City of Bones

Paperback | February 19, 2008

byCassandra Clare

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Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare’s ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.

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Discover this first installment of the internationally bestselling Mortal Instruments series and “prepare to be hooked” (Entertainment Weekly).When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange t...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:February 19, 2008Publisher:Margaret K. McElderry BooksLanguage:English

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Appropriate for ages: 14

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is one of my favourite books of all time. Love this, can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is by far my favorite series! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book that dabbles between the dark and light of demons and angels!
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good. I enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from . Great start to the series, an incredible read.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This Series Sad that this series is over, but certainly recommend this book to anyone who likes supernatural type thrillers. Great read, great author.
Date published: 2016-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!!! This book was incredible! Loved the characters. Loved the story. I loved everything about this book!!!!!
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read I was instantly enchanted when I first read City of Bones. the story is fantastic and the characters have a lot of personality. this book has a lot of good things In it. I would recommend you give it a try.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Read I can't put into words how much I loved this book. Definitely my favourite series; an incredible read.
Date published: 2015-07-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book I've read this book a couple of years ago and it is still my favourite! The emotions I had in this book was and is still insane! The ending is the craziest thing ever and I love it. The storyline and the characters are great, especially super sexy Jace! Highly, highly recommend this book for all the fantasy (with some great heart wrenching romance) readers.
Date published: 2015-06-17
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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 City of Bones by Cassandra Clare 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 5 out of 5 by from Totally... Speechless!! Let me just say, for romance lovers like me that this book does have romance, not as much as twilight but if you are looking for a good romance, this is amazing!! Its thrilling and i couldnt\'t put it down. If you looking for something like twilight this is brillant. And i recomend it to anyone! If your a romance addict like me you will like this book! EVEN LOVE IT!!
Date published: 2009-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Wonderful! This series is my all time favourite series. Its filled with magic, mayhem, and love. I find the characters are so wonderful and different, you'll end up falling in love with them! I recomend this book to anyone who loves to read. They're pretty big books, but they're all worth it in the end. The books are rated 14 and up, but if you're younger don't listen to it. Cassanra Clare wrote all three (Actually, four but the fourth isnt out yet) magnifisently! In City Of Glass, there was so many moments where I just started balling my eyes out. But, it ends great! So, if you havent read the series yet, go out and do so! It is a wonderful series that will leave you wanting for more!
Date published: 2009-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't Put it Down! So I just picked up the series on Oct 30th and I just finished reading it as of Nov 2nd. Was such a great series and the storyline was great! An interesting twist in the end though, so will be interested to see what will happen in the next book "The City of Ahses." If you loved the Twilight Saga, you will certainly love this series as well. It may not be full of vampires but the supernatural world is just as good! I haven't read a book this fast since I jumped on the band wagon and read the Twilight Saga. Jace will definitely will be the new Edward and Jacob!
Date published: 2009-11-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from City of Bones I found this book hard to get through, it was long and it reminded me so much of the Harry Potter series and of Star Wars that it was boring because none of it was new and exciting. I just kept thinking, huh this is just like Harry Potter or huh this reminds me of Star Wars. There is nothing new and exciting in this book, it just seems like borrowed fantasy with borrowed characters whose names have been changed. "City of Bones" by Cassandra Clarke is the first book in a trilogy. Clary witnesses a murder that no one else can see and as a result of this sighting she is plunged into a fantasy world of betrayal and she finds out who she truly is. Her mother has been in hiding all these years and she as kept Clary from knowing the truth about her life and about her father's life. Clary's mother disappears and with the help of Shadowhunters, a secret tribe of demon hunters, Clary sets out on a journey to rescue her mother, but the result is a world full of secrets that changes Clary's life forever. The book definitely has an appealing cover that will attract teens, but my advice would be for them to bypass this book, there are better books for teens to read out there than this one.
Date published: 2009-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Get Ready to Enter a Whole New World. Carissa Fray was just a normal 15 year old teenager. She was an only child and lived with her mother in an apartment in New York. A usual day for Clary was going to school, and hanging out with her best friend Simon. This was until one night when she returns home from hanging out at a club with Simon and finds her mother missing, but this not the only surprise waiting for her when she gets home that night. After discovering that something is seriously wrong she begins to search every inch of the house in hopes that she was wrong and her mother is there somewhere. But she’s not and soon Clary is face to face with the scariest creature that she has ever seen in her life and is forced to fight for her life. She wakes up three days later in a strange, with no home to go back to, and the one last person closest to family never wants to see her again. No she is forced to live with a group of people that she knows nothing about in a whole new world that she never even knew existed. With the aid of her new friends she sets out in search of her mother, and her true identity. Her life will never be the same again. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a unique plot that kept you captivated all the way through, and was well thought out. My favourite part of the book was its characters. They were very well developed and interesting. This made you connect with all of the characters in different ways, making them all unique to themselves. Even the characters that were evil you had to like in some ways, they all added to the whole story. This was a book full of adventure with all sorts of twists and turns, with a new surprise around everyone. I recommend this book to anyone that loves a book that is full of action and set in a paranormal world, you will be hooked right from the very beginning.
Date published: 2009-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 101 must read !!!! Loved it because its different. Its a new concept , I ve never heard of shadowhunters before. It had the wright amount of drama, not too sweet or too harsh. Of course its still a teens book but very good. The writing was very good and it kept me reading till late at night. I recommend to anyone who loved Twilight and Vampire academy! Enjoy,
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful ! (: I totally forgot to review this book !! But anyways, this is like a new take on the supernatural. This book kept me so glued that I actually spent about 4 hours reading this - at a time. The characters are interesting, and the story is 100% original. Out of all the times I've read books about vampires and stuff, never had I`ve read a book with really GASP! twist. Really great read :DD 5/5
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolute Crap I got this book on a recomendation from a friend and after reading it I have to seriously consider trusting her taste ever again. The book was one ripped of cliche after another. Star Wars and Harry Potter being the speciality. The more I read the more I detested it and eventually I felt embarassed to carry it around. It's echos of Twilight and all it's ickyness so I guess if you're a fan of those books go for it, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from OH MY BLEEPING GOD! This was such an amazing book, I loved. So unpredictable with twists and turns in the plot. The characters are unbeleivable, the chemistry is unreal. It's an honest to god must read! So much better then twilight!
Date published: 2009-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great To Start A Series! When I read the back of this book I thought it was a Vampire Book, I like vampire books so I picked it up and read it. Not a vampire book but better. I have never read a book about another world filled with Demons, and angels. It was amazing I love Jace (And I think Everyone else does to) and I think Clary and Jace make a very cute couple and {Spoiler starts} I don't think they are brothers and sisters.{Spoiler ended} So in conclusion just read the book.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome. Clare really has way of keeping a person interested lol, this was an awesomee book!
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good...ish I thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy as a whole; the imagery and plots. However, I found the author made many mistakes, especially in this final book. I do plan on reading the next trilogy (The Infernal Devices) which takes place 125 years earlier than these books had... I do hope that the author hires a better editor this time!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!!! omg if you are thinking about reading city of bones...dont think anymore just go get it! def one of the best series i have EVER read! you will come to love all the characters like your best friends, they make you laugh, cry and scream but thats what makes you love them :) jace is definitly my fav! anyway i dont wan tot give away anything but if your looking for an amazing book, you've just found it.
Date published: 2009-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC READING Loved the concept behind this novel. Took me only two days to get through this book - eagerly went and got the second and third novels of this series as I could not wait to see the outcome of the characters!!! Recommend it - absolutely!!
Date published: 2009-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sexy, Sarcastic and Surprising!!! :) Once i opened this novel, i had to force myself to put it down. It's addictive in a way which makes you want to read more and making you feel as if to stop your entire life to follow the adventures of Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle. This book has unending pot holes and surprises which makes you longing to read more. Get used to the fact of being shocked, this book it a thriller.
Date published: 2009-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Certainly Got me Hooked! After reading the Twilight series I was looking for something else to sink my teeth into and I definitely got it with City of Bones. I love the worl that is created by Cassandra Clare, I tell everyone about this series. The world within (or outside of) ours is similar to that of Rowlings Wizards world. A world within our reality. I loved that there were humans, vampires, werewolves, fairies, demons, angles and her own created beings the Shadowhunters. I always love a good love story within a supernatural story so the two lovers torn angle was great as well. From beginning to end the story had me hooked. The rest of the series is a must read as well!
