....I was stared at by everyone. The cashier had to use Two bags to carry all my books and there went all my Christmas money ....oh well. WEEEELLLLL worth it let me tell you! SO there I am ....I have 10 new books. 4 were from christmas, but I had already read the first two before i went shopping. Out of these ten books, wannnnnna know which book I picked first do yay.... do yay huh? you do? DUUUHH you know..or I wouldn't have wrote that!! But this book was amazing. I Finished it in ONE NIGHT....TO DAY SITTING!! I'm not going to lie....I took it into the bathroom with me IT WAS THAT GOOOD!!!! nothing beats that!! I feel in love with alllllll the characters. OMG Hunk of burning love PATCH. I wouldn't mind "falling" into his arms if you catch my pun!!! haha funny. the plot was amazing, the characters were fantasticly thought about The original idea was FRESH and Exciting,Heart warming and loveable, dramatic and thriller, mystery and romance, patch and me, the books was like a mix between harry potter, twilight, my own little imaginary world, and a great and terrible beauty. all Fantastic books. So you know that if its a mix of alll these books, it haaasss to be good. I dont care if you THINK your not into this stuff. YOU ARE. Trust me! dont knock it till you try it. and i tried it and it KNOCKED me......off my feet!
Date published: 2010-01-02

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City of Bones

by Cassandra Clare

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 in

Published: February 19, 2008

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416955070

ISBN - 13: 9781416955078

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One PANDEMONIUM "You've got to be kidding me," the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket and shook his shaved head. "You can't bring that thing in here." The fifty or so teenagers in line outside the Pandemonium Club leaned forward to eavesdrop. It was a long wait to get into the all-ages club, especially on a Sunday, and not much generally happened in line. The bouncers were fierce and would come down instantly on anyone who looked like they were going to start trouble. Fifteen-year-old Clary Fray, standing in line with her best friend, Simon, leaned forward along with everyone else, hoping for some excitement. "Aw, come on." The kid hoisted the thing up over his head. It looked like a wooden beam, pointed at one end. "It's part of my costume." The bouncer raised an eyebrow. "Which is what?" The boy grinned. He was normal-enough-looking, Clary thought, for Pandemonium. He had electric blue dyed hair that stuck up around his head like the tendrils of a startled octopus, but no elaborate facial tattoos or big metal bars through his ears or lips. "I'm a vampire hunter." He pushed down on the wooden thing. It bent as easily as a blade of grass bending sideways. "It's fake. Foam rubber. See?" The boy's wide eyes were way too bright a green, Clary noticed: the color of antifreeze, spring grass. Colored contact lenses, probably. The bouncer shrugged, abruptly bored. "Whatever. Go on in." The boy
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Cassandra Clare was born in Teheran, Iran and spent much of her childhood travelling the world with her family. After college, Cassie lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. Cassie started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004. City of Bones, A New York Times Bestseller, is the first book in the series and received numerous awards including: Finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel of 2007, An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award winner, 2008, Winner of The 2010 Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award, and Winner of the 2010 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award. She has gone on to write several more books in The Mortal Instruments series as well as its companion series The Infernal Devices. She is also the author of Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd.

Editorial Reviews

"Lush and fun."

Appropriate for ages: 14