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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1
 
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City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1 [Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

by Cassandra Clare (Author), Ari Graynor (Narrator)
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,547 customer reviews)

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When 15-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 24 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 they will never want to end.

©2007 Cassandra Clare, LLC. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Product Details

  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 14 hours and 11 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Audible.com Release Date: March 20, 2007
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000OXEPWM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3,547 customer reviews)
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996 of 1,182 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey Clary, have you ever met Harry? November 12, 2010
Format:Paperback
This review was written for my blog, so the hyperlinks and strikethrough text got erased when I posted it here, but I think you get the gist.
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I'm finally getting around to reading Cassandra Clare's City of Bones (first book in the "Mortal Instruments" series) and I have so many conflicted feelings about it, I'm actually having a hard time just reading it. Nevertheless, this post is actually a review of City of Bones. IT HAS SOME SPOILERS. Not that there's much to spoil.

First of all, I've been familiar with Cassandra Clare's work for quite a few years now...of course, what I mean is that like thousands of other people, I knew her from her LOTR and Harry Potter fanfiction days, under the penname "Cassandra Claire." She would probably be the most stellar example of what's known as a BNF, or a Big Name Fan. She wrote the "Very Secret Dairies" for LOTR and the "Draco Trilogy" (Draco Dormiens, Sinister, and Veritas) for Harry Potter. They've been translated into various languages and most likely if you read any Harry Potter fanfiction at all, you've probably heard of Cassandra Clare. Unsurprisingly, there was also some controversy and accusations of plagiarism involved, since she paraphrased or "forgot to cite" a lot of phrases and quotes that she used in her stories, which she'd taken from other famous works/fandoms. You can read all about it at her very own Fanlore page <here>. As I recall, she may or may not have been gifted a laptop by fans when hers was stolen - though this is apparently one of the myths that got deleted off websites like Fanlore.

Anyway, all this is just background context, but it's important context, and you'll see why.
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147 of 180 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
First, a word about the rating. This deserves five stars for understanding its audience and delivering exactly what that audience wants to see. This deserves one star for its execution and style. So I gave it three.

Cassandra Clare understands teenagers. She knows what they want: ordinary heroines with a special destiny, attractive, caustic boys with a burning urge to protect said heroines, love triangles, monsters, magic, and so much more. She gets teenagers in a way that few of her YA compatriots do, and for that she deserves all of her success.

As an author, however, she is middling. City of Bones, her first novel, is embarrassingly purple and overlong. It succeeds in understanding its core demographic, in creating an interesting mythology, and in constructing a couple of very memorable characters (Magnus Bane, etc.) It fails in its language, its style, which careens from painfully hipper-than-thou to melodramatic and back again, and its two leads.

Quick word about the story: this is the tale of sixteen year old Clary Fray, an ordinary girl who one night stumbles upon a group of Shadowhunters, demon killers if you will, as they dispatch a hellspawn. Before long, she and her best friend Simon are on the run with the Shadowhunters, including closeted Alec, haughty Isabelle, and the dreamiest dreamboat snarky angel tortured soul Adonis wot is dreamy, Jace. Clary runs around with these folks looking for her kidnapped mother, discovers a world of supernatural creatures and a surprising heritage she never suspected, and engages in a 'love triangle' that holds no tension because we know whom she'll pick. Though there is a nice twist at the end. More on that later.

The good: I felt like a teenager again while reading this.
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485 of 621 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Hardcover
In an underage Goth club where kids openly are handing out pills without fear of conveniently missing bouncers, the "shy" fifteen-year-old NYC native Clary charges unarmed and alone into a confrontation where strangers with knives are trying to kill each other, where she intends to stop them by talking them down. Some may call this suicidal; the reader is supposed to see it as heroic. This scene is exemplary of what you're getting into if you pick this book up.

This isn't Clary's first stupid action: she makes a habit of putting herself in harm's way by doing things she has little or no reason to, especially when there's others around telling her to stop. Other characters also do unreasonable things, if only to further the plot. A character is caught hiding in someone's bushes because he decided THEY were suspicious while he was sneaking around their house, but never gives a reason for his initial trespassing. He later drinks a magical potion with unknown effects for no good reason whatsoever, despite having someone who'd know better at his side telling him not to.

The book has no sense of continuity. Characters' eye colors, voices, abilities, and builds change, sometimes within paragraphs of their initial descriptions. (Clary's mother goes from "compact" to "tall and willowy" in paragraphs on page 24; Madame Dorothea's voice goes from familiarly "shrill" to familiarly "gravelly" on page 95; Alec's eyes go from blue to black and back again throughout the course of the book; Isabelle's skin is as "unblemished as the surface of a bowl of cream" on page 58, but all Shadowhunters are later described as covered in scars from their Marks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you Cassandra for being such a fantastic author, may you always...
Cassandra Clare has written the most addictive books, since I last read the 'Divergent Collection' by Veronica Roth & 'The Complete Twilight Saga Series' by Stephenie Meyer. Read more
Published 1 day ago by LaVere'ne A. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything Cassandra Clare has done with this book
I love everything Cassandra Clare has done with this book.
I instantly fell in love with all the characters. Bravo, Cassandra, bravo.
Published 2 days ago by thecorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this book!!!
Published 2 days ago by Mary Kincaid
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Easy read. Too high schooly for me though
Published 4 days ago by Jill mills
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is excellent. I am glad it wasn't another Twilight or ...
This book is excellent. I am glad it wasn't another Twilight or Hunger Games (Divergent) type. The writer kept my attention the entire way through the book. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Hallie M. Isadore
4.0 out of 5 stars You will get hooked
I fell in love with Mortal Instruments, but as with Cassandras Infernal Devices, the journey has been a love/hate relationship. I like the fresh spin on YA urban fantasy. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Stanislava Kohut
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this book
Published 6 days ago by mary canterbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thanks!
Published 7 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the book - get the details. In fact ...
Read the book - get the details. In fact, start at the beginning with the Infernal Devices if you can. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
new nice
Published 8 days ago by Tina sheets
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