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A really great first book. I so loved this book. It has memorable characters, a great story, and some pretty good action too. This story's main character is a "mundane" (normal human) who finds out that the world she is living in and the life that she has may not be exactly as she thinks it is. She later finds out that all around her are faeries, vamps, were's and other supernatural creatures that have been hiding from her site due to a spell cast on her all her life. She also is introduced to a race (descended from angels and humans) called shadowhunters who are like the police of this alternate world and she finds out that she is one as well. Clary (the main char) is thrown into this world when her mother is kidnapped and she starts seeing what glamor has hidden from her all these years. Clary then has to take the steps to embrace her new life and save her mother from their enemies. With the help of her new found friends and her old one as well, she takes on this threat. This book is full of twists and turn that although are not unpredictable, are interesting in what they mean for the characters in the story. One thing that I did notice in this book was how I related it to the Harry Potter series. In this book there is a big bad who everyone thought was dead, who is then found out not to be (Voldemort, aka, Valentine). there were also a few other things, such as mundanes/muggles and the whole, you are a part of this world, we just hid you from it and now you are here to save us from this. I AM NOT saying that this is anything like the HP series, i am just saying that it reminded me of some of it, but really, this stuff happens in all books, so nothing new there. The relationships in this book are great. There are great family bonds, great friendship bonds and both are tested to their full extent to see just how strong they are. I really enjoyed the way Cassandra went about writing the relationships. There is no sudden undying love, which i am so sick to death of, and the way she writes them you really see that they are not just frivilous things, but that these people have the bonds they have to each other and that they are real. I would definitely recommend this book. I really enjoyed it and found out that I had a hard time putting it down. It did not read like a teen book (meaning too fast paced while seeming to skip inportant things that should be described) and I think that adults and teens alike would enjoy this. I am also happy to hear that it is a trilogy so that we know that it will not go on and on and on and on.... until it is over done. The story will be told and we can be happy with it. With that in mind i am getting ansy waiting for City of Ashes, the next instalment.
Date published: 2009-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Well as you can see from above i really loved this book. It has the some what typical supernatural characters but the book as a whole was a different kind of story. It was also a great start to the whole series. And for those who think that this is another series like Twilight is wrong because they are not alike, the only thing in common is that they are both really good series.
Date published: 2009-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another frikin FANTASTIC novel... Another kick in the A**! so... here i go again. kicking myself in the arss! such a fantastic book, i dont even know how to express my love for books anymore! Especially since this was and still is an amazing book. When i finshed the book, the next day i went right out to buy the second one! I really still can't believe it takes me so long to read frgin amazing novels. Thus the next time some one recommends me a book, i have to go get Immediately! so here's a recommendation to everyone reading this review! READ THE FRIKIN BOOK! YOU'LL LOVE IT! &&. you wont be dissapointed! for i'am literally lost for words to explain how much i love this book, although i wrote 136 words, all the words are just blah blah's on how much i loved the book. ( L )
Date published: 2009-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I must say... This book was really good. I originally bought this book thinking it was a vampire book (love those vamps) but it isn't and yet I still loved it. The book does have a surprise ending and I'm about to start reading 'City of Ashes' so I hope that the author changes that one bit of detail that pissed me off at the end but no matter how much it pisses me off, it's still a good book!!
Date published: 2009-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved, loved, Loved As you can tell from the title, I absolutely loved this book. When I went in to the bookstore where I bought this book, I kept seeing it. I read the back of it to see what it was about. But I never thought it would interest me. So, I saw it again on the shelf and decided what the hell, I'll read it. So, I did. I loved it. It was funny and sweet and everything. I loved all the characters, Clary, Jace, Simon, Isabel, Alec. I've read City of Ashes and loved it aswell. I'm now in the middle of City of Glass. So, I recommend these books to anyone. They are so good. Cassandra Clare is an amazing writer. I'm so glad I bought these books. I just fell in love with all of them.
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hot, Sexy and a total must read! Wow when I first found out about this book I only found the first 2. But when I went to Chapters online I found the first book. I thought this was an amazing book so far. Even thou I'm not done it yet it has won me over and Jace to. ;) . I love how she adds all these characters itno her book. Shadowhunters, werewolf, vampire to and demons. Even the Author of Twilight the biggest hit serises( can't remember how to spell it. sorry) of a girl who falls in love with a Vampire and a sexy one to has read this book! I give it a totally yes 5 star rate!!!
Date published: 2009-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Awesome Young Adult Book! This is a great read for young adults and up. I wish I had something this good to read when I was in high school; I probably would have gotten more interested in reading at that age. But being as I’m no longer a teenager I still have to say it’s still a good book. The characters are funny, dangerous and witty. There were a few good surprises at the end, never a boring moment, and I most defiantly can’t wait to read the last two in what’s bound to be an amazing trilogy.
Date published: 2009-07-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Disappointment at Large - City of Bones Personally, I think that City of Bones was a disappointment. There were too many things going on at once and Clare did not take the time to explain in detail. The character's were somewhat shallow and under-developed, and she also overused imagery. The book seemed to drag on and could've been written better and shorter. Clare's writing style reminded me of Meyer's in a way. I didn't jump at the chance to read the sequels like I did with other books. Overall, I would give City of Bones a 2 out of 5 rating.
Date published: 2009-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved So I saw Stephanie's Meyer comment on the series and i decided to check it out. Honestly I couldn't put it down and i bought the second one before i even finished the first...AND OMG i really didn't see that twist in the end coming at all...can't wait to see what happens next =D
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love at first page I absolutely loved this book! I can't believe I waited so long to read it. The characters are awesome. There's just something about them that makes you wish they were real, or that you are a part of the story. This story is about a girl named Clary that is sucked into a world with Shadowhunters, vampires, warewolfs, and demons, that she never knew exsisted. It's an amazing adventure that will not leave you disapointed. Even though the end was a little shocking, it won't make you love it any less. I highly recommend this series!!
Date published: 2009-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DOOOO Belive the hype Okay so at first just coming off the Rachel vincent werecat series, I had to struggle to get my head into the more mythical story, but once you are in....You are hooked. I can't believe I took so long to read this series. With Harry Potter and Twilight my most fav's this is a nice mix of them both.
Date published: 2009-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OMG!!! Totally Surprised :) I really loved this book. It has great characters and lots of action. Once I started reading I just couldn't put it down. I'm hooked now and can't wait to read the rest of the series. I can't believe there are only three books:( Anywayz I recommed "The Mortal Instruments" series to anyone who loved "Twilight "and the "Harry Potter" novels. You won't be dissapointed. Really fun and quick read.
Date published: 2009-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My review title goes here! The adventure starts at the start and doesn't end until the end. If that makes sense. Right from the start, Clary is sucked into this crazy world she thought she never knew. Demons, werewolves, vampires, Darkhunters and what is all this about getting the Sight? This is all to much and Clary wants out! But does Clary really know what she wants? For those who haven't, The Mortal Instruments is a MUST read. Simply Magic, with a new twist! ; ) I can't wait until I have enough money for the second book!
Date published: 2009-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book This was a good book. I really enjoy the characters. You Get to know them really well. My Favorite character is Clary! The second book is the city of ashes. The third City of glass. The only reason this book isn't a 5/5 is becausesome parts get confusing. But there are no other bad comments other then that. After you read this book you WILL want the next. I do have a favorite couple..........but I won't tell you because that might give away part of the story.
Date published: 2009-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book - Next two books are much better! I enjoyed City of Bones. It was a very well-written book and the characters were very good. This book had the right mixture of action, romance, and humor as any book should have. It's quite addicting, as once I started to read it, I couldn't put it down! It is definetly one of my favorite books! My favorite character is Jace! I just loved him from the start! He doesn't sound that bad looking, either ;) Anyway, great book, you should honestly read it, and just remember, the next two are even BETTER !! :)
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Amazing!! This book is so well written it's ridiculous. If you're looking for something with twists and turns, a little bit of romance and comedy, this is the book for you. Absolutely amazing! 100% recommend it to anyone!! Simply brilliant!
Date published: 2009-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from why, why, why ?!? *spoilers I really liked this book, but the ending was so surprising. I kind of felt cheated at the end because Cassandra Clare was building up this romance between Clary and Jace but then all of a sudden, it becomes a forbidden love. But otherwise this book is a great read because I love the characters and the plot is really interesting.
Date published: 2009-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the time spent flipping pages Clare tries to do what Meyer excels at....tries and fails. This novel is poorly written with character depth being as shallow as the ink on the page. Half way through, the tempo picks up slightly but Clare lost my vote with the superficial, quick-tie-up-the-loose-ends ending. Unless you are 12 years old, and an unseasoned fantasy reader, Don't bother.
Date published: 2009-05-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing and typical City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is the first book in The Mortal Instruments series that I found to be disappointing from what I had expected. I found the writing style to be boring and slow. I felt that the book could have at least been a hundred pages shorter. There were too many unnecessary comparisons. And at times, especially at the end, the actions of the characters seemed false and forced to make the story continue as was orginally planned. I did not feel like I was reading something original. The story was slightly interesting but it seems to be heading in a more predictable direction especially when Clary is hit with boy problems: two boys but only one of her. There is, however, a twist in the relationship she has with one of the characters. I felt like I was reading for the sake of reading, and after it was over, I didn’t feel the urge to pick up the next book immediately. I felt that there were unnecessary battle scenes to make the characters’ objective more difficult and to put more words on paper. I will not be finishing the series. I regret purchasing this book and am now looking to get rid of it. City of Bones is about Clarissa Fray, 15, who thinks she is unattractive. She is at a club with her friend, Simon, when she sees a cute guy following a girl dressed in white to a broom closet. There are two other guys heavy equipped with weapons that follow behind the pair. Thinking that the cute guy will be beaten up by the three, Clary follows behind and tells Simon to run for help. When Simon returns, he sees Clary alone in the broom closet. However, there are three other people present there that only Clary can see: Isabelle, Alec, and Jace. See the world through the eyes of a Shadowhunter – a world full of demons, faeries, werewolves, vampires, witches, and warlocks. Discover Clary’s hidden past and the truths that were kept from her. Who is Valentine? What is the Mortal Cup? 2/5
Date published: 2009-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I loved this book!!! I think the only series I've read that's better is Harry Potter! (And I have read Twilight) There was amazing character development and crazy plot twists! Cassandra has such a great writing style that really makes you love or hate the characters. Complete with Shadowhunters, demons, vampires, werewolves, witches and more, this is a great read! ***SPOILER*** I don't think / hope that they're not related
Date published: 2009-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I didn't have high expectations for the book to begin with, so to me it wasn't a let-down but it didn't exceed expectations either. It was a fairly good book, with quite a bit of action, but not the kind of story I was looking for. The crazy twist at the end reminded me of something Chuck Palahniuk would write in one of his novels. I personally disliked the characters. I wanted papercut them to death. But that's just my opinion. Will I be reading the second book, City Of Ashes? Not any time soon, that's for sure.
Date published: 2009-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great first novel This book was recommended to me and I must admit I enjoyed it. It’s about a 15year old girl named Clary who sees a strange death in a nightclub one night. She finds out that the people who killed that person in the nightclub are called Shadowhunters, warriors who kill demons. The problem is Clary isn’t supposed to be able to see them. Within a day Clary’s mother disappears and she is attacked by a demon. With her new Shadowhunter friends Clary finds out the world is not exactly what she thought it was. Why is she able to see this new world? She is also attracted to Jace, who is a beautiful boy who can also be very rude. The book is a fast paced, action packed page turner. It has everything from demons, vampires, werewolves, warlocks and fairies. Great first book!
Date published: 2009-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow First of all, I'm in my thirties. So even though this is considered a 'teen' book, I really like it. In fact I love it. A lot more than the Twilight series. It's very well written. I really like Clary. It's refreshing to see a teenage girl with spark and as is said about her by another character in the book, she's very 'self-actualized'. The romantic storyline is sexy. It didn't seem like they were teenagers. I had to remember that they were. They're certainly very mature 16-17 year olds as far as their behaviour and interests go. Which might be why I prefer Clary Fray to Bella Swan from Twilight. Sometimes Bella just made me want to pull my hair out out of frustration. Clary is a great heroine in a great book that was hard to put down. I can't wait to read the next installments in the trilogy. Even though I'm sure about where things are going with a few of the characters. If you like fantasy, humour, sexyness, action, demons, werewolves and vampires among others (and there are alot of others) than don't hesitate.
Date published: 2009-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nothing Better!!! I have to say, that out of all the books that I have gotten my hands on in the last little bit, nothing could beat the Mortal Instruments series!!! I mean, the characters are so well thought out ( I am totally in love with Jace lol), and the plot line is so gripping that I can never seem to find the will power to put it down. I have read this book over and over and it never gets old!!!
Date published: 2009-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So... Unexpected. (Spoilers)/ Don't read unless you have read the book It was intreging from page one. the characters were really complex and Cassandra Clare matained the aspect and personality of them throughout the entire book. I was just really SURPRISED to find that Jace and Clary were brother and sister. Not to sure i believe this considering the extreme intencity and importance of their relationship, but there is also the thing that Madeame Dorthea said about Jace "falling in love with the wrong person". I don't know pretty sketchy. But overall the book keep me wanting more, and up until 4 30 @ night.
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from <3 <3 <3 After hearing about how good this book was, I finally decided to read it. I most certainly did not regret it. This is now new favourite book. I was unable to put it down, and now I can't wait to continue on to the rest of the series. This book is so much better than Twilight. I love how Clary is strong, and not dependent on anybody else, compared to Bella who would just annoy me with her neediness.
Date published: 2009-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to the series I enjoyed this book. Some really funny dialogue throughout. This one has it all-adventure, action, suspence, drama, some romance. I'll be reading the other two in the series as there are a lot of loose ends from this one.
Date published: 2009-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Plot Twists! A friend recommended this to me, and I haven't looked back yet. Clary is a great character--one of the kind of girls who tends to go with a flow, but when she considers something an injustice that needs to be fixed, no force short of unconsciousness will stop her from trying her damndest to fix it, which is as dangerous a flaw as it is commendable. Filled with lots of memorable characters (turncoats, geeks/nerds, and even a homosexual character which complicates love triangles somewhat) and great plot twists, I fell in love with the book when the main character calls the love interest an asshat. That's my type of character, and my type of twisted author who includes references to anime, D&D, and Star Wars as well as famous Latin authors and classic religious themes. This is the type of book you read when you have a day to relax, I ust hope that the plot twists will continue throughout the rest of the series.
Date published: 2009-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast paced and exciting!! After reading many great reviews in the groups on the community on, I decided to pick up this novel. Great story, great characters. I love a story that moves quickly and this did not disappoint. I cannot wait to get my hands on City of Ashes and City of Glass. Great job Cassandra!
Date published: 2009-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! If you were a fan of the show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, or love the Twilight Saga books I think you would find Cassandra's triligoy right up your alley. Twists and turns with every chapter, you won't want to put this book down!
Date published: 2009-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Of My Favourite Series This is one of my favourite series and a book that I absolutely love!!! It's one that I read again and again!! As Clary Fray is swept into a world she knows nothing about, she takes us readers along for the ride. One thing is for sure... Clary's life will never be the same as she searches for her mother while also seeking one of the Mortal Instruments, the Mortal Cup. Shadowhunters (demon hunters), werewolves, vampires, warlocks and more, topped with romance, tons of action, and a huge surprise at the end - it has everything you need and will surely adore! You won't put the book down until it's finished!
Date published: 2009-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better Then I Thought! My sister said i should read this book and i didnt think i would like it that much. but i was soon sucked into this human world where not only vampires but werewolves and shadow hunters walked as well. it just draws you in and keeps your attention. two thumbs up!!
Date published: 2009-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read. I really enjoyed this...more than I thought I would. I bought it because it was a suggested that if I loved Twilight then I'd like this book. They were right. It's a great fantasy story with plently of action, humour and great characters. The dialogue flows so smoothly and is cleverly written My only complaint is with the big reveal at the end of the book. It's not the ending I would have chose, but it has me hoping that somehow it can be fix in the next 2 books. I can't wait to start City of Ashes and for City of Glass to come out.
Date published: 2009-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Book I Have Read In A lONG TIME This was an amazing book it was funny but dark also i would recommend this for people who love demons , vampires , werewolf's and other things from beyond our world. It is also a very good paranormal romance book , it makes you fall in love with the characters. To sum it all up City of Bones was the best book i have reaad in a while!
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it! This book was absolutely amazing! If you loved twilight, man you'll love this. Everything about it made me want to continue reading it all day and night! I read it in less then a day and a half..... and it's a pretty big book! You should try reading it. It will not let you down!
Date published: 2009-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! One the best reads of the last 2 years in my opinion. An excellent and thrilling start to a series. Having read the Twilight series as well, I can state unequivocally that this is the better read. I am in my late 20s and would pass this book on to a young girl in a second. The female character, Clary, is strong and smart and can save herself. The male characters are smart and strong but not creepy or dependant on anything or anyone. I cannot wait for the 3rd and final book in this series. Highly recommend.
Date published: 2009-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Read This book pulled me in within the first 5 pages and didn't let me go. I definetely recommend this title. When I first read the back it didn't really intrigue me at all, but I decided to give it a shot as everyone was raving about it. I'm glad I did! The 'murder' of the boy is hardly important at all, other than the fact that it leads Clary into the secret world of the Shadowhunters. The characters are well-written and engrossing, and the romantic tension is elegantly done. There's a twist, and a devastating twist, but I believe in happy endings. I can't tell much more without giving it away, but this is definitely an EXCELLENT read.
Date published: 2009-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Extraordinary! Wow this book incorperates every thing I love, from Romance to supernatural events! If you love , werewolves, vampires,wizards, or other supernatural creatures you will love this book! A fifteen year old named Clary Fray ,thinks she is a normal teenager,until she witness a murder by these three teenagers with strange Tattoos. She thinks she should probably get some help, but how can she explain what happen , when the murdered body all of a sudden disappears? The teenagers find Clary watching and is starled to know that she can see them. They discribe them selves as Shadow hunters, people who are dedicated to getting rid of demons. Just when she thinks that all realty has flipped, she discovers that not only is she coming into a world filled with creatures but her mother has disappeared. What is going on?? I won't say anymore you will just have to find out for your self!
Date published: 2009-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This book had everything that I could ask for in a book. Fifteen year old Clary starts to see things that normal people cannot see. This hidden world belongs to the Shadowhunters - mortal humans created to protect the world from demons. Her mother goes missing and the Shadowhunters want to know why she can all of a sudden see them. That’s where the story begins and let me tell you, it will not disappoint. The characters are lovable and hilarious. This book had suspense, romance, action, sarcasm and much more. The ending just left me hanging.
Date published: 2009-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPERB BOOK THIs book was in depth, had tension, excitement, good plots, sub plots and above everything i didn't find one character i didn't like. The love relationships between Clary and Jace and Clary and Simon are amazing and i loved all the action in this book. went at a fairly good speed and being someone who just finished the second book i have to say continue reading this trilogy well worth it!!!
Date published: 2009-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Folk with a great twist Clary Fray, a teenage girl who discovers her mother's past gradually, seeing odd things before her eyes. It all started at the Pendemonium, a place where people can chill and relax. Clary soon knows that demons, fairies, vampires and werewolves exist, living in the same world as the human race. They are called Downworlders, creatutes of many sorts. Jace, a Shadowhunter, befriends her in her quest to find out what exactly happened to her mother. Her mother has been hiddind Clary's power from her all these years, the Sight, a power to see the truth behing the Glamour the creatures put on to hide their true identity. There is more to this lie than there is to the truth in all Clary has to do to uncover the truth about her "father", her hidden family and her past that should of been told to her many years ago. Jace, Isabelle, Alec and Luke, her mother's best friend and also a werewolf, helps her. There is also the sequel to this book.
Date published: 2008-11-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Decent Novel To be blunt, City of Bones is nothing amazing. In fact, it's somewhat frustrating in some places, with cliches and jerky pacing distracting the reader from the story, but a few very unexpected plot twists help to save this book from being just another throw-away teen fantasy novel. For anyone who loves the fantasy genre, I'd recommend at least looking into City of Bones.
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I was not expecting how much I would love this book. I loved the characters and the supernatural elements throughout the book. The ending was such a shock, and it kind of upset me, Jace & Clary were so awesome together! Seeing as how the hold list for the next book is so long at the library, I think Ill just order the whole series! Definitely a great read.
Date published: 2008-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner This book was so amazing. It is full of twists and turns and most of it is totaly unexpected. At first I wasnt sure if I would enjoy these books, I even passed them up 2 or 3 times at the book store, but then I gave in to all the good reviews and bought them. So worth the money. I know its a short review but I have to go read the second book.
Date published: 2008-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome!!! this is such a good book!! I loved it! i read it in a day and a half, it was so captivating. I thought that it was a perfect mix of Harry Potter and Twilight. So, i defaintly recomend City of Bones and City of Ashes to fans of either series. This is an amazingly awesome book!!
Date published: 2008-08-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Start to a Great Fiction Career I didn't get around to reading this book for a long time, mainly because I was afraid that I wouldn't like it. However, I got through the book in a day and a half, and found it very enjoyable. Of course, the characters are not the most well-developed (so far), and sometimes the dialogue became overly witty to the point where you can notice only that, but I found the description engrossing and the story very well paced. I found myself become attached to the world and the characters. There are some similarities to other (great) works, but those are merely themes, which you will find in hundreds of other books. There is a great quote from Pablo Picasso: "Bad artists copy. Good artists steal." What Cassandra Clare has done with this book is use popular themes and motifs (Good vs. Evil, etc.) and turned it into her own world. I think this is an excellent debut novel and will only become something greater.
Date published: 2008-08-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I was completely blown away. This was an amazing book for me to read. Suggested by my mother, I read the book. I was completely captivated by the story line and wowed by the characters. After reading the Twilight series, it's nice to read a book about someone who can think for herself. I was so amazed by the book, I recomended it to another book worm in my class. She read the book, and was twitching by the end, muttering about Jace. Great book all in all, read the second one, and can't wait for the third one!
Date published: 2008-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Read i liked the book, A LOT! i was hocked the whole way throught, but i think it would have been good if she wrote it from other peoples points of view. it would let you know a little more about the other main chacters. i can't wate to read the other 2 books, but i must say i was disappointed when i forund out that they were related.
Date published: 2008-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible. What an amazing book! It keeps you reading from the first page to the last. It has great characters, adventure, humour, drama, supernatural...everything to keep you flipping the pages.
Date published: 2008-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from ... whoa This was a thrilling and suspensful novel! The characters were realistic and sexy and i just can't wait for more!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A complete Satisfyer This book is extremely good!!! You have to make sure to follow everything they are saying or some concepts further in the book that their fighting for might not make sense. Wasn't very happy about the twist but hey maybe something will come of it in the next book! I was warned by a friend ahead of time so it wasn't to bad cause i thought Jace was going to die! But he didn't so i was happy anyways!! I know it might be weird but I'm actually hoping that Alec decides to stop being gay so he and Clary can go out ! :) I know its unlikely to happen but i seriously don't like Simon. ** Dont miss the next book 'City of Ashes'
Date published: 2008-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taste of Heaven This novel was very unique, it is great to read while waiting for Breaking Dawn. The style of writing was very descriptive at alluring. It was very captivating, you felt like the characters truly existed. I HEART JACE
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Just For Teens With great mythology creatures interwoven in this fantastic story you can't go wrong. Her characters are very likable and anyone would fall in love with them. I definitely recommend this novel!
Date published: 2008-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fantastical Fantasy :) This book surprised me. I saw it in a book store and was immediately put off by the front cover and the quote (yep, kind of silly.. I know). I eventually got over my... discomfort and took it out of the library, and it really surprised me. I am SO glad I got over myself! The novel was fast paced, exciting, infuriating (at times), hilarious, romantic, and now one of my favourite books. Clary reminds me of Bella, from Twilight. She thinks she is extremely ordinary, nothing special, and doesn't like standing by and letting the supernatural male do all the work. I must agree with other reviewers that Clary became the female heroine who couldn't save herself, but I wasn't discouraged. In the next book, she discovers she isn't so helpless after all. (Warning: SPOILER) A lot of people think the family relation between Clary and Jace was predictable, or annoying. I found it a very interesting twist, and not at all expected. I thought their relationship would cause problems, but not like this! I also find I'm not as repulsed or irritated with the sibling thing as some people are... but I think that this whole thing will just test their attraction. I've always been a fan of odd relationships, like Daine and Numair in Tamora Pierce's Immortals series. My friends think it's disgusting, but it's just a book. It a nice story, and well ... they're perfect for each other. Jace needs someone to humble him, and Clary needs to see she's worth something. Arghh, I just hope they'll get together :) This is an amazing story, with many plot twists and obstacles. It challenges our perception of right and wrong, and our prejudices. The Downworlders, vampires, werewolves, fae, etc. have an issue with each other because of their differences, but more because of their similarities. A fantastic book that I would recommend to any lover of fantasy.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book - with a Starwars undertone? I want to start off by saying I really enjoyed City of Bones - it was well-written and fast-paced. I know a lot of people are ragging on the ending - the whole Clary and Jace siblings thing - but it was a twist I wasn't expecting and it made me re-evaluate the entire story. Am I the only one getting the Starwars undertone? Two siblings raised apart; they have special powers; their father is an evil commander... Okay so Jace is not royalty, but being raised with the Lightwoods (who are kinda like Shadow-hunter royalty) is pretty close. Interesting ideas with all the different archetypes. One final thought - why don't people like Simon and Clary? There's something romantic about falling in love with your best friend (when it works and is not depressing). Simon knows Clary better than anyone and loves her as she is - it doesn't get any better than that. I have not read City of Ashes yet, so hopefully nothing too terrible is going to happen to the series.
Date published: 2008-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome book, weird ending... This book was great, i loved it, but yeah the ending was kinda depressing, and screwed up...aww well i'm hoping ms. clare will be able to shot them a way out of it, i dont like that whole brother and sister deal, i liked it the other way better, i dont want clary to end up with simon, he was seriously better off as a rat...but all in all a great book, looking forward to number 2!!
Date published: 2008-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW " attention story spoiler" It was an awesome book I have read it twice and loved every bit of it BUT the ending I was not happy when Jace and Clary find out they are brother and sister,but I am hoping that Ms. Clare has an excellent way out of it and I hope it is a happy ending and all is well .I don't want Clary to end up with Simon (sorry Simon) But I have falling in love with Jace and Clary .Simon , sorry you made a better mouse than a boyfriend ! Ms. Clare you ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the next book
Date published: 2008-03-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Unfortunately lame. I began reading this book with high hopes, after becoming a huge fan of the author in her fanfiction days. But an author who can spin a great story using previously established characters may not be talented at inventing her own. The protagonist, Clary, is obviously a Mary Sue (fanfiction readers will recognize this term as meaning an original character blatantly based on the author with few faults). The only interesting character is actually Harry Potter's Draco Malfoy, gone into hiding as a muggle. The supernatural bits were gentle plagiarisms of JK Rowling and Buffy. The part that disappointed me the most, however, was the way this new world was never explained thoroughly. The only information we received on the rules and order of this universe was delivered in awkward, forced conversations and left the reader feeling confused. If you have a desire to read some excellent YA fantasy, try "The Blue Girl" instead. Or wander over to the adult section and pick up some Orson Scott Card. Honestly, this book isn't worth the time.
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strangly Amazing I REALLY like this book, but didn't go into it expecting to. It's very artfully done, and the story line is very flowing. The one thing I don't like so far (And I must say that I havn't completly finished the book yet) is that Clary has so far fallen into the "heroine who can't do anything wothwhile" which allways disapoints me a bit.
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not as expected i really didn't think it was as good as most people have said it's interesting, i'll give it that much, but it's not one of those books that just keep you reading and reading. at least for me anyway. i'd say this is an excellent book for fantasy lovers though.
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning Clary is just an ordinary teenage girl...or so she thinks. Then, it all changes. She and her good friend Simon head over to an all-age nightclub for a bit of fun except what they get is anything but. When Clary sees a strange blue-haired boy in the night club killed by a group of three other teenagers things start changing for Clary. Especially when a bouncer is called and he (and no one else) can see the three mysterious teenagers. Along with the havoc there, Clary recieves a phone call from her mother. A very unusual phone call. When she dashes back to her apartment, she finds it in ruins, her mother gone and a demon waiting there...just for her. Luckily, she's rescued by one of the "unseeable" teenager from the nightclub, Jace who turns out to be a Shadowhunter-or someone who kills demons-and someone whom she can trust. He takes her to an Institute, a place of safety for his kind. There she meets Jace's companions from the nightclub, Isabelle and Alec,who are two other Shadowhunters. Despite the danger to herself, Clary's determined to find her mother and to know who (or what) she is. With many plot twists and turns and likeable characters for the ride, City of Bones is a remarkable novel that all teens who like a bit of fantasy, romance and intrigue, should pick up.
Date published: 2008-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing This was by far the most disappointing novel I read in 2007. With a glowing review by one of my favourite YA authors, Holly Black, I expected something better written and more original. The whole plot was derivative, "twists" visible from miles off. The difference between a mediocre book and a great book is whether you'll continue reading and enjoying the story even if the ending is ruined. City of Bones is not one of those stories. One of the problems is Claire's well-known obsession with J.K. Rowling's Draco Malfoy. Her male lead comes across as a Malfoy clone if only he reluctantly fought for the good side and other characters constantly fawning over his attractiveness quickly grows old. I'd pass over City of Bones for better YA Urban Fantasy stories like The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven, Un Lun Dun by China Mieville or Holly Black's Modern Faerie series.
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great New Series Definitely one of those books I wish hadn't ended... despite knowing that there are at least two more in the works. I just adored each of the characters and hte health mix of preternatural and fantasy elements. There were a few things (like the demon-powered bike) that were a little too "Harry Potter" for me, but none of it took away from the joy of reading the novel itself. I wish more than anything that the relationship twist at the end weren't so as it just took away (for me, at least) one of the great elements in the characters' interaction. Other than that, such a smooth and easy read and the story moves on at a great pace.
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!!! Edgy, clever, and definitely suspenseful, the first book in The Mortal Instruments series always keeps you guessing. City of Bones is a tale of a young girl who soon realizes that the world is more than what she once thought -it's a home to otherworldy creatures and dark arts, which are related to her in ways that she does not fully understand. A must-read for any teenage girl!
Date published: 2008-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Cassandra Clare is not bringing anything extremely original to the genre but she does provide some good twists and turns along the way. Her main character is intelligent and the banter she has with Jace is some of the best parts of the book. I am looking forward to the next book in the series, if for nothing more than to see what she does with her characters.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book for fantasy fans of all ages! Depressed over Harry Potter being over? Breathlessly waiting for the next Stephenie Meyer book? Pick up City of Bones - it's a great read you won't be disappointed in. It is one of those rare teen books I would recommend to adults as well - especially those who loved Harry. It is such a fun ride.Clary can see things other normal humans or "mundanes" can't - including the murder of a demon. She quickly gets sucked into the world of Shadowhunters and demons and werevolves and the Clave - a secret society which has been protecting humans for years. But why can she see them? Immortal instruments, evil bad guys, secrets from the past - there is a lot from Harry Potter here but with a fresh take on the vampire genre. I loved it!!
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Urban Fantasy for all ages! I'll admit that I bought this book only because I knew the author through her old days of Harry Potter fan-fiction, but am I very glad that I did! Cassandra Clare spins a tale of fantasy and intrigue interwoven with hilarity and sharply-witty one-liners that fly fast of the pages drawing the reader into the banter between Clary and Jace so deeply that one feels like they're standing right next to them. I can't count the times that I've laughed out-loud while reading. Sure, some of the lines are standard cliches but there's enough original ones zinging back and forth between the characters to make up for them. Speaking of characters, each one is well though out, and endured themselves to my memory. To quote another reviewer: "Clare better not kill any of them off in the next 2 volumes!" Clary is your average "Mundane" who is simply trying to live her teenage life without incident...until one evening she goes to a nightclub with her friend Simon, a boy who is hopelessly in love with her but unable to get that point across (one of the troubles of having a best friend the opposite sex as yourself), and witnesses a boy killed in cold blood. Or did she? No evidence is in the room when the bouncer arrives and Simon thinks she crazy. Clary Fray has stumbled upon the world of the Nephilliam, or Shadowhunters. And the killers in the room where she's standing: the gorgeous but haughty Isabelle; her dark and broody brother: Alec; and the arrogant but confident Jace, with his curious golden eyes, are invisible to everyone but herself. Clare's debut novel pulls the reader into a world so exciting that one can't help but wish it actually existed. After all, who doesn't love a book which includes: flying motorcycles, a fight with vampires, parties that include faeries and werewolves on the guest-list and so much action that she can barely cram in this reviewer's craving for romance (which, to clarify, she did satisfy just the same). "Urban Fantasy" means "fantasy set in the modern, present-day, world" and if I had my way, I'd be fighting Clary for position as an apprentice Shadowhunter. An amazing debut novel that will surely rival "Harry Potter" in years to come, I don't know how I'll stand the wait for the second book in the "Mortal Instruments" trilogy (hitting shelves in April 2008). Although, from what I've seen of the cover art, I'm sure the inner-pages will not disappoint! P.S. I'd share some of the hilarious lines woven throughout this dark fantasy novel, but I've lent my copy to my sister (her room-mate read it in 2 days and is now breathing down my sister's neck trying to get her read it, too) and thus have no source.
Date published: 2007-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!!!!!! Got this book on Friday and finished it on Sunday, couldn't put it down!!! I can't wait for Book 2, I hope there is going to be a number 2! Cassandra Clare, you ROCK!!
Date published: 2007-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from untitled For those brave souls who dare embark on this wild adventure, strap on your seat belts and get ready for some extreme Harry Potter-style fantasy. Clary Fray seems like your average 15-going-on-16-year-old girl. Like many teenagers her age, she just can’t stand her mother. But one night, after some strange occurrences at a night club, Clary returns home to discover that her mother is gone. Worse still, her apartment has been ransacked and a strange-looking monster is hiding in her bedroom, ready to rip her soul out. This is only the beginning of a crazy adventure that Clary is about to take through the hidden world of Shadowhunters, a species of part human, part monster warriors, who remain invisible to the greater population. What Clary discovers about her family’s past and her own involvement in this secret world will tear her heart and soul apart. Cassandra Clare’s debut book in the amazing new Mortal Instruments trilogy is fresh, funny, and mysteriously dark. A first-time novelist and long-time book lover, Clare’s style is definitely one of more experience than her years; her characters are spontaneously funny and real. As one character puts it, “If you were half as funny as you thought you were . . . you’d be twice as funny as you are.” This is clearly literature at its finest.
Date published: 2007-04-19

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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 slid past him, quick as an eel. Clary liked the lilt to his shoulders, the way he tossed his hair as he went. There was a word for him that her mother would have used -- insouciant. "You thought he was cute," said Simon, sounding resigned. "Didn't you?" Clary dug her elbow into his ribs, but didn't answer. Inside, the club was full of dry-ice smoke. Colored lights played over the dance floor, turning it into a multicolored fairyland of blues and acid greens, hot pinks and golds. The boy in the red jacket stroked the long razor-sharp blade in his hands, an idle smile playing over his lips. It had been so easy -- a little bit of a glamour on the blade, to make it look harmless. Another glamour on his eyes, and the moment the bouncer had looked straight at him, he was in. Of course, he could probably have gotten by without all that trouble, but it was part of the fun -- fooling the mundies, doing it all out in the open right in front of them, getting off on the blank looks on their sheeplike faces. Not that the humans didn't have their uses. The boy's green eyes scanned the dance floor, where slender limbs clad in scraps of silk and black leather appeared and disappeared inside the revolving columns of smoke as the mundies danced. Girls tossed their long hair, boys swung their leather-clad hips, and bare skin glittered with sweat. Vitality just poured off them, waves of energy that filled him with a drunken dizziness. His lip curled. They didn't know how lucky they were. They didn't know what it was like to eke out life in a dead world, where the sun hung limp in the sky like a burned cinder. Their lives burned as brightly as candle flames -- and were as easy to snuff out. His hand tightened on the blade he carried, and he had begun to step out onto the dance floor when a girl broke away from the mass of dancers and began walking toward him. He stared at her. She was beautiful, for a human -- long hair nearly the precise color of black ink, charcoaled eyes. Floor-length white gown, the kind women used to wear when this world was younger. Lace sleeves belled out around her slim arms. Around her neck was a thick silver chain, on which hung a dark red pendant the size of a baby's fist. He only had to narrow his eyes to know that it was real -- real and precious. His mouth started to water as she neared him. Vital energy pulsed from her like blood from an open wound. She smiled, passing him, beckoning with her eyes. He turned to follow her, tasting the phantom sizzle of her death on his lips. It was always easy. He could already feel the power of her evaporating life coursing through his veins like fire. Humans were so stupid. They had something so precious, and they barely safeguarded it at all. They threw away their lives for money, for packets of powder, for a stranger's charming smile. The girl was a pale ghost retreating through the colored smoke. She reached the wall and turned, bunching her skirt up in her hands, lifting it as she grinned at him. Under the skirt, she was wearing thigh-high boots. He sauntered up to her, his skin prickling with her nearness. Up close she wasn't so perfect: He could see the mascara smudged under her eyes, the sweat sticking her hair to her neck. He could smell her mortality, the sweet rot of corruption. Got you, he thought. A cool smile curled her lips. She moved to the side, and he could see that she was leaning against a closed door. no admittance -- storage was scrawled across it in red paint. She reached behind her for the knob, turned it, slid inside. He caught a glimpse of stacked boxes, tangled wiring. A storage room. He glanced behind him -- no one was looking. So much the better if she wanted privacy. He slipped into the room after her, unaware that he was being followed. "So," Simon said, "pretty good music, eh?" Clary didn't reply. They were dancing, or what passed for it -- a lot of swaying back and forth with occasional lunges toward the floor as if one of them had dropped a contact lens -- in a space between a group of teenage boys in metallic corsets, and a young Asian couple who were making out passionately, their colored hair extensions tangled together like vines. A boy with a lip piercing and a teddy bear backpack was handing out free tablets of herbal ecstasy, his parachute pants flapping in the breeze from the wind machine. Clary wasn't paying much attention to their immediate surroundings -- her eyes were on the blue-haired boy who'd talked his way into the club. He was prowling through the crowd as if he were looking for something. There was something about the way he moved that reminded her of something... "I, for one," Simon went on, "am enjoying myself immensely." This seemed unlikely. Simon, as always, stuck out at the club like a sore thumb, in jeans and an old T-shirt that said made in brooklyn across the front. His freshly scrubbed hair was dark brown instead of green or pink, and his glasses perched crookedly on the end of his nose. He looked less as if he were contemplating the powers of darkness and more as if he were on his way to chess club. "Mmm-hmm." Clary knew perfectly well that he came to Pandemonium with her only because she liked it, that he thought it was boring. She wasn't even sure why it was that she liked it -- the clothes, the music made it like a dream, someone else's life, not her boring real life at all. But she was always too shy to talk to anyone but Simon. The blue-haired boy was making his way off the dance floor. He looked a little lost, as if he hadn't found whom he was looking for. Clary wondered what would happen if she went up and introduced herself, offered to show him around. Maybe he'd just stare at her. Or maybe he was shy too. Maybe he'd be grateful and pleased, and try not to show it, the way boys did -- but she'd know. Maybe -- The blue-haired boy straightened up suddenly, snapping to attention, like a hunting dog on point. Clary followed the line of his gaze, and saw the girl in the white dress. Oh, well, Clary thought, trying not to feel like a deflated party balloon. I guess that's that. The girl was gorgeous, the kind of girl Clary would have liked to draw -- tall and ribbon-slim, with a long spill of black hair. Even at this distance Clary could see the red pendant around her throat. It pulsed under the lights of the dance floor like a separate, disembodied heart. "I feel," Simon went on, "that this evening DJ Bat is doing a singularly exceptional job. Don't you agree?" Clary rolled her eyes and didn't answer; Simon hated trance music. Her attention was on the girl in the white dress. Through the darkness, smoke, and artificial fog, her pale dress shone out like a beacon. No wonder the blue-haired boy was following her as if he were under a spell, too distracted to notice anything else around him -- even the two dark shapes hard on his heels, weaving after him through the crowd. Clary slowed her dancing and stared. She could just make out that the shapes were boys, tall and wearing black clothes. She couldn't have said how she knew that they were following the other boy, but she did. She could see it in the way they paced him, their careful watchfulness, the slinking grace of their movements. A small flower of apprehension began to open inside her chest. "Meanwhile," Simon added, "I wanted to tell you that lately I've been cross-dressing. Also, I'm sleeping with your mom. I thought you should know." The girl had reached the wall, and was opening a door marked no admittance. She beckoned the blue-haired boy after her, and they slipped through the door. It wasn't anything Clary hadn't seen before, a couple sneaking off to the dark corners of the club to make out -- but that made it even weirder that they were being followed. She raised herself up on tiptoe, trying to see over the crowd. The two guys had stopped at the door and seemed to be conferring with each other. One of them was blond, the other dark-haired. The blond one reached into his jacket and drew out something long and sharp that flashed under the strobing lights. A knife. "Simon!" Clary shouted, and seized his arm. "What?" Simon looked alarmed. "I'm not really sleeping with your mom, you know. I was just trying to get your attention. Not that your mom isn't a very attractive woman, for her age." "Do you see those guys?" She pointed wildly, almost hitting a curvy black girl who was dancing nearby. The girl shot her an evil look. "Sorry -- sorry!" Clary turned back to Simon. "Do you see those two guys over there? By that door?" Simon squinted, then shrugged. "I don't see anything." "There are two of them. They were following the guy with the blue hair -- " "The one you thought was cute?" "Yes, but that's not the point. The blond one pulled a knife." "Are you sure?" Simon stared harder, shaking his head. "I still don't see anyone." "I'm sure." Suddenly all business, Simon squared his shoulders. "I'll get one of the security guards. You stay here." He strode away, pushing through the crowd. Clary turned just in time to see the blond boy slip through the no admittance door, his friend right on his heels. She looked around; Simon was still trying to shove his way across the dance floor, but he wasn't making much progress. Even if she yelled now, no one would hear her, and by the time Simon got back, something terrible might already have happened. Biting hard on her lower lip, Clary started to wriggle through the crowd. "What's your name?" She turned and smiled. What faint light there was in the storage room spilled down through high barred windows smeared with dirt. Piles of electrical cables, along with broken bits of mirrored disco balls and discarded paint cans littered the floor. "Isabelle." "That's a nice name." He walked toward her, stepping carefully among the wires in case any of them were live. In the faint light she looked half-transparent, bleached of color, wrapped in white like an angel. It would be a pleasure to make her fall...."I haven't seen you here before." "You're asking me if I come here often?" She giggled, covering her mouth with her hand. There was some sort of bracelet around her wrist, just under the cuff of her dress -- then, as he neared her, he saw that it wasn't a bracelet at all but a pattern inked into her skin, a matrix of swirling lines. He froze. "You -- " He didn't finish. She moved with lightning swiftness, striking out at him with her open hand, a blow to his chest that would have sent him down gasping if he'd been a human being. He staggered back, and now there was something in her hand, a coiling whip that glinted gold as she brought it down, curling around his ankles, jerking him off his feet. He hit the ground, writhing, the hated metal biting deep into his skin. She laughed, standing over him, and dizzily he thought that he should have known. No human girl would wear a dress like the one Isabelle wore. She'd worn it to cover her skin -- all of her skin. Isabelle yanked hard on the whip, securing it. Her smile glittered like poisonous water. "He's all yours, boys." A low laugh sounded behind him, and now there were hands on him, hauling him upright, throwing him against one of the concrete pillars. He could feel the damp stone under his back. His hands were pulled behind him, his wrists bound with wire. As he struggled, someone walked around the side of the pillar into his view: a boy, as young as Isabelle and just as pretty. His tawny eyes glittered like chips of amber. "So," the boy said. "Are there any more with you?" The blue-haired boy could feel blood welling up under the too-tight metal, making his wrists slippery. "Any other what?" "Come on now." The tawny-eyed boy held up his hands, and his dark sleeves slipped down, showing the runes inked all over his wrists, the backs of his hands, his palms. "You know what I am." Far back inside his skull, the shackled boy's second set of teeth began to grind. "Shadowhunter," he hissed. The other boy grinned all over his face. "Got you," he said. Clary pushed the door to the storage room open, and stepped inside. For a moment she thought it was deserted. The only windows were high up and barred; faint street noise came through them, the sound of honking cars and squealing brakes. The room smelled like old paint, and a heavy layer of dust covered the floor, marked by smeared shoe prints. There's no one in here, she realized, looking around in bewilderment. It was cold in the room, despite the August heat outside. Her back was icy with sweat. She took a step forward, tangling her feet in electrical wires. She bent down to free her sneaker from the cables -- and heard voices. A girl's laugh, a boy answering sharply. When she straightened up, she saw them. It was as if they had sprung into existence between one blink of her eyes and the next. There was the girl in her long white dress, her black hair hanging down her back like damp seaweed. The two boys were with her -- the tall one with black hair like hers, and the smaller, fair one, whose hair gleamed like brass in the dim light coming through the windows high above. The fair boy was standing with his hands in his pockets, facing the punk kid, who was tied to a pillar with what looked like piano wire, his hands stretched behind him, his legs bound at the ankles. His face was pulled tight with pain and fear. Heart hammering in her chest, Clary ducked behind the nearest concrete pillar and peered around it. She watched as the fair-haired boy paced back and forth, his arms now crossed over his chest. "So," he said. "You still haven't told me if there are any other of your kind with you." Your kind? Clary wondered what he was talking about. Maybe she'd stumbled into some kind of gang war. "I don't know what you're talking about." The blue-haired boy's tone was pained but surly. "He means other demons," said the dark-haired boy, speaking for the first time. "You do know what a demon is, don't you?" The boy tied to the pillar turned his face away, his mouth working. "Demons," drawled the blond boy, tracing the word on the air with his finger. "Religiously defined as hell's denizens, the servants of Satan, but understood here, for the purposes of the Clave, to be any malevolent spirit whose origin is outside our own home dimension -- " "That's enough, Jace," said the girl. "Isabelle's right," agreed the taller boy. "Nobody here needs a lesson in semantics -- or demonology." They're crazy, Clary thought. Actually crazy. Jace raised his head and smiled. There was something fierce about the gesture, something that reminded Clary of documentaries she'd watched about lions on the Discovery Channel, the way the big cats would raise their heads and sniff the air for prey. "Isabelle and Alec think I talk too much," he said, confidingly. "Do you think I talk too much?" The blue-haired boy didn't reply. His mouth was still working. "I could give you information," he said. "I know where Valentine is." Jace glanced back at Alec, who shrugged. "Valentine's in the ground," Jace said. "The thing's just toying with us." Isabelle tossed her hair. "Kill it, Jace," she said. "It's not going to tell us anything." Jace raised his hand, and Clary saw dim light spark off the knife he was holding. It was oddly translucent, the blade clear as crystal, sharp as a shard of glass, the hilt set with red stones. The bound boy gasped. "Valentine is back!" he protested, dragging at the bonds that held his hands behind his back. "All the Infernal Worlds know it -- I know it -- I can tell you where he is -- " Rage flared suddenly in Jace's icy eyes. "By the Angel, every time we capture one of you bastards, you claim you know where Valentine is. Well, we know where he is too. He's in hell. And you -- " Jace turned the knife in his grasp, the edge sparking like a line of fire. "You can join him there." Clary could take no more. She stepped out from behind the pillar. "Stop!" she cried. "You can't do this." Jace whirled, so startled that the knife flew from his hand and clattered against the concrete floor. Isabelle and Alec turned along with him, wearing identical expressions of astonishment. The blue-haired boy hung in his bonds, stunned and gaping. It was Alec who spoke first. "What's this?" he demanded, looking from Clary to his companions, as if they might know what she was doing there. "It's a girl," Jace said, recovering his composure. "Surely you've seen girls before, Alec. Your sister Isabelle is one." He took a step closer to Clary, squinting as if he couldn't quite believe what he was seeing. "A mundie girl," he said, half to himself. "And she can see us." "Of course I can see you," Clary said. "I'm not blind, you know." "Oh, but you are," said Jace, bending to pick up his knife. "You just don't know it." He straightened up. "You'd better get out of here, if you know what's good for you." "I'm not going anywhere," Clary said. "If I do, you'll kill him." She pointed at the boy with the blue hair. "That's true," admitted Jace, twirling the knife between his fingers. "What do you care if I kill him or not?" "Be-because -- ," Clary spluttered. "You can't just go around killing people." "You're right," said Jace. "You can't go around killing people." He pointed at the boy with blue hair, whose eyes were slitted. Clary wondered if he'd fainted. "That's not a person, little girl. It may look like a person and talk like a person and maybe even bleed like a person. But it's a monster." "Jace," said Isabelle warningly. "That's enough." "You're crazy," Clary said, backing away from him. "I've called the police, you know. They'll be here any second." "She's lying," said Alec, but there was doubt on his face. "Jace, do you -- " He never got to finish his sentence. At that moment the blue-haired boy, with a high, yowling cry, tore free of the restraints binding him to the pillar, and flung himself on Jace. They fell to the ground and rolled together, the blue-haired boy tearing at Jace with hands that glittered as if tipped with metal. Clary backed up, wanting to run, but her feet caught on a loop of wiring and she went down, knocking the breath out of her chest. She could hear Isabelle shrieking. Rolling over, Clary saw the blue-haired boy sitting on Jace's chest. Blood gleamed at the tips of his razorlike claws. Isabelle and Alec were running toward them, Isabelle brandishing a whip in her hand. The blue-haired boy slashed at Jace with claws extended. Jace threw an arm up to protect himself, and the claws raked it, splattering blood. The blue-haired boy lunged again -- and Isabelle's whip came down across his back. He shrieked and fell to the side. Swift as a flick of Isabelle's whip, Jace rolled over. There was a blade gleaming in his hand. He sank the knife into the blue-haired boy's chest. Blackish liquid exploded around the hilt. The boy arched off the floor, gurgling and twisting. With a grimace Jace stood up. His black shirt was blacker now in some places, wet with blood. He looked down at the twitching form at his feet, reached down, and yanked out the knife. The hilt was slick with black fluid. The blue-haired boy's eyes flickered open. His eyes, fixed on Jace, seemed to burn. Between his teeth, he hissed, "So be it. The Forsaken will take you all." Jace seemed to snarl. The boy's eyes rolled back. His body began to jerk and twitch as he crumpled, folding in on himself, growing smaller and smaller until he vanished entirely. Clary scrambled to her feet, kicking free of the electrical wiring. She began to back away. None of them was paying attention to her. Alec had reached Jace and was holding his arm, pulling at the sleeve, probably trying to get a good look at the wound. Clary turned to run -- and found her way blocked by Isabelle, whip in hand. The gold length of it was stained with dark fluid. She flicked it toward Clary, and the end wrapped itself around her wrist and jerked tight. Clary gasped with pain and surprise. "Stupid little mundie," Isabelle said between her teeth. "You could have gotten Jace killed." "He's crazy," Clary said, trying to pull her wrist back. The whip bit deeper into her skin. "You're all crazy. What do you think you are, vigilante killers? The police -- " "The police aren't usually interested unless you can produce a body," said Jace. Cradling his arm, he picked his way across the cable-strewn floor toward Clary. Alec followed behind him, face screwed into a scowl. Clary glanced at the spot where the boy had disappeared from, and said nothing. There wasn't even a smear of blood there -- nothing to show that the boy had ever existed. "They return to their home dimensions when they die," said Jace. "In case you were wondering." "Jace," Alec hissed. "Be careful." Jace drew his arm away. A ghoulish freckling of blood marked his face. He still reminded her of a lion, with his wide-spaced, light-colored eyes, and that tawny gold hair. "She can see us, Alec," he said. "She already knows too much." "So what do you want me to do with her?" Isabelle demanded. "Let her go," Jace said quietly. Isabelle shot him a surprised, almost angry look, but didn't argue. The whip slithered away, freeing Clary's arm. She rubbed her sore wrist and wondered how the hell she was going to get out of there. "Maybe we should bring her back with us," Alec said. "I bet Hodge would like to talk to her." "No way are we bringing her to the Institute," said Isabelle. "She's a mundie." "Or is she?" said Jace softly. His quiet tone was worse than Isabelle's snapping or Alec's anger. "Have you had dealings with demons, little girl? Walked with warlocks, talked with the Night Children? Have you -- " "My name is not 'little girl,'" Clary interrupted. "And I have no idea what you're talking about." Don't you? said a voice in the back of her head. You saw that boy vanish into thin air. Jace isn't crazy -- you just wish he was. "I don't believe in -- in demons, or whatever you -- " "Clary?" It was Simon's voice. She whirled around. He was standing by the storage room door. One of the burly bouncers who'd been stamping hands at the front door was next to him. "Are you okay?" He peered at her through the gloom. "Why are you in here by yourself? What happened to the guys -- you know, the ones with the knives?" Clary stared at him, then looked behind her, where Jace, Isabelle, and Alec stood, Jace still in his bloody shirt with the knife in his hand. He grinned at her and dropped a half-apologetic, half-mocking shrug. Clearly he wasn't surprised that neither Simon nor the bouncer could see them. Somehow neither was Clary. Slowly she turned back to Simon, knowing how she must look to him, standing alone in a damp storage room, her feet tangled in bright plastic wiring cables. "I thought they went in here," she said lamely. "But I guess they didn't. I'm sorry." She glanced from Simon, whose expression was changing from worried to embarrassed, to the bouncer, who just looked annoyed. "It was a mistake." Behind her, Isabelle giggled. "I don't believe it," Simon said stubbornly as Clary, standing at the curb, tried desperately to hail a cab. Street cleaners had come down Orchard while they were inside the club, and the street was glossed black with oily water. "I know," she agreed. "You'd think there'd be some cabs. Where is everyone going at midnight on a Sunday?" She turned back to him, shrugging. "You think we'd have better luck on Houston?" "Not the cabs," Simon said. "You -- I don't believe you. I don't believe those guys with the knives just disappeared." Clary sighed. "Maybe there weren't any guys with knives, Simon. Maybe I just imagined the whole thing." "No way." Simon raised his hand over his head, but the oncoming taxis whizzed by him, spraying dirty water. "I saw your face when I came into that storage room. You looked seriously freaked out, like you'd seen a ghost." Clary thought of Jace with his lion-cat eyes. She glanced down at her wrist, braceleted by a thin red line where Isabelle's whip had curled. No, not a ghost, she thought. Something even weirder than that. "It was just a mistake," she said wearily. She wondered why she wasn't telling him the truth. Except, of course, that he'd think she was crazy. And there was something about what had happened -- something about the black blood bubbling up around Jace's knife, something about his voice when he'd said Have you talked with the Night Children? that she wanted to keep to herself. "Well, it was a hell of an embarrassing mistake," Simon said. He glanced back at the club, where a thin line still snaked out the door and halfway down the block. "I doubt they'll ever let us back into Pandemonium." "What do you care? You hate Pandemonium." Clary raised her hand again as a yellow shape sped toward them through the fog. This time, though, the taxi screeched to a halt at their corner, the driver laying into his horn as if he needed to get their attention. "Finally we get lucky." Simon yanked the taxi door open and slid onto the plastic-covered backseat. Clary followed, inhaling the familiar New York cab smell of old cigarette smoke, leather, and hair spray. "We're going to Brooklyn," Simon said to the cabbie, and then he turned to Clary. "Look, you know you can tell me anything, right?" Clary hesitated a moment, then nodded. "Sure, Simon," she said. "I know I can." She slammed the cab door shut behind her, and the taxi took off into the night. Copyright © 2007 by Cassandra Clare, LLC

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